“Luncheon Specials”

My Luncheon Specials are a collection of my lunch meals. I create them as I go. I am usually inspired on weekends grocery shopping, at Whole foods or for example this past weekend at the “Veggie Fair” here in Dallas http://www.texasveggiefair.com/
Luncheon specials are also a translation from the Italian “Pranzo del lavoro”, usually found on boards or signs infront of local Italian restaurants offering a “Work lunch” menu, a moderate priced menu for workers out to lunch.  My “Luncheon Specials”, as are all my meals, determined and planned by my budget, my taste and my time. My luncheons are highly versatile and work wonderfully as dinners too! 🙂

Quinoa Butternut luncheon

  • 1/4 Roasted Butternut Squash cut in large pieces
    (To roast: cut Squash lengthwise, clean out seeds, rub cut side with evo and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cook at 400F for 40mins+/-)
  • 1/4 c Quinoa, cook as directed on package.
  • 2 sliced Cremini Mushrooms
  • a handful of cooked frozen Peas
  • 1 clove Garlic

Sautee’ Garlic and Mushrooms in a little EVO, when mushrooms are soft and their water is evaporated add Squash and peas, stir add Quinoa, salt and pepper to taste.

Buon Appetito!

A Sweet Cup of Autumn

A Cup of Autumn

My Sweet Cup of Autumn recipe is adapted from by “Oh She Glows” Velvetty Butternut Cinnamon, date smoothie http://ohsheglows.com/2013/09/27/velvety-butternut-cinnamon-date-smoothie-for-two/comment-page-2/#comments

Adapted recipe:

  • 1-1/2+ c almond milk
  • 1-1/4c roasted butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup chopped medjool dates (I used packaged pitted and already chopped)
  • 1 tbls chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • a sprinkle of ground cloves

Mix all ingredients together in blender or food processor.

  • 3 tbls walnuts, pinenuts, pecans (or any preferred nuts), oats
  • 1-2 tsp Rapadura/organic cane sugar
  • a pinch of cinnamon

Chop the nuts and toast them in a small pan, sprinkle with rapadura and cinnamon.

When nuts are cooled top the Spiced Butternut Squash and serve with a spoon!

Buon Appetito!