Spaghetti squash and roasted vegetables

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A vegan tray bake make of spaghetti squash topped with a variety of roasted vegetables.

A vegan tray bake made of spaghetti squash topped with a variety of roasted vegetables.


We’re relatively new to the world of spaghetti squash. This is not a gourd we grew up with and when we first showed it to our parents their only question was, “Will it make a good pita?”. Greeks like our parents love using squash to make things like pita and fritters, not as substitutes for pasta.

We love spaghetti squash! It’s not that we are trying to cut out carbs (we live for bread), but we genuinely love the way it tastes. We also love how magical it is to see a once solid vegetable transform into delicate strands of golden yellow. One of our favourite ways to serve spaghetti squash is topped with roasted vegetables. This makes a perfect light meal, but also works as the side to something like grilled salmon or steak. Or, you can keep your meal vegan by serving the spaghetti squash and roasted vegetables with some chickpea fritters

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Easy pumpkin soup

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An easy and creamy pumpkin soup using canned pumpkin

An easy and creamy pumpkin soup using canned pumpkin


A few years ago and a couple of days before Thanksgiving, we had an incredible urge to bake a pumpkin bread. Off to the grocery store we ran, only to find that many other people had pumpkin craving. No word of a lie, we visited at least 7 grocery stores and came up empty handed. That year we settled on apple cake; hardly a sacrifice, but not the pumpkin bread we were hoping for.

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Easy pumpkin bread

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Our easy pumpkin bread is the ONLY recipe you will ever need!

Our easy pumpkin bread is the ONLY recipe you will ever need!


This easy pumpkin bread is one of those recipes that falls under the category of Our Kouppes, recipes that we (Helen & Billie) have either developed, tweaked or perfected over the years. In other words, our parents have never made pumpkin bread and we’re pretty sure they would be shocked to learn that you can buy pumpkin puree in a can. Any pumpkin they use in recipes is grown by them, grated by them, and turned into lovely Greek recipes like pumpkin pita, and an assortment of squash or pumpkin fritters, like these with cheese, and these without.

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Pumpkin or winter squash pita (Πίτα με γλυκοκολοκύθα)

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Pumpkin or winter squash pita (Πίτα με γλυκοκολοκύθα)

A winter squash pita to rival any pumpkin pie

Fall in Canada brings so much wonder.  Leaves change into the most beautiful colours, the air is brisk and fresh,  and sweater season makes even the grumpiest of humans appear snuggle-worthy.  But sometimes we think that all these wonderful things get usurped by pumpkin spice; we actually think that pumpkin spice might take over the world…and we are intrigued.

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Baked squash fritters without cheese (Κολοκυθοκεφτέδες χωρίς τυρί)

Baked squash fritters without cheese (Κολοκυθοκεφτέδες χωρίς τυρί)

Baked squash fritters without cheese are a perfect meze or appetizer – loved by all!

So, here’s the thing.  When we first posted a recipe for baked squash fritters, we told you that there were many variations of squash fritters out there.  We also told you that our parents made several versions; some fried, some baked, some with cheese, others without.  And, we also mentioned that the type of squash used was going to greatly affect the outcome of what was ultimately cooked.  What we didn’t really think through was the confusion which could result when sharing these recipes.  What the heck do we call all these squash fritter subtypes?  How to easily differentiate one squash fritter from another? We thought about starting a series of recipe entries, like Squash fritter 1, Squash fritter 2, Squash fritter 3 … (you get the picture), but decided against that boring and generic nomenclature.  We are much more descriptive, so brace yourselves for a future of very wordy recipe titles, like this one for baked squash fritters without cheese.

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Baked squash fritters (Κολοκυθοκεφτέδες)

Baked Squash Fritters

Baked Squash Fritters

It was quite challenging figuring out what to call this recipe in English.  The literal translation from Greek is squash meatballs, but that sounds weird.  We thought about squash fritters, but since there is no battering or frying involved, that didn’t seem right. We toyed with squash pancakes, squash pitas, squash and stuff, and finally settled on baked squash fritters because, frankly, we got tired of thinking.

Whatever you call them (you can always try ko-lo-kee-tho-keftedes, which is the phonetic English spelling of κολοκυθοκεφτέδες 🙂 ), you will definitely love them.  These little morsels are a great way to get vegetables into your diet and your belly.  Because they are baked and not fried, you can pop them into your mouth freely and recklessly, knowing that they are nothing but good for you.

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