roasted farro and mushroom stuffed acorn squash

stuffed acorn squash with farro and mushrooms

Spending this past week back on the East Coast, I got a chance to see the final colorful foliage hanging on the trees and feel a chill in the air which has inspired me to continue my exploration of the flavors of Fall.  For this stuffed squash feast, a combination of earthy vegetables and salty cheese contrasts perfectly with the sweet roasted acorn squash that acts as your bowl!  No guilt needed if you finish up the entire half in one sitting, but you can also save these squash to fill your fridge before the Polar Vortex makes an early winter appearance!  Or if you are on the West Coast and are in need of a dose of the Autumn season, the aroma of thyme and mushrooms with a splash of white wine should fill your home with the smells of this great season, enjoy! Continue reading

black valentine bean and roasted tomato chili with quinoa

black bean and quinoa chili topped with avocado

Football season has always equated chili season in my mind.  Growing up, my mom made chili and cornbread for every Super Bowl, so I guess football and chili have always seemed to go together like PB& J for me!  With endless possibilities and flavors to explore, chili is a great vehicle to try out new spices, peppers, and beans.  For a vegan version of the spicy stew, I have teamed up with Farm Fresh to You to step out of the can to cook up my own black beans; Black Valentine beans to be exact!  With these California grown artisan beans from Community Grains as the heart of this chili, a base of roasted peppers and tomatoes add another dimension of smoky and spicy flavors to the mix.  Packed with plenty of protein, you don’t have to worry about missing the beef when you dip your spoon into this bowl!

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apple and sausage risotto

apple and sausage risotto

So even though I love eating a fresh crisp apple, for some reason cooking and baking with them have never been my cup of tea.  Well that is until my mom discovered a delicious way to combine cooked apples and sausage in this creamy risotto.  Not only is this one of my favorite comfort food dishes for Fall, but it is a great way to use up apples in a savory dish!  With a splash of apple cider at the end, the Arborio rice soaks up a little extra sweetness that is a great contrast to the pork and parmesan in the mix.  Take some time to stir a batch up this week and enjoy! Continue reading

roasted delicata squash and spinach frittata with smoked gouda

roasted squash and spinach fritatta with smoked gouda

After taking a week to recover from a great two day Vegas trip, I am back to blogging and happy to come back to cooler temperatures in LA this week!  As many of you may know, I receive a weekly delivery of organic and California grown produce from Farm Fresh to You.  This week I received delicata squash among other produce and couldn’t wait to get these squash on a roasting pan!  Nothing beats fresh roasted squash in the fall, and this recipe is a perfect way to combine the rich roasted flavors with a smoky cheese to create a vegetarian breakfast that you can eat all week!  Not only is the squash highlighted by the addition of spinach and garlic, but the hint of smoke makes you question whether or not there is bacon in this frittata. Continue reading

sausage, broccoli, and kale chowder

sausage and kale chowder with broccoli

One of my favorite things about Fall is that I can finally start stirring up homemade soups again!  There is nothing like a fresh and hearty homemade chowder to warm you right up on a chilly day.  With a mix of broccoli and kale, this chowder is packed with green veggies to satisfy your healthy side, while still having the deep rich flavor of sausage to satisfy your carnivorous cravings.  Stir up this simple chowder on the weekend and voilà, you have the perfect work week lunch that will fill you up without slowing you down, enjoy!

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