3 Ingredient Roasted Butternut Squash

Fall is finally here which means back to school as well as lots of opportunities for fall baking. I’ve been settling into apartment life for the past month and now that classes have started again, it’s hard to find time to actually cook wholesome meals. Thankfully I had yesterday morning free to do a little meal prep, including roasting some squash from my grandpa’s garden. It makes a perfect side with pretty much anything. This recipe is extremely simple and easy too (only three ingredients), so it’s perfect for this busy time of year. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 Butternut squash

2 Tbs. butter

2 Tbs. brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut squash into halves vertically and scoop out seeds to discard. Place the squash skin side down in a glass baking dish.
  3. Make three slices in each half of the squash, being sure not to cut all the way through. (See above photos.) This will allow the butter and brown sugar to flavor more of the squash.
  4. Spread the butter evenly on both halves and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the squash is soft a fork can be inserted easily.
  6. Squash can be eaten as is or scooped out of the skins and mashed. Enjoy!

 

Spaghetti Pie

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day! Today I want to feature a family recipe of mine that my sister Lauren at LuBerry Pie posted a while back. Just as a side note (and I know this mentioned at the end of the post), since I make everything egg-free, flax seed works wonderfully in this recipe instead of the egg whites. Directions for this is listed in the variations. Enjoy!

LuBerry Pie

Today I am going to share a simple and delicious recipe that my mother shared with me. It is extremely adaptable so there are plenty of ways to spice it up if you are looking for something a little more exciting; however, even the most basic version is a crowdpleaser.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. spaghetti (or pasta of choice)
  • 1 lb. shredded cheese (I recommend mozzarella, but you can mix in other kinds for added flavor)
  • 2 egg whites
  • Your favorite pasta sauce! (I used Newman’s Own Marinara)

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. While pasta is cooking, separate egg whites from yolks and beat.
  3. Rinse pasta with cold water to cool. (This is very important to prevent the eggs from cooking when they hit the pasta!)
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked spaghetti and egg whites, fully covering all of the spaghetti.
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Avocado Salad with Feta and Chickpeas

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to share my all time favorite salad. This avocado salad is my go-to lunch whether I’m at home or on the go. It’s so absolutely delicious, simple, and satisfying. The avocado is full of unsaturated fats and the lime juice gives it some pizzazz. The chickpeas and cheese provide a great vegetarian source of protein, too! Enjoy!

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 Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

1 avocado, diced

1/4 cup chickpeas

2 Tbs. crumbled feta cheese

2 Tbs. cilantro, chopped

1 Tbs. scallions, chopped

Juice of half a lime

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine avocado, chickpeas, and feta in a bowl.
  2. Toss with lime juice.
  3. Garnish with cilantro and scallions.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

Fall Harvest Couscous Salad

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying fall as the air is getting crisper and the leaves are finally changing colors! Today I want to share a variation of my Sweet Potato  and Quinoa Salad. Instead of quinoa, I used couscous and replaced the sweet potato with butternut squash. At first glance, they look pretty similar, but the curry gives the couscous a totally different flavor and a bit a heat. I’d love to hear what you think or which you prefer, so feel free to comment below!

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Serves 5

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, diced
  • 1 1/3 cup dry couscous
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup curly parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 3-4 tsp. Penzeys Curry
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the squash in your favorite olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Spread the squash evenly on the baking sheet and roast until tender.
  4. While the squash is in the oven, prepare the couscous according to the package directions.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, maple syrup, curry, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  6. When the couscous is done, put it in a large bowl and toss it with the dressing.
  7. Add the squash, cranberries, onion, and parsley.
  8. Adjust seasonings as necessary. Serve hot or cold.

 

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Believe it or not, it’s suddenly the middle of August which means Labor Day is only a few weeks away! As cookouts are planned and gatherings are arranged, it’s nearly time to start thinking about what to make for clean, healthy, crowd pleasing side dish. This Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad is fresh and summery, but incorporates some fall flavors as well, making it ideal for the last barbecue of the summer.

0415171705a.jpgPreheat the oven to 425°F. Wash, peel, and cube the sweet potato and toss it with some olive oil. You can also add salt and pepper to taste if you wish. To make cleanup easier, put a sheet of parchment paper down on a baking sheet before spreading the sweet potato on it. Make sure there is only one layer of potato cubes so that it roasts evenly. After about 15 minutes, they should be slightly golden and tender, but not mushy.

