Favorite Fall Harvest Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

I really, really love fall. I love sunny, crisp fall days, but I also adore rainy ones. Anyone else? I love a cozy meal while it’s raining outside. Something charming about it to me. This fall harvest salad with roasted butternut squash is so perfect for a day like today, where it’s raining and a little gloomy outside. Crunchy, a little sweet, *almost* healthy – I’ve got this one on repeat lately!

 

It’s such an easy recipe once you’ve roasted up your butternut squash. It’s also one of those non-recipe-recipes that I am so fond of, that is completely customizeable to your tastes! I love the squash with the gorgonzola and pecans, and the cranberries add a little sweetness, and the onions add a little bite. Yes, please!

 

Let me know how you make your own version of this salad!

 

Fall Harvest Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Yields: 4-6 servings, depending on serving size | Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 small butternut squash, cubed

1.5 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, allspice (optional)

1/4 cup pecans

1/8 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup gorgonzola (obsessed with the one I found at Trader Joe’s – it’s beautiful and very tasty!)

1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly

1 pound, mixed greens

Dressing:

1 tbsp each: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard

salt, pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°. Prepare a pan with foil & cooking spray or a silpat (my preference). Peel and cube your butternut squash and place in a bowl. Drizzle olive oil over squash and sprinkle spices. Toss gently to evenly coat the cubed squash. Place on the baking sheet.

Once your oven is preheated, place the sheet in the oven and roast the butternut squash for 20-30 minutes. Shake the pan at 10 minutes and at 20 minutes, check for doneness.

While your squash is roasting, combine pecans, cranberries, gorgonzola, red onion and mixed greens in a salad bowl.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk; alternatively, combine dressing ingredients in a small jar, close with a lid and shake until well combined.

Remove squash from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes. Dress your salad with the dressing and gently combine; add the squash gently.

 

Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Come October, I’m all, bring me all the pumpkin spice things please okaythanksbye! I love that flavor, and it being so seasonal, really rings in the autumn for me.

These mini pumpkin cinnamon rolls are a quick and easy recipe with only a few ingredients. They come together in the time it takes to open the canned pumpkin + 2 minutes. Okay, and preheating the oven time. But once you make these, you’ll want to make them over and over again.

 

  

 

Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 20 mini rolls (10 regular size rolls) | Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Cinnamon Rolls:

1 can crescent rolls (I used reduced fat, they were still lovely)

3 tbsp canned pumpkin (use the regular canned pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie filling)

1/4 c. sugar or sugar substitute that pours like sugar

1/4 teaspoon allspice, nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Sugar Icing:

2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar

1 tbsp milk

1/4 tsp vanilla

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Prepare your baking sheet, love a silpat!

Combine sugar and spices. Set aside.

Roll out the crescent dough and split between the two sheets. Smoosh (very technical) the seams together.

Gently spread the canned pumpkin evenly over the two sheets of dough. Sprinkle spiced sugar over the pumpkin filling.

Roll up your pumpkin crescent rolls, lengthwise.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

While the cinnamon rolls are cooling, prepare the sugar icing. Combine the ingredients and stir to combine, until no clumps are visible. If the mixture is soupy, add confectioner’s sugar 1/2 tsp at a time. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

 

An Easy Frittata Recipe

While I love a fancy meal or a good project recipe (like bread, tortillas, or cinnamon rolls), I really do love an easy recipe that doesn’t even need a “recipe.” To be completely honest with you, I don’t have many recipes locked in my head, but I do have a few things I turn to for which I know the basics and can switch up based on my mood…and the contents of the fridge.

 

A frittata really is quite simple – eggs + your favorite veggies. This version, I added some chopped spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions. This go around, I added a light sprinkling of cheese when it came out of the oven. It’s completely up to you!

 

Simple Frittata

Yield:  12 servings | Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

16 eggs (for a 9×13 casserole dish)

1/4 c. milk or cream

1 c. mushrooms, sliced

1 small onion, choppeed

1.5 c. frozen chopped spinach, thawed

15 cherry tomatoes, chopped

1/4 c. shredded cheese

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°. Prepare casserole with non stick spray. Set aside.

Crack eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Slowly whisk in milk/cream.

Add all vegetables and gently fold to combine.

Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the center is firm. Once out of the oven, top with the shredded cheese.

 

Note: You can 100% add shredded cheese to the mixture if you desire. Add along with the vegetables! Customize the ingredients to your liking!

Grapefruit Gin Paloma Cocktails

So, I cannot stop with the grapefruit cocktails this year! (See my skinny grapefruit marg from a few weeks ago here.) Traditionally, a paloma features tequila, but here I’ve used gin. You should feel free to substitute gin for the traditional choice of tequila; vodka will also work!

 

This gin grapefruit cocktail will serve you well as the days get longer and the nights get hotter. You can bet this will be served at our get togethers this summer – I mean, hello, pitcher drink! I love finishing this cocktail with a sprig of mint. While it doesn’t really add to the mouth-flavor it adds to the scent-flavor! A ripe grapefruit is so heavenly, and when you add some fresh mint into the mix, it really is divine.

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, sweetened lime juice, a splash of club and an ounce and-a-half of gin, and a sprig of mint – it’s that simple!

