Butternut Squash, Kale, and Quinoa Stew

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cups cubed butternut squash
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon red chile flakes
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth
½ cup dry quinoa
2 to 3 cups chopped kale
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and a few pinches of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 4 minutes.

Add the butternut squash, another pinch of salt, and stir. Let the butternut squash cook for a few minutes, then stir in the garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika and red pepper flakes. Add the white wine vinegar and stir to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes, broth, and quinoa.

Cover and simmer until the butternut squash is tender and the quinoa is cooked through, about 40 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, I like to taste and adjust seasonings. Add additional spices if you like.

When the soup is nearly done, stir in the kale and cook about 5 minutes more, or until the kale is wilted. Taste and adjust seasonings again.

from Love & Lemons blog

Rice and Arugula Salad

Ingredients:
For the Lemon Dressing
juice of one orange
juice of one lemon
⅓ cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
agave or honey to taste (optional)
For the Salad
about 4-5 cups arugula, spinach, or a greens blend
about 2 cups cooked wild rice
about 2 cups chopped mangos
½ cup almonds
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup sliced red onions

Combine dressing ingredients. Pour over salad ingredients.

Adapted from: http://pinchofyum.com/thanksgiving-salad-wild-rice-lemon-dressing

Tomato Soup

Ingredients:
3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 quart chicken stock or water

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.

In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, sautee the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

from the Barefoot Contessa

Spicy Greens and White Bean Stew

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 anchovies, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 slices bacon, finely diced
1 sweet onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound of uncooked white beans, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight
6 cups water
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 parmesan cheese rind
1 bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped (about 3 cups)
1 bunch of flat-leaf spinach (about 2 cups)
2 cups of arugula greens, chopped
shave parmesan for topping
a crusty baguette for serving

Directions:
Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the anchovies and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper flakes, stirring well, and saute until the anchovies melt into the oil. Add in the bacon, onion, salt, pepper and paprika and toss to coat. Cook until the bacon crisps and the onion softens, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute. Add in the soaked beans, water, stock and parmesan rind. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are falling apart, most of the water is absorbed and the mixture is thick and creamy. I simmered mine covered for about 1.5 hours, then took the lid off for the remaining time. If at any time the stew seems to be drying out, add more water or stock.

Use a potato mashed and smash some of the beans to give the mixture a thicker consistency. If it seems too thick, you can add a bit of water or stock – however much you’d like to get to the consistency you desire. Stir in the kale, spinach and arugula. Toss in the remaining pepper flakes. Cook over low heat, stirring until the greens are wilted, about 5 minutes. Taste and season as desired, adding more pepper flakes, salt and pepper if you’d like.

Serve immediately with shaved parmesan some crusty bread!

Greek Couscous Salad

Ingredients:
1 bag or box pearled couscous
diced cherry tomatoes
diced kalamata olives
diced English cucumber
thinly sliced spinach
diced red bell pepper
diced red onion
feta crumbled
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
juice of half a lemon
1 garlic clove minced
salt and pepper

Directions:
Cook Couscous according to box.

Chop all veggies and place in large mixing bowl. Add cooled couscous to veggies. Mix together olive oil and next 4 ingredients. Pour over couscous mixture. Add feta and toss all together. Best served room temperature.

Feel free to double dressing if you think you salad needs more.

Lentil and Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:
4 small handfuls of spinach leaves, divided
1 can of lentils, drained and rinsed
1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 English cucumber, quartered & sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4 small handfuls of fresh arugula, divided
Shaved parmesan cheese
Ground pepper

Dressing:
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 tablespoons of dijon mustard (I used a dijon/horseradish mustard)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
salt + pepper to taste

Directions:
If you want to set this up in a mason jar, I would suggest using a smaller, but wide jar. You don’t want too tall & narrow or else it’ll be hard to get the fork in. If you don’t have a mason jars you can always layer this in a salad bowl. The other option is to have all the ingredients placed in separate bowls and have your guests build their own. You’ve got options.

One salad at a time, start with the spinach. Then layer a few spoonfuls of lentils and garbanzo beans.
Stack slices of cucumber, and then add a handful of tomato halves. Top with fresh arugula.

In case there are any dairy allergies, you can keep the cheese on the side. If not, add the parmesan and some ground pepper – ties all the ingredients together nicely.

