These dishes highlight the best produce of the season.
By Lynn AndrianiOprah.com
The Indulgent Dinner For When Your Mojo Is Low
Lazy cooks, rejoice: Baking risotto in the oven instead of cooking it on the stovetop is totally doable, as this simple recipe shows. It ends up more tender and less al dente, but no less delicious. With roasted butternut squash, grated Parmigiano cheese and fresh sage, it's a wonderful one-dish meal you can make without the need for constant stirring and monitoring.
A Veggie Lasagna That Will Change The Way You Think About Lasagna
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Too often, meatless lasagna includes a jumble of lumpy, bland-tasting vegetables. Not this bright dish, though. The wonder ingredient is pumpkin—which tastes rich and melds seamlessly with the pasta and cheese. You just mix canned pumpkin puree with flavorings that are both familiar (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove) and unexpected (sautéed garlic); and then, spread the mixture into a dish with the noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
When supermarket display bins are overflowing with copper-fleshed sweet potatoes, turn to this easy, make-ahead recipe. It combines the versatile tuber (which adds a gorgeous hue) with sautéed chicken breasts seasoned with sage and thyme, onion and bacon, plus a creamy white sauce. (And if you can find sweet potatoes that are actually labeled "yams," use them; they have the darker skin and richer-colored flesh that are perfect for this meal.)
A Revised Rendition Of The Savory Pie Everyone Loves
These potpies, made with a hearty mix of mushrooms, barley and white beans, are just as delicious as the traditional chicken version -- but won't leave guests in a food coma. You top each one with phyllo dough; it's a quicker, flakier and lighter alternative to the usual butter-heavy dough. And while most mushrooms are available year-round, many are at their peak in fall and winter.
We love shaved Brussels sprouts salad as much as anyone, but on a chilly night, a salad has nothing on a casserole. Enter this brown-rice bake, which incorporates cooked onion and Brussels sprouts with white wine, chicken stock, apples and thyme, as well as a smattering of cheddar and slivered almonds. It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
This take on crowd-pleasing baked ziti (which actually calls for penne) is plenty cheesy, thanks to a mixture of Fontina, blue cheese, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan. But instead of a tomato-based sauce, the dish relies on two surprise ingredients: roasted butternut squash and sage. They lend depth you don't usually find with acidic (read tomato-y) sauces.
A frittata is like the omelet's lower-key cousin; it's a snap to make, and you don't have to prepare one per person, since a single frittata serves many. Plus, it tastes just as delicious served cold as it does at room temperature. This simple version pairs fresh spinach and asparagus with tangy goat cheese and eggs; fluffy cooked quinoa gives the dish extra heartiness. <br><br> <strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Asparagus-Quinoa-and-Goat-Cheese-Frittata-Recipe" target="_blank">Asparagus, Quinoa and Goat Cheese Frittata</a></strong>