I recently had to do a serious overhaul of my inbox.
I often subscribe to sites based on whether they’ll give me a coupon for my first order. It’s such an enticing offer, especially if the shop is pricey…*coughcough* West Elm…
Many stores take advantage of emailing you a bit too often, in some cases, multiple times a day!
I had one company literally sending me offers three times in the space of 24 hours.
Embarrassingly, I must tell you that I even missed a recent bill payment because of an overflow of emails.
I was thoroughly ticked when I also saw an associated $27 fee, so then I knew something had to be done!
I’m sure you’re wondering what this all has to do with today’s new title.
Well, one of the many cooking sites I subscribe to inspired this post. They send out an email each Monday titled ‘What to Cook This Week’ that I really enjoy, so I thought I’d try to do my own version today.
I have quite a few recipes that get lost in the mix, so this also gives me an excuse to make a ‘reminder’ list of sorts.
And, because it’s October, I’m going to focus on recipes with seasonal ingredients.
On the fruit front, apples and pears are in abundance right now (hooray!). While I love the berries and cherries of summer, they seem to be getting more expensive each year, so I find myself looking forward to Fall’s produce.
This weekend, you might enjoy making this Low Sugar Cinnamon Apple Cobbler…
Top it with some ice cream for a more decadent treat. I’ve been working on a vanilla avocado ice cream for, oh, I don’t know…10 years now? Still haven’t perfected it, but I make a version to accompany this each time.
Another way to use up some apples this weekend…these Coconut Apple Cups (Sugar-Free!)!
These are one of Jade’s favorite treats.
This Creamy Apple Pear Smoothie would make a delicious beginning to your Saturday morning.
It combines apples AND pears, leaving out the banana for those of us with allergies.
For an easy no-bake treat, these Raw Pear Tarts are a nice way to use up some Bartletts.
I realize now that I don’t have many pear recipes on the blog, which is odd considering how much I love them! The above is a delicious way to enjoy their seasonal goodness.
For lunch this weekend, these broccoli recipes may entice you, particularly, this Creamy Lemon Broccoli Soup.
A very easy and healthy soup, and one the kids will eat as well. The veggies are all pureed so there’s nothing for them to pick at. I like to serve this soup with cheese crisps made with my Spelt Tortillas.
With the extra time that comes with a weekend, you could also plan for these Roasted Broccoli and White Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes.
They also make a great dinner and are scrumptious when topped with salsa!
Another favorite, and one of only a few ways I enjoy eggplant, is in the form of these Low Carb Eggplant Pizzas.
Eggplant just sings with the additions of tomato sauce and cheese!
Another seasonal food…mushrooms!
While I’ve cut back on my intake of mushrooms due to candida, I have some great recipes including them, particularly this Cheesy Cauliflower and Mushroom Gratin.
This is a great meal, and one of the recipes on here that doesn’t get nearly the attention it should!
Carrots are also plentiful right now, which is a great reason to make this Grain-Free Spaghetti.
I’m really not the biggest fan of zucchini noodles, and carrot makes a great alternative!
They lend a more toothsome bite and have a light sweetness that pairs well with marinara sauce. You’d be surprised at how filling and satiating this is!
Speaking of veggie-centric dishes, this Cauliflower Scallion Pancake is one of my favorite light dinners.
I love frying it in a good amount of coconut oil and drizzling some plain yogurt atop the finished product. So, so, so good!
Finally, what would October be without some pumpkin?
I posted a great recipe on Monday for Yeast-Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls that you should check out, but there are myriad others I love.
These Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a real treat, and they’re made with one of my favorite flours: buckwheat!
You might be surprised at how well pumpkin pairs with chocolate (I was!).
Even though it’s still in the 90s here, I look forward to cooler temps so I can enjoy hot chocolate, not the least of which is this Dairy-Free Pumpkin Hot Chocolate.
Hopefully, that gives you some ideas for your weekend ahead! I’ll be back Monday with something new and exciting. Have a great Friday!