By Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a working mom living in Augusta, Ga., with multiple freelance jobs and a ton of dirty dishes.

Autumn Vegetarian Soup and Salad Supper

When you're faced with a vegetarian dinner guest, make it an opportunity to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables and try something new. This menu is perfect for a crisp autumn evening of casual dining, and you and your non-vegetarian guests won't even miss the meat.

The menu starts with a Crispy, Crunchy Chopped Salad that's tossed in a light dressing and is packed with goodies like dried cherries, candied pecans, crumbled blue cheese and diced apple.

The main dish is a hearty Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili that's served with Cornmeal Focaccia, which is extremely simple to prepare and takes the place of cornbread as a chili dipper.

Convenience products make dessert a snap. These Caramel Apple Cupcakes make you feel like you're a kid again with the help of packaged cake mix and a jar of prepared dolce de leche sauce.


Recipes:

Crispy, Crunchy Chopped Salad
Everyone loves a chopped salad, even those who don’t usually like salad. The combination of crisp bits of lettuce with a bevy of textures and flavors just can’t be underestimated.
Cornmeal Focaccia
This Cornmeal Focaccia is a nice alternative to cornbread, served with a piping hot bowl of soup or chili. With the help of your Viking Stand Mixer, creating this yeast-risen bread is practically no work at all.
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate more meatless meals into your weekly menus, this spicy Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili is hearty enough that the most avid meat eater won’t miss the meat.
Easy Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Caramel apples are an autumn favorite, and these quick and easy cupcakes take you straight back to your childhood with the flavors of your fall fair favorite.