Pumpkin French Toast Bake

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This time last year: Superfood Guacamole (2012)

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It’s finals week. Usually during finals week I turn into a barbarian, quickly running out of clean clothes, coffee, and devolving into a sleep deprived mess that eats popcorn three meals a day because there is no other food in the house.

Shining moments, I know.

However, this year, be proud of me, I am prepared! Last night I stayed up to ungodly hours doing all my laundry, grocery shopping, and cooking up a storm! (Literally, there was flour flying around the air. God bless my patient roommates.)

Moral of the story, this weary student will not go hungry this week, and I have some delicious recipes to share with you! So, add this to your “to-cook” list. It would make for a wonderful holiday breakfast dish over the holidays!

And for all my  student friends out there, I know y’all are trolling the internet, because it’s finals week, and everything feels better than studying. So, troll on through this site, and definitely book mark this recipe! This french toast bake is worth getting out of bed for.

Happy baking, and come back soon!

love, a rented kitchen

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Toast Ingredients:
  • 1 day old French bread, diced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (Not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 Pumpkin pie spice
Streusel Ingredients:
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • ½ cup cold salted butter, diced

Directions:

1. Spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Arrange the bread in the pan evenly and set aside.
2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the remaining wet ingredients- milk, cream, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well, and pour over the bread. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or preferably, overnight.
3. Preheat the over to 350˚F.
4. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, pecans, and pumpkin spice. Add in the butter, using your fingers or a fork, until small clumps form.
5. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the toast, and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked through. Add a layer of aluminum foil over the top if the toast layer browns too quickly.
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Notes and Tips!:
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Source: Little Spice Jar
  • Like this recipe? Try these other dishes from A Rented Kitchen! (recipe links below photos):

Sage Polenta Bowl with Parmesan, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms

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This time last year: Fall Harvest Vegetarian Stuffing (2013)

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Man, time flies, doesn’t it?

It feels like just yesterday I was at home, filling my plate full of sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and homemade rolls. Oh my goodness gracious, it was SO good!

I’m telling you all, veggie Thanksgiving is where it’s at. No turkey to make you sleepy, and all of the carbs and homemade goodness you could ever dream up. I can feel myself drooling now.

 

When the weather gets cold and the work load keeps getting harder, I dream of home. I dream about those moments around the table with my family, maybe some jazz music floating therough the speakers, always some kind of sweet potato dish being served (duh!).

When going home is not an option, which is unfortunately, almost always the case, I find myself eating soup instead. (Yes, some of us eat our feelings, and no, soup can not replace the comfort that comes with a family home cooked meal).

I think the warmth of a bowl of soup can push back the coldness of winter just a little bit, which can make the warmth of home feel a whole lot closer.

However, since leaving home 6 years ago, I’ve had a lot of soup, and sometimes you need something else warm.

CUE the Sage Polenta Bowls with Parmesan, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms.

This bowl is seasonal, warm, simple, and delicious. It is filling, while still healthy, and it meets all vegetarian and gluten free diets (two points for the picky eaters!).

Buy the ingredients and make this recipe this week. I promise, you will be so glad you did!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts- rinsed, trimmed, and quartered
  • 1- 8 ounce package assorted wild mushrooms (fresh)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh sage

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
2. Toss the Brussels Sprouts and mushrooms with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then arrange into one layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned.
3. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Reduce the heat to low and slowly whisk the polenta into the water. Continue to whisk, without ceasing, for 3 minutes.
4. Remove the polenta from the heat, and stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the sage, and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Divide the polenta into four bowls, and top each with 1/4 of the roasted vegetables + 1 Tablespoon of parmesan cheese.

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Oh My Veggies!
  • Like this recipe? Try these other delicious dishes from A Rented Kitchen! (Recipe links found below!):

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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On this day last year: Mini Okra Frittata Cups (2012)

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GUYS. Yesterday was the first official day of fall- September 23rd.

It has been circled on my calendar for weeks now, because fall is a beautiful, wonderful, delicious season.

Welcome to it.

In celebration of fall, I thought it only appropriate to share this incredibly scrumptious sweet potato pancakes. If you like pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, sweet potato biscuits, or anything delicious, you’ll love these.

