These muffins are screaming fall. Butternut squash and pumpkin seeds? Come on! I didn’t actually make this recipe myself. I was lucky enough to come home to an apt. smelling of delicious muffins made by girlfriend. I had been wanting to make butternut squash muffins, ever since we bought a bushel at the market a couple weeks ago. 8$ for a bushel of butternut squash! Can you believe it?
She beat me to it! That’s okay. As someone who is constantly cooking, it is really nice when someone else makes something delicious. She found the recipe for these delicious butternut squash muffins on a blog called Kirsten’s Kitchen. Kirsten as it turns out, runs a food and juice bar in Halifax called Wild Leek. If ever I am in the Halifax, I will be sure to check it out.
I know what you are thinking. “Not another butternut squash soup recipe.” Yes, another butternut squash soup recipe. Soup seems to be a popular thing to make with butternut squash. It seems like everybody is making it these days. It is a classic warming winter soup for good reason. It is absolutely delicious. I know that I posted a butternut squash soup recipe before Christmas, but I felt that this one was different enough to share. The last one was roasted butternut squash and parsnip.
The main similarity between the two recipes, other than the fact that they both have butternut squash in them, is that I roasted the butternut squash for both of them. I love the added depth of flavour that roasting brings to the soup.
The spices used in this soup are similar to those used in some thai curries. Lemongrass, ginger, red chili peppers, even cumin and of course coconut milk. This makes for an incredibly flavourful soup. The roasted squash brings a sweetness which is balanced with the fire from the chili peppers. Then, add the kick of lemongrass and ginger. Oh baby! With the amazing taste of coconut milk to pull it all together. Continue reading
Snow. Christmas time. Cold weather. Winter. It is all upon us. Whether you interpret those as good things is up to you. What all those things can also mean is delicious, hearty, comfort food, good for warming you up from the inside. That means soup. Heart warming, tasty, comforting, nourishing. Nothing like a big bowl of hot soup to warm the soul, and put a smile on your face in the winter.
Butternut squash soup is a classic. Simple and delicious. In this version, I added parsnips and allspice for a little different flavour palette. I quite like how it turned out. Incorporating butternut squash and parsnips together is a great way to continue cooking with local foods in the winter. The summer and fall months which bring tons of fresh produce are behind us for this year, but there are some local foods still available. Continue reading
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If you need another reason to eat any of these nutritionally dense ingredients this salad is one. Kale, quinoa, roasted butternut squash and roasted pecans come together to form a nutritionally dense and delicious salad.
You may have heard about how good kale is for you or maybe you haven’t. You may already eat kale regularly or may have never tried it. Regardless this salad gives you a great reason to eat more kale and you will be happy you did.
Kale provides a wide array of health benefits that we can all benefit from. Continue reading
Sticky sweet caramelized goodness. Are you salivating yet? If not, then the smell of the butternut squash roasting in the oven with sage and garlic most defnitely will get you to.
If you have friends over they will be begging you to let them eat it straight out of the oven. It smells and tastes that good. There is a risk that the squash never makes it into this soup. Stay strong. The result is worth it.
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This is a dish I made for the first time years ago. I remember the day very well. It was a fall day and I was in the middle of creating this, what turned out to be incredible stew, when I received a phone call from my parents. They were in the area so I invited them over for lunch.
This was probably the first time I had my parents over to one of my apartments for a meal. The dish was a bit spicy for my mom which of course means my dad loved it.