Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:01:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chocolate-chip-pumpkin-waffles/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chocolate-chip-pumpkin-waffles/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:01:13 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13332

This recipe is not particularly unique. It’s not a fancy supercool new spin on an old classic, nor does it incorporate an unexpected yet brilliant ingredient combination nobody has ever thought of before.

I’m sharing these Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles today because we’ve been making them a lot this fall and I thought, hey! I should blog these! Yep – how’s that for inspired?

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles - Fluffy on the inside, crisp around the edges, and seriously kid-friendly.

Our notoriously … selective (trying not to use the word “picky”) … toddler usually has only about 10 foods she’s willing to eat. Luckily (and frustratingly) she rotates items in and out of that list. Right about the time she phased out a staple, bunny-shaped mac and cheese, she rotated in these pumpkin waffles. Every time we make these (she’s always right next to me, helping me measure and stir), she declares “I don’t like pumpkin!” And then she devours them. Every. Single. Time. Well, so far.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles - Fluffy on the inside, crisp around the edges, and seriously kid-friendly.

The adults kinda devour them, too. They’re the perfect texture for a waffle – soft and fluffy but crunchy around the edges. The pumpkin and spice flavors come through, but then you get a bit of chocolate here and there and it’s, like, ooh yeah. Luxurious fall breakfast, come to mama.

I like to add ground flaxseed to sneak a little goodness into our diets, but you can leave it out.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles - Fluffy on the inside, crisp around the edges, and seriously kid-friendly.

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Stove-Top Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese http://www.kitchentreaty.com/stove-top-butternut-squash-mac-cheese/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/stove-top-butternut-squash-mac-cheese/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:05:18 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13577

I’m just going to put it out there, front and center: this is a seriously decadent recipe. Maybe that’s obvious - it’s a mac and cheese recipe, after all. Or maybe it’s less obvious, because it’s got butternut squash in the sauce – and quite a bit of it.

But make no mistake. This Stove-Top Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese recipe is over-the-top rich, creamy, and – yeah – pretty divine, too.

Stove-Top Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - Tender pasta generously slathered in quite possibly the most rich and creamy cheese sauce you've ever encountered. And it's ready in well under 30 minutes!

I have a favorite macaroni and cheese recipe. I even boldly declared it the best ever. But I admit it – I’m waffling now.

I threw this recipe together with what I happened to have on hand. I was attempting a butternut squash white bean soup in the slow cooker (it was a bit of a fail), and I had some squash cubes left over. I was also craving some mac and  cheese, dangit, so I thought, why not put that squash to use?

Stove-Top Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - Tender pasta generously slathered in quite possibly the most rich, velvety, and creamy cheese sauce you've ever encountered. And it's ready in under 30 minutes!

I was out of milk, so I used heavy whipping cream (and not a small amount). I didn’t have much in the way of seasonings – just some fresh thyme sitting in the fridge, starting to look little withered. It needed to be used. And then a little scoop of Dijon mustard, for giggles. I pureed the cooked squash together with the jazzed-up whipping cream mixture, and then stirred in the cheddar.

Sweet holy velvety sauce!

Stove-Top Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - Tender pasta generously slathered in quite possibly the most rich and creamy cheese sauce you've ever encountered. And it's ready in well under 30 minutes!

I knew this was going to be good, but when I took my first bite, my eyes opened wide. Oh, it was good. TOO good. I devoured the entire (generous) bowl. I’m not proud.

I decided this gloriously decadent macaroni and cheese was going to have to be reserved for special occasions. Luckily, my birthday was a couple of days away. So I made it again.

Confirmed: There will always be a special place in my heart for that other mac and cheese recipe, but, yeah. This is my new favorite. And – I’ve got to admit - way easier to make.

Stove-Top Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - Tender pasta generously slathered in quite possibly the most rich and creamy cheese sauce you've ever encountered. And it's ready in well under 30 minutes!

Next up: Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait for more cheesy goodness.

P.S.: If you want to sneak more veggies into your family’s diet, this is the dish to do it with.