To make the dressing: In a small bowl, add garlic cloves, mustard, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and mix together. Continue to whisk, while you pour in the olive oil. Season with salt + pepper.

(from With Style & Grace blog)

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

Ingredients:
For the Butternut Parmesan Sauce:
1 lb butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh grated parmesan cheese
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Lasagna:
9 lasagna noodles, cooked
10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, heated and squeezed well
15 oz fat free ricotta cheese
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
salt and fresh pepper
9 tbsp (about 3 oz) part skim shredded Italian Blend Cheese
1 tablespoon parsley, minced

Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add butternut squash and cook until soft. Remove squash with a slotted spoon, reserve about 1 cup of the water and set aside, then blend until smooth with an immersion blender, adding 1/4 cup of the reserved liquid to thin out.

Meanwhile, in a large deep non-stick skillet, add the oil, sauté the shallots and garlic over medium-low heat until soft and golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add pureed butternut squash, season with with salt and fresh cracked pepper and add a little more of the reserved water to thin out to your liking. Stir in 2 1/2 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Ladle about 1/2 cup butternut sauce sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish.
Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.

Ladle about 1 cup of sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 tbsp Italian cheese blend. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts and everything is hot and bubbly. Top with parsley and serve. Makes 9 rolls.

To serve, ladle a little extra sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.

(I put the butternut squash sauce inside the lasagna and then put a simple tomato sauce on the bottom of the dish and then over the rolls).

From skinnytaste.com

Autumn Panzanella Salad

serves 2 as an entree, 4 as a starter/side dish

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 apples, chopped (I left the skin on)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3-4 cups fresh arugula
4-5 thick slices multigrain bread, cut into chunks
1/3 cup pomegranate arils (or the arils from one pomegranate)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix salt, pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, and garlic powder in a small bowl.

In a large bowl, mix sweet potato and squash chunks, then drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top and mix to coat with your hands. Add about 3/4 of the spice mixture, and mix again to coat. Lay on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping once.

After 20 minutes, toss apple chunks with remaining spice mixture. Add apple to the baking sheet and bake for another 25 minutes, tossing once or twice.

Let squash, potatoes and apple cool, then add bread chunks to the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil if desired.

In a large bowl, combine arugula with roasted fruit, veg and bread cubes. Toss with about 1/4 cup of dressing (or more/less) then sprinkle with pom arils. Serve immediately.

Spiced Pomegranate Vinaigrette
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
pinches of: salt, pepper & nutmeg

Combine mustard, honey, pom juice, vinegar, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a bowl and whisk. Stream in olive oil while constantly whisking until dressing emulsifies. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

from How Sweet It Is

Warm Autumn Salad

Ingredients:
1 small butternut squash, chopped
2 apples, chopped (I used gala)
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 cup chopped brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil (I used pumpkin seed oil)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
chopped parsley for garnish
salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lay chopped squash, apples, brussels sprouts and onions on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and add cardamom, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Roast for 45-50 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes.

Remove vegetables and let cool for 5 minutes. You want them to be warm, but not piping hot. Add veggies to a bowl and combine with feta and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

from How Sweet It Is blog

Skinny Spanakopita

Ingredients:
10 oz fresh (or frozen) spinach
5 scallions (white end of green onion), minced
2 green onion stalks, chopped
1 c part-skim ricotta cheese
1/3 c fat-free feta cheese crumbles
1 egg, beaten
1/4 t salt
1/2 T lemon juice
10 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large frying pan, add half of the fresh spinach and cook on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Push spinach to one side of the pan and add remaining spinach. Stir occasionally for an additional 5 minutes.

Spray a 9 1/2 inch pie pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, feta, dill, egg, scallions, green onions, lemon juice and salt. Mix well. Add spinach and stir again.

When working with phyllo pastry, keep the sheets that aren’t being used in a damp paper towel. This will prevent the pastry from drying out and crumbling. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo in prepared pie pan and allow it to extend over the rim. Lightly coat with spray.

Repeat with 4 more sheets of phyllo, placing corners at different angles and lightly coating each sheet with spray.

Press down on the dough to form the shape of the pan. Start in the center and work your way out. Next, fold the edges in to form a 1 1/2 inch-high rim.

Spread spinach mixture over the dough.

Lightly coat 1 of the remaining sheets with spray, crumple loosely and cover one section of the spinach mixture.

Repeat with remaining sheets.

Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.