Meanwhile, put the quinoa and broth in a pot or saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let the quinoa simmer for roughly 10-15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. When it is done, it will be soft and fluffy and the germ ring of the grain will be visible.

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Since we’re waiting on the sweet potato and quinoa, now is a great time to start prepping the other ingredients. Chop the basil, cilantro, and scallions and set aside. Wash and juice the lemon as well.

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In a small bowl, add the minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, and lemon juice and give in a good whisk.

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When the sweet potato and quinoa are ready, put both in a large bowl. Add the cranberries, herbs, and onions and mix in the dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy warm or cold–it’s delicious either way!

 

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup tricolor quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  • 2 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Dressing

  • 1/2 tsp freshly minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tbs garlic infused olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Wash, peel, and cube the sweet potato and toss it with some olive oil. You can also add salt and pepper to taste if you wish.
  3. To make cleanup easier, put a sheet of parchment paper down on a baking sheet before spreading the sweet potato on it. Make sure there is only one layer of potato cubes so that it roasts evenly. After about 15 minutes, they should be slightly golden and tender, but not mushy.
  4. Meanwhile, put the quinoa and broth in a pot or saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let the quinoa simmer for roughly 10-15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. When it is done, it will be soft and fluffy and the germ ring of the grain will be visible.
  6. Chop the basil, cilantro, and scallions and set aside. Wash and juice the lemon as well.
  7. In a small bowl, add the garlic, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, and lemon juice and give it a good whisk.
  8. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, sweet potato, cranberries, onions, and herbs and  mix in the dressing. Salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

Buttermilk Chive Biscuits

For Easter today, I decided we needed some sort of bread item to go with scalloped potatoes and green bean casserole. The result was buttermilk chive biscuits! Believe it or not, they are actually very similar to my orange-raisin Irish soda bread. The only differences are that chives and lemon balm replace the orange and raisins and they are in biscuit form rather than a loaf. These are very versatile make a great savory side for practically any dish. Rosemary or thyme can also be used in place of chives or lemon balm.

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First, prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Then, heat three tablespoons of water on the stove and preheat the oven to 375°F. When the water is ready, whisk it with one tablespoon of ground flax seed in a small bowl. It will have a gooey consistency because it will be the binding property of the biscuits in place of an egg.

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In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in three tablespoons of cold butter and mix with a pastry blender or your hands. Personally, I’m not afraid to get my hands a little dirty because I like to have a feel of the dough so I know if I need to adjust anything.

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Add the buttermilk to the flax “egg” and give the mixture a good whisk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix them until they are combined.

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Rinse the chives and lemon balm and chop them finely on a cutting board. Feel free to experiment with any other savory herbs you like such as rosemary or thyme.

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Fold the herbs into the dough until they are evenly dispersed.

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Using a small, greased measuring cup, scoop dough onto the baking sheet. I like using the silicone baking mats because they have size guidelines. Each biscuit should be roughly 1/4 cup of dough.

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When all the dough is used up, bake them for about 15 minutes ate 375°F. This recipe makes 10-12 small biscuits. Test them with a toothpick when they are getting slightly golden.

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Enjoy as a savory side for scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, or any favorite dish!

Ingredients:

3 Tbs. hot water

1 Tbs. ground flax seed

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 Tbs. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3 Tbs. cold butter

3/4 cup buttermilk

Chives

Lemon balm

Directions:

  1. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Heat three tablespoons of water on the stove and preheat the oven to 375°F.
  3. When the water is ready, whisk it with one tablespoon of ground flax seed in a small bowl. It will have a gooey consistency because it will be the binding property of the biscuits in place of an egg.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Cut in three tablespoons of cold butter and mix with a pastry blender or your hands.
  6. Add the buttermilk to the flax “egg” and give the mixture a good whisk.
  7. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix them until they are combined.
  8. Rinse the chives and lemon balm and chop them finely on a cutting board. Feel free to experiment with any other savory herbs you like such as rosemary or thyme.
  9. Fold the herbs into the dough until they are evenly dispersed.
  10. Using a small, greased measuring cup, scoop dough onto the baking sheet. I like using the silicone baking mats because they have size guidelines. Each biscuit should be roughly 1/4 cup of dough.
  11. When all the dough is used up (there will be about 10-12 biscuits), bake them for about 15 minutes ate 375°F.  Test them with a toothpick when they are getting slightly golden.
  12. Enjoy!

