Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:56:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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!

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Ginger Pear White Sangria http://www.kitchentreaty.com/ginger-pear-white-sangria/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/ginger-pear-white-sangria/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:42:18 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13322

Mother Nature is toying with me this year. She snapped her fingers and BAM – overnight, literally, it was fall. After a couple of weeks, I resigned myself to the fact that the summer weather was gone for good and then BAM! Suddenly it was back up to 80 degrees. Dang, Mother Nature! Enough with the weather whiplash!

But then I cooled off (and chilled out) with some of this Ginger Pear White Sangria. A cool sipper perfectly appropriate for weather that’s on the warmer side, but full of fall fruit and warm autumn spices.

Ginger Pear White Sangria - Sweet Autumn pears and zippy ginger join up in this spiced sangria that couldn't be more perfect for the season.

I forgive you, Mother Nature. I forgive you. This time.

I am into sangria. Like, way into sangria. Possibly a little too much into sangria. But sangria man! It’s delicious! Fruity, festive, fun to drink with friends.

Sangria. Is there anything it can’t do? Change the weather, I guess.

Yes, I love sangria. And I love fall flavors. And pumpkin sangria is NOT happening. I’ve been giving in to the temptation to pumpkin-up most all the things, but If I ever go there, you have permission to smack me. Verbally, at least.

So this year’s fall sangria (it’s an annual thing, I guess), is full of juicy ripe pears and flavored with spicy fresh ginger. It’s got a few slices of lemon studded with some cloves here and there, just to give it a little more oomph and fall flavor.
Ginger Pear White Sangria - Sweet Autumn pears and zippy ginger join up in this spiced sangria that couldn't be more perfect for the season.

And then we’ve got two other types of alcohol on board – rum, because I pretty much always add rum to my sangria. Great reason, right? And also a splash of brandy. Because brandy and pears are natural buds. So it works.

Ginger Pear White Sangria - Sweet Autumn pears and zippy ginger join up in this spiced sangria that couldn't be more perfect for the season.

The real kickers here are twofold: 1) You top off the wine and fruit with ginger beer. Not any wimpy ginger ale, mind, although honestly, ginger ale will probably still taste good. But try to find some ginger beer, the extra zesty stuff if you can. And 2) A subtle little gingered sugar rim. A little touch of spicy sweetness for when you get tired of fiddling with your cute straws and just want to go to town on this stuff already.

Ginger Pear White Sangria - Sweet Autumn pears and zippy ginger join up in this spiced sangria that couldn't be more perfect for the season.
Ripe pears, ginger x 3, and alcohol.

Weather, schmeather. I suddenly don’t care.

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Spicy Curry Popcorn http://www.kitchentreaty.com/spicy-curry-popcorn/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/spicy-curry-popcorn/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:00:31 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13149

Popcorn has been one of my favorite snacks for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I’m pretty sure we enjoyed it most every evening. Nowadays, Friday is movie and popcorn night - and most of the time, our otherwise picky toddler is more excited about the snack than whatever flick we’ve decided on.

Spicy Curry Popcorn - the perfect addicting balance between sweet and spicy.

Sponsored PostI mean, what’s not to love about popcorn? It’s a whole, real food. It’s bite-sized, crunchy, perfect with a little drizzle of butter and a sprinkle of fine salt - but also divine when you take it over the top with an army of spices, as is the case with this Spicy Curry Popcorn.

It’s established: We’re popcorn fans around here. So naturally, when the opportunity to create a recipe celebrating JOLLY TIME Pop Corn’s 100th birthday came around, I was totally in.

Spicy Curry Popcorn - the perfect addicting balance between sweet and spicy.

Over the years, JOLLY TIME Pop Corn kernels have often found their way into my shopping cart. But after learning a little more about the company through this project, I can say I’m now officially a devoted customer. Here are a couple of fun facts that I learned – I thought you might find them interesting, too:

  • Corn is one of those foods that can get a bad rap for being genetically modified, but guess what? All of JOLLY TIME’s Pop Corn is made with non-GMO popcorn. Awesome, right?
  • And through the years – all 100 of them – JOLLY TIME has remained a family-owned company that keeps up with the latest in popcorn but still maintains old-fashioned ideals – for instance, if you ever need to call JOLLY TIME, a real live person will always answer the phone. Totally refreshing. (Here’s a fun interactive journey through JOLLY TIME’s history, if you’d like to learn more).

Spicy Curry Popcorn - the perfect addicting balance between sweet and spicy.

So about this recipe! I’ve been making variations of curried popcorn for a while now, but I thought it was high time I perfected the recipe and made it official for this post.

I wanted this curry popcorn recipe to strike the perfect balance between heat and sweet – an overall spicy concoction that would keep revelers reaching into the bowl for more, more, more.

Spicy Curry Popcorn - the perfect addicting balance between sweet and spicy.

