Kabocha Squash with Rajas Gratin

 

Version 2Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving!  To help you with planning, I teamed up with my talented foodie friends, Jasmine Briones of SweetSimpleVegan.com and Sarah Ahn of AhnestVeggie.com to come up with a fabulous vegan Thanksgiving feast for you and your loved ones to enjoy!

Most of us dig into Thanksgiving classics once a year, which means that when the holiday rolls around, expectations are high.  That’s why we rigorously tested and strategically streamlined our recipes for all the traditional (and not-so-traditional), crowd-pleasing favorites.

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I’m confident that vegans and non-vegans alike will love our Thanksgiving menu–from the best candied sweet potatoes you ever tasted, to butternut squash mac and cheese, to traditional stuffing and super-creamy pumpkin pie.  We know how to do it right.

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Each day, starting November 1st, we will be sharing a new fall recipe on our blogs.  We’d love to see any recipes of ours recreated by you.  Please tag us in social media #YSJThanksgiving when posting photos!

One of my favorite dishes in my pre-vegan days was Suzanne Goin’s kabocha squash gratin.  I thought it would be perfect for Thanksgiving, so I veganized it, and to my delight, it was delicious!  There’s a bit of sweetness from the squash, creaminess from the cashews, and a nice kick of spice from the rajas.  I hope you try this recipe and love it!

Kabocha Squash with Rajas Gratin

Prep Time: 1 day

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

Soft Cashew Cheese 

1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3 Tbsp agar agar

2 tbsp filtered water

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

 

Cashew Cream

1 cup of cashews, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained

½ cup of filtered water

 

Fire Roasted Chilies for Rajas

2 poblano or pasilla chiles, charred, peeled, deseeded, and cut into strips

 

Roasted Kabocha Squash

1 medium kabocha squash, peeled (optional), sliced 1/4″ thick

1 Tbsp grapeseed oil

2 Tbsp thyme, chopped

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Rajas

1 1/2 onion, sliced

sea salt and freshly ground pepper, as needed

1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 cup cashew cream

poblano pepper strips

Directions

Make Soft Cashew Cheese 

1. Place cashews in a large bowl and cover with 3 inches of filtered water to soak overnight.

2. Drain the liquid, rinse under cold water and drain again.

3. In the blender, combine and pulverize the cashews, agar, lemon juice, sea salt and 2 tbsp filtered water. Blend until creamy, taking breaks to scrape the sides of the blender with a silicone spatula to ensure everything gets creamed smooth.  When creamy, pour into a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

 

Make Cashew Cream

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  If the mixture is too thick, add filtered water 1 tablespoon at a time. We want this to be the same consistency as cream, so adjust accordingly.

Fire-roast Poblano Chiles
Peel the chiles as shown in the video link
Roast Kabocha Squash
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut the kabocha squash into 1/4″ pieces. On a sheet tray, add the oil, sea salt, pepper, thyme, and squash.  Toss together, then place in the oven for 40 minutes, flipping the pieces half way through.
Make Rajas
Heat a saute pan, add oil, then the onions, sea salt, pepper, oregano.  If the onions start sticking to the pan, add some filtered water to help cook and deglaze the pan.  Once the onions look translucent, add the poblano chile strips.  Saute for about 3-5 minutes, then add cashew cream.
Assemble
Use an 8″x7″ or 8″x8″ deep casserole dish, and one layer of roasted kabocha squash.  On top of that, add one layer of rajas, one layer of crumbled cheese, then pour the cashew cream to cover.  Repeat until you run out of ingredients.  I usually finish off with the layer of kombucha squash.  Also, remember to make this super creamy by pouring on a lot of cream.
Bake in a preheated 350 F degree for about 25 minutes or until it has bubbled for 15 minutes.

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Cranberry Pomegranate Cider

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This recipe was very impromptu.  When Jasmine saw leftover cranberries in the kitchen, all of a sudden she placed them in a pot with filtered water, pomegranate, coconut sugar, orange juice, and cinnamon sticks.  She then simmered it while we were cooking away in the kitchen, strained it, adjusted its flavor, and voila!  She called it cider.  This cider is quite nice–very mild and lovely, and not too sweet.  It actually tastes like a very pleasant and delicious tea to me.  Thanks to Jasmine‘s resourcefulness, we enjoyed a festive beverage at our Thanksgiving feast as well as an intoxicating holiday aroma.

