Apple Gruyère Tarts

Apple Gruyère Tarts

Thanksgiving appetizers. It’s a thing, right? Sometimes I think that seems crazy because most of the time, I try to eat as little as possible early on Thanksgiving so I can save space for that glorious dinner. But, when you are entertaining a large crowd, it’s always a good idea to have some small bites out for people to snack on while finishing up dinner. This is especially true if your family is anything like mine and always seems to be running behind the time we planned to have dinner ready.

Apple Gruyère Tarts

These Apple Gruyère Tarts are the perfect holiday appetizer whether you need something that’s easy to prepare, but also has a “fancy” kick to it! What’s not to love? You’ve got light and buttery puff pastry topped with caramelized onions and apples with a sprinkle of gruyère cheese and chives. I guarantee these tarts will disappear so fast and you will be the party favorite! You can easily double the recipe if needed. I used fresh chives, but you could also use thyme and/or rosemary. The cheese is not overpowering in this recipe and if you wanted, you could also add a bit more. Let the holiday gorging begin!

Apple Gruyère Tarts

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

November hit and I’m already dreaming of Thanksgiving dinner. It’s entirely possible I’m going to be making stuffing this weekend for dinner, just because! Although, I’m not sure the rest of my family has moved on from Halloween. My daughter still makes us watch Mickey’s Monster Musical at least once a day…

I feel like this sausage-stuffed acorn squash is the best transition-to-Thanksgiving dinner. I roasted the acorn squash until tender and then stuffed each half with a tasty sausage and rice mixture with some toasty Parmesan and panko on top! It’s seriously so good and comforting! I also threw in some spinach for good measure (you could also use kale). You can certainly customize this recipe a bit as well. If you’d rather use turkey sausage, go for it. You can also use different grains like barley or quinoa in place of the rice if desired. This is also a good dinner to prep ahead of time. I made the filling the night before and then just had to stick the squash in the oven to roast and heat up the mixture before serving. And no, the squash isn’t just a bowl, eat with the delicious sausage filling too!

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Pumpkin Energy Bites

Pumpkin Energy Bites

It’s November! What’s happening?! My favorite month of October went by too fast. Work has been so busy and I had a conference last weekend. We had a good Halloween. Madeline was Minnie Mouse, but she hates wearing anything on her head so she refused to wear her Minnie ears. She still looked adorable in her pink polka dot dress though! This was also her first time trick-or-treating. It took her a few times to warm up to the idea of knocking on stranger’s doors and she was over it in 45 minutes, but it was still a fun time!

You guys love my original no-bake energy bites, so I made this pumpkin version last month as I had a bit of pumpkin puree to use up. These energy bites contain no butter, oil, or sugar. They are sweetened with dates and a bit of honey. You can mix these up in one of two ways, in a bowl (as pictured) or in a food processor if you want to break up the oats more. Either way, these bites are the best fall snack packed with protein and fiber. If you aren’t a fan of pepitas or can’t find them, you can swap for sliced almonds or chopped pecans or walnuts.

Pumpkin Energy Bites

15 Perfect Fall Soup Recipes

Fall is in full swing and it’s starting to really cool down. I adore chilly nights and my favorite way to spend a cold day is inside with a big pot of soup simmering away on the stove! Today I’ve rounded up fifteen of my favorite soup, stew, and chili recipes to help keep you warm and cozy this fall and winter!

15 Perfect Fall Soup Recipes

White Chicken Chili

1. White Chicken Chili – This chili is light, creamy, and cozy!

Cauliflower Soup

2. Cauliflower Soup – Love potato soup but without all the carbs! This soup is rich and creamy and the perfect sub for potatoes.

Tuscan Meatball Soup

3. Slow Cooker Tuscan Meatball Soup – This soup couldn’t be easier! Just toss everything in the slow cooker and let it go! Perfect for weeknight meals or lazy weekends!

Three Bean Turkey Chili

4. Three Bean Turkey Chili – This chili is packed with protein and fiber and seriously delish!

Moroccan Chicken Stew

5. Moroccan Chicken Stew – For when you’re feeling fancy, but without all the work!

Apple Sweet Potato Soup

6. Apple Sweet Potato Soup – One of my favorites! This soup is literally fall in a bowl!

Easy Potato Soup

7. Easy Potato Soup – This potato soup is surprisingly light and so easy to make too!

Sweet Potato Chili

8. Sweet Potato Chili – You won’t miss the meat in this hearty sweet potato chili.

Lentil Sweet Potato Stew

9. Lentil Sweet Potato Stew – Packed with protein and fiber and will fill the tummy without adding a ton of calories.

Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup

10. Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup – Roasted squash and pumpkin. It can’t get more fall than this soup.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

11. Spicy Black Bean Soup – Vegan, cozy, and packed with a bit of a kick!

Easy Minestrone Soup

12. Minestrone Soup – A quick and easy take on the classic minestrone soup.

Pasta e Fagioli

13. Pasta e Fagioli – A family favorite of mine! This Italian soup just screams comfort in a bowl!

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

14. Pumpkin Coconut Soup – This soup is so creamy and simple. It’s also vegan-friendly!

Tortilla Soup

15. Tortilla Soup – Last and certainly not least, this tortilla soup is my favorite on this list. I love everything about tortilla soup, the flavors and I’m all about the toppings! Toasted tortilla chips, cheese, avocado, cilantro…Gah! I’m in love!

Bonus Recipe! This easy cornbread is the perfect accompaniment for soups, chilis, and stews!

Easy Cornbread

Apple Brie Panini

Apple Brie Panini

Okay, did you guys watch Walking Dead last night? I did and I feel like I need a good week to recover from all of the horribleness. I suspected certain people would go, but actually seeing it happen was a whole other thing! I need comfort food, alcohol, and a hug. Stat!

You want to know what one of the most perfect things in the world is? Brie. Yeah, I mean, seriously, what’s not to love? It’s just decadent and creamy and I love how it melts so perfectly. It’s certainly comfort food for me!

Apple Brie Panini

I’ve always adored apple and brie sandwiches. The apple pairs so nicely with the mild brie flavor. This is really a very simple panini, but I added a couple of touches to kick it up a level. First, I roasted the apples with a touch of cinnamon and it was heavenly! I also added in some walnuts which I like because it gave the panini a bit of a crunch.

You can always add in other things to this sandwich if desired like turkey, bacon, arugula, mustard, whatever you like! Either way this sandwich is the perfect panini for the season when you want something warm and toasty!

Apple Brie Panini

Monster Sloppy Joes

Monster Sloppy Joes

“Here ya go! Have some more Sloppy joes. I made’em EXTRA sloppy for ya’s; I know you’s kids like ’em sloppy!”, “Lady, you’re scaring us!”

Quick, name the movie!

It’s Billy Madison, by the way. That cracks me up every time I see it. When it comes to sloppy joes, I don’t think I’ve had them since I was a child honestly. And it was probably the mix from the can which is beyond yucky when I think about it now as an adult. I’ve been wanting to make a homemade version and it was great timing to also add a fun Halloween twist!

Monster Sloppy Joes

The sloppy joe recipe itself is really quite simple. Just some beef with onion, garlic powder, ketchup, mustard powder, and salt and pepper. No weird stuff! For the monster twist, you just take small triangles of cheese to make the teeth and add olives for eyeballs! Mine really look more like little vampires, but you can certainly add more teeth and more eyeballs to make a variety of monsters! This is a great recipe to make for the family before trick-or-treating or you could easily double or triple the recipe to make sliders for a party!

Monster Sloppy Joes