Yesterday was one of those foggy early Fall days and I was left longing for something warm and soul-soothing. Today’s Meatless Monday Recipe hits that spot! This is a whole food plant-based recipe that’s perfect for vegetarians and vegans alike. It’s also incredible easy to make, most of the time for this recipe is roasting the butternut squash. Which thankfully takes very little effort on my part and left me with a free hour on Sunday morning. I also used Green Giant’s frozen cauliflower rice, which was super easy to make and a bit of a time saver as well! Scroll down to find the recipe below:
- 1 butternut squash (mine was about 2.5 pounds)
- 1 cup baby spinach or kale
- 1 can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 bag Green Giant Cauliflower Rice
- 1/2 sweet onion (diced)
- 3 – 4 garlic cloves (minced)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425′
- Cut butternut squash in half (long way) and scoop out seeds. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place on a baking sheet and into the oven for 50 – 60 minutes. Squash should be tender like a roasted sweet potato when it’s done.
- Chop your onion and garlic and sauté in olive oil in a fry pan (5 – 6 minutes medium heat) and set aside in a large mixing bowl.
- Add some additional olive oil to the fry pan and sauté your spinach (1 – 2 minutes low heat). Set this aside along with the garlic and onion.
- Place frozen cauliflower rice in the microwave as per instructions.
- While cauliflower rice is cooking, rinse and drain the beans. Once cauliflower rice is done, mix all toppings in bowl.
- When the squash has finished cooking, simple add the cauliflower rice/bean mixture and you’re ready to eat!
I’ve been wanting to share this sangria recipe with you for awhile but couldn’t seem to find the time to get these pictures taken! This raspberry Summer sangria recipe is so delicious!! The raspberries act as little tasty pops of deliciousness in your mouth as you sip this sangria. Also I love that this cocktail is completely pink and the perfect sangria to mix up for a night with the girls. Not to mention that because this is a white wine sangria, just like my Grapefruit Sangria Recipe, you don’t have to worry about making it 24 hours in advance. Take a peek at the recipe below.
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 4 cups pink lemonade
- 4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 bottle of a dry white wine – chilled
- Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher
- Chill for 2 – 3 hours and serve
*I chilled my wine before hand and you can also add ice to this as well
Serves 5 – 6
This recipe for my watermelon coconut spritzer is perfect for Summer! It’s fruity yet also light and refreshing. You can make it by the pitcher to serve at a party or just one glass. What’s best of all, is the fact that it only has 3 ingredients (plus a squeeze of lime). I’ve never been the best at whipping up cocktails that have more ingredients then the dinner I’m serving. I’ll have a delicious drink at a bar and try to recreate it at home but it never turns out even close. If you share the same struggle I do, than this Summer cocktail is for you!
- 1.5 part coconut rum (I used Malibu)
- 3 parts watermelon juice (I used We Grow Water brand)
- 2 parts sparkling water (I used Pellegrino)
- 1 lime per 2 servings – cut into 4 wedges
- Combine first two ingredients and stir. Top off with the sparkling water and add a big squeeze of lime. Use additional lime wedge to garnish.
- Sip and enjoy!
I love sangria! Sangria is usually thought of as a Summer cocktail but there’s so many ways to change it up for Fall. By swapping out some of the typical sangria fruits like melon and grapes with more in-season ones like cranberries and apples, you can really change up any sangria recipe. Take a look at this sangria recipe and you’ll be ready to go pumpkin picking in no time!
2 apples, cored and sliced
3/4 cup cranberries
2 pears, sliced
1 750mL bottle hard cider
1/2 cup bourbon
2 Tbsp Calvados or other apple brandy
1 cup ginger beer
Directions: Add to a large pitcher all the prepared fruit. Pour in the bourbon, calvados and ginger beer and stir. Slowly add the bottle of hard cider. Set in the fridge for 2 hours and serve. (If you’d prefer to preserve more carbonation, serve immediately or hold off on adding the hard cider until serving.)
I altered the recipe I found at Cheese and Chocolate
If you haven’t noticed I’ve been on a major grapefruit kick lately. More so when it comes to cocktails. There’s something really refreshing about the grapefruit that’s perfect for Spring cocktails! One of my favorite cocktail recipes with grapefruit is this one, a grapefruit salty dog. It’s easy enough to make and super tasty!
Ingredients (yields two cocktails):
2 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
2/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ounces of strawberry puree
course sea salt for rim
grapefruit slice and strawberry for garnish (optional)
via Sugar and Cloth
I spotted this sangria recipe on The Messy Baker Blog. Who can resist this tropical fruity cocktail? Definitely not me! My biggest mistake with sangria has always been patience or rather planning ahead. You usually need to let sangria sit for 1 – 3 days after mixing but I can rarely wait for it to chill.
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, juice included
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 (750ml) bottle sweet white wine
Juice of 1 orange
1 cup mango pineapple vodka
2 cups Sprite
Add pineapple chunks and juice, strawberries, and oranges to the bottom of a pitcher. Stir in wine, orange juice, and vodka. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until completely chilled.
Stir in Sprite right before you’re ready to serve.
I’m a big fan of avocado, seriously, I will put it in anything! Which is why I jumped at this recipe I spotted on Damn Delicious. Not only does it include avocados and strawberries but fresh mangoes and cilantro too. (Cilantro is another addiction of mine!) Check out this got-to-try recipe:
- 1 California Avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- 1/3 cup diced mango
- 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoon honey, or more to taste
- Juice of 1 lime
- Kosher salt, to taste
- In a large bowl, combine avocado, strawberries, mango, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, honey, lime juice and salt, to taste.
- Serve immediately.