The Casual Veggie Cookbook- Meet ‘n Greet Party

Summer is my favorite season for fresh fruits but Fall is my favorite for buying fresh vegetables. I always get carried away when visiting the farmers markets during these seasons as I want to buy it all. I love the variety of winter squashes that are harvested in the fall with Acorn, Butternut and Spaghetti Squash being my favorites. Nothing screams warm and cozy like a bowl of Butternut Squash Soup, Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash,or homemade spaghetti sauce poured over spaghetti squash in place for regular noodles.


Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and beets are some of my other favorite fall vegetables and I find myself buying them over and over again during this season. I love roasting brussels sprouts for a quick and easy side to dinner. For cauliflower, I usually make a cauliflower mash in place of mashed potatoes but there are an insane amount of uses for this vegetable to replace carbs in recipes. I think sweet potatoes and beets are best roasted in the oven and eaten as a side or over top a salad just to name a few uses for these very versatile root vegetables. True story, up until a year or two ago I did not like beets at all. However, once I learned that canned beets are not in fact what beets should taste like and I began to cook them myself I was converted.



So why all the veggie talk today? We are getting close to launching The Casual Veggie Cookbook, which will feature new recipes to some of my favorite veggies mentioned above as well as many,many more. In fact there are a total of 166 recipes and 29 different vegetables featured to help us eat healthy and a wide variety of ways to get more veggies into our diets. Whether you’re looking for a snack, an easy lunch or a filling dinner using real food, with a focus on plants, this book will have you covered.

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I’m always looking for new and inspiring recipes, especially when they’re healthy and full of fresh and local ingredients. When I was asked to contribute some of my recipes to The Casual Veggie Cookbook I felt a strange sense of pride for this little blog here of mine. Then to find out I have five recipes chosen for the book I was over the moon with excitement. There’s 48 very talented food bloggers that helped to create this cookbook and I’m honored to be part of the team. I encourage you to meet the other host for The Casual Veggie Cookbook by checking out the links below.

A Southern Grace
Cooking Up Clean
Family Food on the Table
Family For Health
Fitful Focus
Haute and Healthy Living
Hola Jalapeno
Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen
Parsley and Pumpkins
Primal Health with Jean
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter
Real Simple Good
Stupid Good
The Delicious Balance
The Weekly Menu
Toaster Oven Love
Treble in the Kitchen
Vermilion Roots
Where is my Spoon?
Will Cook For Friends

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  3. Willow | Will Cook For Friends October 5, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Hi Allie, so great getting to “meet” you through working on this cookbook! I am right there with you on fall being the best time for vegetables. Squash, sweet potato, and beets are up there as some my favorites as well! And roasting is my go-to way to prepare beets. I always feel like when someone says they don’t like beets, they’re probably talking about canned — there’s nothing like a freshly roasted beet to change their minds!

  4. Nicole @ Fitful Focus October 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Woohoo!! So excited for this 🙂

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  9. Amy @ Happy Healthy RD October 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I agree fall produce is the best! Looking forward to reading The Casual Veggie – blogger recipes are always the best recipes. 🙂

  10. grace October 5, 2015 at 11:49 am

    i’d like to applaud the first person to replace potatoes with cauliflower–it really is a stroke of genius!

  11. Christine | Vermilion Roots October 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I enjoy buying fresh vegetables at the farmers market. When I see something new to me, I usually talk to the farmers before buying. I’ve discovered so many new veggie loves that way. I’m excited about the 19th!

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  14. admin October 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I grew up only knowing canned beet and it ruined me until I finally gave fresh ones a try by roasting them

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  16. Elizabeth Shaw October 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    What an AMAZING idea for a cookbook! I love it! Can’t wait to check it out. Have a fabulous day 🙂 and gorgeous photo too by the way!

  17. admin October 5, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I’ve seen the cookbook and it really is great! It’s going to be a good resource for seasonal and fresh veggie filled recipes

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  19. Rachel @ Delicious Balance October 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I am with you on getting carried away at the farmers’ market! I just can’t help myself and always end up with way more than my fair share…it’s just too good! So excited to be part of the cookbook with you!

  20. Brie @ ToasterOvenLove October 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I’m with you on the beet epiphany up until age 30 I had only ever tasted a pickled beet and hated them. I can appreciate a pickled beet now but once you’ve had roasted you never go back.

  21. Justin & Erica October 5, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Great minds must think alike! We are using that same graphic from epicurious in an upcoming post! Winter squash might just be one of our favorite things! It’s very nice to meet you. We’re thrilled to be a part of this cookbook and look forward to the 19th!

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  23. Liz October 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I’m LOVING that picture of all the fall squash! Sighhhhh, so pretty! So excited to be collaborating with you on such an amazing project 🙂

  24. Kathryn Doherty October 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    You are making me hungry with all that great veggie talk! All the squash, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beets, sweet potatoes – definitely some of my faves! I’m so excited to be part of this amazing cookbook with you!

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  26. Adina October 6, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Your turkey chili with butternut squash sounds great and I really feel like eating some roasted brussel sprouts right now, I think I have never have them like that. Nice to meet you!

  27. admin October 6, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Thank you! The chili is one of my favorite cold weather meals

  28. Mollie October 6, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    You’re spot on about canned beets not being as good as roasted! There are probably thousands of people walking around thinking they don’t like beets but they’ve never tasted them outside of a can! I’m so glad to have you in the cookbook!

  29. admin October 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    You are so right! I was that person up until a few years ago

  30. Kate October 7, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Loved your recipes in the book! So nice to finally “meet” you. 🙂

  31. admin October 7, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Thank you! It’s nice meeting you as well. I am so happy to be a part of the book

  32. Nicole @ Fitful Focus October 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    So excited for this! Looking forward to getting to know you better though the book and the blog 🙂

  33. admin October 7, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Yes! Me too!

  34. Elaine October 9, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Our family of 4 just ate 2 heads of cauliflower for dinner just because it was a delicious cauliflower mash recipe. Other night we eat none. But, isn’t it all about eating more veggie when you can?!

    Nice to meet you through contributing together for The Casual Veggie!
    xo, Elaine

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