A Bowl of Autumn

Last night before going grocery shopping, I took stock of all of the fresh ingredients that we had, apples, chestnuts, butternut squash, walnuts, and decided that I wanted to make a roast chicken with cornbread stuffing.

Not feeling like driving to Brookline for Trader Joe’s, we went to our local Dorchester Shaw’s which was total chaos! I quickly grabbed as many items on our list as possible, but my plans were foiled when we arrived in the poultry section. There were no free range chickens available. I have not been too into meat lately, but in an effort to add protein to my diet and to create meals that last for a couple of days, I thought a roasted chicken would be a good option. I have become more and more disgusted by factory farming, however, and with last week’s report that a large number of supermarket chicken brands were contaminated with salmonella, my roast chicken and stuffing quickly morphed into a one pot vegetarian wonder, autumn harvest stuffing with vegetarian sausage for protein. My family makes a real sausage stuffing, and the flavors are so good together, I figured it would taste just as good  vegetarian.

Ingredients

1 cup roasted chestnuts

1 cup chopped apple

1 cup chopped, roasted butternut squash

½ cup toasted walnut pieces

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cups cubed corn bread

¼ cup finely chopped red onion

10 Morningstar sausage links, chopped into small pieces

½ TSP each sage, cinnamon, cayenne pepper

Pinch of fresh ground pepper and sea salt

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I started out the meal by cutting the butternut squash into cubes and scoring the chestnuts with a sharp knife. Then I left those both to roast at 405 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Then I got to chopping the carrot, apple, onion, veggie sausage and cornbread.

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I got the apple, walnuts, sausage, and carrots started on a low flame, mixed with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil.

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When the carrots were slightly softened, I added in the chopped cornbread and stirred it in, allowing it to soak up some of the juices that the apples and carrots made. Then I added all of the spices.

The last step was to add the crumbled chestnuts and chopped butternut squash.

The result was deeeelicious! It had everything we needed in a meal, protein, veggies, and carbs and even more than that it had a great sweet, spicy, and savory blend of favorites that tasted like autumn. Hubby mentioned this would be great served with turkey, and I agree, but it made a good one pot dinner in itself. Easy to clean up!

I had a hard workout at the gym today, so I am looking forward to some blog reading and Gossip Girl tonight. Thanks to all of you who announced my new site on your blogs or on Twitter. Looking at my traffic was a little discouraging, but since the new site was just made live yesterday I guess I should be patient!

Good night blog friends! :)

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  1. Caroline’s avatar

    Good thinking on your sausage cornbread stuffing! I would have probably done the same thing since I am totally turned off by “perdue” chicken. Love one pot dinners as well!

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  2. Meg C.’s avatar

    those morningstar sausages look tasty! i’ll have to try them. and of course cornbread… my fave !

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  3. Erin @ Big Girl Eats’s avatar

    I posted about your site on my latest post :) Traffic will be back up in no time!

    Apple, walnuts and sausage always seems to be a great mix.

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    1. admin’s avatar

      Thank you!

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    2. Biz’s avatar

      I’ve actually never tried chestnuts before – are they nutty??

      My husband introduced me to a sausage stuffing, and I’ve made it every year since! :D

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      1. admin’s avatar

        Sorry its taken me so long to see this question! They are a little nutty, softer than nuts, and really yummy in both sweet and savory dishes or just roasted on their own with a glass of Chianti!

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      2. Karena’s avatar

        yum! bowl of autumn indeed!!

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      3. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

        Great looking bowl! And re: the blog traffic, well patience is a virtue, my friend!

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        1. admin’s avatar

          I am seriously the least patient person I know!

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        2. Carol Egbert’s avatar

          Perfect—I eat everything except the meat when there is stuffing and wonderful vegetables to fill my plate. Great idea!

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        3. Alta’s avatar

          The traffic will come up, promise! :) This looks comforting and tasty.

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        4. Jessie’s avatar

          wow what a pure bowl of comfort food!

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