I have an announcement to make: yesterday, I went to a “Thanksgiving potluck” (yes, we might be a little over eager here)! This wasn’t your typical potluck though, as it was jointly organized by two of the campus’ food clubs, one of which I am a member of. So we’re talking delicious poultry, mouth-watering sides like crispy roasted brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, or cranberry sauce, and fully satisfying desserts such as pumpkin and apple pies. Now among them all, one dish required me to get seconds: “pumpkin mac n’ cheese”! Continue reading “Creamy Acorn Squash Linguine with Fresh Thyme”
Every time I come back to the US, I’m mostly vegetarian. Why “mostly”? Well, because truth be told… I love meat! I really do. In fact I’ll even say that nothing comes close to a really well prepared, cooked, and seasoned steak. However, I do care about the ways in which animals are treated though, and since I don’t really know anything about this subject here in Philadelphia, I “mostly” avoid buying meat. Continue reading “Acorn Squash, Brown Rice and Chickpeas Veggie Burgers”
I’m feeling fancy today! Food wise obviously, since it’s 11am and I’m still wearing sweatpants. I guess Valentine’s day just makes me wish for more than one of my go-to lunch recipes. So here I am, sharing this ~fancy~ dish with you. As my obsession with squash grows stronger, I decided to experiment again with my favorite pairing: acorn squash and feta cheese. This recipe really hits the spot if you crave a combination of the caramelized squash flavor, and the feta cheese’s tanginess. Plus it’s easy, delicious, and it looks ridiculously good when dressed on a plate. Don’t hesitate to try it if you want to impress your friends, family, or special someone. You won’t regret it. Bon Appétit!
Recipe loosely inspired by Lark & Linen
Prep Time: 10 min Cook time: 40 min
- 1/2 acorn squash
- 4 oz crumbled feta (room temperature)
- 1-2 oz whipped cream cheese
- a handful of arugula or spring mix
- olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- salt, pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the squash in 1″ wedges and drizzle with olive oil. Place on the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 40 min, or until tender and golden brown edges.
- While the squash cooks, whip the feta in a food processor with the cream cheese. This should take about 4-5 minutes until the mixture becomes really creamy.
- Next, reduce the balsamic vinegar in a small pot on medium heat. When it thickens, set aside.
- Lightly toss the arugula with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
- Spread a dollop of the whipped feta on a plate, drizzle with the balsamic reduction and top with the roasted squash wedges and the mixed greens.
Every now and then I like to experiment with completely new ingredients. I just go grocery shopping and I pick one thing that I’ve never cooked before. If I’m lucky, I discover a great new flavor and that one ingredient usually ends up on my go-to shopping list. This time, I was wandering along the store’s aisles when I stumbled upon an acorn squash. I liked its shape and its color, so I decided it would be my new ingredient of the week. This recipe turned out to be one of my favorites so far! It’s full of sweet and savory flavors, healthy, filling and beautiful just to look at. Bon appétit!
Prep time: 40 min
- 1/2 acorn squash
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup yellow onion finely chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbs olive oil
- a splash of balsamic vinegar
- crumbled feta cheese (optional)
- a handful of toasted sunflower seeds (optional)
- a pinch of ground cumin and nutmeg
- Fresh chopped parsley to taste
- 1 tbs lemon juice, with zest
- drizzle of agave nectar (or honey)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Scoop the seeds out of the 1/2 squash, drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper and put to roast flesh down for about 25 min. Flip the half over and bake for another 15 min, until the flesh is tender and the edges are starting to get brown.
- Meanwhile, sautée the diced onion with the chopped tomatoes in a pan over medium heat. Add salt and pepper to taste, and cook until translucent. Add the ground cumin and nutmeg and keep stirring for a couple of minutes.
- Bring the heat to low and add the cooked quinoa, a splash of balsamic vinegar, lemon juice with zest and a good drizzle of agave nectar. Then add the fresh parsley and crumbled feta and toss gently.
- Once the squash is done, scoop the filling into it and top with another drizzle of olive oil and toasted sunflower seeds.
TIP: You can add dried cranberry, currants or other berries to the toppings for extra sweetness.