It can be served cold or warm, and if you wish to spike it up or make it bubbly, add some kombucha or champagne to your glass.  We served the cider in my new holiday wine glasses, which adorned the table quite nicely. 

Jasmine, and I created a bountiful Thanksgiving feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes! We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration! We hope you include this recipe, as well as our other recipes, on your holiday tables!

Photo credit: Jasmine Briones

Please make sure to tag us on Instagram: @yvonne_deliciously_vegan  @sweetsimplevegan  Twitter: @yvonnemrod  @sweetsimpleveg and hashtag #SweetEclecticThanksgiving and #MyEclecticKitchen if you recreate any of our recipes!  We would love to see your photos and Thanksgiving feasts!

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Cranberry and Pomegranate Cider

Servings: 4-6

Cook Time:1 hour 10 minutes

Diet: V, GF, DF, SF, NF

By: Jasmine Briones / Sweet Simple Vegan

Ingredients

8 cups filtered water

2 cups fresh cranberries

1 whole pomegranate (seeds only)

2-4 Tbsp coconut sugar (to taste)

2 Tbsp orange juice

2 fresh cinnamon sticks

Directions

1. Place all of the ingredients except the orange juice into a large pot and bring to a boil.

2. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and cover. Allow it to cook on low for 1 hour.

3. Strain and add in the orange juice. Taste test and adjust sweetness to your liking.

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Savory Pumpkin Pie

 

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My friend, Jasmine, and I created a Thanksgiving feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes! We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!

Since Jasmine and I both already have pumpkin pie recipes, but still wanted to incorporate pumpkin into our Thanksgiving menu, Jasmine came up with the idea of making a savory pumpkin pie!  We used my quiche recipes as a base and we just added a few more herbs and, of course, pumpkin into the mix!  It worked like a charm!

Not only is this savory pumpkin pie delicious, it is also vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free!  The herbs, almond meal, and oat flour give the crust a delicious flavor and a pleasant nutty texture.  The garbanzo filling provides somewhat of an “egg”-like filling, and the sautéed leeks, pumpkin, herbs, and sliced almonds add more dimensions in flavor and nutrients to the quiche-like pie.

We hope you include this recipe, as well as our other recipes, on your holiday tables!

If you’d like to try my Mushroom, Zucchini, and Leek Quiche and Leek and Almond Quiche recipes, find them in the My Eclectic Kitchen App!

This recipe was inspired by ingredients that Vitacost.com kindly sent to me.  Click on the ingredient links to purchase the same ingredients I used to this.  Click here for Vitacost.com savings.

 

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Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

Please make sure to tag us on Instagram: @yvonne_deliciously_vegan  @sweetsimplevegan

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Savory Pumpkin Pie

Servings: 6-8

Time: 2 hours 40 minutes.

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, SRF

 

Ingredients

Filling:

1 cup garbanzo bean flour

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 1/4 cups lukewarm water

3 cups leeks (about 3-4 medium leeks), pale and green parts only, cleaned well and thinly sliced

2 cups, baked pumpkin, ¼ “x 1/2” pieces

1 tsp flat leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped

3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

2 Tbsp sliced almonds

 

Crust:

1 cup oat flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

1/4 cup flat leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped

1 Tbsp fresh thyme, roughly chopped

½ tsp sage, roughly chopped

1/8 tsp fine sea salt

2 pinches freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup cold-pressed grapeseed or olive oil

3 Tbsp filtered water

Tip: Oat flour can be made by grinding oat groats or rolled oats  in a blender or food processor until it has a fine flour-like  consistency.  Also, leftover almond pulp that has been saved in the freezer from making homemade almond milk can be used for the almond flour.

