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Butternut Brie Sandwiches with Caramelized Shallots and Arugula

Butternut Brie Sandwiches with Caramelized Shallots and Arugula

I don’t do a ton of dairy.

However, like s’mores around a campfire, butternut and brie is one of my all-time favorite autumn combinations. I don’t eat it often, but when I do, I’m a happy camper.

Butternut Brie Sandwiches with Caramelized Shallots and Arugula

There’s something about the natural nuttiness of butternut squash that lends itself well to the buttery, slight earthiness of brie. Melt the one onto the softness of the other, and magic happens.

Throw in some caramelized shallots and a crusty bread to offset that cream, and true sandwich sorcery is cast.

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Quinoa Pizza Crust with Butternut Squash and Tahini Sauce

Quinoa Pizza Crust with Butternut Squash and Tahini Sauce

At the arrival of spring last week, sitting in a wooden basket in the corner of my kitchen, one lone butternut squash remained. A butternut from last year’s fall harvest and my days selling and slinging veggies at a weekly Saturday farmer’s market. Oh how time flies. And yet how sturdy and strong winter squash can stand through it all.

When I get all sorts of confused about life, which seems to happen a lot as a transient 20-something college grad, I remind myself to think like a butternut. Stay strong on the outside, but sweet and a little nutty on the inside, with the ability to open up and get all soft when the right times arrives. (That analogy is my nuttiness coming out…but I do quite adore and look up to the butternut.)

Red Quinoa

As time is flying, another growing season is upon us, and I am beyond psyched. Living in a city, I don’t yet have a garden of my own, but I do have some plans to get involved with some urban farms this summer, and of course, return home to help my parent’s kick butt in their own backyard plots. Heck yeah for spring. And please move a little faster! (It snowed here last night. I’m not the fighting kind of gal, but I sincerely wanted to punch the sky in the face.)

Until then, I feel fortunate to be savoring the last of the cold weathered season. With one golden squash remaining in my basket, I wanted to make sure it received some memorable treatment. As soon as I saw this pizza recipe from Dishing Up the Dirt, it was a no-brainer as to where that squash would be heading. The uniqueness of this dish had me hooked!

Quinoa Pizza Crust with Butternut Squash and Tahini Sauce

After making this pizza, I can 100% say that if you don’t already have a butternut laying around in your own home, it’s worth making the trip out to buy one. This was awesome! I honestly wish I could say I made up this recipe on my own because I just love how creative it is…I mean, quinoa-based crust made with a little love from the food processor?! How cool is that. (Props to you Andrea.)

Tahini Sauce

This obviously isn’t your traditional cheesy, red-sauced ‘za. But if you were craving that, you probably wouldn’t be eyeing this recipe anyway. The good news? It’s will make for an every-bit-as-satisfying pizza night, especially once you get that tahini sauce drizzling on top. This is the kind of healthy app I’d love to see at a restaurant. It feels light but rich all at the same time. If that makes any sense. Make this yourself, and you’ll get what I mean.

Quinoa Pizza Crust with Butternut Squash and Tahini Sauce

The pizza does take several steps to make, but all are incredibly easy to execute. A simple 3-ingredient quinoa crust presents a base for a naturally creamy sauce stemming from butternut squash – i.e., no dairy needed. It gives a very gentle sweetness that contrasts with the mildly tangy tahini dressing that goes on top. I’m always in favor of a saucy pizza. With this pizza, you get to have two. Their richness (though as I mentioned before, not in a heavy way) is cut by cilantro, and are then finished with a crunch via fresh chickpeas on top. A pizza that has everything going for it – health included. Heck yeah.

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Butternut and Black Lentil Collard Wraps with Cilantro Pistou


Black lentils

Collard wraps are my new obsession. I wish I made the discovery a few years ago. Perhaps then I’d be a bit better at rolling them by this point…Thank you aluminum foil for keeping me (somewhat) clean on a regular basis.