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5 Perfect-for-Halloween Pumpkin Chili Recipes http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-perfect-for-halloween-pumpkin-chili-recipes/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-perfect-for-halloween-pumpkin-chili-recipes/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:05:08 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13541

Around here, chili is a must for Halloween night – preferably, one that’s been simmering in the Crock Pot all day. We’ve got enough going on with getting the little one dressed up and handing out candy to other cute trick-or-treaters – we don’t have time to worry about dinner. Chili – pumpkin chili, in particular, because what could be more appropriate - is not only an easy dinner, it’s cozy, comforting, and warms you up after traipsing around the neighborhood. (We also usually have another slow cooker going with this delicious warming stuff in it, too. Isn’t fall wonderful?) Here are 5 Perfect-for-Halloween Pumpkin Chili Recipes. 5 Perfect-for-Halloween Pumpkin Chili Recipes

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Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pumpkin Lattes http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-gingerbread-pumpkin-lattes/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-gingerbread-pumpkin-lattes/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:05:06 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13490

I’ve rediscovered something lately. Something obvious, but forgotten. Cozy, warm, and actually sort of essential. Especially when you have cold wood floors and naturally icy feet.

Slippers. I totally forgot about slippers! Now fuzzy socks, that’s another matter. I have probably 15 pairs stuffed in my sock drawer. Last year, my feet got so cold as I shuffled around that I would double up on them. Quite attractive. And then I was like, oh yeah. Slippers exist! So I bought two pairs – thick bottoms, cute colors, plush interiors – and every morning when I wake up, every time I get home, every evening as I curl up to work, they’re my happiness. How could I have forgotten about slippers?!

These Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pumpkin Lattes are sort of like slippers for the belly. Except they’re not fuzzy, because that would be gross and feel weird going down. And I have never forgotten about their existence, primarily because I just came up with the recipe a few days ago. But they’re definitely warm! And they make you feel cozy! So there is that.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pumpkin Lattes - Get cozy with these easy make-ahead lattes that are perfect for weekend mornings and holiday gatherings.

Slow Cooker drinks are pretty much best thing ever (other than slippers), especially when Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas roll around. They heat up quickly (at least, as far as heating in Crock Pots goes) and they keep your drink warm until you’re ready to sip. They feel special, but they’re low maintenance – perfect for holiday get-togethers.

Get cozy with these easy make-ahead lattes that are perfect for weekend mornings and holiday gatherings.

I am as obsessed with pumpkin as I am with slippers right now, so it wasn’t a stretch for me to want to create a pumpkin-based coffee drink for the Crock Pot. I’ve already gone to pumpkin spice land coffee-wise this year, so I thought I’d twist it up a little bit. Span the bridge between now and Christmas. Grab some pumpkin and spices, but trash it up with a little gingerbread flavor, too. Because gingerbread lattes are kind of one of the best things ever come December. Gosh, there’s lots to love this time of year.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pumpkin Lattes - Get cozy with these easy make-ahead lattes that are perfect for weekend mornings and holiday gatherings.

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Chili Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chili-cheese-stuffed-spaghetti-squash/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chili-cheese-stuffed-spaghetti-squash/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:05:34 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13501

This recipe is the direct antithesis of “fancy” – which, other than the fact that it’s just plain delicious – is why it’s so awesome. It’s the perfect way to celebrate and enjoy seasonal produce without having to get all fussy and stuff. Chili! And cheese! Hellooo, my pretties.

Chili Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash - Melty cheddar and tangy chili make this a squash for squash haters. Who can turn down chili and cheese?! Make it your own by using any chili you want (perfect for leftovers!)

Okay, so they are squash, so they’re actually not the prettiest things in the world. I mean, can anything called “squash” be pretty? But no matter! I promise you – you won’t care in the slightest.

I’m totally in love with this recipe. It might be the easiest way ever to convert professed squash haters. Spaghetti squash is already a great gateway squash. As long as you don’t go into things expecting an exact replica of pasta, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised. Firm, almost crunchy strands without that “squashy” taste. It’s pretty great.