 

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together garbanzo bean flour, 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1 1/4 lukewarm water.  Cover with a plate and set aside at room temperature for 2 hours

2. Peel and deseed pumpkin. Cut into large pieces. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Halfway through baking, flip the pieces of pumpkin. Remove from the oven and cut them into smaller pieces, ¼” thick and as wide as ½” .

3. Sauté the pumpkin with 1 tsp coconut oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper until the pumpkin pieces brown. Set aside.

4. Turn down the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare the crust.

5. Spray a 9 ½-inch tart pan with a removable bottom with non-stick cooking spray and place it in the center of a baking sheet.

6. In a food processor, add all crust ingredients except for the oil and water. Pulse 3-4 times to combine. (If you don’t have a food processor, simply add to a bowl and mix very well)

7. Add water and oil, then pulse until the dough comes together and forms a ball. Place the dough on the prepared tart pan and press the crust into the pan, making sure to push the crust into the grooves of the pan.  Pat the dough until the crust is even.  Bake for 12 minutes, remove the crust from the oven, then set it aside to cool.  Raise the oven temperature to 500 degrees.

8. In the same sauté pan, heat 1/4 tsp coconut oil on medium heat, then sauté the leeks until translucent, about 7 minutes. .

9. Very carefully (because they will be hot) line the leeks evenly on the base of the crust, then layer on the pumpkin and sprinkle with slivered or sliced almonds.

10. With a large spoon, skim off and discard bubbles from the garbanzo mixture.

11. Add 1 tsp parsley and 3 Tbsp of melted coconut oil to the garbanzo flour mixture.  Whisk and pour the mixture onto the vegetables in the crust.  Immerse the vegetables into the liquid so they don’t burn in the oven, pressing down on the vegetables that stick out of the liquid.  If they continue to peek out of the batter, that’s fine. You might not need all of the garbanzo mixture—you might have about 3Tbsp of the garbanzo mixture left.

12. Carefully place the baking sheet into the preheated 500-degree F oven for 25-27 minutes.

13. Cool for 15 minutes before removing the outer part of the tart pan.  Slice and serve.

 

 

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Raw Stuffing

IMG_7733I absolutely love Thanksgiving stuffing.  For as long as I can remember, my family enjoyed Stove Top stuffing for the holidays.  For my first holiday season as a vegan, my holiday meals didn’t feel complete without my beloved stuffing.  Thankfully, I discovered raw vegan stuffing through Kimberly Snyder, my health and nutrition guru.  I adapted her recipe by changing up and adding a few other herbs and spices.  I also made my version lower in fat by reducing the amount of oil and adding a vegetable stock (ok, that’s not fully raw) or filtered water (this is raw!) instead!

After reading the Food Babe’s article highlighting what toxins may be hiding in typical American Thanksgiving feasts, I was thoroughly disgusted.  I actually don’t miss Stove Top stuffing one bit!  Why would I subject my body (and the bodies of my loved ones) to toxic food when I can make non-gmo, nutrient-dense, better-for-you versions myself?  And they’re so easy to make, too!

I am so happy that I can now enjoy my raw stuffing and share it with everyone!  This recipe isn’t just for the holiday season, it can be enjoyed year-round as a side dish, added to a salad, or stuffed into lettuce wraps!

One bite of this stuffing and you will be in disbelief at how much this tastes just like Stove Top stuffing!  It truly is amazing how good this is!!

My friend, Jasmine, and I created a bountiful Thanksgiving feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes!  We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!  We hope you include this recipe, as well as our other recipes, on your holiday tables!

Please make sure to tag us on Instagram: @yvonne_deliciously_vegan  @sweetsimplevegan Twitter: @yvonnemrod  @sweetsimpleveg 

and hashtag #SweetEclecticThanksgiving #MyEclecticKitchen if you recreate any of our recipes!  We would love to see your photos and Thanksgiving feasts!

