Spaghetti Squash and Meatless Meatballs

Fall is here!!  Which means it is time for my favorite fall vegetables, including winter squash!  I have only made spaghetti squash one other time, and thought it was time to revisit this delicious veggie.

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Delicious Dinner Party

Before I left Los Angeles, I had a great dinner party with just the best company.  Between the delicious, (and sneakily potent) sangria, the appetizers and main courses, the cherries and banana boats,  we were very full and very happy.  Oh, we had a blast.

Matt and I cooking away!

For this post, I’ll share the starting appetizer recipe from Matt.   He taught me how to make his Bruschetta (with an Italian flag twist), and it was fantastic.

Italian style Bruschetta

  • 1 loaf French baguette
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Balsamic Vinegar
sliced tomatoes and avocado awaiting
Directions
1.  Slice up french bread and place on a roasting pan
2.  Brush with olive oil
3.  Place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown
4.  Place sliced tomatoes on top of each bread piece, lightly salt and pepper
5.  Place mozzarella balls on each piece
Matt hard at work
6. Put the bruschetta back in the oven briefly, until the cheese is melted
7. Place a slice of avocado on each
7. Drizzle with balsamic and olive oil
Doesn’t that look delicious?!  Here is a preview of our entire feast.  Keep posted for the portobello mushroom recipe!

Sunday Night Dinner Menu
Appetizers:

– Italian-style Bruschetta
– Roasted Eggplant and Asparagus

Mains:
– Grilled Chicken and Peppers
– Black Bean and Corn Quinoa
– Spinach and Salmon Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Marinated with peanut sauce and grilled
Black Bean and Corn Tri-Color Quinoa
Stuffed Portobellos

Dessert:
– Banana boats

Drinks:
– Sangria made by Jordan and Kelsey (which actually made for an appetizer, dinner drink, and dessert!)  This might be the best sangria I’ve had, topping the ones I had in Spain.  Very well done guys!

beautiful
and delicious!

Town Lake Hike and Bike

The other day I had the most exhilarating, freeing and beautiful run.  I heard about this trail, and a couple of people I met the other night wanted to go running.  I went in the afternoon (yes, I thought I was crazy to go at that time, but apparently, there are other crazy people too!)  The entire trail is about 10 miles and is one big loop around Lake Lady Bird.  Everything was incredible- the lake, the dirt trail, the bridges, the greenery, and the views from the bridges.

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Welcome to Austin

View of downtown from Congress Bridge

I have been horribly behind on my blog because as some of you know, I have picked up my life, packed whatever I could into my little Rav-4 and drove off to Austin, Texas.  I was in Los Angeles for only about five years, but I felt that a change was needed.  I have always wanted to live in another city before settling down, but I didn't have the guts to do so.  Sure enough, somewhere along the last six months, I grew those guts and well, here I am in Austin.

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