Monthly Archives: October 2012

Sweet Pumpkin & Apple Soup

Sweet Pumpkin & Apple Soup via Queen of Quinoa

Are you noticing a trend this month? From breakfast, to snacks, to dessert, to dinner even, we’ve been accompanied by a tasty friend. And perhaps that orange friend has made it to your family’s dinner table also (or breakfast, or dessert), and for very good reason. This beautifully colored squash is the highlight of the season.

Pumpkins are fabulous, in every meaning of the word. Not only are they completely delicious and add a rich color to your meals, but they’re super healthy and loaded with good-for you nutrients:

  • Pumpkins are high in fiber (with 3 grams in every cup) and low in calories (at around 50 per cup) – helping you stay fuller for longer
  • Like it’s orange counterparts, pumpkin is also full of the antioxidant beta-carotene which has been shown to reduce cancer risk
  • Full of potassium (1 cup has more than a banana!), pumpkins are great for refueling after a tough workout
  • A great source of Vitamin C, pumpkins may help you fight that nasty fall cold by boosting your immune system

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Savory Pumpkin Almond Twists

A perfect summer meal to me is a giant salad with garden-fresh produce and homemade dressing. But in the cooler months, nothing could be further from the truth! While I’ll happily eat salad year round, a bowl of soup or stew is the epitome of comfort on chilly days. What’s even better than soup? The stuff you dunk in it, of course.

Soup served on its own always seems naked to me. Every good soup deserves a good “dipper,” like cornbread muffins or crunchy crackers.

My love for dippers sent me to the kitchen a few weeks ago to create these Savory Pumpkin Almond Twists, a delightful twist on bread sticks that pair perfectly with a warm pot of broth and veggies.

We all have our “desert island” foods—the foods we can’t live without—and one of mine happens to be almonds. That’s why I love working with almond flour every chance I get. Not only is it a low-glycemic and grain-free choice, but it also lends delicious buttery flavor to baked goods that would otherwise be lacking.

These twists look super fancy, but they’re actually very easy to form. The dough is forgiving. You can easily pinch cracks or breaks back together as you form the twists. I am not by any means a perfect baker, which is why I like working with doughs that don’t mind my fumbling fingers.
Keep reading to get Hallie’s recipe for Pumpkin Almond Twists

Creamy CrockPot Pumpkin Risotto

This is a guest post from Beth at Tasty Yummies. See her bio below and make sure to visit her fabulous website. We at TBP think Beth is quite incredible!! We know you’ll agree after trying her pumpkin risotto.

I am sure some of you get sick of all the pumpkin recipes this time of year, but for me, I simply cannot get enough of them. I want pumpkin everything! Though as much fun as the sweet recipes are to make and share, I still prefer savory over sweet, every single time. So, I wanted to come up with a fun, easy and comforting savory pumpkin recipe to share with you guys.

This easy-to-make crock-pot pumpkin risotto makes standing over the stove, slaving over each ladle of broth for a traditional risotto, seem pretty silly. I love risotto and it is always worth the time, but usually with all of the attention it deserves, by the time it is ready to serve, I have very little interest in actually sitting down and enjoying a hot meal. Plus, to be totally honest, I always love a good reason to pull out the crock-pot. It is, after all, the closest I will ever come to my own personal chef.

This risotto is creamy, rich and comforting without any dairy at all. It’s quite unbelievable that this is not only gluten-free, but it is also vegan. The roast pumpkin and the pumpkin puree and not only provide a beautiful rich autumn-inspired hue to the dish, but a delicious hearty flavor. If you aren’t vegan and/or dairy-free this would also be quite delicious with a good chicken stock and some Parmigiano-Reggiano at the end, though I can say with confidence neither are needed or missed.
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TBP Friday Faves: Spooky Halloween Treats

With Halloween fast approaching, I wanted to share some of the great finds I’ve made this year.  There’s so many ideas on Pinterest!  Oh my, you could lose a week or two of your life on there.  I’m keeping it short this week as we’re busy re-creating all of these ideas, and getting ready for a 4th birthday party!
Keep reading for some spooktacular ideas, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

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