 

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Raw Stuffing
Servings: 4-6
Time: 20 minutes
Diet: V, GF, SF, SRF, R

Ingredients

½ cup almonds, soaked overnight and rinsed well
1 1/2 cup pecans
1 cup carrot, chopped into ¼” pieces
1 cup celery, chopped into ¼” pieces
1/3 cup sweet onion, chopped into ¼” pieces
¾ cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
¼ tsp turmeric, ground
2 tsp parsley, chopped
1 ½ tsp rosemary, chopped
1 tsp thyme, chopped
½ tsp oregano
1 tsp sage
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
½ tsp coconut vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
3-4 Tbsp vegetable stock (or filtered water)
1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions
1. Process the soaked almonds and pecans in the food processor until they are chunky and not too fine.
2. Pour the nuts into a large bowl, then add the remaining ingredients, and mix well.
3. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

 

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Creamy Mushroom Rice

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This scrumptiously creamy mushroom rice is a great hearty side dish for the holiday table.  Who doesn’t love mushrooms?!  What I enjoy most about this rice is the rich mushroom flavor and different textures and overall flavor.

This is one side dish that I would suggest making the day that it is served!  The rice base is prepared similarly to that of a rice pilaf–as it cooks in vegetable broth, the rice is infused with bay leaf and thyme.  Jasmine added more texture by adding sauteed mushrooms and other vegetables and herbs to the mix.  To add creaminess, she then added a cashew cream.  If you want the cream sauce to shimmer just a tad more, add about 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil to the cashew cream mixture.  However, I enjoyed it very much as it is.

My friend, Jasmine, and I created a bountiful feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 delicious recipes!  We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!  We hope this recipe, and the other recipes in our collection, make their way to your holiday table.

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

Please make sure to tag us on Instagram: @yvonne_deliciously_vegan  @sweetsimplevegan Twitter: @yvonnemrod  @sweetsimpleveg 

and hashtag #SweetEclecticThanksgiving #MyEclecticKitchen if you recreate any of our recipes!  We would love to see your photos and Thanksgiving feasts!

 

Creamy Mushroom Rice 

Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Servings: 5-7

Diet: V, GF, SF, SRF

By Jasmine Briones / Sweet Simple Vegan

 

Ingredients

Infused rice:

4 cups low sodium vegetable broth or water

2 cups uncooked brown rice

½ Tbsp coconut aminos or tamari

1 bay leaf

1 sprig of thyme

 

Vegetables:

¼ cup low sodium vegetable broth or water

¾ cup leeks, finely chopped

1 medium carrot, peeled* and chopped small

1 stalk of celery, chopped small

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1 Tbsp fresh sage

1 clove garlic

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed

 

Sauce:

1½ cup raw cashews, soaked

3 Tbsp nutritional yeast

¼ cup water + more as needed

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Directions

1. Soak the cashews for the sauce for 2 hours in 2 cups of filtered water. Drain.

 

Infused Rice:

1. In a medium pot, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the rice, soy sauce, bay leaf and thyme and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and allow it to cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 25-30 minutes.*

 

Vegetables:

1. In a pan, heat ¼ cup vegetable broth or water until warm. Add leek and mushrooms, and cook until the leeks are transparent. Add in the carrots, celery, sage. Cover, and let cook until all vegetables are tender, opening it and stirring a few times. Season it with pepper to taste.

 

Sauce:

1. In a high speed blender, combine all of the sauce ingredients and process until smooth.

 

Assemble:

1. Mix rice and vegetables in a large baking dish/ Pour the sauce over and mix until everything is covered.

  1. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes.*
  2. Remove from the oven and cool 10 minutes before serving.

 

Notes: Adapted from It Ain’t Meat, Babe.

If you use a different type of rice, the cooking time may vary.

You may leave the carrot skin on, I just peel out of preference.

If you would like a crust on the top layer, remove the lid and broil for the final five minutes.

 

 

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Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon

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Every holiday table should have a pop of green! I’ve never had kale during a holiday meal (maybe next year), but I’ve always had green beans or broccolini. These green beans are crisp, a little spicy, a little tangy, and full of flavor.  They’re a snap to make, too!

Hope this finds its way to your table this holiday season!

My friend, Jasmine, and I want to make your Thanksgiving one to remember!  We created a bountiful feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes that will make everybody’s taste buds dance for joy!  We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Vegan and Gluten-free Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!

