We are just cruising right along through the first week of October. Seriously, how do the days go by so quickly? Ugh.
So what are your thoughts about Halloween? Personally, I find the entire month of October rather terrifying. I’m a big scaredy-cat when it comes to all things associated with ghosts, zombies, clowns, etc. In fact, I can’t even stand to watch the previews for Halloween movies, let alone sit through an entire 2 hour horror film. The hairs on the back of my neck are standing up just thinking about it. Eeeek!
Probably the only thing I like about Halloween is all the candy. Just being honest.
Anyways, let’s talk about something less scary. Like kale. And mushrooms. And quinoa. And all sorts of other yummy vegetarian things.
So, I was looking at the recipes that I’ve been making lately and a common theme emerged: everything seemed rather orange. From squash to sweet potatoes to carrots. It was all similarly hued.
Orange is actually one of my favorite colors. But it still all seemed a bit too much. So I got motivated to make something green (or at least partially green). And hence, the recipe for these Kale and Quinoa Salad Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Apples and Pecans was born.
Stuffed mushrooms seem like they would generally be a healthy choice. But often times they are not. That’s because they tend to get loaded up with cheese, breadcrumbs and butter. Which are all delicious things, of course. But not always the best for you or your waistline. So I try to keep my stuffed mushrooms on the lighter side by filling them with seasonal salads.
This salad of apples, pecan, baby kale and quinoa is pretty gosh darn good all on it’s own. And you could certainly serve it as is. But I think it’s even better when paired with these roasted mushrooms. The contrast of flavors and textures is spot on.
I like to buy baby kale leaves, because they are really tender. But if you can’t find them, just thinly slice some regular (grown up?) kale leaves into thin ribbons. Easy peasy.
Oh and I almost forgot that it’s 30 Minute Thursday! Scroll down below the recipe to find links to some other great dishes that can all be made in 30 minutes or less. There ain’t nothing scary about that!
Turkey, Apple and Brie Panini by Pumpkin ‘N Spice
5 Ingredient One Pot Pasta with Chicken Sausage by Kristine’s Kitchen
Cheeseburger Macaroni: 30 Minute Thursday by My Kitchen Craze
Mediterranean Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner by Sweet Peas & Saffron
One Pot Turkey Mushroom Tortellini by Bake.Eat.Repeat
One Pot Teriyaki Chicken Zoodles by Life Made Sweeter
One-Pot Basil Sausage Caprese Pasta by Whole and Heavenly Oven
One Pot Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Bacon Pasta by Savory Nothings
You guys! I’ve been eating so much squash lately, that I’m kind of afraid I might start to turn some bizarre shade of orange.
But as my friend Sherrie said to me earlier in the week “some people pay good money to be that color”. So I guess that is the upside to my dilemma.
I blame my obscene levels of squash consumption on my Mother. Because I asked her to bring me a couple delicata squash from the farm the other day, and she brought me twelve. So I’ve been on a steady diet of squash ever since.
Delicata squash has been a favorite of mine for a while now. It has a mild nutty, sweet flavor. It cooks up relatively quickly (at least compared to some other squashes). And you can eat the skin once it’s been cooked. Which is awesome because I’m lazy and I don’t like to peel things. So there you go.
I’ve used roasted delicata squash “half-moons” as a sandwich topping before, and I wanted to re-visit that idea here. But this time, focusing on a purely vegetarian option. So I slathered warmed sandwich-sized pita breads with fresh guacamole. Then topped them with black beans, pumpkin seeds, roasted squash and a few sprigs of fresh cilantro. Then I proceeded to shove three in my face. They were that good.
These Roasted Delicata Squash Pita Tostadas with Black Beans and Guacamole come together very quickly, which makes them a great choice for lunch or an easy weeknight dinner. Try them out and then come back here and tell me about how much you loved them!
Oh and do you want to know what my secret ingredient is for making the guacamole so incredibly yummy? It’s goat cheese. I simply mix a couple tablespoons of softened goat cheese in with the avocado to give my guacamole a wonderful creamy texture. Here I used a honey-flavored goat cheese from Laura Chenel’s that I’m currently obsessed with. But you could certainly used any plain or herbed goat cheese that you love.
If you wanted to make this recipe gluten free, swap out the pita bread for corn tortillas and have yourself a little Fall taco situation. Sounds delightful to me.