Fresh Acorn Squash Crostini

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This is a real treat and so simple to make. It takes less than 40 minutes in total to prepare and cook. I found it on AppetizerGirl.com and adapted the recipe to suit.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of good-quality crusty bread, cut into slices
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 package thick-cut bacon, cut into 1″ pieces and cooked until golden brown
  • 1½ cups good-quality ricotta
  • 1 bunch sage leaves
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Cut acorn squash in half and remove seeds and stringy guts. Place cut side of acorn squash down and slice into ½”-1″ strips. Carefully use a pairing knife to cut away the peel of the squash on each strip and then slice into bite-size pieces.
  2. Drizzle squash with about 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Spread in an even layer on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and roast until completely tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat just enough olive oil to generously coat the bottom of a small fry pan over medium heat. Once hot, fry sage leaves in batches (about 6 to 8 at a time) for about 5-7 seconds and immediately remove using a fork or spider to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and set aside until ready to assemble crostini.
  4. Toast bread slices in oven or on grill/grill pan until a little crispy. Top crostini with a spoonful of ricotta, a few pieces of roasted acorn squash and bacon, drizzle with just a touch of honey, and top with a fried sage leaf.
  5. Devour immediately.

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Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil

Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Photo Credit: forageddish
Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Photo Credit: forageddish

Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil

Sweet potato, golden beet and carrots glazed with a grapefruit and thyme glaze and cooked to perfection. If you are vegan than this recipe is for you.

I love anything that is healthy is easy to make and tastes good, not to mention looks good.

Adapted from: forageddish

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 large carrots

1 golden beet

1 medium sweet potato

1 grapefruit

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves only

Salt to taste

Method

1. Heat coconut oil over medium to low heat in a medium-sized skillet. Mince garlic, and once the oil is hot, add it to the pan.

2. Chop the vegetables (carrots, beets, and potatoes) into equally sized cubes, about 1/2 in by 1/2 inch. Toss them in the skillet.

3. Cook slowly, stirring on occasion, as to cook the vegetables evenly. Once potatoes are cooked through, squeeze juice from the grapefruit over the vegetables (picking out any grapefruit seeds as you do). Continue to cook, stirring every so often, until the liquid is mostly evaporated and all of the vegetables are well coated. Add in the thyme leaves, and season with salt to taste.

4. Serve warm, garnish with an extra spring of thyme.

Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Photo Credit: forageddish
Grapefruit & Thyme Glazed Root Vegetables with Coconut Oil Photo Credit: forageddish

Vegan Butternut Squash with Quinoa and Black Bean Chili

Vegan Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chili Photo Credit: vegukate
Vegan Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chili Photo Credit: vegukate

Vegan Butternut Squash with Quinoa and Black Bean Chili

Serves 4

A very healthy butternut squash cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes and quinoa and finished with a tasty black bean chili.

I love anything vegan and healthy and that also tastes good so this recipe caught my attention. The chili compliments the butternut squash nicely and again its a very easy recipe to make.

Adapted from: Vegukate

1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced (2 pounds or less)
1 medium red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
4 cloves of garlic, diced
2 T olive oil
½ cup quinoa (uncooked)
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, including liquid
2 (14 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 ½ cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
¼ tsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
¼ tsp cinnamon
Freshly ground sea salt and pepper
1 avocado, diced (to garnish)
Handful of diced cilantro (to garnish)

Vegan Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chili : Photo Credit: vegukate
Vegan Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chili : Photo Credit: vegukate

In a large dutch oven or sauce pot, heat 2 T olive oil over medium heat. Add in butternut squash, onion, bell pepper, chili, and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring every now and then, until onions appear translucent.

Lower the heat to medium-low and add in the spices, uncooked quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, vegetable broth, and freshly ground sea salt and pepper. Cover chili and let bubble away on medium-low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

When chili is done, serve in individual bowls and top with diced avocado and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro if desired. Feel free to drizzle with some hot sauce if you want a spicier chili. Enjoy!

Cream of Mushroom Soup With Chicken Broth In 15 Minutes

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An easy Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe that will make mushroom-lovers happy, especially the ones doing the cooking since it only takes 15 minutes to make. To have this soup ready in under 15 minutes, first read through the recipe. As you read gather together all of the ingredients and all of the tools, pots, pans, etc. that you will need so that everything is at your fingertips. There is no need to prep any of the ingredients though. All prep is part of the instructions and is counted in the 15 minute time.

