Happy Fall! I don’t know about you but this is my favorite time of the year for food. I love warm meals and the comfort of pumpkin and squash recipes. It is a wonderful time to try new recipes and to turn on those ovens to warm the house.
We made this incredible recipe, originally from the Forks Over Knives Magazine (and altered it a bit), and I wanted to share it with you. This will be going on my favorite list to eat time and time again. I hope you enjoy it at much as we did.
Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Lentil Marinara (serves 2)
- 1 medium spaghetti squash halved and seeds removed
- 12 oz. brown lentils, rinsed and drained (canned)
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 6 oz. Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup unsweetened, unflavored plant-milk (I used almond)
- 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
- 1 small clove garlic, minced (the more garlic, the better, in my opinion)
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper, ground
- 1 Tbsp. of fresh basil leaves, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat. Place the squash halves, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until tender.
- In the meantime, in a bowl, stir together the lentils and marinara.
- Place potatoes in a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water to saucepan and bring to a boil. Steam the potatoes, covered, for approximately 10 minutes or until tender. Let the potatoes cool.
- Place the cooled potatoes in a blender. Add the plant milk, nutritional yeast, white wine vinegar, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Cover and blend until you reach the desired, sauce consistency. Set the sauce aside.
- Remove the squash from the oven. Turn squash halves over, scrape squash strands with a fork, and spoon in the lentil mixture. Bake for another 20 minutes or until heated through.
- Warm the potato sauce and poor it on top of the squash halves. Add the basil as a garnish or mix it in.
Yesterday we discussed why I think it is important to leave turkeys off of our tables (on Thanksgiving and always). You may be wondering what to make for your holiday meal instead.
This was one of the many recipes that we made during our cooking class last week and it is incredibly delicious. Plus, it is comforting, warm and perfect for this time of year with its’ main ingredient being pumpkin.
I hope that you will give it a try and let me know what you think.
*This recipe has been modified from Fresh Creations. For more information, check out @freshcreationssd on Instagram.
“Cheesy” Kale Casserole
- 2 1/2 lbs Pureed Pumpkin (*we used organic, pureed pumpkin from cans instead of whole pumpkins. The directions below are for the canned option)
- 1 Yellow Onion (small dice)
- 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
- 1 can Organic Coconut Milk (15 oz can)
- 2 cups Kale Leaves (removed from stem and leaves cut thin)
- 1 tbsp Fresh Sage (minced)
- 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 1/3 tbsp Bread Crumbs (*we used gluten free)
- 1 Bag of Macaroni (*again we used gluten free)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In an extra large sauce pan or skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook onions for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic and sage and continue cooking until onions are carmelized.
- While onions are carmelizing, cook pasta of choice using directions on package. Strain and set aside.
- Add pureed pumpkin, coconut milk and nutritional yeast to carmelized onion sage and garlic mixture. Stir/mix together. Cook 4 minutes.
- Add shredded kale leaves, stir everything together and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Combine pasta with pumpkin and kale mixture.
- Scoop into individual ramekins or a 9×9 baking dish. Top with bread crumbs of choice. Bake for 10 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown.
- Garnish with green onion or chili pepper flakes (you can also add some tempeh bacon).
I truly hope that you enjoy this recipe! Please remember that it is absolutely possible to have an amazing, and satisfying, holiday meal without consuming animal products ❤
It has definitely turned into Fall in Southern California, and the temperature has started dropping in the evenings. I am craving nothing but warm, comfort foods for dinner and this is one of our favorites. I am not sure that there are many healthy, dinner recipes out there that are this easy.
Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato (serves 2)
*2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
*3/4 can of black beans
*Your choice of veggies (we prefer cherry tomatoes, carrots, spinach, bell pepper, zucchini, red onion)
*Optional: salsa, guacamole or vegan butter
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Poke holes in your sweet potatoes with a fork.
- Cook sweet potatoes until they are soft, all the way through (approximately 45 minutes).
- In the meantime, chop and saute your vegetables and black beans.
- When the sweet potatoes have finished cooking, pull them out of the oven. Slice them open (length wise) and mash the insides with a fork.
- Add your veggies, black beans, salsa and guacamole.
*I will sometimes add guacamole, salsa or vegan butter to the sweet potato before piling on my veggies. This helps take away from the dryness of the sweet potato.
Who knew that as a vegan I would eat more sausage than I did as a meat eater??? Over the last few months, we have found a delicious, vegan sausage product and have now perfected the recipe. This recipe is great by itself, with some bread, pasta or even with tacos.
Here is a quick video demonstration. Give it a try! Your vegan and even meat eating friends will thank you.