I did have my first pumpkin spice latte of the year while it was still warm out, but mostly I was excited to try out some new recipes.
First I made Mama Peas' pumpkin streusel swirl loaf.
It was delicious!! I highly recommend it.
I used canned pumpkin for that recipe, but then I roasted a sugar pumpkin I got in my second CSA share.
And I roasted the butternut squash, too, following Angela's tutorial.
I saved the seeds from the pumpkin and the squash so that I could roast them and make a delicious, iron-filled snack. Once again, I followed another tutorial by Angela.
|I just realized that it looks like I'm hiding an egg in this picture, haha, but it's really just a hard-boiled egg that I was trying to prevent from rolling off the counter.|
Come in a little closer to see that gorgeous, crunchy coating.
They taste even better when eaten from an orange dish.
Once I roasted the pumpkin, I scooped out the flesh and put it in my food processor to make a puree. Easy peasy. Then I used the puree to make 3 more recipes. I was on a roll! First up - pumpkin granola. It's got a great ingredient list and is very healthy. It even contains quinoa, which I had never thought to include in granola before. The quionoa gives it some extra protein, and a great nutty flavor. (I know quinoa is a seed, but "seedy flavor" does not sound too appealing!)
|By the way, old pasta sauce jars make great storage containers!|
I also made Kath's baked pumpkin oatmeal. (And I think my oven must be slanted, judging by the slope of the oatmeal in this dish.)
I'm a huge fan of having breakfast ready to go in the morning, so I baked this on Sunday and had breakfast ready and waiting for me the rest of the week.
In the mornings I just scooped out a section of oatmeal, put it in a bowl with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk (a current favorite of mine, if you couldn't tell), and heated it up in the microwave for about a minute. Perfection.
Finally, I tried out a savory dish - crock pot turkey white bean chili. It might sound a little strange, but it was absolutely delicious, and easy to make. And I just love using my crock pot - so convenient!
I could have eaten this for another week straight.
Oh, and I bought some pumpkin soup from Trader Joe's, too.
So is that enough pumpkin for ya? I wonder what my next seasonal food fixation will be... gingerbread? Cranberries? Something peppermint? Hmm, we shall see.
Song of the day:
"The Story" by Brandi Carlile. I really love this song because it's such a good mix of pretty and raw vocals. And it's fun to sing along to (but not fun to hear me singing along to!).