Dig in, do your happy dance, enjoy every bite, and celebrate- because it is the start of a new season, and new starts are always good.

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Cup sweet potato puree
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Chocolate Chips (as many as you want!)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the first five ingredients- flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients- egg, milk, brown sugar, and sweet potato puree.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well mixed.
  4. Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet or griddle over medium high heat.
  5. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, dole out batter onto the skillet, and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!: 

  • Source: Weelicious
  • Like this recipe? Check out these other delicious A Rented Kitchen Pancake recipes! Guaranteed to make your mornings better. (Recipe links found below photos!):

Baked Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

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For someone who loves and uses sweet potatoes as much as I do, I have been seriously neglecting some of the other delicious fall/winter root vegetables. For example- the acorn squash. (Where is the love, Sarah?!)

Not cooking with acorn squash sooner was a huuuuge mistake, for it turns out that acorn squash is all kinds of delicious! While there are dozens of ways to use acorn squash, this recipe in particular was not only delicious, but incredibly easy! If you happen to have an acorn squash in your house at this moment, start preheating your oven now! It’s worth it, and the prep time will only take you 5 minutes!

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have easily imagined this recipe serving as an entrée dish for a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Surround this delicious squash with green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato biscuits, and you will have one incredibly delicious vegetarian meal, a very full plate, and zero complaints about a missing turkey!

On that note, make sure you check back in a few days for my very own ‘Build Your Own Vegetarian Thanksgiving’ post.

Tis’ the season to be jolly! (and go green!)

With love,

A Rented Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • 1 Acorn Squash, cut in half
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup cranberries, frozen or fresh
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, cranberries, and brown sugar. Mix well to combine.
  3. Rinse the acorn squash and cut in half.
  4. Using a spoon, scoop the seeds out of each half and discard.
  5. Using a fork, poke a few holes in the bottom and top of each squash half, and then evenly divide the fruit and nut mixture between two halves of the squash.
  6. Top each haf with 1 Tablespoon of butter, and place side by side in a square baking pan.
  7. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes- 1 hour 30 minutes. (Done with a fork can be easily inserted).
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips:

  • Yield: 2 Servings
  • Vegan? Either substitute vegan butter, or drizzle with a little bit of honey/agave.
  • Source: Let the Baking Begin!
  • Like this recipe?! Check out these other delicious fall favorites from ‘A Rented Kitchen’! (Recipe links found below photos)

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Dip

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Hello Wonderful People!

If you are reading this it is either because:

  1. You’re my friend and thought you’d look into how I have been spending all my free time this week. (Haiiiii guys)
  2. You really love pumpkin and found this page courtesy of social media or a search engine. (I love pumpkin too! Linger a while- I got some yummy recipes headed your way!)
  3. You’re lost. (Look at all the chocolate though! Why leave now?)

Regardless of the reason, I’m glad you’re here and reading this page. Today brings us to day three of Pumpkin Week, which means yet another delicious pumpkin recipe to add to your collection.

I made this pumpkin dip over the weekend and somehow managed to kill an entire box of ginger snaps and two apples with this dip- All. By. Myself.

Wooooops.

I share this confessional to attribute to how absolutely incredible this dip is! You are going to become addicted- I’m warning you! Perfect for potlucks, holiday parties, or a healthy snack with an apple, I highly suggest adding this to your regular collection of recipes! With only one mixing bowl, a few minutes of your time, and an incredible flavor- you’ve got nothing to loose!

Dig in! And Come back tomorrow for more of A Rented Kitchen’s Pumpkin Week!

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Pumpkin Week

Day One- Pumpkin Recipe Review!

Day Two- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Day Three- Pumpkin Pie Dip

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Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 can (15oz) pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 4 oz Cool Whip
  • Serve with ginger snaps and apple slices!

Directions: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth and blended.
  2. Refrigerate for one hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  3. Serve with apple slices, graham crackers, and ginger snaps!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Shugary sweets
  • Stores well in a refrigerated air-tight container for several days!
  • Like this recipe? Check out these other delicious treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (Recipe links found below photos):