I am a little late to the pumpkin party this year. And by a little, I mean months. Typically August is when everyone goes pumpkin crazy and gets their first pumpkin spice latte of the year. Well, it’s basically December now. But, in my defense, we had such an unseasonably warm fall that I just wasn’t feeling the pumpkin vibes. I was still all summer veggies and grill vibes. But, I realized if I didn’t buy my pie pumpkins soon, I wouldn’t get any. And that is just wrong. I need pumpkin butter in my life. So, I stocked up and threw a batch in the crock pot today. But, I didn’t want to waste all those yummy seeds! So, I decided to write a quick post about how I roast mine up. Trust me, roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious even after Thanksgiving has passed.
I have a thing for winter squash. Like, I’m obsessed with it. It is not uncommon for me to come home with a bushel of miscellaneous squash and a huge cheesy grin on my face. They are cheap, they store well, they are super nutritious, and they are delicious … what more can you ask for?! So, today, when I came home with 5 spaghetti squashes and 2 butternut squash, Matt didn’t even raise an eyebrow. By this point, its common knowledge. Also, if I am bringing home that many squash, I am more than likely making this cheddar jalapeño spaghetti squash which is seriously one of the most delicious things I make. Its creamy and cheesy and slightly spicy. It is basically mac and cheese, but with spaghetti squash instead of noodles.
Fall is here! Fall is here!! We went from 9o degree days to cool, breezy 60s. Which means one thing: IT’S SOUP SEASON!!!! This stuffed pepper soup is one of my favorites and I can’t believe I haven’t posted it until now! Remember my deconstructed stuffed peppers? Well, this is basically the soup version. And it is oh-so-delicious. It has sausage, brown long grain rice, tons of peppers, tomato juice, and chili sauce to give it that classic stuffed pepper taste. But, probably the best part? It’s a one pot meal! Once you cook the sausage in your soup pot, you add all of your other ingredients and basically forget about it for an hour. That’s my favorite type of recipe.
One of my favorite things back in the day was those TGIF frozen jalapeño poppers that you would pop in the oven. OMG. They were amazing. Remember them?!!? They probably still exist actually. Not good for you, by any means, but they were tasty. Well, now that I keep a closer eye on the things I eat, those are out of the question. The laundry list of crazy ingredients is just bad news. Luckily, I have these babies to fill the void. They taste BETTER than the boxed version and only have a handful of ingredients. Score!
This has been one of the hottest and driest summers we have had, at least in our area, in a couple of years. We rarely get any days at or close to 90 degrees and we have had them in surplus this year. We have also had very little rain, with the exception of a HUGE storm that just rolled through this morning (thank you thank you thank you!!!). Now, I am loving the summer heat, don’t get me wrong. But, you must remember, I work at a greenhouse. Outdoors. All day. Often times baking in the glass or plastic greenhouses that are upwards of 100 degrees daily. So, this summer, I have mostly been attached to a hose making up for the lack of rain. The moral of the story? When it is that hot out you don’t have an appetite for anything. But, if you don’t eat something, you will probably faint. So here is a roundup of my 6 all time favorite lunches to get you through those hot summer days. They are cool and refreshing and keep you energized for a tough day outdoors.