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Pumpkin Crepes with Alouette Pumpkin Spice Cheese

This post was sponsored by Alouette Cheese but all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support!

Light fluffy crepes with the savory-sweet taste of pumpkin infused with the creamy taste of pumpkin spice cheese! You’ll love this easy to make and fun weekend brunch recipe that is perfect for the holiday season.  

Can you bottle the taste of a cozy winter breakfast? I think I just might have with this delicious pumpkin crepe recipe filled with   pumpkin spice soft spreadable cheese! If you like really, really, thin pancakes, then I know you will like this seasonal spin I put on crepes by adding pumpkin directly into the batter and infusing them with pumpkin spice cheese. You can get as creative as you’d like when it comes to topping them too! I topped mine with cranberries, banana slices, pumpkin seeds, a little drizzle of melted chocolate and a dusting of powdered sugar “snow”.

Pumpkin Crepes with Alouette Pumpkin Spice Cheese

These pumpkin crepes with Alouette pumpkin spice cheese make the perfect weekend breakfast. To me, breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday is the perfect time to take things a little bit slower, really enjoy that cup of coffee, and make something extra special and delicious. Time like this is important all year long, but especially important this time of year when weekends can quickly fill up with holiday activities and it can feel like we barely have a moment for ourselves.

 Pumpkin Crepes with Alouette Pumpkin Spice Cheese

Alouette cheese can go way beyond the charcuterie board as an ingredient in recipes this holiday season that adds a smooth and creamy texture with a fresh pure taste. Their cheese is also made with rBST free milk and no antibiotics. Not everyone does it, but Alouette perfected the flavor of pumpkin overall too!

pumpkin crepes with pumpkin spice cheese

The taste of pumpkin spice in the Alouette cheese complements the tart yet savory taste of the crepes. I also love this cheese simply paired with crackers as a fun party snack. Entertaining this time of year? Be sure to check out the other flavors of Alouette cheese that are unexpected yet approachable to pair with anything you are cooking and baking up. Garlic & herb was a instant hit at my Thanksgiving this year!

There’s a million things you could put into crepes both sweet and savory, but it shouldn’t surprise you that I think “pumpkin style” is the way to go. Grab this crepe pan to help achieve a perfectly shaped and thin crepe. It also makes a great gift for the foodie in your family who is always trying new recipes! For another pumpkin recipe perfect for the holidays, be sure to check out this one for pumpkin snowball cookies

Pumpkin Crepes with Alouette Pumpkin Spice Cheese

Pumpkin Crepes with Alouette Pumpkin Spice Cheese

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Wake up to the taste of light and fluffy pumpkin crepes on a crisp winter morning! This easy to make blender recipe is complemented perfectly with more pumpkin with this pumpkin spice spreadable cream cheese.

Ingredients
  

For the crepes:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • 1 tbps. water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • tiny dash of salt
  • 8 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. coconut for greasing the pan

For the pumpkin spice cheese filling:

  • 1 container Alouette Pumpkin Spice soft spreadable cheese
  • Optional toppings: Banana slices melted chocolate, cranberries, pumpkin seeds

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the crepe ingredients in a blender, except the flour, together. Mix and add in the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, blending just until the flour has been mixed in. Chill the crepe batter for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  • 2. Grease a crepe pan or non-stick pan with coconut oil and heat over medium heat. Pour about 1/4 c of batter into the pan and tip and tilt pan so that the batter spreads out really thin.
  • 3. Cook each side of the crepe for 30 seconds before loosening up the edges with a spatula, and then flipping gently with help from the spatula. Repeat with remaining crepe batter.
  • Remove Alouette cheese from fridge and place in the microwave for 20 seconds to soften.
  • Using a butter knife or small spatula, spread a thin layer of cheese over a crepe. Fold in half twice for triangle shapes.
  • Repeat with remaining crepes. Top with banana slices, melted chocolate, cranberries and pumpkin seeds if desired.

XOXO

MAGGIE 

pumpkin crepes with pumpkin spice cheese
Pumpkin Dinner

Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Fall produce is everywhere you look at the grocery store, farmers’ market and on Instagram! The cooler temperatures and flavors of the season were the inspiration behind this fall harvest salad with pumpkin vinaigrette that will have you celebrating autumn with every bite!

I did not always know how to roast a pumpkin or cook a squash, so apples were about as seasonal as I got. As time went on (and my love for all things fall grew) I started learning more about the nutritional benefits of seasonal vegetables, which really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities for what you can do with them.