With Chili Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, the squash sort of stands in for a bread bowl. Except less carbs. You just roast spaghetti squash halves then fill with chili and cheese, then bake again until melty perfection. That’s pretty much the deal.

Chili Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash - Melty cheddar and tangy chili make this a squash for squash haters. Who can turn down chili and cheese?! Make it your own by using any chili you want (perfect for leftovers!)

As you eat your cheesy chili, you scrape strands of the delicious squash into each forkful. It’s a good thing.

Chili Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash - Melty cheddar and tangy chili make this a squash for squash haters. Who can turn down chili and cheese?! Make it your own by using any chili you want (perfect for leftovers!)

So here’s another cool thing about this dish. I provide a quick and easy chili recipe here, but really, you can use any chili you want. I’ve made it with this Black Bean Pumpkin Chili, for instance, and it was wonderful, though a little strange to eat squash within a squash. Dinner Inception, my guy called it.

So make your favorite chili to stuff in there. Or make use of chili leftovers. Or use canned chili! I won’t tell. Or. Or! Make up a meaty version and a non-meaty version. The individual serving component makes it perfect for doing the One Dish Two Ways thing.

Chili Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash - Melty cheddar and tangy chili make this a squash for squash haters. Who can turn down chili and cheese?! Make it your own by using any chili you want (perfect for leftovers!)
Nope, fancy-pants it’s not. And that’s just the way we like it.

Make-Ahead Tips

These can be assembled up to the point of baking, then refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Just remove from the fridge and bake! You just might need to cook them for a little longer to heat them all the way through. You can also make each component separately beforehand and then quickly assemble and bake for a faster weeknight dinner.

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5 Festive Fall Sangria Recipes http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-festive-fall-sangria-recipes/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-festive-fall-sangria-recipes/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:31:15 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13350

Every week I feature a small round-up of five delicious recipes from here and around the web. This week’s topic: 5 Festive Fall Sangria Recipes (okay, plus a couple of bonus pretties in the box at the bottom. When it comes to sangria, it’s hard to stop).

Spiked, fruity wine cocktails with an autumn spin. Could there possibly be anything better?!

5 Festive Fall Sangria Recipes

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothies (Two Ways!) http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-pumpkin-pie-smoothies-two-ways/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-pumpkin-pie-smoothies-two-ways/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:05:50 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13338

I’m pretty obsessed with this smoothie formula right now, so I hope you’ll bear with me as I throw another variation your way. Or two.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothies Two Ways - These rich and creamy cashew-based, dairy-free smoothies taste just like pumpkin pie, whether you go green or stay orange.

Basically, the creamy base of the smoothie is made of cashews, water, and banana. I had no idea that raw cashews could make smoothies so utterly rich and creamy until, this summer, my obsession with these began. Ohmygoodness. Basically, you throw it all in the blender and the nuts and water start to puree and you’re looking it going all, “what have I DONE here?” And then, all of the sudden, it just goes all creamy and blissful. I just love that these are vegan yet uber creamy without having to rely on some sort of milk to make it happen.

Aside from the cashews, water, and banana, the basic formula also has ice cubes, pure maple syrup, a splash of vanilla, and a pinch of salt. From there, it wasn’t too much farther to pumpkin town. And then on to its close neighbor, green pumpkin town.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothies Two Ways - These rich and creamy cashew-based, dairy-free smoothies taste just like pumpkin pie, whether you go green or stay orange.

Pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, and a dusting of cinnamon, and you’re in pure pumpkin-pie-esque heaven. For a hit of nutrients, throw a few spinach leaves in there. Sure, you lose that familiar orange hue, but the flavor stays the same.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothies Two Ways - These rich and creamy cashew-based, dairy-free smoothies taste just like pumpkin pie, whether you go green or stay orange.

Make two and serve ‘em up side-by-side, or layer one on top of the other. And hey, the green kind of looks like a pumpkin stem. Got a sharpie? Why not make a smoothie-o’-lantern? (I had this idea after the smoothies were long gone, so the jack o’photo is actually Photoshopped. But it totally works, as long as you start with a dry jar – and it’s darn cute, too!)

