Organic Lentil Salad with Chickpeas and Vegan Cherry Scone at Le Pain Quotidien. Two of LPQ's fall seasonal specials happen to be vegan and I've happily agreed with both of them. I often opt for LPQ for lunch because they have clearly labeled vegan options and are one of the few organic restaurants in the area. Are there more exciting, exotic places to have lunch? Sure, but LPQ has some of my favorite meal salads and that's often exactly what I want. Oh, and vegan pastry!
Carrot Everything. You already know I've gone back to pumpkin but I must say that carrot is my favored fall-colored ingredient right now. This Carrot Cashew Miso Spread from the Clean Start Cookbook, which is full of healthy recipes by season, is easily my go-to appetizer. It's shown here with a Curry Dip (also in the book) and both are highly addictive. If you have any cocktail hangouts coming up, give these a go in your Vitamix or food processor.
Carrot-Ginger-Jalapeno Soup, a new favorite