The past couple of weeks were so lovely here in MT. Sometimes (like the past two winters that we've been here), fall doesn't really exist. It goes from summer to freezing and all the leaves go from green to brown to on the ground in a few days. Not this fall! This has been one of the most beautiful falls I can remember. Long and drawn out as a MT autumn can be. I've been taking advantage and trying to get outside even on the chillier days, reminding myself that even though it seems cold, this is the last few days before it gets really, really cold and we are inside for months. All this to say, it's been such an enjoyable last couple of weeks. Here are a few pictures...
(Lily isn't a huge fan of leaves, in case you can't tell)
I wanted to share our favorite lunch we've been having about once a week lately. It's super easy, nutritious, and my kids love it, which makes it a winner around here. It involves pumpkin of course. Sorry, no pretty pictures, but here's the recipe, roughly (because I don't actually measure any of these ingredients):
Veggie Mac n' Cheese
1 box Annie's Shells Macaroni and Cheese
1/2 C pumpkin puree
3 or 4 T milk
2 spoonfuls of sour cream
1/2 C or so of shredded cheese (I like sharp cheddar for this)
Steamed cauliflower, broccoli, squash, or any vegetable you like/have on hand
1/2 tsp sea salt
dash of cumin
pepper to taste
a few spoonfuls of nutritional yeast**
Cook pasta according to box directions. While pasta is draining, over low heat, combine milk, sour cream, and pumpkin. Mix well and add the cheese packet from Annie's, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and cumin. Add cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Add pasta and veggies, stir until everything is cheesy and gooey and serve immediately! Delish!
**optional...it has a cheesy taste and adds a nutritional boost, especially for a meatless meal such as this! It blends with the other flavors and you can't even tell it's there.
Hope you're having a lovely fall and enjoying the crisp air, yummy food and drink (homemade cider anyone?), and beautiful scenery. Soak it up!!!