Dinner

kabocha home fries

Last week was catch up time for me – I just returned from L.A. where I not only spent four days at Expo West – the Natural Food Products show, but I also took another week for vacation, just by myself. Expo West was amazing and overwhelming and so much dang fun, I cannot wait to go back next year!

…and vacation time was so nice. I went to the beach, I walked all over everywhere, I relaxed and I ate some fantastic food. I have at least a couple of posts to recap, coming soon.

So, all of that means I have not been around for Meatless Mondays. This week the ingredient is squash, which I love in so many ways. In lieu of a new recipe, I am sharing some of my favorites with you.

Anyone want to take a half a guess at what my favorite squash is? It may not be apparent here. But it might. Do you have a favorite?

roasted butternut lasagna with crispy sage

 

goat cheese squash blossoms

Dijon-apricot goat cheese squash blossoms 

 

kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch dressing

kabocha fries with buffalo celery ranch

 

pumpkin caramel recipe

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce

 

spicy chipotle butternut soup

 

caramelized onion kabocha sandwich

caramelized onion kabocha sandwich with garlic and avocado

 

pumpkin cheesecake spread

pumpkin cheesecake spread

 

spiced maple kabocha smoothie

spiced maple kabocha smoothie

 

sage butternut hand pies

 

pumpkin whoopie pies

 

maple cream pumpkin pie with buttery gingersnap crust

 

Happy [Meatless] Monday! 

 

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We are halfway through week two of the #MushroomMakeover. I am obligated to post one recap per week, but as always, when excited about something, I do more – in addition to the weekly review, I will be sharing some of the recipes I’ve been making recently. My recap posts will be at the end of each week, on Fridays or Saturdays.

This sandwich was especially good, and I am really liking arugula lately also. Such a unique flavor, and it goes well with the crispy sauteed mushrooms and the sweet and mildly spicy red peppers. The garlicy bean spread provides some extra oomph and flavor – this would be great as a bowl, as well – over quinoa or salad.

A couple of years ago, via The Chew, Mario Batali  taught us [click to continue…]

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vibrant spinach mac and cheese

So, that Matthew McConaughey.

I have always liked him, but he has become a really good actor. Really good. Real.

Jason and I waited until the season finale of True Detective, then began watching the series. One episode after another, all in one day. Yesterday. I won’t say much for those who have not seen it – those who have? let’s discuss somewhere else! – but wow. So good. I have heard some say they were disappointed in the finish, but we both liked it.

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Did you know you can make a roux out of pureed spinach, coconut oil and coconut flour?

Yeah, I am positive someone or many someones will be eye-rolling and side-eyeing my spinach roux, but that is what I am calling it.

A tasty, bright green, havarti-garlic saucy roux. For pasta to [click to continue…]

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miso arugula greens with roasted portobello

SPABETTIE IS A FINANCIALLY COMPENSATED BLOGGER AMBASSADOR FOR THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL, AND IS PARTICIPATING IN THE #MUSHROOMMAKEOVER 30 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE AND ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF THE OPINIONS OR POSITIONS OF THE MUSHROOM COUNCIL OR MAMAVATION.

 

It wasn’t so very long ago that I was talking about how I stood at the kitchen counter and ate an entire skillet of sauteed mushrooms… only to make another batch because my snack was meant for a recipe.

Only in my kitchen does this kind of thing happen?

Didn’t think so.

I love my mushrooms.

Which is why I am so excited to be chosen by The Mushroom Council and Mamavation as an ambassador and [click to continue…]

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caramelized onion kabocha sandwich with garlic and avocado

My love of kabocha continues. and I keep finding new things to do with it. I think I ate this sandwich every day for a week. Yep, probably went through … six kabocha in five days?

Last night I was out of sandwich rolls so I made a kabocha rice bowl with all of these ingredients.

After several weeks of bummer avocados, [click to continue…]

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You guys.

It’s March.

First day of Spring. St Paddy’s Day. SXSW. March Madness.

…and for the math nerd in me, Pi Day.

lemony blackened broccoli pizza

Longtime readers know I celebrate each year. Always with pie, usually shaped into Pi.

I do have a pie coming up for you all, and it is good.

In the meantime, to kick off the month I have a Pie Collection for Pi Day – sweet, savory, pie bites and pizza pies included.

I think I need to make these Spicy Potato Lentil Pies this weekend…

spicy potato lentil pie

 

 

If you cannot see the slideshow, click here to see the whole collection.

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

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raw asparagus soup

Elle’s friends are spending the weekend cooking her recipes and sharing beautiful stories. If you want to follow along, the hashtag #ElleAPalooza is where you find us.

I mentioned some fundraising – there will be an auction at the end of the month, to benefit her family – her husband, four kids and beloved animals. There will soon be more information on the Friends of Elle facebook page, and if you feel so inclined, there is a PayPal account for donations.

Elle was an incredibly generous and supportive friend. It warms my heart to read everyone’s words about her now. To see this amazing community come together in generous support, as this community always does.

amazing asparagus soup

Elle’s Raw Cream of Asparagus Soup was a new find for me – not sure how, and quite surprised that this got past my radar. You all know I love cashews, I love asparagus, and I love getting creative with ingredients you would not think to add to a soup.

There are some unique adds that make this soup incredibly flavorful.

Find the recipe here – Raw Cream of Asparagus Soup

creamy vegan asparagus soup

 

You are in our thoughts and hearts, Elle.

 

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Supremely Tasty Puff Pastry Pizza Tart

My first #ElleAPalooza recipe was a beautifully flavored gazpacho from a beautifully spirited Elle. My favorite recipe of hers.

Now I bring the comfort.

Puff Pastry Pizza Tart

While I want to keep a positive and happy tone to my celebrating Elle this weekend, it is a somber and sad time. Recalling a life gone too soon is heartbreaking, especially when it was one that was joyous and happy and outspoken and caring.

Time for the comfort.

Elle knew comfort food.

This recipe is easy, quick, and can be customized to your flavor preferences. Melty cheese and flaky puff pastry surround my favorite Italian flavors.

basil mushroom puff pastry tart

I kept mine vegan, but followed Elle’s Supremely Tasty Puff Pastry Pizza Tart recipe for the most part. No meat (I did procure some vegan pepperoni but decided against it last minute), vegan cheese, piles of sauteed mushrooms, flavorful roasted red pepper and a huge bunch of fragrant fresh basil.

Comfort food at it’s best – and we can all use that today.

vegan puff pastry tart

 

Thinking of you, Elle.

 

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