Pair that with my love of pushing the pumpkin envelope and putting it into as many things as possible and the pumpkin vinaigrette for this salad was born! I also shared this vinaigrette idea in my cookbook, The Once Upon a Pumpkin Cookbook that has 50 recipes and 30 hacks for using pumpkin puree in sweet and savory recipes!

pumpkin vinaigrette

This salad combines quinoa, kale, delicata squash, chickpeas, apples, parmesan cheese, and pumpkin seeds in a delicious and easy to make salad inspired by the flavors of the season! I recently contributed to an article in Women’s Health on 6 legit benefits of quinoa, a must read if you haven’t gotten on board this grain train. Technically, quinoa is not a grain at all but rather a seed  packing a protein punch that many other grains and seeds do not. Quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids, something very unique to non-meat sources of protein.

I love it served out of a pumpkin like this because not only is it functional but it doubles as table decor! To me fall entertaining means using pumpkins in as many ways as possible and this is one of those creative ways I can not get enough of!

pumpkin spice roasted chickpeas
fall harvest salad
pumpkin vinaigrette

Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Dive into loving seasonal produce with this salad that combines the flavors of the season! Powered with plant protein from quinoa, you’ll be satisfied and delighted as you reap the nutritional benefits of these fall foods.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

Harvest Salad:

  • 1 pie pumpkin hollowed out for the bowl
  • 2 cup kale
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 small delicata squash
  • 1 can garbanzo beans aka chickpeas
  • 1/2 apple diced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • salt and pepper

Pumpkin Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. grainy mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Wash the outside of the delicata squash and cut off the two ends.
  • Cut the squash into rings, place into a bowl and toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas. Toss with pumpkin pie spice and once the squash is done roast on a parchment lined baking sheet for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp. olive oil to kale and massage. Massaging helps to breakdown the fibers and make it more enjoyable to eat!
  • Once squash is roasted poke out the seeds and cut pieces in half into half moons.
  • Whisk together ingredients for vinaigrette and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine, kale, quinoa, chickpeas, apples, parmesan cheese, pumpkin seeds, and squash. Add vinaigrette and toss together.
  • Serve in hollowed out pie pumpkin and enjoy!

XOXO

MAGGIE

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Pumpkin Decor Preview for Fall 2018

Did you know that as soon as 4th of July ends some stores start stocking their fall and pumpkin items? I’d say I’m overly excited that there is pumpkin decor you can get now for fall 2018 out already! Craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s are notorious for having fall decor in the heart of summer, and hey I’m not complaining!

I showed some of it that I started seeing in stores and someone on Instagram messaged me that it’s especially great for people who are having a fall wedding and seeking decor in time for fall. I thought that was a great point and totally something I would do too! Wedding or not, I still have fun looking at the pumpkin decor you can get now for fall 2018!

Many stores online also have last season’s fall decor at steep discounts in order to make room for this year’s collections. I take full advantage of that especially when it’s a big ticket item like a Staub pumpkin that I’ve had my eye on forever!

Below I’ve rounded up some of the pumpkin things I’ve found for this year that I absolutely love. The only question is do I have enough space in my apartment to decorate with all of this?! The answer is, I’ll make room! 🙂

Kirkland’s has an amazing selection of some of the cutest pumpkin things I have yet to see! Here are my favs and the last doormat is actually from Etsy!

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for more pumpkin steals and deals right before all the new pumpkin stuff comes out for fall 2018! Williams Sonoma, Sur la Table, Pier 1, and World Market all come out with great pumpkin decor for the home and kitchen and unique foods and baking mixes that are really fun!

I can’t wait to continue sharing all the pumpkin things I find with you on Instagram. It won’t be too much longer until they start popping up everywhere!

 

Copper Pumpkin Geometric Floral Arrangement

Orange Velvet Pumpkin Stem

Cream Pumpkin Succulent Floral Arrangement

Carved Orange Monogram M Pumpkin

Thankful Pumpkin Metal Tray

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Doormat

Hey Pumpkin Plaid Pillow

It’s Fall Y’all Black Rim Mug

Bunch of Hocus Pocus Framed Plaque

Fall-elujah Fall Doormat, Welcome Mat

 

 

XOXO

MAGGIE 

Cavalier Puppy Love

Once Upon a Pumpkin Puppy: Pumpkin’s Nutrition Story with Side by Side Pet Food

 

This post was sponsored by Side By Side as part of a Two-Post Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

From the age of 10 I dreamed about having a brown and white cavalier King Charles spaniel. I begged and pleaded with parents for what felt like years about getting a dog, and always got the same sad answer of no. A dog just wasn’t in the cards for my parents, and as they knew I would be headed off to college, it wasn’t right for our family at the time.