Please make sure to tag us on 

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Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon

Servings: 6-8

Time: 15 minutes

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, SRF, CFNF, NF

 

Ingredients

1 pound green beans, washed and trimmed

1 tsp cold-pressed olive oil

½ large shallot, sliced thin

3 garlic cloves, sliced thin

1-2 arbol chiles, sliced thin diagonally (can substitute ¼-1/2 tsp red chili flakes)

2 Tbsp vegetable stock

1 Tbsp lemon zest

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions

1. Bring a stock pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Blanch green beans in the boiling water until bright green in color and tender crisp, roughly 2 minutes. Drain and shock the green beans in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking.

2. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, shallots, garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant and a little browned, about a minute or two. Add the beans, vegetable stock, and continue to sauté until coated in the oil and heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Make sure not to overcook–they’re great with a bit of a bite, crispiness. Add lemon zest, season with salt and pepper, and toss.

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Mushroom Gravy

 

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching and my lovely friend, Jasmine Briones, and I want to make your Thanksgiving one to remember! We created a bountiful feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes that will make everybody’s taste buds dance for joy! We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!

This easy and flavorful mushroom gravy goes perfectly with Cauliflower Puree and “Meat”loaf. The caramelized mushrooms and port wine give this gravy a nice richness, the herbs bring it to life, and the arrowroot thickens the gravy while giving it a glossy sheen. I like to make this gravy a day in advance so that the flavors merry well together overnight.

We hope you enjoy it!

 

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Mushroom Gravy

Servings: 6-8

Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 cup sweet onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp thyme, chopped

10 oz. crimini mushrooms, sliced

¼ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp port

2 ½ cup vegetable stock

1 Tbsp arrowroot, ground

1/8 tsp parsley, chopped

1/8 tsp sage, chopped

1 pinch rosemary, chopped

 

Directions

Note: This recipe can be made one day in advance.

1. In a medium saucepot, add onions, garlic, and thyme. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until onions turn translucent and just start to brown. About 10 minutes. If the onions and garlic start to stick to the pan, add 2 Tbsp vegetable stock.

2. Add the crimini mushrooms, sea salt, pepper, and cook until the mushrooms begin to brown, stirring often. This can take 10 minutes.

3. Add the port and stir for about 1 ½ minutes.

4. Measure out the vegetable stock. Dissolve the arrowroot into the vegetable stock by whisking it with a small whisk or fork.

5. Add the vegetable stock and arrowroot mixture to the pan. Add the remaining herbs: parsley, sage, and rosemary.

6. Bring the gravy to a boil, then to a low simmer for about 15 minutes. Season to taste. Serve warm.

 

 

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Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching and my lovely friend, Jasmine Briones, and I want to make your Thanksgiving one to remember!  We created a bountiful feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes that will make everybody’s taste buds dance for joy!  We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!

This recipe is a great healthy vegan take on garlic mashed potatoes.  Garlicky Cauliflower Puree dressed with Mushroom Gravy is a wonderful side dish for any holiday meal.  It is so easy to make and can be enjoyed year-round!

When trying to eliminate or reduce carbs like rice or potatoes from your diet, using cauliflower is a perfect substitute.  I use cauliflower to make cauliflower “rice”, a couscous substitute, and to make cauliflower puree or mash.

This garlicky cauliflower puree feels and tastes very similar to mashed potatoes, but is so much better for you.  This recipe contains no cream, butter, fake butter, or oil.  Roasted garlic gives this a lovely full flavor.  I enjoy my garlicky cauliflower puree with “Meat”loaf and Mushroom Gravy.

What are some benefits of eating cauliflower?  This cruciferous vegetable is naturally high in both fiber and B-vitamins.  One cup of cooked cauliflower equals 2.28 grams of protein.  It also contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer, fiber that helps with satiety, weight loss and a healthy digestive tract, choline that is essential for learning and memory, omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation, as well as many other important nutrients.

We hope you enjoy this recipe during the holidays and throughout the year!

Note: This recipe has already been shared on my blog and is a client favorite. Hope it will be one of your favorites, too!

