I love stuffed vegetables and my kids love eating them because they’re so much fun to dissect on your plate. A lot of recipes take a lot of work, a lot of time or both. This one requires neither! It could be served as a side dish, but we eat as a main dish with some roasted vegetables (like cauliflower) on the side.
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Israeli Couscous, Apples and Cranberries
To be honest, it has never really occurred to me to cook with pretzels. Every once in a while, I’ve seen a recipe for Pretzel-crusted this or that and I’ve definitely watched an episode or two of Chopped in which pretzels were one of the mystery ingredients…but I don’t generally think of them as more than a snack food staple in my pantry.
That’s actually one of the reasons that I thought it would be fun to do this post–to stretch my culinary imagination a bit.
Trying to figure out what to make, I had a “eureka!” moment. My nut-allergic son rarely gets to eat fun, frivolous carnival food like Caramel Apples because they are generally coated with peanuts. I threw a handful of pretzels in my food processor, dipped some apples in melted caramel and then in the pulverized pretzels. Voila! Nut-free caramel apples which still have the salty-sweet element which is generally provided by roasted peanuts.
If you're anything like me, and you grew up in the United States, you have many childhood memories that involve Entenmann's baked goods.
I can't even count the classroom birthday parties (both as a student and as a teacher) that centered around a Golden Fudge Cake cut into 20 or so teeny-tiny pieces. My absolute favorite Entenmann's treat were those Black and White Cupcakes with the hard icing that disappeared a few years back…not to mention those strangely soft chocolate chip cookies that appeared on every school bus trip.
It was pretty fun before we knew how terrible this stuff was for us, wasn't it?
I've been in and out…but I'm hopefully back 🙂 When I finally get around to buying a decent laptop (this week, maybe?) I should be even more reliable.
In any event, how often do you get close to dinnertime and realize that you just haven't gotten around to organizing something for your family to eat? I'm actually pretty good at getting the cooking out of the way at the beginning of the day, but sometimes life just seems to get in the way…and I hate to resort to ordering in something more expensive and less healthy than I could make on my own.
Seeds of Change Indian Simmer Sauces have saved my disorganized tush more than once.