Autumn Roasted Vegetables

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Fall has finally arrived. It is a love/hate relationship that I have with this time of year. I love the beautiful colors of Fall, the cool crisp air, warm drinks, bonfires and Boots!! But, I do not love saying goodbye to Summer and the longer sunny days, backyard barbeques, outdoor dining and activities. Those days will soon be replaced by rainy, grey days that seem never-ending.

I do love the bounty of fall fruits and vegetables, though. Squash, apples, pears, warm spices, hot cider, roasted nuts and an occasional hot buttered rum. Yum!

One of my favorite ways to cook vegetables (besides grilling) is oven roasted. I toss them with a bit of olive oil and fresh minced garlic and then season with salt and pepper. Super simple and so delicious!

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I like to roast up a huge batch and then incorporate them into my meals throughout the week. Their roasted, caramelized, yummy goodness goes with everything from roasted pork loin to store bought rotisserie chicken.

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You can also add them to your pasta or rice dishes, puree them into a soup, add them to curries, make roasted veggie pizzas, toss them in a salad, the possibilities are endless.

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Having these on hand make weeknight meal prep a breeze and are so yummy!

Autumn Roasted Vegetables:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 6-8 mini sweet peppers in various colors, remove stems and seeds and cut into chunks
  • 2 small yellow onions, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Place chopped veggies and garlic in a bowl. Toss with enough olive oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. Lay veggies out on a sheet pan in a single layer. Do not crowd them or vegetables will not brown properly (you will need to cook them in batches). Roast veggies in a pre-heated oven at 425 degrees for 35-40 minutes until tender and nicely browned.

Let veggies cool before storing in the refrigerator or freezer.

Enjoy!

 

Banana Blueberry Bread

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This summer seems to have flown by and fall is right around the corner. It’s time to use up summer’s bounty. What will you be doing? Canning? Freezing? Baking?

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I love baking in the fall. The cooler, crisp air, fall leaves and the scent of warm spice coming from the oven, warms the soul.

I found this banana bread recipe in a cookbook called “Beyond grits and gravy”. I made a few changes to it to suit my taste and then added fresh blueberries because bananas and blueberries are “Yum” together!

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This is, quite possibly, my favorite banana bread recipe. Chalked full of banana chunks and walnuts and bursting with juicy blueberries, this is the most simple and delicious bread ever.

Enjoy!

Banana Blueberry Bread:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • juice and grated rind of an orange (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 4 large bananas, 3 mashed and 1 cut into small chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients, fold in 1 cup fresh blueberries. Bake in greased and floured loaf pan for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.