While this recipe contains brown sugar, it is far more savory than sweet, with just enough brown sugar to tame the heat while also highlighting the curry flavors like coriander, cumin, and cinnamon. Occasionally, you do get a sweet-ish piece that’s a little heavy on the brown sugar and spices. But trust me – those are the best pieces of all. Kind of like a curried caramel corn.

So, yes! Lots of spices! And totally worth it.

Spicy Curry Popcorn - the perfect addicting balance between sweet and spicy.

Oh, and speaking of spices, you know I couldn’t leave out the turmeric. (Bonus: the golden spice turns the popcorn a pleasing movie-theater-butter yellow – naturally!)

Another thing I love about this recipe, other than it being addictively delicious, is that it’s ridiculously easy to make. While the popcorn pops, you melt the butter, sugar, and spices together. Then just toss with the popped corn and you’re snacking with the best of them, all fancy-like, inside of 10 minutes.

Spicy Curry Popcorn - the perfect addicting balance between sweet and spicy.

Totally birthday party worthy, I think. I’d probably even choose a bowl of this over birthday cake.

Maybe. Unless it’s got raspberry filling.

(Happy 100th birthday, JOLLY TIME!)

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Throughout the month of October (which is also National Popcorn Month, by the way), I – along with several other food bloggers – will be pinning to JOLLY TIME’s Virtual Birthday Party with JOLLY TIME Pop Corn Pinterest board. So follow along if you’re down for tons of tasty popcorn ideas!

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5-Minute No-Cook Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-minute-no-cook-fresh-tomato-pizza-sauce/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-minute-no-cook-fresh-tomato-pizza-sauce/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:00:33 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13298

Move over, former favorite pizza sauce recipe. There’s a new homemade pizza sauce in town. It’s fresher, faster, and easier, and it rivals the sauce you’ll find at just about any pizza place in town.

Seriously.

5-Minute No-Cook Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce - Just 5 minutes to homemade fresh tomato pizza sauce! It's fresh, fast, unbelievably easy, and it rivals the sauce you'll find at any pizza place in town.

There will always be a special place in our hearts for that other pizza sauce recipe, and we still still make it often. That one cooks low and slow, bubbling away to concentrated pizza sauce perfection. And it’s great.

But this one. This one, my friends … this is the way to go if you have 1) limited time, 2) limited patience, 3) a hangry family, 4) fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes coming out of your ears, and 5) lots more tomatoes on your windowsill that’ll also be ripe in mere days. The pressure!

5-Minute No-Cook Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce - Just 5 minutes to homemade fresh tomato pizza sauce! It's fresh, fast, unbelievably easy, and it rivals the sauce you'll find at any pizza place in town.

That’s five good reasons for 5-Minute No-Cook Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce. Here’s a sixth: It’s frickin’ delicious!

With just a handful of ingredients and a whir (or stir), you’ll have fresh homemade pizza sauce on hand. To make it super easy and super fast, a high-powered blender is your best bet. I use my beloved Vitamix. However! If you have a smaller blender or even no blender at all, this pizza sauce is still possible, so stick with me.

5-Minute No-Cook Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce - Just 5 minutes to homemade fresh tomato pizza sauce! It's fresh, fast, unbelievably easy, and it rivals the sauce you'll find at any pizza place in town.

Fresh tomatoes (peel on, seeds in – no need to bother removing either), tomato paste, garlic, oregano, a little olive oil, a couple dashes of salt and pepper. Some fresh basil if you have any and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes if you like your sauce to have a little heat, but they’re both totally optional. And then all you do is throw your ingredients into the pitcher of the blender and puree. Or, if you don’t have a blender, it’s still totally doable – just mince the garlic and chop your tomatoes as fine as you like and then mix in a bowl.

You’ll never believe how easy it is to make a fresh tomato pizza sauce that rivals your favorite pizza place. Yep, I love our low-and-slow recipe, but this new option is kind of a pizza night game-changer for us.

5-Minute No-Cook Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce - Just 5 minutes to homemade fresh tomato pizza sauce! It's fresh, fast, unbelievably easy, and it rivals the sauce you'll find at any pizza place in town.

I like to slather it on thick and then only go with a light sprinkle of cheese. Counting calories and all that. Not that I notice or care, because basically I’m all like GIVE ME ALL THE PIZZA SAUCE!

5-Minute No-Cook Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce - Just 5 minutes to homemade fresh tomato pizza sauce! It's fresh, fast, unbelievably easy, and it rivals the sauce you'll find at any pizza place in town.

So whaddya say? Let’s go fresh.

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5 Perfectly Portable Lunchbox Salads http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-perfectly-portable-lunchbox-salads/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-perfectly-portable-lunchbox-salads/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13182

Every Friday I feature a small round-up of five delicious recipes from here and around the web. This week’s topic: 5 Perfectly Portable Lunchbox Salads.

There’s something so satisfying about pulling a tasty pre-made salad out of your lunch bag. Why do lunch salads taste so much better when they’ve traveled with you, far away from home? It’s a mystery. But we don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to know that these salads are delicious far, near, or anywhere in between.

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