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I was prowling the pinterest universe (per usual) when I discovered a recipe for Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash. I liked the idea, though I didn’t look too closely at the recipe, so I just decided to just wing it come dinner time. The general flavor profile I went for was a lot like the risotto recipe that I posted a little while ago. There’s just something I love about dried fruit and goat cheese!

Here’s what I used:

-I did a 50/50 split of rice and quinoa, cooked normally ( made about 2 cups because I always like having leftover grains).

-Handfull of dried cranberries

-1 acorn squash, cut in half

-fresh rosemary

-oregano

-sea salt and black pepper

-olive oil or butter

-onion

-chopped celery

-red wine

-goat cheese, optional

I started by cutting the squash in half and baking it with a little olive oil at 400 degrees. It will take about an hour to cook. In that hour I caramelized an onion with some earth balance and red wine.

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After I got the onion going I started the quinoa and rice. I cooked it normally but tossed some sprigs of rosemary in there to make it more fragrant. When the onions were nice and cooked I tossed a little celery in to cook just it a bit. When all of the separate elements were done I took the squash out of the oven and scooped some quinoa and rice into the squash and topped with the onion, cranberries and seasonings. I baked the squash with everything in it for about ten minutes. Remove from the oven and top with goat cheese! Image

(Honestly its a lot easier to eat if you just scoop the whole mess out onto your plate, like I did!)Image

This is a really good meal if you are trying to stay healthy but having a hard time getting full on salads and stuff, like me!

//Megan//

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THESE muffins are one of my favorite fall treats. My boyfriend absolutely LOVES when I make them, and my friends and family always eat them right up. They are definitely VERY SWEET, but also very delicious. I created the recipe combining a few pumpkin muffin recipes from allrecipes.com , and one for cinnamon coffee cake muffins my mom always makes. This version is not vegan, but I very often make them vegan by using earth balance and Ener-G egg replacer, and they are JUST as good, sometimes better. If you don’t have Ener-G just use your favorite egg substitute! I’ve found the most effective, easy egg substitute for baking is — 2tbs water, 1tbs oil & 2tsp baking powder [mix & then add].

// INGREDIENTS //
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil

// FILLING //
2/3 cup brown sugar
4 tbs flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 tbs melted butter

// TOPPING //
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbs all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2.5 tbs butter or margarine

 

// DIRECTIONS //

+ In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda & salt.
+ In another bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin & oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
+ Place one small spoonful of the batter in each cup. Use the spoon to make sure the entire bottom of each cup is covered.
+ In another bowl, melt butter for filling. Stir in sugar. Cut in flour & spices. The filling should be moist, coarse crumbs.
+ Add filling. I just sprinkled it in with my fingers, until a layer forms, adding at least enough to cover batter in each. The more you add, the sweeter they will be.
+ Add one more spoonful of batter to cover filling. Cups should be about 2/3 of way full. This batter is very heavy so if they are TOO full they won’t rise very well.
+ For topping, combine sugar, flour & cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle over each muffin.

Bake @350 for 30-35 minutes, let cool & enjoy!

For a little added decadence/to up the cuteness factor, drizzle on some cream cheese frosting!

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