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
The original title for this post was “Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner for Two”. But as you can clearly see, this isn’t a recipe for salmon.
Why? Well, because sometimes things just don’t work out the way you had planned them. But I’m not complaining. Because that failed attempt at a salmon recipe is what eventually lead me down the path to creating this Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes. Which, as it turns out, is one of the best things to come off my grill this Summer.
One of my favorite recipes here on Floating Kitchen is a grilled romaine salad recipe from 2015. But it seems to have suffered a fate that many of my recipes do – I forgot about it. And I basically went almost the entire grilling season without making it. Massive fail.
However, Amanda’s recent tutorial reminded me of all the deliciousness that grilled romaine has to offer. And that was just the push that I needed to quickly get myself back on the wagon. I’ve made my original recipe a couple of times since then. And I’ve been experimenting with new and different versions as well, like the one I’m bringing you today.
This recipe is pretty straightforward. Once you get your seasoned chickpeas and tomatoes in the oven, you’ll spend a few minutes making a homemade vegan tahini-chive dressing and preparing the romaine lettuce. To cook the romaine on the grill, you only need a couple minutes of time. And I find it tastes best when it’s served almost immediately after being removed from the grill. So save this step until the very end.
Two romaine halves plus the toppings makes for a hearty enough salad to pass as a main meal. But you can easily serve this as a side dish as well, portioning out a single half per person. This recipe would totally make a great addition to your Labor Day Weekend festivities!
And um…holy crap Labor Day Weekend is THIS WEEKEND! How is that possible?
For more quick and easy dishes like my Grilled Romaine Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Tomatoes, scroll down to the bottom of the post and have a peak at the other #30MinuteThursday recipes created by some of my blogging friends as part of our monthly series!
Honey Garlic Salmon Quinoa Bowl from Pumpkin ‘N Spice
Maple Ginger Beef from The Recipe Rebel
Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Asparagus from Flavor the Moments
One Pot Pea and Corn Pasta from Savory Nothings
Baked Pork Chops with a Cinnamon Glaze from Bake.Eat.Repeat.