Fun fact: I wasn’t going to post a recipe today. The main point of today’s blog was to vote on the Inspiralized Community‘s September Recipe Challenge entrants.
More to come on that.
I had the post finished on Monday, was excited for everyone to pick the winner and then, I felt odd not sharing a recipe! I’ve gotten into my Sunday – Thursday groove and I wanted to end the blog week on a high note.
So, today, we need your votes and in return, I present to you: butternut squash noodle tacos. Fall-friendly and waist-friendly!
If you haven’t guessed it already, I loove tacos. On the weekends, I’m always debating whether to get tacos and Corona Light or pizza and red wine. Those are two of my favorite “indulgences.” Most often, I choose tacos.
These butternut squash noodle tacos are not only fun to eat, they’re colorful and a convenient way to use seasonal produce (butternut squash is a winter squash and cilantro grows abundant even in cold temperatures!) The feta, black beans, jalapenos and avocado provide the “add-ons,” but the seasoned squash is the star.
These noodles are baked in cumin, smoked paprika, and olive oil for the perfect dose of Mexican flavor, while still letting the sweet taste of the squash shine through. They’re fun to make and definitely crowd-pleasers: what better way to use your spiralizer than for taco night? Don’t forget the Corona Light!
Now, for the Inspiralized Community recipe challenges! For those of you who haven’t participated in or heard of these challenges, let me explain.
First off, the Inspiralized Community is free to join. It’s a separate page from this blog that encourages those who love spiralizing and want to get together and talk in one place – offer advice, answer questions, ask me questions and share recipes.
There are groups about weight loss, eating gluten-free and spiralized and even monthly recipe challenges. During the summer, I hit the brakes with the recipe challenges, since it’s a busy time of year, but now, they’re back!
The Recipe Challenges receive themes each month and members are encouraged to submit their recipes (along with a yummy picture) for their chance to win a $75 gift basket of Udi’s Gluten Free goodies (they are the official sponsor of these recipe challenges!)
Also, I’ll be recreating the winning recipe on the blog, later this month. Without further ado, let’s check out the entrants and their recipes:
September’s Recipe Challenge was “Fall-Themed Dish.” Members were instructed to:
The fall is coming! Now that the peak summer months are over, use any fall ingredients to make a transitional fall dish. Think apples, sweet potatoes, turnips and parsnips!
Check out the following recipes and vote (at the end) before Sunday, October 19, 11:59pm EST.
SEPTEMBER RECIPE CHALLENGE ENTRANTS
NOTE: To find any of these recipes, go to the September Recipe Challenge forum.
Recipe #1: Pumpkin Butternut Squash Chips
Entrant: Kelsey from Littleton, CO
Recipe #2: Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes
Entrant: Allie from Forth Worth, TX
Recipe #3: Fall Butternut Squash Noodle Bowl with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
Entrant: Bonnie from Largo, FL
Now that y’all can’t wait for dinner to make one of these delicious fall-inspired dishes, let’s go vote:
Which recipe should win the September Recipe Challenge?
Thank you so much to all the participants and of course, to all of you who vote! I can’t wait to announce September’s winner, and I look forward to what you all come up with for the October challenge!
The October Challenge: Create any spiralized dish, using sweet potatoes!
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