Sweet Potato Collard Green Burritos

Sweet Potato Collard Green Burritos

Sometimes I spend months planning recipes in advance. Currently, I have soups, stews and other pre-Thanksgiving comfort-food recipes on the list. But those things will have to wait because my Farmhouse box showed up this week with corn, peppers, tomatoes, and collard greens that were big as my head. So I was left with the obvious un-planned choice: Collard Wrap Burritos! – and because it’s fall, I decided to stuff some roasted sweet potatoes in here too.

Sweet Potato Collard Green Burritos

This recipe has a few components – they’re all simple to make and can be made in advance, but it does take a little time to assemble your “fillings bar.”

Of course, you can fill these with whatever you like to stuff your burrito with… if you don’t have tomatoes you can use store bought salsa, if you don’t feel like making rice make cauliflower rice, and of course avocado or guacamole would be a welcome addition here.

Sweet Potato Collard Green Burritos

Whatever you like, stuff it and wrap it up. Start with a large collard leaf blanched a little so it’s pliable, trim off the thick part of the stem, tuck and roll as you see here:

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I made a light chipotle sauce using Greek yogurt. For a vegan option, use the cashew-based sauce from this recipe. Happy stuffing!

Sweet Potato Collard Green Burritos

Farro Fried Rice with Brussels Sprouts

Farro Fried Rice with Brussels Sprouts

If you caught Friday’s post, then you’ve already seen the shorthand version of this recipe. I love this one because it’s an easy go-to “use what you have in your fridge” sort of thing. Especially if what you have in your fridge right now is leftover farro. If you don’t have cooked farro in your fridge at this moment, I suggest making this hearty salad tonight, and this fried “rice” recipe tomorrow. You’ll be halfway there.

Farro Fried Rice with Brussels Sprouts

Of course, you can just make this with brown rice or white rice or whatever you have. I thought farro was a fun alternative because I just love those chewy nutty grains. Jack fried some shallots and set them aside (one of his duties around here: fry man) while I quickly sautéed leeks, added shredded Brussels sprouts and so on and so forth. This recipe is super quick, so be sure to have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to add to the pan.

After you have your shallots ready and your “fried rice” mixed up, just plate it by putting the fried rice on a plate, place a fried egg on top, then garnish with the shallots. Simple!

Farro Fried Rice with Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Salad

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Salad

It’s Monday, which for me often means: salad day! This past weekend was full of food, wine, friends, and fun – but I’m definitely a little tired today and ready for a healthy eating reset. Not that this is rabbit food by any stretch – it’s full of roasted vegetables, nutty farro, roasted chickpeas, diced apples, cranberries… basically everything I love about fall in one hearty bowl.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Salad

This one starts by roasting delicata squash and red onion wedges (btw, how pretty is this color combination?). To get the most out of my oven’s heat, I roasted chickpeas as well. Roast them until crispy – they add a nice texture and a bit of protein to the salad.

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I made this simple tahini sauce with maple syrup and apple cider vinegar. I like to drizzle and toss it with the base of my salad (farro and kale), and then serve the rest on the side (or just before serving) so that it doesn’t all soak in at once. Leftover sauce keeps in the fridge for about one week.

This serves 2 people as a pretty filling meal, or 4 as a side. I’m thinking I’ll double this and serve it for Thanksgiving this year.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Salad

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Too soon?

I was originally planning to post this recipe in October, but we finished it early and I just couldn’t wait. Fall or not, these cookies are SO good! Oats, pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, and chocolate baked into big soft pillowy cookies – what’s not to love? These babies are vegan, gluten free, and will be so perfect for lunch boxes because they’re nut-free(!) as well.

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know so many of you have asked how to make these carrot cookies without nuts. That recipe really needs the almond butter to bind them but THIS recipe holds together beautifully because pumpkin puree is a terrific binder. It’s also easier than grating carrots which means that you’ll make these so much more often, but I’m warning you – they’ll disappear even faster.

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These cookies are on the cake-y side and resemble a yummy muffin top. Like these Carrot Cookies, you could eat one for breakfast, or enjoy one as a semi-guilt-free midday snack. They also freeze extremely well. Thaw them at room temp for an hour (or so), or pop them in the microwave for 8-10 seconds.

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One Pot Vegetable Penne Pasta

One Pot Vegetable Penne Pasta

Our dishwasher recently broke, which has made me realize just how many dishes we (mostly I) use in a day.

For example, I start with a big glass of water first thing in the morning before I make a smoothie. Next comes iced cold brew coffee. When it’s time to make lunch, I’m usually too lazy to go upstairs to get my previously used water glass so I’ll grab another. In case you aren’t keeping track, I’m up to 4 glasses by about noon. There’s also one by my bed, two in the bathroom, and by the end of the day there will be a larger collection at my desk. I know – first world problems. But now that I’m washing dishes by hand, I’m trying to change my ways. I’ve learned that it’s far easier to rinse and reuse the same glass than it is to have a sink full of glassware (and of course other dishes) at the end of the day when I’m trying to start dinner.

All of this extra dishwashing led me to try the infamous one pot pasta. It was apparently invented by a french chef and later made internet-famous by Martha. I never considered trying it before because it’s a little too trendy and I’ve never found it to be a big deal to wash the pasta pot. But by now I was tired of washing dishes and this recipe seemed incredibly easy. And it was (is).

One Pot Vegetable Penne Pasta

It’s delicious too. Because the starches from the pasta stay with your pasta, this method creates a creamy sort of sauce that wouldn’t be there if you cooked and drained your pasta.

It starts like this, just add water:

One Pot Vegetable Penne Pasta

I felt like Martha’s recipe lacked a bit of flavor so for my version I’ve amped up the herbs & seasonings. I also added lemon juice, lemon zest and my market-haul of summer veggies. In lieu of freshly grated parmesan cheese I made a “cheese-like” hempseed topping. This pasta is nicely flavorful on it’s own so feel free to use cheese or “cheese”, or skip both. I do recommend adding toasted pine nuts (I forgot to add them before we took the photo), because they add a necessary bit of texture to this otherwise soft pasta.

I had a little trouble deciding on the serving size for this recipe. The final pot looked “family size,” but then we ate the whole thing, with Jack going back for multiple helpings. So I’m going to say this serves 2 hungry people, and maybe a few more if you have smaller eaters or if you serve this with a protein on the side.

One Pot Vegetable Penne Pasta