7 seasonal rock stars to get you through the week

I am a big fan of taking advantage of seasonal ingredients when cooking. There’s a big chance that you can only get them for a few months of the year or that they have a much better flavor. So why not give one of these seasonal rock stars a try? Seven delicious dishes to give you culinary inspiration until next Sunday.

I like eating well and I like doing so at lunchtime, on a weekday. Normally I just cook a spare portion at dinner time and I take it into work the following day. Yes, I eat the same two days in a row so that’s why I make sure it’s really yummy. I also have to think about cooking things that are easily transportable and that will still be nice the following day. This sexy lentil and pomegranate salad from Cafe Liz does the trick. You can put this dish together really quickly and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry.

I do love a dish of warm comfy food now that it’s starting to get quite cold outside and I love a bit of pumpkin and squash. This great cheesy pumpkin risotto from Craving Chronicles is the perfect combination of both. Perfect to impress a date or your other half, I normally substitute the canned pumpkin puree for mashed roasted pumpkin. Don’t mash it too finely so you find chunks of pumpkin throughout.

This grilled artichokes are the perfect add on for one of those night that you just can’t be bothered with cooking! So you grab a wooden chopping board, arrange some cold cuts nicely on it, prepare a herby salad, get the houmous out and make this fantastic grilled artichokes from Camille Styles. You will decide not to cook more often and go for the tapas style dinner.

Back to the comfort food arena, pasta always seems to be a good choice, for dinner on a weekday, lunch on weekends or anytime really! Give this linguini with chestnuts, porcini and mascarpone from the Burg guide a try. Mushrooms and chestnuts? Could it get more seasonal than that? This one is definitely going on the foodie “repeat” list!

If you are feeling that you need another healthy kick to get you through the week, this roasted beets, red onion and feta quinoa salad from the Tastespotting blog will do the trick. Another simple recipe perfect to take to work the next day or to leave you feeling like the weekend wasn’t all indulgence.

Even though we are almost in November, it’s still a good time to get a tasty bite of crab. Crab is best at the end of summer and autumn and it’s great in this Mexican spicy crab and noodle dish by Thomasina Miers. Let free your hidden latino cooking charm and go loco!

Last but not least, I must admit kale is an ingredient that I quickly forget. So I plan to make a real effort and include this awesome chickpea and kale stew from Greens and Seeds in my regular cooking list!

Don’t stop there and experiment with the many seasonal beauties out there. And of course, I always welcome new ideas! Enjoy!

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