Appetizer, Beverage, Recipes

October 23, 2019

Winter Squash Crostini and Apple Cider Vinegar Mocktail

Living in year round hot tropical weather is the weirdest thing to me. I still crave seasons, and with that, the change of foods with the seasons. There are small changes here in Manila, hot and rainy, hot and humid, not quite as hot and then back to hot and humid again 🙂

You can watch me make the recipes below!

Although it is not really fall here I still love to change up what we eat to make it feel a little more like home. I love this recipe because it delicious no matter what the season! I use Kalabasa squash because it’s readily available in the Philippines but you can use butternut, acorn, or even sweet potatoes.

Winter squash nutrition:

Vitamin A – good for eye health, immunity, cell growth

Fiber- good for gut health and digestion, helps keep you full

Vitamin C – immune cell function

The Crostini Recipe:

1 loaf whole grain or whole wheat baguette

1/2 winter squash, diced into 1/4 inch pieces

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp rosemary, fresh or dried (it will be stronger if you use fresh)

1 tsp sage

1 log goat cheese

1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Aged balsamic vinegar, for finishing drizzle


  1. Preheat your oven to 425F (225C). Place squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, rosemary and sage. Mix together and roast for 25-35 minutes, until the squash is slightly browned and soft. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  2. Thinly slice the baguette on an angle. Spread each slice with goat cheese, top with roasted squash, walnuts, and drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar.
  3. You can enjoy then as is, or toast everything until warm, about 3-4 minutes.

The Apple Cider Mocktail Recipe:

1/2 bottle sparkling or regular apple cider

1/2 oz apple cider vinegar (less or more depending on if you like ACV)

juice of 1/2 lemon

The Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe:

1/2 bottle sparkling or regular apple cider

1/2 oz apple cider vinegar (less or more depending on if you like ACV)

1 oz citrus vodka

juice of 1/2 lemon


Mix all ingredients over ice and enjoy!

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