Roasted Vegetable Tart for #SundaySupper

Roasted Veggie Tart

Despite it being 90° here some days, September is the start of fall for me. I start craving fewer fresh fruits and less grilling. Instead, I become eager for the weather to cool off so that I can indulge in heartier dishes and simple roasts paired with roasted vegetables. Entertaining is a breeze as I throw dishes into the oven to cook slowly, while I enjoy cocktails and easy appetizers with my guests.

This weekend Sunday Supper is celebrating the start of fall with some of their favorite fall recipes. This roasted veggie tart isn’t exactly a quick appetizer, but it’s not difficult at all. And with all of the roasted vegetables, it just screams fall to me. If it’s a little too involved for your fall entertaining, then I’d encourage you to pair it with a side salad and give it a try for a light brunch or lunch.

Recipe Note: I used about 1 c. of butternut squash, carrot, leek, and bell pepper for this recipe, but I encourage you to pick the veggies and ratios according to your own preferences.

Roasted Vegetable Tart

Adapted from Fine Cooking, Issue 131

Roasted Vegetable Tart

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • Olive oil
  • 4 c. fall vegetables, ½-inch dice (i.e. butternut squash, carrot, leek, bell pepper, cauliflower)
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme

Ingredients for the Crust:

  • 1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour; plus more for rolling
  • ¾ c. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 oz. cold cream cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt

Ingredients for the Assembly:

  • 4 oz. fresh goat cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Make the Filling: Ensure rack is in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large bowl, toss all ingredients to combine. Spread in a single layer on a heavy baking sheet or roasting pan. Cover with foil and bake until tender, 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover, and allow to cool slightly.

While vegetables are cooling, make the crust. Increase oven temperature to 400°F.

While oven is coming to temperature, place flour, butter, cream cheese, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the dough starts to come together.

Sprinkle flour over a clean counter. Transfer dough to counter and gently knead with clean hands, once or twice, to bring dough together.

Assemble the Tart: Sprinkle a little more flour onto a large piece of parchment paper. Place dough on parchment paper and roll out, to a rough 16-inch round.Dough should be about 1/8-inch thick.  Gently brush excess flour from parchment paper. Carefully lift parchment paper, with the dough still on it, onto a clean baking sheet.

Spread the goat cheese on top of dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Top the goat cheese with vegetables. Pile a little extra in the center.

Fold edges of the dough over the filling to create pleats, about 1½-inches wide. Brush pleated dough with beaten egg.

Bake until golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool, at least 10 minutes before serving.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Store leftovers in the fridge.


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Pesto Chicken with Fennel & Tomato Couscous #SundaySupper

Pesto Chicken with Couscous 3

I’ve been a bit surprised at how having a second child seems to drastically reduce the amount of free time I have. I didn’t seem to notice it when my daughter was born, but all of a sudden, two kids means that time disappears and I have no idea where it went.

My son, Nutterbutter, is 4 months old now, and I’ve quickly learned that I’d rather pay a little more to make life easier on myself. I order everything I can through Amazon and Target (love free shipping!), and have even ventured to do some grocery delivery, although I prefer to go to the store. The hour it would take me to drive, shop, and  get home, is just too valuable to lose to grocery shopping some weeks.

I’ve also been working to simplify our evening routine, including dinner. I make enough for leftovers, so that I’m not cooking every night. I have started to use my crockpot not just on weekdays, but on weekends as well.

When I bought this cookbook – my Black Friday present to myself last year – this recipe instantly caught my eye. But at the time, there was two problems with it: 1) it only takes a few hours to prepare, and thus, wasn’t suited for a weekday meal (when I’d be away fro 9-10 hours) and 2) my hubby hated tomatoes. But in my attempt to spend less time on chores and more time on family and things I enjoy, I ignored my hubby’s dislike for tomatoes and made it anyway.

Turns out, after a bit of encouragement to try the sweet cherry tomatoes, this recipe quickly turned into a family favorite. It’s flavorful and bright, and, as this week’s Sunday Supper theme suggests, is minimum to no work. I spent no more than 10 minutes prepping everything and throwing it in the crockpot. It only took a few minutes on hands-on work to finish the dish. While it doesn’t work for my weeknights, this meal will be on our weekend menu frequently for the near future.

Pesto Chicken with Couscous 4

Recipe Notes: The original recipe called for 4-12 oz. bone-in split chicken breasts, trimmed. We opted for boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead, as boneless chicken breasts are a bit easier for us to pack in our lunch the next day. If you choose to use bone-in breasts, your cook time should be 3-4 hours (instead of 2-3 hours) on low, and you’ll want to strain out the fat from the liquid after the chicken cooks.

Pesto Chicken with Fennel & Tomato Couscous

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution
Volume 2: The Easy-Prep Edition (p. 97)

Serves 4


  • 1 fennel bulk, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 c. couscous
  • 1/2 c. basil pesto

In a small bowl, microwave fennel, oil, and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes total, stirring halfway through. Transfer to slow cooker. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker. Add chicken broth and top with cherry tomatoes. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.

With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken from slow cooker to a bowl. Cover with foil to keep warm. Keep 1 c. of the juice in the slow cooker (reserve the rest in a small bowl) and add couscous. Gently stir couscous and vegetables. Cover and continue to cook on low until couscous is cooked, about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

While couscous cooks, whisk the pesto into remaining liquid and set aside. (I found that I didn’t have much leftover, so the second time I made this, I left all of the liquid in the slow cooker to cook the couscous and used a little extra chicken broth to thin pesto to desired consistency.)

Transfer couscous to a serving dish. Top with chicken and pesto.

(Photo Note: I reserved the tomatoes instead of combining with the couscous due to picky eaters in the family.)

Crock Pot Pesto Chicken with Fennel & Tomato Couscous

Check out some other ideas for “No Labor” recipes
from the Sunday Supper tastemakers.

Savory Snacks and Sides:

Labor Free Main Dishes:

Sweet Treats and Drinks:

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Blackberry Chia Seed Jam for #SundaySupper

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

Ever since starting my own family, I’ve enjoyed going fruit picking. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always enjoyed it. But there’s something special about watching your child eat fruit off of the bush or tree, and sometimes, become a complete and adorable mess in the process of eating the fruit.

I’m pretty new to preserving but it’s something I been enjoying as much as going fruit picking. Plus, it became a necessity when we picked such great quantities, particularly of berries, that we couldn’t eat them all before they went bad. If only berries lasted as long as apples… <sigh>

Anyway, with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables in gardens, farms, and markets, the Sunday Supper Community is sharing their favorite recipes for preserving (freezing, canning, pickling, etc.) summer produce. With that in mind, this week I’m sharing a blackberry jam recipe that we enjoyed (chosen because unlike most jams, it had the minimal about of sweetener in it).

Be sure to check out the other Sunday Supper recipes for preserving your produce after the recipe.

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

 Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

Makes about 2 cups


  • 1 lb. fresh blackberries
  • 2-3 Tbs. agave
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, bring blackberries to a boil, stirring frequently. Lower heat and allow berries to simmer for 5 minutes, or until soften. Lightly mash berries to desired consistency.

Stir in agave and chia seeds. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

If using immediately: Allow jam to cool before pouring into a clean, airtight jar. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

To Preserve: Pour into a clean, airtight container and freeze.

EDIT: Preservation via canning has been removed from this post, as it has been suggested that canning chia seeds is not safe.

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