Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp, Pears and Kale: #SundaySupper

Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

Whenever I scan food photo porn sites and Pinterest (which is embarrassingly often), I'm bombarded with temptation. Pumpkin cakes with cream cheese frosting, salted caramel sheet cakes, pumpkin toffee cookies, pecan cheesecake pie, and Reese's cake bars, all dressed up like a gang of girls ready to party, taunt me from my computer screen. "C'mon Wimpy, get those fancy plates out and let's have some fun together. You can cheat on your kale tonight. Be good tomorrow!" And it's only going to get ...

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Butternut-Caramelized Onion Empanadas

Butternut Squash Caramelized Onion Empanadas slider

Buttery empanadas filled with caramelized onions, butternut squash, apples and raisins.   I had my first empanadas when we were traveling through Ecuador a few years ago. Myles and I were enjoying a few days in the charming, mountain town of Cuenca, in the southern Sierra's after a glorious trip to the Galápagos. If you haven't been there, Cuenca is on the famed Inca Trail, and was a significant center of civilization long before the ...

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Kabocha and Kale Salad with Persimmon

Kabocha Kale Salad with Persimmons : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Healthy, filling salad of kale, winter squash, and slices of fuyu persimmons.   I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We travelled to Portland (Oregon), to see close friends and family and had a wonderfully fun and food-filled week. Now that we're back home, I'm craving salads. The first one I made upon resettling at home was this one that incorporates kale and squash, inspired by ...

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Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes

Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes Cut : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Pillowy pumpkin pancakes that will remind you of pumpkin spice cake. I used to thrive on change, even created it if need be, just so I could shake my life up a bit. But over time I settled into patterns, thinking consistency was better for my peace of mind, and that of those around me. Life as a popcorn kernel ricocheting off the lid of a pot over high heat isn’t restful for anyone, no matter how exciting all it all appears to be at the time. As I deliberated on making these pumpkin ...

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Winter Squash & Pepper Quinoa Pilaf

Roasted Squash with Pomegranate and Pepitas Tossed in Quinoa : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Simple one-dish meal of roasted squash, late season peppers, and caramelized red onions, all tossed in orange scented quinoa.   Part of traveling for me is about the food. It’s such a satisfying window into the culture of a country or region, a direct link to its history, people, beliefs, and geography. Traveling to three different regions in Italy last month certainly gave me that view; but I can eat only so many ...

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Butternut Filled Ravioli & Brown Butter Pears

Butternut Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter Pears and Balsamic closeup: The Wimpy Vegetarian

Ravioli filled with butternut squash, apples, and ricotta cheese, topped with pears sautéed in browned butter, and drizzled with balsamic reduction.   Our first winter storm is on the way, forecasted to start tonight and drop over a foot of snow by Tuesday morning, and I am SO excited. Each day has gotten progressively cooler, aspens all aflutter with their shimmering golden leaves being blown about by the winds of change. In ...

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