Fast-forward to just a couple of months ago when Rob and I toyed with the idea of just going to see a breeder with a new litter for “fun”. Rob’s family has two cavaliers of their own, so together we had always talked about eventually having one, but never did I dream it would happen this fast (a true lesson that you don’t go to see cavalier King Charles spaniel puppies and not fall in love with one!).

The minute we saw our future little Pumpkin our fate was sealed. Those big brown eyes, those floppy ears, and that sweet demeanor that just makes you want to cuddle with them. We were sold!

With my thoughts preoccupied with puppy collars, toys, and pumpkin accessories, I admittedly failed to do my research what dogs eat and the types of dog food out there. As a registered dietitian who knows a thing or two about human food, I was truly so confused when it came to dog food! Walk down the aisles of Petco and you would be too!

And just as everyone has their two senses when it comes to a baby, everyone had their input on everything from food to puppy classes! While I greatly appreciated the knowledge of many other puppy parents, I remember feeling torn on what would be best for Pumpkin, the dog of my dreams, the little life that’s now in my hands, until I learned about SidebySide.

 

 

After attending an event with the brand here in Chicago, I was immediately drawn to their transparent packaging and whole foods based recipe of protein and vegetables that I myself would eat. As RD who practices a whole foods approach, I really liked knowing that Side by Side honors nutrition from sourcing to formulation with clean and ethically harvested ingredients to build a foundation of health that honors pets. Started by a holistic veterinarian credentialed in Eastern and Western medicine, Side by Sides recipes are personalized to the pet, based on their stage of life and what’s best for them–an approach that we all strive to take with our own diets, so why wouldn’t we take with our four legged members of the family?

The ingredients they use include, fresh, all-natural proteins like chicken, duck, beef, rabbit and fish, finely ground bones and organ meats such as hearts and liver. You can see actual vegetables including vibrant greens, carrots & sweet potato, fruits such as apples, and healthy fats, and herbs in the food. It’s prepared in small batches and rigorously tested to verify the best nutrition delivery, caloric intake, and food safety. Side by Side products are free from additives, toxins, carcinogens. As closely as I scrutinize my own food to be sure it’s free from similar additives, I want to make sure what I’m feeding Pumpkin is too, and with Side by Side I don’t have to worry.

I had a lot of questions going into the personalized Pet Assessment with founder Marney Prince, especially because I knew a puppies’ diet might differ from the diet of a full grown dog. It was so interesting to hear first hand from her about the vitamins and minerals growing puppies need, and some interesting parallels between facts I know from my studies of human nutrition that she confirmed are also true for dog nutrition.

We also had a fun time joking about the irony of Pumpkin’s name because pumpkin itself is in fact very healthy for dogs! Did you know that pumpkin could help remedy diarrhea and relieve constipation for them? According to traditional Chinese food therapy, pumpkin is a balancing, sweet, qi tonic that regulates blood circulation, and counteracts damp and phlegm. Signs of a qi deficiency can include tiredness, loose stool, reduced appetite, shortness of breath and more.

Marney’s guidance and knowledge of key nutrients that puppies and dogs need put me at ease as we transitioned Pumpkin off of his lack-luster kibbles and onto Side by Side. Pumpkin seamlessly switched over without any issues. It’s really fun to watch him at mealtimes because excitement radiates throughout his entire body. He wiggles from side to side and always looks up for more!  

Check out this video that is the definition of licking your plate clean! And follow along on his Instagram, @pumpkingcav for more cute moments like this!

Pumpkin Eating Side By Side Dog Food

It makes me so happy to see him enjoying his food and how good he looks and feels having been using the food for a couple of weeks now. Another major benefits of the food definitely worth mentioning is the fact that it’s nearly odorless and smells like real food! Pumpkin’s breath never smells either. He gives me lots of puppy kisses so I would know!

Marney took the time to explain which nutrients are crucial for Pumpkin as he matures and what certain signs meant that put my worried dog mom thoughts at ease. She was also extremely knowledgeable on the unique characteristics of cavalier King Charles spaniels, pointing out health conditions and personality traits of the breed that can all be affected by the food they eat. Marney recommended a product formulated perfectly for his needs, a level of personalized care that I never knew was available for dog food, and truly something I couldn’t be happier giving it to him everyday.

 

Click here to take the Side by Side Pet Assessment for your furry friend and to learn more about the difference real food can have on their quality of life.

For more information on Side-by-Side, and a complete list of all of their products, visit their website, and check them out on social media on Instagram! Side by Side is available online and will first be available in premier pet stores in Chicago in the coming months followed by a national rollout this year.

You can also get 25% off your first order and 15% the subscription service with code: PUMPKIN

 

XOXO,

MAGGIE  

 

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