I know – there’s nothing especially Thanksgiving-ey about this recipe. I had a number of vegetarian “main course” ideas that I thought of sharing this year. At the top of the list was a creamy vegan pot pie with a delectable flaky crust… but I didn’t get to it. I’m still excited by that idea and when I do get to it, it’ll be amazing… but the week I was creating this recipe, I had leftover butternut squash and I was craving pasta. Pot pie had to wait.
This recipe is loosely based on the other stuffed shell recipe that I made for this blog a few years ago. It’s been a favorite, mostly because (in my opinion) it hardly tastes vegan. The “ricotta,” – made from cashew cream, crumbled tofu, herbs, and lemon zest – is rich and flavorful. If your family is squeamish about tofu, just don’t tell them. They’ll never suspect it here.
In the spirit of fall, I stuffed my shells with roasted butternut squash. Fill them, bake, and top with dollops of the extra cashew cream, if you like.
Thanksgiving has become an odd holiday for us. During the first years that Jack and I were together, we traveled to visit family for every single holiday. It took us awhile to realize that Thanksgiving weekend air travel is the worst of them all. So now we have a tradition of staying home with no real tradition. One year we stayed in and made risotto. the year after that we had a friends-giving (before they were called that). Last year, we stayed home and worked (we were just beginning the book).
This year we’re going to gather with friends over a fun & easy-going brunch that doesn’t need any sort of title. What it does need are apple mimosas made with Barefoot Bubbly. For the main course I’m making butternut squash baked eggs. These are easy recipes that are always delicious, hard to mess up, and can be easily scaled to serve a group.
This is my fall spin on a frittata – made with butternut squash, leeks and fall herbs.
These mimosas have 3 basic ingredients – orange juice, apple juice & champagne – plus apple slices, cinnamon sticks and star anise for garnish.
Currently – I’m sitting inside with three shirts on, one scarf and one coat. I’ve been in Chicago for the last few days visiting my family and it’s no surprise that I showed up just in time for the first snow. It always knows when I’m coming.
In my parents house, there are 3 options to get warm – first, don’t take your coat off, second, turn up the heat when no one is looking… but by far the most effective method is to BAKE. Crank that oven and when you’re done leave it open to feel every last bit of the heat. Today I’ll be keeping warm by baking Christmas cookies with my mom and sister – but these pumpkin corn muffins have been a favorite lately.
This is a spin on my favorite corn muffin recipe – and a perfect use for a bit of leftover pumpkin puree that you might have now that you’re in the throes of Thanksgiving cooking. The pumpkin flavor is light here (if you’re craving pumpkin-ey pumpkin muffins, use this recipe), but it makes these corn muffins lightly sweet, slightly healthier, and very delicious. I love to eat them for breakfast or along with a hot bowl of chili.
It’s that time of year again – time for my annual non-turkey turkey day recipe roundup. Whether you’re a Thanksgiving traditionalist, an all side-dish-eater, or you have a family member that just turned vegetarian, here are a few of my favorite healthier holiday recipes that will hopefully spark a bit of inspiration.
Fig & Feta Crostini
Carrot Soup (vegan & gf)
Kale & Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing (vegan)
Fennel Salad with Walnuts & Avocado (vegan & gf)
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (vegan & gf)
Avocado & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash (Gluten Free, vegan optional)
Easy Vegan Apple Crisp (vegan)
Tart Cherry Grilled Cheese with Sage (or sub cranberries here)
Loaded Sweet Potato Avocado Toast (vegan)
We all know that Thanksgiving is really all about the brown foods. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy… of course it’s all delicious, but before you put on your turkey day stretchy pants, I have a really awesome lemony fennel salad that would be SO delicious next to all of those things.
Paper thin slices of fennel are tossed with, kale, arugula, radishes, lemon, dijon and a little pesto. It’s bright, colorful and refreshing. I added avocado and toasted walnuts for that good creamy/crunchy balance. It’s not too light, it’s not too heavy… holiday or not, this is one of my favorite salads.