Friday, November 23, 2012

roasted beet + carrot salad // tempeh "croutons"

roasted beet + carrot salad // tempeh
sometimes i simply crave fresh & light - even in the fall & winter months.
in the summer salads are a staple weeknight dinner for justin and i.
when fall and winter approach we crave warm fall comfort food - soups, stews, casseroles, freshly baked bread. in between all those hearty soul warming meals the craving for fresh crisp greens crept up on us. luckily our local winter farmers market farmer is still growing greens in the greenhouse - paired with roasted root veggies it became the best fusion of summer and fall - a summer fall fusion salad.

Monday, November 19, 2012

pumpkin pie bars

pumpkin pie bars
one of the best things about autumn and the holidays are the countless treats that fill our home with warm smells of all things good. i am not a big fan of pumpkin pie, however i am a huge lover of anything that resembles the smell of pumpkin. for me, one of the best feelings is to come in from the cold and walk into a warm kitchen filled with smells of cinnamon & spice or a warm soup simmering away.
it reminds me of my mom & gram - the sweet smell wraps around you like a big hug. childhood memories of the fall always included heading in from a chilly day of playing and being welcomed by a sweet treat, mug of cocoa or a big bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

a smbp thanksgiving round up!

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butternut squash & apple bisque

roasted mini veggie tartlettes

with thanksgiving just around the corner i wanted to share with you a few of my favorite fall recipes that would be a beautiful addition to any holiday table.
whether your guests are vegan or not most everyone is sure love one of these vegan holiday dishes!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

roasted carrot + sweet dumpling squash bisque {gf}

roasted carrot + sweet dumpling squash bisque {gf}
so you can be honest with me - have you tired of my soup posts?
i sure hope not! this time of year Justin and i literally enjoy soup at least 2-3 times a week.
soup is warm, satisfying, makes for great leftovers and tastes even better the next day.
what more could you want?
for pennies on the dollar, soup has a lot of goodness to offer.
plus, it's pretty hard to screw up soup or if you want to get all fancy and call it bisque like i do you can!
soup with its fancy pants on = bisque (but really the truth is its just a creamy soup) i am pretty sure this creamy soup is having an identity crisis since it doesn't have cream in it either.

Monday, November 5, 2012

fall harvest salad ~ spicy sweet vinaigrette{gf}

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who says salads have to be boring?
i love a good salad chock full of seeds, fruits and nuts - Justin on the other hand is a classic salad guy. no fruits, no nuts, no seeds whatsoever, he prefers greens, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, carrots & peppers drenched in vegan ranch dressing.
a few weekends ago i prepared this salad for dinner with friends - it was quick, easy, tasty and prepared with local seasonal ingredients.
did you know that there is a fall raspberry - is anyone as super excited as i am to learn this? when i popped into picnic farm lauchie had walked in with a freshly picked flat of ruby red raspberries!
you bet they went right into my basket - and then straight into my belly and in this salad, they were amazing.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

carnival squash ~ maple dijon quinoa

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its virtual vegan potluck time!
i have no idea what i was thinking - october is one of the craziest months of the year for me at that means my poor potluck post got pushed aside, then pushed aside again- we have all been there before, just when you think you have that extra second to breathe its gone quicker than it arrived. so that means today i am sharing with you one of my favorites from last year,
 a throw back of sorts!

so a big thank you to Annie, Somer and Jason for hosting such an amazing event!