Holiday Ideas & Recipes

  • Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash

    Tags: Squash

    Ingredients:

    • 2 large butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded (about 4 pounds)
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped toasted pecans
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 deg F.

    2. Place squash halves, cut sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place honey and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds, or until butter melts. Stir to combine. Brush half of honey mixture over cut sides of squash, and reserve remaining honey mixture.

    3. Sprinkle squash with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 deg F for 1 hour or until tender.

    4. Carefully place squash, cut sides up, on cutting board. Halve squash lengthwise; cut each half crosswise into thirds. Place squash on a platter. Heat reserved butter mixture in microwave at HIGH for 20 seconds.

    5. Drizzle remaining butter mixture over squash. Sprinkle evenly with pecans and parsley. Add a garnish of parsley on the side to accent the beautiful colors of the squash.

    6. Serve, and enjoy!

    Serves: 8

    Preparation time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

  • Borscht

    Ingredients:

    • 4 large beets
    • 1/2 green cabbage
    • 2 carrots
    • 1 onion
    • 1 stick of celery
    • 1 large tomato
    • 1 large rutabaga (Swedish turnip)
    • 2 tablespoons of dill
    • 2 tablespoons of parsley
    • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced or grated
    • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
    • 10 cups of veggie stock or water
    • salt and pepper, to taste

    Preparation:

    This borscht recipe is delicious, nutritious, and guaranteed to warm any belly on a cold winters night. It's my own recipe so I hope you enjoy it!

    1) Chop up all the veggies.

    2) In a large pot, saute onion, celery, dill, parsley, and garlic in vinegar on high heat.

    3) Slowly add stock/water and bring to a boil. Add beets, rutabaga, cabbage, carrots, and tomato.

    4) Cover and let simmer until root vegetables become tender (about 20 minutes).

    5) Enjoy! Add salt and pepper if you wish.

    Can also be served with dollop of vegan sour cream or plain yogurt if you wish.

    Serves: many, many people

    Preparation time: 30 minutes

  • Dalmatian Lenten Cabbage Soup - Broeta de Verza de Magro

    This meatless soup was the traditional beginning of Dalmatian Vigil meals, especially Christmas Eve, when the chill of the Bora (a strong wind from the east) gives cabbage added bite. It calls for fish broth, which the cook would have had on hand because boiled fish is one of the standard second courses of a Vigil meal.

    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes

    Ingredients:

    • Savoy cabbage (amounts given below)
    • Potatoes
    • One onion
    • Fish broth (from boiling a fish, or canned)
    • Garlic
    • A bay leaf
    • Bread
    • Salt and pepper

    Preparation:

    Dice into half-inch (1-cm) cubes a head of Savoy cabbage, two peeled potatoes, and an onion.

    Simmer the vegetables until tender in the broth from boiling the fish (strain it first), adding a minced clove of garlic, a bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste to the pot.

    While the soup is cooking, toast several slices of bread. Line your soup bowls with them, ladle the soup over it, and serve.

    Serves 4

  • Spaghetti Squash Casserole

    Ingredients:

    • 1 large spaghetti squash
    • 1 large onion, minced
    • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 plantain, sliced
    • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
    • 1 16 oz. can crushed tomatoes
    • 1 cup cooked cracked wheat, bulgur wheat, or couscous (have fun and experiment)
    • basil, oregano, cayenne, and parsley
    • whatever seasonings that strike you at the moment - that's what I used last time, and it was great!

    Directions:

    Split the squash in half and cook upside-down in water for about 20-30 minutes. until tender. Pour 2 cups hot water over grains of choice and let sit cover for approximately 15 minutes.

    Meanwhile, sauté the onion, garlic, mushrooms and plantains in the oil. If needed, add some water. Add cans of tomatoes and spices and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add drained grains and simmer another 5 minutes.

    Pour the sauce over spaghetti squash on individual plates.

    Enjoy!

    Serves: 4

    Preparation time: 20-30 minutes