At a party last week, I saw a big platter of stuffed squash at the buffet table. Many other vegan choices filled the space. Yet those fat little acorn squash halves attracted me like a moth to a flame. In previous years, I gravitated to the vegetarian dishes, filled with cheese and eggs. But the more steps I take on the vegan journey, the more excited my body gets about trying new combinations of vegan ingredients, bursting with flavor.
Tasty Stuffed Squash To Drool Over
Here are a few tasty recipes that I can't wait to try:
Monster Boston Marrow squash!
Three Sisters Squash Recipe from NYT Cooking. I love how the three native American staples – beans, corn and squash – are called the three sisters.
Roasted Acorn Squash With Wild Rice Stuffing. After all my years in Asia, I got into the habit of eating only white rice. Exploring with all the wonderful wild rice variations available now is adding delicious dimensions to my meals. This recipe is a meal in itself.
Quinoa-Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash. New England has the best cranberries anywhere, ever. Ya, I'm a little biased. The first time I tried them with quinoa, the flavor burst in my mouth. I'm bringing this one to the Thanksgiving table, for sure.
Köfte kebab is a Turkish version of kebab. The vegan version of köfte kebab is delicious. Köfte is minced meat with herbs, often including parsley and mint, formed into big fingers put on a skewer and grilled. Tim Shieff is leaping across tall buildings, doing one-handed handstands or performing other daredevil antics and free runner can often be found whipping up delicious vegan meals and speaking out for animals on his YouTube channel.
Here is one of his most delicious vegan recipes “Kofte Kebab in a naughty sauce” and posted in on youtube. The ingredient list is below the video.
When we do one-day hikes, we often get hungry in the late afternoons. We like to have a meal that not only reminds us of real dinner but also gives us energy. At the same time, it has to be easy to carry and eat.
This dish is a perfect match. Serve in pita bread and you can have a healthy dinner ready in minutes.
Bulgur wheat is an excellent source of protein, low-fat and low in calories, perfect for an active person.
This recipe is a basic Tabbouleh, add your won favorites, we like
You can substitute the bulgur wheat with quinoa, wild rice or even chickpeas.
Vegan Tabbouleh - easy and delicious
1 cup = 2.5 dl, 1/2 cup = 1.25 dl, Tb = Tablespoon = 15ml
We have just had a week with loads of rain showers and today the sun was shining & it means that the forest is full of mushroom and berries. So we packed the backpack with coffee and smorgas! – we are from Scandinavia – after all 🙂 Put on our hiking gear and off we went as merry dwarfs to the forest.
On our way to the forest we did see wild strawberries and blueberries, tasted just a few, we wanted to go further away from the road before starting to have a feast in wild berries.
In the forest we were not disappointed; wild strawberries in abundance and loads of blueberries – we had to walk another hour's time before we saw the first mushrooms “chanterelles” and picked two big handful each, enough for two generous servings of Chanterelles Stew.
We always use the same recipe, the season is fairly short, so we just make our favorite. The original recipe calls for butter and full fat cream but it is easy to replace with vegan ingredients as we have done for years by now. We serve with rye bread again we are from Scandinavia, so a natural choice. You can use the bread of your preference, only thing is don't use a sour bread with a too sourish taste, it ruins the mild taste of the musrooms.
Chanterelle Stew w/ Rye Bread
Coconut cream is very similar to coconut milk but contains less water. The difference is mainly consistency. It has a thicker, more paste-like consistency, while coconut milk is generally a liquid. The preparation time might be sat a bit high but it does take time to clean the mushrooms.
I love Italian vegan sausages, and they are great to take on picnics. I pack and take them along with other lunch goodies on hikes in the forests where I like to roam with my hubby. But I cannot buy vegan sausages in Finland where I live at the moment. So, I did a search and found a great website: http://www.theppk.com
I will make them from the recipe below, and post an update on how they panned out.
1/2 cup cooked white beans (great northern or navy), rinsed and drained
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon olive oil *or* 1 tablespoon tomato paste (tomato paste is a great fat replacement)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon granulated garlic *or* 2 cloves fresh garlic, finely grated
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seed, crushed *or* 1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Several dashes fresh black pepper
Before mixing your ingredients, get the steaming apparatus ready, bringing water to a full boil. The rest of the recipe comes together very quickly.
Have ready 4 square sheets of tin foil. In a large bowl, mash the beans until no whole ones are left. Throw all the other ingredients together in the order listed and mix with a fork. Divide dough into 4 even parts (an easy way to do this: split the dough in half and then into quarters). Place one part of dough into tin foil and mold into about a 5 inch log. Wrap dough in tin foil, like a tootsie roll. Don’t worry too much about shaping it, it will snap into shape while it’s steaming because this recipe is awesome.
Place wrapped sausages in steamer and steam for 40 minutes. That’s it! You can unwrap and enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
Being vegans we can crave a burger, not a beef burger that is. Yes you can choose tofu, tempeh or seitan but you can also use veggies. The trick is to know which veggie to use, so the burger won't fall apart and still tastes great. Yes you can choose tofu, tempeh or seitan.
My favourite is chickpeas and black-eyed peas.
Chickpeas and Black-Eyed Peas
Chickpeas are so amazing and versatile. You can eat them in salads, roast them until they are crunchy, or you can turn them into fabulous burgers. Think of falafels, but bigger. I make the most incredible chickpea burgers and serve them with Tzatziki sauce on top.
On the other side of the color spectrum from chickpeas are black-eyed peas. These legumes, also known as pigeon peas, are perfect for burgers because they have a taste and texture that’s not too beany or grainy. I use them in my Black-Eyed Pea Burgers with Mississippi Comeback Sauce.
Both chickpeas and black-eyed peas are very mild in flavor, so don’t be shy with the seasonings.