Fall time is probably my favorite season of the year.
There is nothing better than bringing out my sweaters, running tights, (well they’re already out in my closet, but having a legit excuse to wear them 24/7 🙂 ) and cooking some of my favorite cold-weather comfort foods.
The boys seem to thrive in the cooler weather too. There is literally not a day where Trout and Bodhi don’t want to head out and go for a bike ride or explore the great outdoors, (well as great as you can get up here in ND).
Fall also is a reminder for me of my Dad and how much I really do miss him. His birthday was in September, his and my mom’s anniversary also in September, and sadly, he passed away in the month of September…so there is truly a lot of emotion this time of year for all of us.
Thankfully, I really don’t have to go far to feel my dad’s presence. Yesterday morning it snowed for the first time and the first thing I thought of was my dad.
Inspired by the snow fall and feelings of my dad’s energy around pushed me into the kitchen to re-create some of his favorite foods. My dad was many things, but most of all, he was a lover of all things food! I think that’s where I get my own passion for food from 😉
Salmon croquettes for lunch, (the boys favorite!)
They are super simple to make! My dad used 1 can Sockeye Salmon (red) bones and all (except the spine), blue corn chips crushed up, an egg beaten, and I added capers and mustard. Form the salmon into patties and put in an oven for 20 minutes at 375. They are loaded with protein, heart-healthy/brain boosting fat, and my boys LOVE them.
Dinner was another of my Dad’s favorite meals, spaghetti. He was always cooking something yummy in the kitchen for us, but our favorite and his too was his fried noodles. He would use left-over spaghetti noodles and toss them in a pan with butter, EVOO, garlic salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese…no belly was left unhappy after this meal.
However, with dairy and gluten allergies as well as wanting to make things healthier as well as tasty, (my dad would want us to be eating nourishing food…he always wanted us to use food as our medicine) I have done a lot of re-imagining to the spaghetti meal.
Instead of conventional noodles, we use spaghetti squash. Squash is in season right now; it is super cheap, tasty, and full of nutrition. I bake it in the oven and then combine the meat with vegan butter, salt, pepper, and my homemade cashew parmesan cheese, (cashews, salt, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder..that’s it).
The boys love noodles, so I do cook up noodles, but I have been buying the brands with chickpea flour or quinoa flour to bump of the protein and fiber in their diet.
I think my dad would be super impressed and excited for our spaghetti meal nights 😉
* I also make Deliciously Ella’s Spinach Artichoke dip along side of this and top off the squash with it…the dip is creamy, tasty, and add’s some green to our meal.
While food is conjuring up tons of nostalgia for me, you might be seeing a lot of food photos as well as recipes I am wanting to share with you.
How many of you feel like fall and comfort food go hand-in-hand?
How many of you love fall like I do?