Spicy Thanksgiving: Roasted Acorn Squash with Chili Vinaigrette

Hey all!

I’m going to continue with thanksgiving recipes this week!!! You do not need to eat unhealthy during the holidays!! I promise you! And “homestyle” doesn’t need to be soft, savory, and sweet…..my home can be SPICY!

Roasted Acorn Squash with Chili Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

  • 2 (1 1/2 – to 1 3/4-lb) acorn squash
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh hot red chile, including seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

1.Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 450F.

2. Halve squash lengthwise, then cut off and discard stem ends. Scoop out seeds and cut squash lengthwise into 3/4-inch-wide wedges.

3. Toss squash with black pepper, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl, then arrange, cut sides down, in 2 large shallow baking pans.

4. Roast squash, switching position of pans halfway through roasting, until squash is tender and undersides of wedges are golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes.

5. While squash roasts, mince garlic and mash to a paste with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Transfer paste to a small bowl and whisk in lime juice, chile (to taste), cilantro, and remaining 1/4 cup oil until combined.

6. Transfer squash, browned sides up, to a platter and drizzle with vinaigrette.

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Vegan Thanksgiving! : Maple Glazed Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Maple Glazed Spicy Sweet potatoes

Ingredients:

6 large sweet potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes

1 cup of maple syrup

1/4 apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup of water

1 tablespoon of red pepper chili flake

A lot of family love

Directions:

1. Preheat over 425 degrees.

2. Mix water, maple syrup, and vinegar and red pepper flake in a 13 X 9 baking dish. Add potatoes and cover tightly with foil.

3. Bake 15 minutes covered, then 30 minutes uncovered (check on it if your oven is a spastic as mine!)

4. Season to taste with S/P, some people add crush nuts of their liking to the sticky maple coating.

 

Vegan Thanksgiving? Easier than you think!!! Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

When anyone has a dietary restriction, the holidays can be tough. Sometimes grandma’s famous fudge and Aunt Judy’s cranberry sauce just doesn’t work for ya anymore. It’s ok! Don’t over think it, keep it simple, and keep it good!!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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INGREDIENTS
1 whole head garlic
6 large russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread (such as
Earth Balance), or extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup rice milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Thinly sliced scallion or minced chives for garnish
roast+garlicDIRECTIONS
Remove some of the papery outer layers from the garlic but keep the cloves intact. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 350-degree F. oven or 375-degree F. toaster oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the cloves are soft.

When cool enough to handle, gently separate the cloves from the head of garlic and squeeze the soft pulp out of each clove into a small bowl and discard the outer skin.

In the meantime, cover the diced potatoes with plenty of water in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer steadily but gently, covered, until the potato dice are very tender, about 20 to 25 minutes, then drain.

In a large, shallow bowl, combine the cooked potato dice with the Earth Balance or olive oil and stir until melted. Add 1/4 cup of rice milk and the reserved garlic pulp and mash the potatoes until smooth and fluffy. If needed, add up to an additional 1/4 cup of rice milk to loosen the consistency.