Things I’ve Been Enjoying: The Fall Salad Edition

Interesting Fall Salad Recipes found on Pinterest

This week’s post on creating a Salad Bar in Your Refrigerator got me thinking about fall-inspired salads.

I’ve always drooled over the Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs from Naturally Ella, but haven’t had the chutzpah to make it. I’ve even gone so far as to put it on the menu. And then, I get busy. Or make a thousand-and-one excuses.

Don’t be like me. Don’t make excuses. Just make the salads.

  1. Salad-In-A-Jar 101 via Back To Her Roots
    I’ve always thought this was a genius idea. And would have tried my hand at this ages ago, but don’t have any mason jars (with lids) to use. Such a travesty, really. I may just have to buy a few so that I can try my hand at these beauts.
  2. Asian-Style Cob Salad via Damn Delicious
    I know this probably doesn’t come close to being a fall salad (unless you’re somewhere warm), but it’s just too pretty not to include it here. And the oranges and yellows make me think of fall. So..uh…yeah. I bet it’s delicious. And should be made regardless of what the temperature is outside.
  3. Roasted Winter Squash, Cranberry, and Almond Salad via Averie Cooks
    I swear everything on this site looks incredible, and this salad is no exception. The colors and flavor combinations sound divine. As does the Lemon Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette she’s paired it with. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.
  4. Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs via Naturally Ella
    This is probably the first fall-themed salad that I fell in love with (and have never made). I really wish someone else would make it for me, so that I could ooh and ahh over it, realize how easy and delicious it is to make, and then go and make it for myself.
  5. Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette via The Café Sucré Farine
    No fall salad list would be complete without a fall salad dressing. And this pumpkin maple vinaigrette sounds AMAZING. Like, so amazing that I want to go make a batch >right now< and dip lettuce in it. I don’t even want to bother with the rest of the salad.

And there you have it. 4 fall salads and 1 dressing that would liven up any menu.

What are some of your favorite fall inspired salads or dressings?

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Things I’ve Been Enjoying: The Apple Cider Edition

Pinteresting Apple Cider Recipes

I love the transition into fall for a few reasons. The warm days with a cool breeze that turn into cozy nights. The transition into sweet potatoes, squash, and denser meals.

But my most favorite reason of all, is the abundance of apple cider. I could seriously subside on apple cider alone.

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to play around with a few new recipes. And these 4 looked scrum-diddly-umptious!

  1. Apple Cider Sangria via How Sweet It Is
    I’m not a big drinker these days (Aw, hell. Who am I kidding. I haven’t been a big drinker in years.), but this apple cider sangria sounds Ah. May. Zing. I seriously want to run to the liquor store right now so I can whip up a batch.
  2. Slow Cooker Apple Cider via No. 2 Pencil
    It is quite possible that I’m the only person on the planet that does not own or swear by a slow-cooker. I know. It’s crazy. This recipe makes me want to go out and buy one (almost). Instead, I’m deciding how long it would take to just make it on the stove.

  3. Homemade Apple Cider via Free People
    I’ve always been curious how apple cider was made. There is an apple orchard in the area that gives tours of their cider press, but we’ve always shown up too late in the year (or too early, I suppose) to see it in action. So when I came across this recipe, I was happy to finally know how to do it. And then decided I was incredibly grateful to be able to get a gallon from the store whenever I wanted it.
  4. Apple Cider Waffles via Add A Pinch
    Holy crap do these waffles sound amazing. I’m also convinced that they would make amazing pancakes—mostly because we also don’t have a waffle iron. Apparently I need to upgrade my kitchen gadgetry so I can make all of these delicious recipes.

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Things I’ve Been Enjoying: The Pumpkin Edition

Interesting pumpkin related things on pinterest

It’s getting colder outside, which means Pinterest has been inundated with pumpkin-themed recipes as of late. I’m certainly not complaining. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve added each and every single one of these to our menu for the week.

I mean, if you’re going to do it, you should really do it.

I am also testing out a few dairy-free desserts for Thanksgiving (shhh, don’t tell my SIL).

  1. Flourless Pumpkin Pie Muffins via Running with Spoons
    These muffins are reminiscent of my favorite flourless peanut butter chocolate chip muffins from Averie Cooks. It stands to reason that since those are so amazing, that these would be spectacular. I’m super excited to give them a try.
  2. Pumpkin Brownies via Real Food. Real Deals.
    Can I get a HELL YEAH for these bad boys. I mean, seriously. Brownies. With pumpkin. Brownies. and pumpkin. Together. I’m going to have to summon all the restraint I have to not eat the entire pan in one sitting. Which means I’ll likely eat them in two. Heh.
  3. Pumpkin Truffles via My Whole Food Life
    These are like the fall version of buckeyes (chocolate and peanut butter). I’m not sure what I’m more excited about, that these bad boys are dairy-free or that they look super easy to make. Either way, they will be made. And they will be devoured.
  4. Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding via Free People
    I’m apparently super enamored by chia puddings. And this one looks like a tasty fall treat. It looks creamy and filling. And without any processed anything, would make for a super healthy breakfast.
  5. Maple Pecan Pumpkin Granola via Fit Foodie Finds
    Maple pecan granola has long been a favorite of mine. It was the very first granola I tried my hand at. And one that I continue to come back to over and over again. When I stumbled upon this recipe, my mind was kind of blown. Who would have thought to add in pumpkin?! Clearly, someone did. And I can’t wait to try it out.

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