Hi Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
My Thanksgiving was fairly low key, but that’s just the way I like it. I had plenty of home cooked food. Some time with family and friends. A cold, foggy walk on the beach. And a crackling fire to warm my toes. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
After the Holiday, I took a much needed break from the blogging world to recharge my batteries. The days leading up to Thanksgiving were filled (overfilled, actually) with work projects and Holiday preparations. And I had some turbulent emotional ongoings as well (i.e. boy trouble) that was causing me some serious anxiety and heartache. By the time Thanksgiving was here, I was exhausted in every way imaginable. I could feel my rope starting to unravel from both ends. To be blunt: I was a hot mess.
So I needed to stop and slow down for a few days. Which admittedly, is a very hard thing for me to do. But it’s something that I’m working on trying to be better at. As my acupuncturist says, “it’s good you’re doing this stuff now, so that by the time you’re 50 you’ll have it figured out”.
Which is now my new life goal: get my shit together by the time I’m 50. Good thing I’ve got plenty of time until then to work on things.
In the meantime, I’m back with some comfort food. I actually don’t consider myself usually very good at making comfort food. It’s not really my thing. I’m more of a smoothie bowl and salad type of gal. But I think I nailed it this time with this cozy pot of Gnocchi and Winter Vegetables with Sage Cream Sauce.
I absolutely adore gnocchi and I need to remember cook with it more (I constantly seem to be forgetting about entire food groups). Homemade gnocchi is great – like soft, carbohydrate pillows of deliciousness. But store-bought versions are pretty good these days, and that’s what I’ve used in this recipe. The gnocchi cooks up in just a few minutes, which is a lifesaver on busy weeknights when you need dinner ASAP before you start mindlessly inhaling a whole box of Cheez-It crackers (not that I’ve ever done that). And when combined with some hearty roasted vegetables, like mushrooms, butternut squash and brussels sprouts, you’ve got a satisfying meal that’s perfect for the coldest of nights. I finished off this pot by myself in just two sittings, but you can stretch it to feed four people if you serve it with a salad and some toasty bread. And some wine, obviously.
I’m sharing this recipe as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday series, where you can find other great recipes (links below!) that are perfect for fast weeknight dinners. Or for times when you’re just so damn hangry that you might demolish a whole box of Cheez-It crackers by yourself. Just saying.
Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup from Pumpkin ‘N Spice
Jamaican Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner from Sweet Peas & Saffron
Easy Falafel Soup with Tamari Croutons & Tahini from She Likes Food
Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with White Beans and Sausage from My Sequined Life
Creamy One Pot Turkey and Rice from Bake.Eat.Repeat.
This post was originally published here on November 9, 2013. I’ve updated the photos and text to better showcase the deliciousness of this recipe!
If there is only one recipe that you get in the kitchen and make this month, let it be this simple and comforting Maple Spiced Winter Vegetable and Kale Bowl.
OK. I’m aware of how silly and unrealistic that statement actually is. Because it’s November. And November = Thanksgiving = copious amounts of cooking and baking. So I know you’ll all be making way more than one thing this month. But just be sure to add this dish to your menu. Deal?
This vegetable bowl sums up everything that I love about Fall and Winter. It’s got a dose of warming spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper, to keep you feeling cozy from the inside out. And it makes such great use of so many hearty, seasonal vegetables. It’s a dish that I cook up over and over again, sometimes adding parsnips or carrots if I have them. Or maybe a handful of pumpkin seeds and a few crumbles of goat cheese, if the mood strikes me.
I’m particularly smitten with the bed of kale that makes up the base of this dish. It comes out of the oven somewhere between sautéed kale and kale chips. It’s soft and wilted, with a few crispy, crunchy edges. I could easily eat a whole tray of these gorgeous green leaves!
I’m sharing this Maple Spiced Winter Vegetable and Kale Bowl as part of our monthly #eatseasonal recipe round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. Be sure to check out Becky’s November Produce Guide for tons of inspiration for your Thanksgiving menu. And scroll down below to see what some of my other blogging friends were inspired to create with November’s bounty of fruits and vegetables!
Recipe adapted from Sprouted Kitchen
November Eat Seasonal Recipe
Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets, Fennel and Fried Goat Cheese by Food For My Family
Apple Crumble Pie by Joy Food Sunshine
Pesto and Burrata Stuffed Acorn Squash by Vintage Mixer
Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Muffins by Letty’s Kitchen
Cheesy Pesto Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Boats by Flavor the Moments
Butternut Squash, Mushroom and Poblano Enchiladas by Completely Delicious