Sunday, December 30, 2012

Vegan-Style Stuffed Acorn Squash

Our family enjoyed this recipe for a filling plant-based (vegan) meal.

Makes 8 large servings

4 Acorn Squash, cut in half and seeded
1 Cup Quinoa (rinsed if needed)
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Onion
2 12 oz Can Chopped Tomatoes
1-2 Tblspn Olive Oil
2-3 Tsp. Adobo Sauce from Chipotle Peppers
1/2 Cup Vegetable Broth
1-2 Tsp. each of Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Rosemary
2 Tsp. Smoked Paprika

Halve and seed the squash.  Place upside down on baking tray in 350 degree oven for about 1 hour (or until squash flesh is soft enough to scoop out and mash.)  Let them cool enough to scoop out squash, leaving a 1 cm border.  Mash the squash with a potato masher.

Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to instructions and set aside.  Make the spicy tomato sauce as follows:  Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until they are browning, then add the herbs and paprika.  Add the tomatoes, broth, and adobo sauce.  Simmer about 2-3 minutes.

Mix the squash, quinoa, and tomato mixture.  Season with salt and pepper if desired.  Scoop mixture into the acorn squash halves.  Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, or microwave to warm it all up.

Variations: I added 2/3 cup Boca Meatless Crumbles
Non-Vegans may enjoy it with shredded cheese atop

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Vegan Potato and Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Soup with Crockpot Variation

A yummy plant-based recipe:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic (1 ½-2 tsp)
1 cup chopped celery
3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
2-3 cups finely chopped cabbage
32 oz. vegetable broth (low sodium if desired)
1 cup water
15.5 oz. can low sodium (or rinsed) garbanzo beans (chickpea)
1 bay leaf
½ tsp. thyme
1 ½ tsp. summer savory
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste (add by ¼ tsp. and taste after stirring)

In a 4 quart pot, sauté garlic and onions in oil over medium heat until still firm, but just turning transparent.  Add celery and cook about 2 minutes.  Add potatoes, cabbage, vegetable broth, bay leaf, and water.  Bring to boil at medium-high heat, stirring every 2-3 minutes so it doesn’t burn at the bottom of the pot.  Once it’s boiling, turn heat down to medium-low and add the rest of the spices.  Stir every 8-10 minutes or so to avoid scorching.  Boil about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.  Turn heat to low and simmer to blend the flavors.  Add garbanzo beans just before serving.  Soup will be hot enough to heat the garbanzo beans through.  Serves 6large servings

Crockpot Variation: Add all ingredients (less ½ cup water, garbanzo beans) to crock pot.  Cook on Low 8-10 hours, or on High 4-5 hours.  Add the garbanzo beans, remove bay leaf, and add more salt as needed before serving. (Note: you could also use dried chickpeas (abt. ½ cup) that have been soaked overnight and just cook them all day in the pot with the rest of the ingredients.)