Serves: 4-6
Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3.5 oz. shiitake mushrooms
  • 16 oz. sliced cremini (baby bella) mushrooms (buy them already sliced)
  • 6 cups low or no-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. coarse black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Put a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter and olive oil. Chop the onion and add it to the pot. Stir. De-stem the shiitake mushrooms. Discard stems and slice the caps. Put slices and the cremini mushrooms into the skillet. Increase heat to high. Stir occasionally until wilted and browned in places.
  2. Meanwhile, pour 5 cups of the broth into a large pot or Dutch oven. Put it on high heat. Add the salt and pepper. Cover.
  3. Mince the garlic cloves. Measure the flour and remaining 1 cup of broth into a mason jar. Put on the lid tightly and shake it really really well. Add the minced garlic to the mushrooms and stir. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the flour mixture and stir well.
  4. Once the broth has reached a simmer remove it from the heat. Stir in the evaporated milk and then the mushroom and flour mixture. Return to heat just until it reaches a simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce. Pulse with an immersion blender* until most of the mushrooms are in small pieces (I like to leave some big pieces though). Serve.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Notes
*If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer about ¾ of the mushrooms along with about half of the broth (or however much fits) into a blender or food processor. Blend until mushrooms are in small pieces. Return it to the soup pot and stir.

Cinnamon Glazed Parsnips with Chicken Stock

Photo Credit: jeanieandluluskitchen
Photo Credit: jeanieandluluskitchen

Cinnamon Glazed Parsnips with Chicken Stock

Glazed parsnips celebrates the cold weather root vegetables in the best way! It is such a sweet and fantastic side dish.
Servings     4

Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Ingredients

  • 6 whole parsnips
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or veggie stock
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Peel the parsnips and cut them into rounds that are about 1/4 inch thick. For the rounds on the larger end of the parsnip, either cut them in half or quarter them (depending on their size) to be relatively the same size as the rounds from the smaller end. The skinny tips can be cut off and set aside to use for veggie stock or parsnip puree!
  2. Get a small pot on the stove and pour the chicken stock and sugar into it. Heat it over medium high heat and stir them together. Add the cut parsnips, cinnamon and salt in to the pot and let the mixture come to a gentle boil.
  3. Let the mixture gently boil for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The liquid should completely thicken and become a glorious syrup coating the parsnips. Take the pot off of the heat and serve the parsnips immediately as a great side dish!
Photo Credit: jeanieandluluskitchen
Photo Credit: jeanieandluluskitchen

Lemon Zest Salted Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Butter

Photo Credit: lovelaughcook
Photo Credit: lovelaughcook

Lemon Zest Salted Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Butter

An easy steamed green bean side dish with lemon zest, butter and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Ingredients

  • 4 cups steamed green beans
  • 2 tsp butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • Zest of ¼ lemon

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, gently mix together (with your hands or a wooden spoon) still warm green beans and butter until butter is melted and coats the green beans.
  2. Sprinkle salt and lemon juice on beans and gently mix again.
  3. Place beans on a serving dish.
  4. With the smallest section of a cheese grater, grate about a ¼ of the peel of a (clean) lemon to sprinkle with lemon zest.
Photo Credit: lovelaughcook
Photo Credit: lovelaughcook

Roasted Butternut Squash Halloumi Salad with Lightly Toasted Pine Nuts

Photo Credit: adashofginger
Photo Credit: adashofginger

Roasted Butternut Squash Halloumi Salad with Lightly Toasted Pine Nuts

The salty halloumi and sweet nutty butternut squash pair perfectly to make this dish into a well rounded meal
Roasting it gives the squash an almost caramelised, honey taste which is ah-mazing!

Yield: 4 servings

Warm Halloumi Butternut Squash Salad

Ingredients

For the roasted veg

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled & cubed
  • 150g asparagus
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs

For the salad

  • 50g spinach
  • 100g baby kale
  • 100g rocket
  • 25g pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 250g halloumi cheese

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°c. Slice the asparagus and pepper into small pieces. In a bowl, combine all of the roasted veg ingredients and mix until the vegetables are all coated. Roast the butternut squash for 25 minutes before adding the asparagus and pepper. Roast for a further 10-15 minutes.
  2. Spray a griddle pan (or frying pan) with cooking spray. Add the halloumi to the hot pan over a medium heat. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
  3. In a bowl, assemble the salad ingredients and top with the roasted veg and halloumi cheese.
  4. Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar together and drizzle over the salad.
Photo Credit: adashofginger
Photo Credit: adashofginger

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