Tuesday, October 5, 2010

festive fall eats

soups and salads and slaw... oh my! i'm doing my best to keep our fall harvest meals exciting. while roasted squash is comforting and delicious, it can get old fast.

mr h. from subsistence pattern suggested trying squash grated raw on salads. i love that idea and took it a step further to create a fall cole slaw using savoy cabbage and sweet peppers.

sweet fall slaw

1/4 kabocha squash, grated
2 sweet or bell peppers, any color, julienned
about 6 leaves of cabbage, julienned
few sprigs dill

maple cider vinaigrette

2 T coconut oil
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 T maple syrup
cinnamon and salt, to taste

mix veggies and vinaigrette well. (if your coconut oil is solid, warm it just a bit.) serve immediately.

this slaw went nicely with grilled portobello mushrooms marinated in balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

optional: top with pecans

maple cider vinaigrette and pecans make a nice seasonal salad with apples as well. (i have to mention john created the vinaigrette. he's becoming quite the chef! did i tell you about the first meal the "italian stallion" (barely) prepared for me... shake-and-bake chicken with rice-a-roni?! neverminddd.=)


homemade veggie soups are my favorite when the weather is crisp. this one is a fresh ginger and shoyu base with acorn squash, celery, savoy cabbage and white potato.

today's tip: use a pinch of nutmeg to enhance the flavor of fall soups.


some kabocha squash was roasted in a maple-balsamic glaze and served with sauteed kale. can you tell i like pecans?

i also like kabocha squash and kale, preferably organic and free, from my own garden. i saved some squash seeds to grow next summer and i'm hoping the kale babies below grow through the fall and winter. we'll see!

i leave you with a shot of my favorite fall flower, the pansy. i was that crazy lady taking photos of flowers at the market. who could resist?=)


  1. mmm yummy seasonal goodness(oh my indeed, Kelli:)!

  2. I agree, everything is a little better with pecans.

  3. awesome ideas right there! i'm totally jacking your slaw idea, dressing and all! thanks :D

  4. Wow, so colorful and delicious. I love squash, so happy it's in season!! :)

  5. I can eat roasted winter vegetables everyday and that nutmeg tip is wonderful, thanks!!! even your soup looks utterly tempting.....yummmmmm xox

  6. I will definitely try grated zucchini. We still have some.

  7. Hi lady! What beautiful and delicious looking food! I love coleslaw and i'm desperate to try Kabucha squash. I didn't think you could get it over here but apparently you can...

    Hope you're well and happy xxx

  8. oh man have you inspired me with that slaw! off to gather the goodies.....

  9. WOW!! I could eat that immediately - and I just woke up!!
    That stuff looks SOOOO good!!
    You're a rock-star!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. That looks so good! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment! Made my day!
    And I am glad you did so I could come here and find your page. Just in time too. I am not a vegetarian, but I am trying to both eat less meat, and eat no animal products at all at least a few days a week. So I can't wait to see what other ideas you have here!

  11. These creations look DELICIOUS, Kelli!

  12. Hmmm... what's that gorgeous pink vegetable in your salad??? I want to eat it!!! Orange and pink are my favorite colors this year... orange I've always loved but it's my first time with pink... ANYWAY!!! I see them a lot on your blog and wonder if you are a fan too! hahaha. You should write a book on vegetable gardening. The stuff that comes out of your plot is insanely shining and beautiful.

  13. I love it! We grated up part of a hubbard squash just the other night to toss into a beet salad/slaw that we made...so good. I am going to have to try your maple cider vinaigrette, I think it would compliment our slaw salads quite well.:)

  14. thanks everyone!

    rick - enjoy, and please let me know how you like it!

    stephanie - that made my day!

    farty - i think you mean the red bell pepper? thanks for the compliment, but i grew none of those veggies!=) well, just the kale babies...

    mr. h - never had a hubbard squash but now i'm interested!

  15. I have to say the fall slaw was the best slaw I've ever tasted. It was so delicious I couldn't stop eating it!!!! Thanks again Kelliann,xoxoxox.


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