Life has taken quite a turn over the past few weeks – and by quite a turn, I mean it’s been BUSY! There is just something about the start of fall, like a flip switches and everything just jumps into turbo mode. Know the feeling?
Yeah, me too.
Between out-of-town weddings, new jobs beginning, and getting into our routines in a new home (and new city), it’s been a juggling act even sitting down to dinner together before 8:00! Which, if you know me personally, is NOT my style. I am very much a 6 pm dinner kind of gal.
But, I must say, our little “family” dinners have become all the more special (and necessary) in this crazy season of life. It’s a small moment in our day where Nate and I (and Augie, of course) can spend time together, electronics and work aside, and truly just enjoy each other’s company.
Growing up, family dinners were essential in my house. Even though they may not have happened every night once we were all in high school and busy with sports, my parents still made sure that at least a few nights a week, we were all rounded up for a meal together. Yep, all 6 of us!
My mom was famous for interrogating us all on our day at school, making us go around the table and share our “high” and “low” of the day. I can vividly remember us all (anxty teenagers that we were) groaning and complaining our way through it, but looking back now, those conversations usually turned into some pretty memorable, and usually hilarious, evenings.
Today, well into my early adulthood, I still cherish that idea of family dinners. And even though my family is small, with life being as crazy and unpredictable as it is, these nightly meals have become one of my favorite times in the day.
So today, we’re cooking up a simple, comforting meal, perfect for your next family dinner (and a new favorite in ours!)
This Quinoa Risotto with Delicata Squash + Roasted Radishes is exactly what I think of when I’m craving a warm, cozy, fall dinner. Packed with whole grains, healthy fats, and fiber-filled veggies, this dish is not only nourishing, but also super delicious!
For this recipe, I’m using truRoots Organic Quinoa, a brand that I cook with regularly for both quality and convenience (you can buy it at Target!) Better yet, truRoots is actually on sale at Target this week, September 24- October 7 for 30% off using the Cartwheel app.
Do you use Cartwheel already?! All the time? Never heard of it? I’m one of those (many) Target-obsessed people, so Cartwheel is a regularly-used app on my phone. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, make sure you do! You can get access to savings on your truRoots quinoa and SO many other things. I can’t tell you how much money I’ve saved on my many visits.
Ok. There’s my Target PSA 😉 Gosh, I just love that place!
Anyways, back to this risotto. Besides the actual quinoa, there’s not too many other ingredients involved. In fact, you probably have most of them already in your pantry and fridge at home. I used vegetable stock and a little white wine to make my risotto super creamy and flavorful, but the real MVP for the ultimate creaminess is a simple cashew cream. All it involves is just soaked cashews, blended with water in a high speed blender, then slowly stirred into the cooked risotto.
You would not BELIEVE what a game changer this is! Plus, it’s naturally dairy free and packed with healthy fats. Total win!
Last, but not least, I topped my risotto off with some roasted delicata squash and radishes, the perfect blend of summer and fall veggies in one dish. You can easily sub these veggies out with any others you have on hand, but I definitely recommend giving this combo a try.
Hope you guys enjoy your next family meal, and as always, don’t forget to share your pics with @pumpkinandpb if you get a chance to try this luscious risotto! I absolutely L O V E seeing your creations 🙂