Things are looking a little bit different around here today. New logo, new color scheme, new layout and well, new just about everything. Floating Kitchen got a complete makeover! And I couldn’t be more thrilled about how it all turned out. I hope you love it, too!
I’m especially excited about the visual recipe index. It makes it SO MUCH easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. No more searching a long laundry list of recipe titles. Now you can just see a photo and click! Bingo!
Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be tweaking little things here and there to make sure everything is looking fabulous. But if you notice that something doesn’t seem quite right (like if a link isn’t working or you can’t find a recipe that you want), just send me an email and I’ll work to get it taken care of. Thanks!
To honor this momentous occasion, I could have made a celebratory cocktail. Or a decadent dessert. But instead, I made a salad of sorts. Because you know me. I’m that weirdo that thinks salads should be for special occasions.
The recipe for these Tomato and Butternut Squash Grain Bowls with Chickpeas and Herb Lime Dressing is a little bit of a mishmash. Fueled partly by cravings. And partly by what I had lingering in my refrigerator and pantry. But truth be told, more often than not these tend to turn out to be my favorite kind of meals. Sometimes less planning can be a good thing.
I was inspired by my friend Amanda to combine tomatoes and butternut squash in one dish. It’s a pairing that I would have consider a bit odd before, but now I really dig it. It’s a great way to bridge the gap in my need for some warm weather flavors with more seasonally appropriate ingredients (although butternut squash is getting near the end of its season, so you could use sweet potatoes instead if you’re having trouble finding it).
It’s best to treat the tomatoes gently here, roasting them at a lower temperature for a longer period of time. Which might make this recipe seem long or “fussy”. But I just use that time to prepare all the other ingredients. And it’s why I chose wheat berries for the grain here, because they take significantly longer to cook up than their quicker cooking counterparts like quinoa or couscous. Wheat berries also have that hearty “chew” that I think is necessary for Winter dishes. If you haven’t tried them yet, give them a whirl.
Tomato and Butternut Squash Grain Bowls with Chickpeas and Herb-Lime Dressing
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For the Herb-Lime Dressing:
Congrats Liz. It’s so pretty. Love the color scheme. Very you! And I love that you created this mishmash dish, because it is absolutely delicious looking- and totally appropriate for the occasion.
Thanks, Katie! I love the new colors and logo! Definitely more “me”!
AHHHH this dish has ALL of the goodies 🙂
It’s fully loaded!
Woah! I love the new look Liz! Clean, easy new functions and logo! What a fabulous collaboration to bring your vision to Floating Kitchen! I love all this newness… is your kitchen done too!? And this salad…. SO much flavor in that dressing and crunchy ingredients. I never mind that it takes time to roast veggies… it’s so worth it. The same can be said for cooking wheat berries. I just love their texture and flavor! Beautiful work, Liz!
Thanks, Traci! And glad you love it! Kitchen still in progress…one piece at a time. Lol!
Liz, I just have to tell you that I am IN LOVE with your new site! GORGEOUS! Congrats girl!
Thanks, Erin! I love it, too! Such an improvement! 🙂
Your new look is gorgeous! And such a beautiful salad to celebrate with! 🙂
Thanks, Laura! It was a much needed makeover! I love it, too!
Hi Liz, this salad sounds and looks mouth-watering delicious. Your new look is clean and sleek, love it!
Thanks so much, Celeste! It’s a much needed upgrade! 🙂
This sounds amazinggg ! Love butternut squash.
It’s my favorite! I can’t get enough!