Fall is definitely here! My favorite time of year, especially living in a resort beach town, time slows a bit, the weather cools down, schedules begin to free up, the beaches are perfect, and cooking with the windows open takes away a little of the guilt of staying inside. Cooler temperatures makes for heartier and more filling foods. This is a spin-off Giada’s Italian recipe but a little tweak here and there and I’ve made it more of my own. Hope you love it as much as my family did!
- 1 small baking pumpkin
- 2 small Acorn Squash
- 2 Tbs Olive oil
- 2 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 C Arugula and Spinach Mix
- 1/4 C Cypress Grove Goat Cheese (or a gourmet goat cheese that crumbles well)
- 1/8 C pepitas or pumpkin seeds
- 1/8 C dried cranberries
- 2 tsp “Herbs de Provence” herbs
- Pinch sea salt
- Pinch fresh ground pepper
- Set oven to 350 degrees. Cut, peel, and seed pumpkin and squash. Cut into thick slices.
- In a baking dish, drizzle olive oil on bottom of dish, place in pumpkin and squash slices. Top with 1 Tbs of balsamic vinegar, Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper. Bake or Roast in oven for 30-35 minutes until tender.
- In a dry saute pan on medium heat, toast pepitas. Be sure to stir or flip them often, they will burn fast. they should toast in 2-4 minutes.
- On a plate, place arugula and spinach mix, top with roasted pumpkin and squash
- Crumble and sprinkle goat cheese, cranberries, and toasted pumpkin seeds.
- Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Drizzle last Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and olive oil on top.
- Serve and Enjoy!!!