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Fall Couscous Salad + 11 favorite weeknight dinners!
Juicy pear and roasted delicata squash tossed with Israeli couscous and a maple-apple dressing.
When people ask me what a typical meal looks like for me —> well, you are looking at it. Grains + whatever veggies we’ve got + dressing + something crunchy & nutty= my weeknight dinners.
Sure, I also make and eat all the recipes that you see here, but when I arrive home from the office and my hangry-ness has started to set in, these are my default meals. They are so simple to put together, you really don’t even need a recipe.
Grab a starch, add in some vegetables (preferably roasted), any anything else you’ve got laying around. Last week I could not get enough of two fall staples: delicata squash & pears. When I wasn’t eating pears in this crisp or enjoying roasted delicata squash, I was making this fall salad.
Besides being a satisfying lunch, this has made the short list of potential holiday side dishes. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous colors from the pistachios, cranberries and squash. Plus anything that has both red + green in the same dish automatically makes my brain say CHRISTMAS. Which is way too rapidly approaching.
Since healthy weeknight dinners tend to be the holy grail of most women I meet, I’ve put together a list of 11 healthy, tested by yours truly recipes that are a must-make tonight type meal, or at the very least, a must-pin for later. The full Pear & Squash Couscous Salad recipe can be found at the bottom.
Top Row, R ->L: Rainbow Veggie Bowls with Jalapeno Ranch, Ginger Coconut Lime Linguini, Quick Chana Masala
Middle Row, R -> L: Sesame Garlic Stir-Fry Noodles, Fall Fattoush Salad, African Peanut Soup, Perfect Fall Gnocchi
Bottom Row, R-> L: Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes, Kale & Mango Salad, Pumpkin Fettuccine, Lentil Tacos
Fall Salad! Healthy, vegan. Israeli couscous tossed with roasted delicata squash, cranberries, pistachios, and pear. Maple Apple Dressing! | www.delishknowledge.com
If you are making this salad for later, consider swapping in apple slices for the pear. While the pear is perfectly if immediately eaten, it doesn’t save well. For maximum flavor, toss with dressing right before eating. Again, if you are planning on making this for later, wait until you serve this salad to dress it.
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This is the most creative and perfect fall (or Christmas!) meal…you’ve thought of everything and not the typical pumpkin based dish. Awesome!
Definitely pinning for later! Especially intrigued by the Pumpkin Fettuccine, but I’m definitly still stuck on pumpkln everything…. probably until December!
ooh yum I was just thinking of making something similar. I love pears this time of year.
Most of my weeknight meals are made this way too! I love all the colors in this salad. So festive for fall/winter.
Thanks for including my Gnocchi recipe! 🙂
Yum! I’ve been making couscous more often lately, but I usually keep it super simple. I’ll have to try a variation of this with what I have around the house! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂 As usual, of course.