The Ingredients for Fall

Today, I had the day off and I spent it doing what I do best, nesting. Hanging pictures, trying to get rid of the last of the boxes left from our move and preparing for my Man-friends brunch birthday party on Sunday.  I decided I would make homemade granola as one of the dishes to be served with pumpkin greek yogurt.  It was very easy and quick. 

4 cups of raw rolled oats

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds)

cinnamon (however much you’d like, I used about 2 teaspoons)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup turbinado sugar

Mix it all together and bake on a baking sheet on 350* for about 30 minutes.

Delish!

For dinner I needed to use up some of our farm share ingredients so, I whipped up this butternut squash and whole wheat penne pasta dish. It was awesome! I used the rest of the creme fraiche from my fish taco night earlier this week and mixed it in a pan with some garlic a table-spoon of olive oil, salt and pepper and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. It reminded of butternut squash lasagna which I love but is way more time consuming. This was ready in no time! I boiled the butternut squash so it would cook faster than in the oven.

Top with some scallions :)

Delicious easy dinner and there are left overs for lunch. Perfect! Pumpkin seeds and squash, what wonderful fall ingredients!