 

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

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Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

Servings: 6-8

Time: 40 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 large head of garlic

1 head of cauliflower

2+ cups vegetable stock

½ tsp sea salt

 

Garnish

¼ bunch chives

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Slice off the top of a large head of garlic to expose the cloves inside. Place the head of garlic on a piece of foil, cut side up. Drizzle about 2-3 Tbsp vegetable stock and wrap it tightly in the foil. Roast until cloves are lightly browned and tender, about 30-35 minutes.

3. Clean the cauliflower, removing the outer leaves and base. In a medium saucepot, add 2 cups of vegetable stock, ¼ tsp sea salt, and the cauliflower. Set the pot over medium heat.  Bring it to a boil, then down to a simmer. Cover and cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.

4. Once the garlic has roasted, let it rest for at least 5 minutes.  It will be hot.  Carefully open the foil, pick up the bulb, and push the garlic cloves from the skin (peel), starting from the bottom up, pushing the roasted cloves out and into a blender.

5.  Strain the cauliflower and reserve the vegetable stock.  Transfer the cauliflower to the blender.  Add the remaining ¼ tsp sea salt. Add ½ of the reserved liquid. Blend and adjust the consistency. If the cauliflower is too thick, add more stock. If it’s too thin, try cooking the liquid out on the stovetop.

6. Season to taste and top with chopped chives.

 

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

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Cranberry Glaze

_MG_2421Thanksgiving is fast approaching and my lovely friend, Jasmine Briones, and I want to make your Thanksgiving one to remember! We created a bountiful feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes that will make everybody’s taste buds dance for joy!  We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!

Thanksgiving is such a special holiday.  Every household carries on their own unique family traditions.  Jasmine grew up in an Ecuadorian/Filipino household, where it has been a long-standing tradition for her Ecuadorian grandmother to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Her grandmother uses a Cuban marinade for the turkey (Jasmine being vegan does not partake, of course) and the rest of the meal consists of Equadorean dishes.  It was not until Jasmine and I joined forces in the kitchen that she had her first taste of cranberry sauce. She loved it so much that she ate it by the spoonful!  I was surprised because I only have about 2 tablespoons at most during my holiday meals.  With my Grandpa Floyd being from the Midwest (Missouri), it has been my family’s tradition to enjoy the standard American Thanksgiving feast.  In my home, cranberry sauce is an essential side dish.  It is a must-have at the dinner table.

With that, I present to you the first of 13 Thanksgiving recipes for you to enjoy.

This is a new and improved Cranberry Glaze. It’s improved because it contains less sugar than my Cranberry Sauce recipe. Cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, orange juice and orange zest make this sauce very festive and flavorful.  The blended dates make the consistency thicker, easily spreadable, and perfect to top onto a Thanksgiving “Meat”loaf. It also can be served as a side or eaten in a lettuce wrap stuffed with Raw Stuffing and Candied Yams.

To make your holiday a more enjoyable one, I suggest making all of the sides besides the Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon a day in advance.  Spend quality time with your family and just heat and serve (or remove from the fridge) on the actual holiday!

We hope you love it!

 

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

 

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Cranberry Glaze

Servings: 8-10

Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds (or 5 cups) fresh cranberries, washed and dried

3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted

2 cups filtered water

½ cup coconut sugar

1/2 + 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground allspice

1/4 + 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 small orange:

½ tsp orange zest

4 Tbsp orange juice

 

Directions

Note: Best made a day in advance:

1. If your dates are too hard, soak them overnight in filtered water.

2. Add the filtered water and dates into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. If it’s a little chunky, that’s fine.

3. Wash and dry the cranberries.

4. In a medium saucepot, combine the coconut sugar, date/water mixture, and cranberries.  Mix.

5. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir to combine and simmer for about 7-9 minutes.  You will notice that some cranberries will remain whole and some will burst.

6. Add orange zest and juice. Taste and add zest and juice to taste.

7. Cool.  Blend half of  mixture.  Add the blended mixture back to the pot, mix it well, store in a glass container and chill to thicken.  As the sauce chills, the natural pectins in the fruit will thicken the sauce/glaze.

8. Serve chilled and enjoy!

 

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