Fall is coming.
Do you hear it? That would be the sound of thousands of girls across the globe screaming of leaf-falling + scarf-wearing + pumpkin spice latte-drinking happiness.
And yes, I’ll shamefully admit to indulging myself into this subset (pumpkin coffee in the pantry as we speak).
But as a foodie, I have MUCH more important reasons to be excited about this wonderful change of season.
Like squash. And apples. And roasted veggies.
Heart eye emoji + leaf emoji = basically me for the next three months.
And after a gorgeous five mile run through a crisp + breezy evening ignited my fall fever, I was inspired to experiment a little with some of my favorite fall ingredients. And the end result was nothing short of autumn-filled heaven on a plate — sautéed kale + apple + spaghetti squash salad.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- spaghetti squash
- medium apple
- olive oil
- apple cider vinegar
MAKE IT DELICIOUS:
- Half your spaghetti squash + remove seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and bake FACE DOWN at 400 degrees for about an hour
- Remove kale leaves from stems
- Chop apple + onion
- Saute kale + apple + onion in olive oil — add pepper + lemon + dash cinnamon
- When squash is done, remove + use a fork to string out insides into a bowl. Add apple cider vinegar + olive oil + pepper — mix it up
- Plate spaghetti squash. Top with sauteed kale + apples
While in Michigan this weekend, I stumbled upon this beautiful red vino and just could not say no. Now if only there was pumpkin spiced Cabernet…
Normally I use Pinterest inspired recipes, but this meal was entirely experimental + originally created — a process which reminded me why I love to cook so much. With three or four beloved ingredients, you can create ENDLESS delicious culinary creations.
I rarely live my life on the fly — normally. meticulously working from a previously written plan. But with cooking I am carefree — blissfully creating (+ eating) on an unwritten path.
And while pursuing cooking as a career has crossed my mind, I’ll selfishly and shamelessly admit, I would not be willing to share this incredible meal. Sorry kids, this dish is all mine.
Kale em with kindness, right?
Run far, eat well, drink better.