Margherita Pizza

Tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella! Is there a better culinary combination in all the world? I think not. These three classic ingredients are the foundation of the authentic Neapolitan margherita pizza. While I can’t certify that the crust is truly Italian, it is made with whole wheat and bursting with garlic and herb flavours. Then comes the sauce which is a determining factor in the quality of any pizza. I’ve always used store-bought sauces until I tried this recipe. It is absolutely phenomenal and really easy. I don’t think I’ll ever buy sauce again. Finally the toppings. When it comes to cheese, only fresh mozzarella will do–not the block of mozzarella next to the American singles at the grocery store, but truly fresh cheese. All that’s left is some fresh basil and oregano. I used to add other toppings like olives, sun-dried tomatoes, peppers, and onions too. Don’t get me wrong–those are great. However, I’ve found that less is more because too many toppings take away from the scrumptious crust, tangy sauce, and fresh cheese.

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Start by making the sauce. While it is simmering, go ahead and make the crust. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, whisk 3/4 cup lukewarm water, yeast, and two teaspoons of sugar. Set aside for about 10 minutes to allow the yeast to proof. It should be getting bubbly when it’s ready. In another small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of lukewarm water with 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed. This will make an “egg”.

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In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, garlic powder, pizza seasoning, and dried basil. Then add the yeast mixture, flax seed mixture, and olive oil. Stir until well combined.

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Take half of the dough and place it on a well floured surface. It will still be pretty sticky, so knead in more flour until in becomes a firm dough ball that you can work with.

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Then roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch in thickness and place on a pizza stone. Repeat with the remaining dough. If the oven is still preheating, set the crusts on the stove top to warm up. They won’t rise significantly, but it will help a little bit. When the oven is ready, bake for 10-12 minutes.

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While the crusts are in the oven the sauce should be finishing up. This is also a good time to slice the mozzarella, basil, and oregano.

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When the pizza crusts are slightly golden brown on the bottom, pull them out and top with sauce, cheese, and herbs.

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Put the pizzas back in the oven for about 12 more minutes or until the crusts are golden and the cheese is melted. Makes two 12-inch pizzas. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup lukewarm water

2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (not instant)

2 tsp. sugar

1/4 cup lukewarm water

2 Tbs. ground flax seed

2 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (plus some extra for kneading)

3/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. Penzey’s Roasted Garlic

1 tsp. Penzey’s Frozen Pizza Seasoning

1 tsp. Penzey’s California Sweet Basil

1/4 cup garlic infused olive oil

1 batch homemade pizza sauce

8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese

Fresh basil

Fresh oregano

Directions:

  1. Prepare the sauce and while it is simmering, start the crust.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk 3/4 cup lukewarm water, yeast, and two teaspoons of sugar. Set aside for about 10 minutes to allow the yeast to proof. It should be getting bubbly when it’s ready.
  4. In another small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of lukewarm water with 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed. This will make an “egg”.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, garlic powder, pizza seasoning, and dried basil.
  6. Add the yeast mixture, flax seed mixture, and olive oil. Stir until well combined.
  7. Take half of the dough and place it on a well floured surface. It will still be pretty sticky, so knead in more flour until in becomes a firm dough ball that you can work with.
  8. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch in thickness and place on a pizza stone. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  9. If the oven is still preheating, set the crusts on the stove top to warm up. They won’t rise significantly, but it will help a little bit. When the oven is ready, bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. While the crusts are in the oven the sauce should be finishing up. This is also a good time to slice the mozzarella, basil, and oregano.
  11. When the pizza crusts are slightly golden brown on the bottom, pull them out and top with sauce, cheese, and herbs.
  12. Put the pizzas back in the oven for about 12 more minutes or until the crusts are golden and the cheese is melted. Makes two 12-inch pizzas. Enjoy!

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