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothies Two Ways - These rich and creamy cashew-based, dairy-free smoothies taste just like pumpkin pie, whether you go green or stay orange.

Go forth and greenify. Or not. Your choice!

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Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits http://www.kitchentreaty.com/apple-cinnamon-greek-yogurt-breakfast-parfaits/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/apple-cinnamon-greek-yogurt-breakfast-parfaits/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:05:22 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13328

There are very few foods my guy won’t at least try. Yogurt, however, is almost always a no-go for him. It’s cool. I respect that.

Except for when I don’t.

Like when I made these and said, “Hey, there’s something on the kitchen counter for you!” And then I contemplated the next part, but honesty won out. Pause … “it has yogurt, but I know you’re going to love it. It tastes like a dessert! Try it!”

Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits

This is when he usually is an exceptionally good sport (I love my guy) and he tries a bite. And then pushes it away. But these Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits? Snarfville!

Yep! He scarfed the whole thing down – the spoon was clinking the bottom of the bowl before I knew it. Victory!

Now I just need to finally turn him on to tofu.

Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits

These super-simple parfaits are a cinch to put together, but they feel like something special. And with honey-sweetened, cinnamon-infused Greek yogurt layered with crisp apples and applesauce, they taste like something special, too.

I’m thinking these will be the perfect Thanksgiving morning breakfast. Super easy, special occasion worthy, and satiating without being over-the-top rich. A yogurt parfait for professed yogurt haters. It’s possible; I have proof!

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Bean without Bacon Soup http://www.kitchentreaty.com/bean-without-bacon-soup/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/bean-without-bacon-soup/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:05:37 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=5242

Growing up, soup was just something that came from a can. In fact, when my mom would whip up a homemade soup (which she occasionally did and did well), I would be all suspicious. That’s not real soup, Mom!

Bean without Bacon Soup - A homemade vegetarian version of the popular canned bean with bacon soup. You won't miss the bacon - promise!

Well, things have changed, and canned soup is a rare exception in our house. Not only am I not a fan of how most of them taste, but I just like making it from scratch. And when I need a soup that’s as convenient as canned, it’s as easy as dipping into the freezer, where I keep extra batches and leftovers.

There are a couple of canned varieties I do miss, though – not just because we hardly ever eat the canned stuff, but also because I’m a vegetarian. First on the list? Bean with Bacon Condensed Soup. Oh man. Smoky, a little thick, tastes like home. I don’t remember ever seeing an actual piece of bacon in there, but it was still delicious.

Bean without Bacon Soup - A homemade vegetarian version of the popular canned bean with bacon soup. You won't miss the bacon - promise!

The lack of actual bacon pieces, however, kind of can mean it lends itself well to a homemade vegetarian version. Right?! Thanks to smoked paprika and fresh rosemary, this Bean without Bacon Soup tastes plenty smoky.

This is a super duper simple soup to whip up. First, a little saute for the veggies – with both butter and olive oil (a bit of both gives the final soup a little more oomph, but you can skip the butter for a vegan version and still be plenty happy). And then some garlic, spices, broth, beans, and a bit of a simmer. Puree for a thickened, full-bodied soup without roux or cream (did I mention this is a pretty healthy soup, all told?) – and then stir in a few more beans for texture.

Bean without Bacon Soup - A homemade vegetarian version of the popular canned bean with bacon soup. You won't miss the bacon - promise!

Voila. Who needs cans and bacon? Not us, man! Not us.

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5 Make-Ahead Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-make-ahead-pumpkin-breakfast-recipes/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-make-ahead-pumpkin-breakfast-recipes/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13041

Every week I feature a small round-up of five delicious recipes from here and around the web. This week’s topic: 5 Make-Ahead Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes – pumpkin breakfast recipes that are – or can be – made ahead of time.

Because the only thing better than having breakfast already ready is having pumpkin breakfast already ready!

5 Make-Ahead Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes

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