I’m psyched to present my newest version of these. Can we just start off by discussing how beautiful those above lentils are?! Their bluish shimmer is so striking. How could you not want to put them with some butternut and wrap them tightly in an equally gorgeous green shell? The beauty of clean eating, I tell you. It feels almost too easy.

Butternut and Black Lentil Collard Wraps with Cilantro Pistou

I provided my office with lunch for the very first time this past week. (We’re a small team.) And thus, I also gave my co-workers their very first taste of collard wraps.

We’re a health-based startup, so needless to say, I was immediately given employee of the month. Kidding. But these wraps did go over rather well, and I foresee more collard wraps in their future. Woohoo! I’m always on a never-ending healthy eating revolution, so I love when new ideas are a hit.

Light and portable (with the help of that handy dandy aluminum foil, as mentioned above), these make for a great workweek lunch, one that will leave you feeling alert and ready to go. The cilantro pistou adds a tangy, almost Baja-esque feel with the help of a little cabbage for some crunch.

Butternut paired with avocado is also a new obsession of mine, as I feel both compliment each other’s butteriness. Find them here together, and let me know if you feel the same. (Sometimes I’ll just steam up winter squash, and melt some smashed, salted avocado on top once it’s finished. It’s heavenly, and oh so simple.)

I wouldn’t share just any recipe for my first time making lunch for my office. So trust me, this one’s a healthful delight. Maybe you can impress some friends with it, too. And start a collard wrap revolution with me. Enjoy!

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Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut

Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut

When I saw miso + creamy butternut, I thought to myself, “interesting combination”. Then, when I saw coconut in this recipe too, it instantly got bookmarked out of intrigue. Coconut and miso together is entirely new to me, and I have to say it works quite well in this soup. (The extra coconut milk left in your can works well in oatmeal the next morning too – banana/maple/coconut/oat heaven, hint hint.)

There are definitely layers of flavor going on here that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. In a good way.

One of my friends with whom I was sharing this brought over olive bread to add to the dinner table. That was like a hipster dressed in early fall – they pull out all their favorite items to layer a cardigan over a flannel over a collared denim over a too tight t-shirt. Too many layers, in a bad way.

Butternut Squash Soup with Miso and Coconut

Adding anything with olives to this soup meal, I wouldn’t suggest, unless you’re a fan of conflict and intense food dichotomy. A crusty baguette, on the other hand, would compliment this perfectly.

This miso in here adds a subtle saltiness, and a hint of earthiness that’s surprisingly detectable. I like a little crunch in my soup, which is why I added the cashews – they won’t overpower the miso, but rather add to the coconut’s sweetness. I also tried throwing in a handful of raw kale the next day while reheating. This too complimented the soup, and added a healthy (literally) dose of satisfying crunch.

Surprisingly simple, this recipe will undoubtedly be going on the repeat list. Not sure about where you live, but it’s snowing here today. For sure the best excuse to spend the evening inside and layer up on butternut gold.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Crispy Sage

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Sage

It feels good to build things. Like recipes, and lego houses, and new skills, and gardens, and bowls.

That pretty, imperfect bowl above was a result of my first ever ceramics class! Flawed and all, it feels better to eat out of than any of my other smooth surfaces. After going through a series of classes earlier this year, I tell you, playing with clay is fun.

I also built (well, really mainly smoothed and stained) the wood that’s placed beneath that bowl. My friend has a new woodshop space, and I’m thrilled with the future furniture ideas I hope to make happen there. Something about creating a tangible product really gets me. Perhaps that’s why I’m such a sucker for photography and recipe development.

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Sage

 

This particular recipe was inspired by Two Peas and Their Pod. I love the duo approach they take to blogging. All I can say is, my future husband better be okay with food photography because a lot of that goes down in my life. But good eating, too.

This was delicious and so naturally creamy all on its own. It does have a touch of parmesan, but I even believe you could skip out on that if you wanted to take this vegan. Simply adjust the spices to your taste. One note, make sure to liberally salt the sauce. You’ve got a lot of pasta to season, and the salt will help to bring out the flavors of the squash.

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