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Fall cooking.

Hello! I essentially forgot about this blog and now it’s November.

I wrote a while ago about our attempts at menu-planning. We’re a little off-and-on about it, but what has worked for me lately is googling one or two ingredients that we have to use up in the next few days, and choose one of the results, rather than paging through lists upon lists of “easy dinner recipes.” You can drive yourself crazy that way.

Without further ado, the recipes that have been winners:



Chard and Coconut Soup
The original recipe seemed like it needed something, so we added a cup of lentils (cooked in the veggie broth) and two teaspoons of curry powder. So delicious.

Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata
Better if you’re cooking for more than two people, as it’s definitely not as good the second day. We don’t have an ovenproof skillet so we transferred it to a pyrex before putting it into the oven, which meant that we skipped the extra three minutes of stovetop cooking once the eggs were added. Perhaps this was an important step– it had to cook at least half an hour in the oven instead of 10-14 minutes. Still turned out great.

Red Lentil Coconut Soup
I always think it’s sort of silly when a recipe calls for “light” coconut milk. I used the regular kind. It’s good fat!

Ojas Increasing Oatmeal
This takes a little while to cook, but it’s worth it, especially when it’s cold outside. I add walnuts at the end. And I mixed the right amounts of those spices (cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, clove) in a little jar so I can just take half a teaspoon of that mix and stir it in to save time.

Nutty Broccoli Soup
Malcolm liked this too! It was one of the first soups we’ve made that we’ve let him have, since it’s flavorful but not spicy.

Lime Cilantro Portabello Tacos
We’ve had these a handful of times since the summer. Super easy and fast (especially if you forget to marinate the mushrooms like we sometimes do).

Sweet Potato and Kale Pizza
Another go-to lately. Who doesn’t love pizza? But it’s nice to have one without tomato sauce or a ton of cheese. We add shiitake mushrooms. And we put the crushed red pepper flakes on after the pizza is done rather than pureeing them with the sweet potato, so we can give some of the pureed sweet potato to the little guy.

Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream
This soup is so amazing. One of my students brought in a jar of it that she had made and we had it on a day that we visited a pumpkin patch and an apple orchard and it was just SO FALL. Then I found the recipe and made it and it was allllmost as good. I think I added a little too much chipotle. Maybe follow the recipe. (Also it calls for chicken broth– I used vegetable broth obvi. So did my student, just in case you’re wondering.)


Fall Survival Tips


My plan is to full-on embrace the cold weather from here on out. I’ve tended to fall into the complaining camp when it comes to winter– more than one friend has told me that I’m a lot more fun in the summer– but I figure now that I’ve put down roots here in Minnesota, it’s time to dig in and figure out how to enjoy the eff out of sub-freezing temperatures.

(It should be easy this year, as I’ll be missing two-ish months of the winter while I’m in India, so really, I have nothing to complain about.)

Here’s my plan:

1. Squash. I don’t eat enough squash! And there are so many varieties to choose from. Nothing says enjoying the fall like roasted — or baked– (what’s the difference? I don’t know) squash. Peter got this one from the store last night, perhaps we’ll cook it tonight. A quick Google search told me that it is Festival Squash. That sounds fun!


2. Dress warmly. It sounds like a given, but I’m also the one who didn’t own a real winter coat until that last winter in Chicago– for six years I wore a windbreaker, basically, and I wondered why I was so desperate to move to California. I have a coat now, yes, but also a pesky habit of wearing yoga pants everywhere. Moisture-wicking and breathable does not a warm pant make, friends. I just ordered these flannel lined jeans and am planning on keeping them on my body until January.

3. Be outside more. It sounds sooorrrt of counter-intuitive, but bear with me. If the only times I’m outdoors in the winter involve cars (scraping off, walking to and from parking lots, etc), then I’ll naturally associate winter with horribleness. But if I can get outside and do stuff– sledding, campfires, ice skating– then it can’t be all bad, right?

And yes, I know I’m conflating fall and winter things here a little bit– but my winter lasts from, well, now until January 6, so fall, winter, same-same.