 

Grapefruit Gin Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 Cocktail | Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

1.5 oz gin (you can also substitute tequila or vodka)

3 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice* (see note)

.5 oz sweetened lime juice*

Splash of club

Ice cubes

Sprig of mint

 

*If you decide to use store bought grapefruit juice, I would suggest foregoing the sweetened lime juice in favor of fresh squeezed limes. Up to you!

Naan Egg Toasts for Brunch

I’ve never been a huge fan of eating breakfast at any time actually appropriate to be called “breakfast,” but oh how I love breakfast food. During the week, I usually skip right through the meal and end up having my lunch at 11:30 because I just can’t wait any more. I know, I know, I have to start eating a breakfast regularly.

Enter: weekend. I love breakfast on the weekend. And I love a breakfast that feels special. These egg toasts are a no-recipe needed dish that can be served as breakfast for one or brunch for one hundred.

The mini Naan I used for this are sturdy enough to hold the melted cheese, beneath the egg, and the drippy golden goodness when you break open the yolk. It’s a perfect light main dish, that accompanied by bacon or sausage or even potatoes would be a delightful brunch with your friends. Or yours truly. I make a great brunch guest and will always bring you champagne.

 

I love topping my eggs with scallions, I feel like it elevates the dish and really gets some great flavors going for you!

 

 

 

Naan Egg Toasts

Time: 10 minutes | Yield: 1 Naan Toast

Ingredients

Mini Naan (I use Stonefire)

1-2oz of your favorite cheese, or as much as you’d like of your favorite cheese

1 egg

Scallions, sliced, optional

Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325
  2. Top your naan with your sliced cheese, thin enough that it will melt quickly. When the oven is ready, pop that naan in the oven to get toasted and the cheese to melt.
  3. Heat skillet and add butter or cooking spray
  4. Fry egg to desired done-ness. My trick to a great over easy egg is using a clear glass lid so I can keep an eye on how done it is, waiting until that clear film around the yolk turns white.
  5. Remove the naan from the oven and gently slide the egg onto your naan toast
  6. Top with salt, pepper and scallions, if using!

Serve up with bacon, sausage, homefries – whatever your favorite brunch side is!

Light, Refreshing and Skinny Grapefruit Margarita

Okay, if you are a mixologist, you might just want to leave now. I’m calling this drink a margarita because there’s tequila involved and it pairs so nicely with my fish tacos I’m dishing out for our cinco de mayo party this weekend.

The grapefruits were so fragrant at the market, I couldn’t resist. As soon as I caught the scent walking past them I knew they would be perfect with some tequila and seltzer. Is this an actual margarita? To me it just needs tequila to be called as such!

Simple Fish Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

I love a good fish taco, but I’m pretty sure I’ve spent 3/4 of my life never ordering them. I can’t remember exactly the first time I had a fish taco, but hands down the best I’ve ever had is at Taco Boy in Charleston, South Carolina. So next time you’re there, but sure to go to TB and have all the tacos!

I’ll serve these tacos with guacamole, pickled red onions and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. I used tilapia but you can use any fresh, hardy white fish you like!

I love having a theme to celebrate with friends around, and let’s be real, who doesn’t love tacos? Our full cinco de mayo party menu can be found here!

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

Today, we’re getting you ready with an amazing taco perfect for your cinco de mayo parties this weekend! The barbacoa comes together quickly in a crockpot, topped with a simple pico de gallo, or whatever other toppings you enjoy!

I’m planning to serve these with our jalapeno margaritas, which compliments the soft spiciness of these barbacoa tacos.

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe for a Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party

A good taco recipe can be elevated to a great taco with a homemade, from scratch, worth every second of effort, tortilla recipe!

This easy tortilla recipe comes together with just a few ingredients, and following just a few steps that I promise anyone can do, you’ll have fresh tortillas in about 15 minutes.

A stand mixer is all you need – but it will also work if you mix by hand! I swear, just a little scoop of guacamole is really all you need. They’re so soft, and fresh, and just all around heavenly. It takes you from taco night to TACO PARTY!

 

Fresh Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

Yield: About 16 tortillas | Time: ~30 minutes

Ingredients

3 cups unbleached flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp salt

1 cup warm water

1/4 cup olive oil/vegetable oil

 

Directions

  1. Combine dry ingredients in stand mixer fitted with dough hook.
  2. Put stand mixer on low speed to mix dry ingredients together briefly.
  3. While the stand mixer is on a low speed, slowly add water and oil. Increase the speed to a medium-to-high setting.
  4. Once the dough turns into a ball, slow the speed until most of the dough is a ball on the dough hook.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface.
  6. Roll the tortilla dough out to about .75  inch thick.
  7. Cut dough into 16 even pieces.
  8. Roll the dough into balls (like a meatball!); place onto a tray or cookie sheet and gently press down. Do this with all of the 16 pieces of dough.
  9. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow the dough to rest for at least 15 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
  10. Heat a skillet until it is very very hot – you want the tortillas to cook up quickly!
  11. Roll each tortilla ball until it is very thin, or use a tortilla press!
  12. Heat each side of each rolled out tortilla for about 10-15 seconds.
  13. Cover the tortillas in a stack as they come off the skillet!
  14. Enjoy with your favorite tacos!

Stay tuned the rest of the week for the perfect taco and margarita pairings for cinco de mayo!