I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a bit of an extra nudge to eat more veggies. Roasting them to coax out their natural sweetness is defnitely my usual approach, but you can’t beat it when they masquerade as something even more luscious. A tall order? Sure. But boy does this winter squash carbonara ever achieve it… and well.
Ah, the age-old relationship dilemma: one person loves to eat XYZ, the other not so much. For my folks, acorn squash is one of those things, and my self-appointed challenge this fall was to come up with a couple ways to prepare it that everyone would enjoy.
The charred fall vegetable tacos were a big hit with them both, but when Dad showed up at home with the BIGGEST acorn squash from Trader Joe’s — after all, they’re all sold for a buck and change no matter the size — tacos alone were not going to cut it. And they were definitely looking for something a little less rich and involved than pumpkin stuffed with everything good.
What if I told you that these upscale taqueria-style tacos — complete with charred acorn squash, poblano peppers and onions — could be on the table start-to-finish in thirty minutes or less, would you believe me? Well, it’s true! A quick rundown: pop the tortillas in the oven and throw the beans on the back burner to heat up, chop up and sauté your veggies then plate everything up and serve.
The amount of flavor packed into each bite in such a short amount of time is incredible. You’ll love how the charred veggies play with the tart-yet-smokey tomatillo salsa, crumbled queso Cotija and fresh onions — the contrast of the caramelized and bright ingredients is tantalizing and totally satisfying!
This morning I was alerted via a tweet from Viking (@VikingRange) that today is National Pumpkin Day. I wasn’t planning on sharing this recipe until mid-November, closer to Thanksgiving, but with this being the day of the Pumpkin and Halloween less than a week away (I can barely believe it) it’s only appropriate that I post something pumpkin-y today. This recipe comes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table, and is the very dish that drew me to place her book on my wish list in the first place (it only took me about ten months since receiving the volume to make something — ok, besides a list of recipes to try — from it).