Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium kabocha or 1 butternut squash (about
  • 2 lbs.), halved
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 15-oz. can low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped chives
  • 1 tsp. sherry vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Place squash cut-side down on prepared baking sheet, and tuck garlic cloves in hollow under squash. Bake 50 minutes, or until tender. Cool 10 minutes. Scoop flesh from shell, and place in large bowl. Peel garlic cloves.
  2.  Heat large pot over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Add onion, and cook 7 minutes, or until translucent. Add ginger, allspice and cinnamon, and cook 1 minute more. Stir in squash, garlic, broth and 3 & 1/2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium low. Partially cover pot, and simmer 25 minutes. Purée in blender or food processor until smooth. Serve hot or cold, and stir in chives and vinegar just before serving.
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Vegetable Paella

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes (preferably the fire-roasted variety), drained
  • 2 cups short-grain brown rice*
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or
  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine** or vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled (optional)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) quartered artichokes or 1 jar (12 ounces) marinated artichoke, drained
  • 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and sliced into long, ½”-wide strips
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, plus about 1 tablespoon more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus additional lemon wedges for garnish
  • ½ cup frozen peas

Quick Bean and Rice Burritos

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese and reduced-fat sour cream, optional

Banana Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw cane sugar
  • 4 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups coconut milk beverage (such as Silk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 very ripe bananas, sliced
  • 48 vegan vanilla wafer cookies
  • Nondairy whipped topping for garnish, optional

Directions

  1. Place sugar, cornstarch, and salt in saucepan, and gradually whisk in coconut milk. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-low heat. Cook 5-10 minutes, or until thickened, whisking constantly. Turn off heat, stir in vanilla, then banana slices.
  2.  Line bottom of 11- x 7-inch baking dish with 24 cookies. Spread hot pudding over top, making sure bananas are submerged to prevent browning. Top with remaining 24 cookies, cover with plastic wrap, and cool. Refrigerate until cold. Top with whipped topping (if using).

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 3 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 2 cups steamed lentils
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Thai Spicy Eggplant with Sweet Basil

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 Tbs. peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 3 baby eggplants, cubed into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 1 medium-sized red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. white vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. dark soy sauce, such as tamari
  • 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn

Directions

  1. Cook jasmine rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a deep skillet or wok-shaped pan over high heat. Add oil and crushed red pepper, and let sizzle for 10 to 15 seconds. Add eggplant, and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic, and stir-fry for 3 minutes more. Add vinegar and soy sauce. Sprinkle with sugar, and toss for 1 or 2 minutes longer.
  3. Remove pan from heat, add basil leaves and toss to combine with eggplant. Serve over hot cooked rice.