More Fall Inspired Recipes

by Lauren on October 16, 2012

How are we half way through October already?  Really, someone please tell me why time only seems to breeze by the older I get.  I remember being in grade school and feeling as though each week would be seemingly longer than the last.  Now, I’m lucky if I even remember what an entire week feels like.  Is it just me or does 7 days just not seem like enough to fit in everything?

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m getting older and the days are growing shorter.  Last week, I spent primarily in a bathing suit working on my tan and now I’m bundled up in a sweatshirt, reorganizing my closet for the cold season. It’s just not fair.

Luckily, fall has many good aspects but the main one being food.  I’m beginning to feel the urge to entertain and starting to brainstorm some easy and delicious recipes that would be fitting for any cozy dinner party.

Yesterday, we had dinner plans with some of our dear friends who we have not seen in quite some time.  My friend Jen was so gracious to prepare a fabulous spread of chili and cornbread and asked if I wouldn’t mind creating a fall-inspired salad.  Salads are sort of my thing so I accepted without a second thought.

Here is a question for you.  Have you ever eaten roasted vegetables in your salad?  Okay, here’s another question, have you ever eaten roasted fruit with your greens?  If your answer is no, then I highly suggest you pay close attention to this recipe because it’s about to change any preconceived notion you may have.

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Salad With Maple Balsamic Dressing
Salad
4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large Barlett pears, cored and cubed
  • 1 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup roasted pecans
  • 4-5 cups of spring mix greens
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • For the Dressing:
  • ¼ cup good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the squash and pears in a large bowl. Add the coconut oil and cinnamon and mix to combine.
  2. Lay squash and pears on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until soft.
  3. In a small dish, combine balsamic and maple syrup. Stream in oil and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  4. In a large dish or bowl, place salad greens. Once the squash and pears are finished cooking, add them to the greens along with the pecans.
  5. Pour dressing over greens and mix well.
  6. Top with goat cheese.

I’m already planning on bringing this one to the Thanksgiving table this year.

Keeping up with the pear theme, I continued the kick with breakfast this morning.

 

Pear Banana Oatmeal with Cinnamon Vanilla Yogurt


Ingredients:

1/4 cup dry rolled oats (not instant)

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon chia

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 banana, preferably overripe

1 small pear, diced

For the Cinnamon Vanilla Yogurt: 

1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

2-3 drops liquid vanilla stevia

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Combine the oats, chia, salt, milk, water and banana in a small sauce pan.  Mash the banana with a spoon until it is a paste and mix into the oats.

Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce and let simmer on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

Add the chopped pear and cinnamon and stir until heated through.

For the yogurt, combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.  Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and top with the cinnamon vanilla yogurt.

Warm chewy oats and creamy vanilla yogurt loaded with spicy cinnamon, it’s a great way to start your morning!

I’ve been quite busy in the kitchen these past few weeks as you can see and have even more fantastic recipes to bring to you coming up.

For now, be sure to check out a few more of my favorite autumn meals, including this delicious and hearty Chicken and Lentil Stew via the Shiloh Farms page.

 

Also some things to check out, Sarah put together a great Chocolate Honey Granola Bar recipe for her news debut yesterday.  You can see the clip and the recipe here.

I still have not heard from a few of the winners from my giveaways posts.  Make sure you check out the original posts to see if it was you and email me asap to claim your prize!

Wild Harvest Giveaway

Energy Bits Giveaway

Nuts About Granola Giveaway

Question: What is your favorite fall dish? 

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{ 19 comments }

Kristi @ lifesprinkles October 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

I LOVE adding roasted vegetables/fruits to my salads. There’s something especially comforting about eating a salad full of warm produce in the fall. Your salad looks delicious – I actually have all the ingredients on hand so this one might happen later this week! :)

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife October 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

mmm. those recipes look delicious. especially that salad you made for yesterday! yummy! I can’t believe its halfway through October too… it needs to slow down I want fall longer! (:

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat October 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

I love all roasted veggies – roasted fruit is one thing I haven’t made at home – it usually doesn’t last too long. ;)

Alysha @Shesontherun October 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

I love ordering roasted veggie salads at restaurants. My favorite fall dish has got to be a chicken pot pie. Heaven!

Danielle @ clean food creative fitness October 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

These recipes look amazing! I love roasted veggies even in the summer! Something about fall though just makes me crave warm comfy dishes! This salad is perfect for that!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

It does. Warm veggies in salads screams comfort!

Cara October 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I absolutely love roasted veggies and fruit on my salads! I always try to save veggies from dinner to use on a salad the next day for lunch!
That oatmeal looks pretty awesome too!

Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I’m all about putting fruit in salads. Last year I encountered Jessica (How Sweet It Is)’s roasted apple, pecan, chicken and spinach salad and it was LIFE CHANGING. The apples legitimately taste like apple pie filling. I imagine roasted pears are also fantastic. I’ll definitely have to give those a shot!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Ahh you’ve done it again and wowed me with another one of your amazing looking salads! I definitely can’t wait to try this one out. There’s really nothing like roasted veggies in your salad, but I can’t say I’ve ever tried roasted fruit. I’m sure it’s delicious!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

Oh it is it is! Do try it! :)

Kim @ Raising The Barre October 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I am going out for those salad ingredients ASAP! Sounds so cozy and delicious- can’t wait to try it!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

I hope you do! It’s delicious.

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I roasted up butternut squash, brussels sprouts and apples the other night – SO good! And then I convinced my dad to roast up some acorn squash and beets last night. I’m absolutely loving these fall flavors and having big bowls of roasted veggies with a little quinoa for dinner. :)

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

Mmmm me too! That’s exactly what I had last night. ;)

Floey October 17, 2012 at 6:43 am

I’ve been on a pear kick this week. Have you ever tried an Asian Pear? They are so good and juicy!
Also, that salad reminds me of one at CPK! Not sure if you’ve tried it before.

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

I have had Asian pears and they are delicious! Just expensive. :) I’ve only been to a CPK once or twice but last time I was there, I had a salad and it rocked my world.

Katie October 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

Gosh, I know what you mean about time flying by as we get older! The last three years are a total blur.

I LOVE roasting veggies for salads.. I brought some today for lunch, in fact! Yours looks so good… those pears!

Have a great day, love :-)

Brittany @ Protein And Pumps October 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

I was just talking about that the other day – how elementary and middle school seemed to go so slow. I remember even thinking the summers drug by back then. It’s like once you hit 13, every year after goes faster!

I don’t think I can pick a favorite fall meal. I’ve been eating a lot of beef stews with tons of veggies which I’m pretty obsessed with!

Diane @ life of di. October 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I know what you mean about time passing ‘more quickly’ now that we’re older. I try not to wish the days away (when I’m having a bad day – even though it’s hard not to) and remember that we have so few on this earth and have to enjoy them while we’re here :)

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