1 large butternut squash (approximately 3 lbs.)
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces*
Fresh sage or oregano leaves, about 6 sage leaves or oregano leaves from 2 stems (can substitute with 1 teaspoon dry herbs)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut neck off from squash.
Resting squash on its base, may have to slice 1/2 inch off bottom, cut squash lengthwise in half, creating two steaks.
Heat oil in large heavy skillet (cast iron is great) over medium heat.
Cook squash steaks, turning every 3 minutes, until browned on both sides and fork-tender, approximately 15 minutes.
Add butter, herbs and garlic, tilting pan to pool the butter on one side.
Use large spoon to continually baste steaks with butter.
Baste until butter is no longer bubbling, approximately 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.
*Note: can substitute with non-dairy butter
Inspired by a recipe from Bon Appetit
4 Japanese Eggplants, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup good quality olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3/4 – 1 cup marinara sauce
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup tortilla chips, finely crushed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Torn fresh basil leaves, garnish
Preheat oven to 400°
On a rimmed baking sheet fitted with parchment paper, place the halved eggplants cut side up.
Rub them with 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
Roast them for approximately 15 minutes, or until tender.
Remove eggplants from the oven.
Divide marinara sauce evenly over each eggplant half.
Sprinkle with feta cheese.
In a small bowl, mix together crushed tortilla chips, Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Top eggplant halves with the crumb mixture.
Return to oven and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, until brown and bubbly.
Garnish with basil leaves.
For Vegans, substitute the cheese for non-dairy cheese
Inspired by a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis
1 1/2 lb. ripe cherry tomatoes
1/2 head of garlic
2 sprigs rosemary
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 350°F
Toss tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, oil, and salt in a shallow 2-qt. baking dish to combine.
Turn garlic cut side down, then roast tomatoes, tossing 2 or 3 times, until golden brown and very tender, 40–50 minutes.
Let cool slightly.
Remove garlic cloves from baking dish, mash slightly, then return to dish.
Add vinegar and toss to coat.
Serving suggestions: use as pasta sauce, a topping for bruschetta, a grain bowl addition, a side to scrambled eggs, etc.
Inspired by epicurious.com
Photo credit: Chelsea Craig
15 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and liquid reserved
seasoned to taste – salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, etc,
oil for spraying
1/4 cup liquid from chickpeas
3 – 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (depending on taste)
1/2 cup tahini
2 – 4 garlic cloves (depending on taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Drop or two of hot sauce (optional)
1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
Parsley, chopped (optional)
Directions for roasting chickpeas.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Evenly spread the chickpeas and garlic cloves (skin on) on a parchment-lined baking sheet with sides.
Mist with oil, sprinkle on the seasonings and stir.
Mist, stir and spread evenly once more.
Roast for 5 minutes. Check for doneness. Do not roast for more than 8 minutes.
Remove skins from garlic cloves
Add chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, and garlic in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas.
Blend for 3-5 minutes until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.
Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well.
Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Note: Roasting the chickpeas first intensifies the flavor and texture of the hummus considerably.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
10 ounce bag baby spinach, washed and trimmed
1 pound silken tofu, drained and patted dry
2 tablespoons water
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and garlic, sprinkle with salt. Saute until onion is translucent and garlic is soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the minced jalapeño pepper and saute until fragrant, less than a minute. Increase heat to medium-high, add the spinach and water. Sprinkle with pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted and fairly dry, 5 to 8 minutes.
Crumble the tofu into the pan and stir, using a spatula to combine tofu with the vegetables. Adjust the heat, as necessary, to avoid burning.
When mixture starts to stick to the pan, its ready.
Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Serve hot or warm.
Note: Leafy greens can be substituted for the spinach.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
4 cups kale, chopped (remove spiny sections) wash, but do not dry
5 cups vegetarian broth (divided- reserving 1 cup)
2 – 15 ounce cannellini beans , not drained (reserve 1 can)
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, shredded, optional
Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add onion, garlic and carrots. Saute until soft.
Add kale and sauté for about 15 minutes more.
Add 4 cups of the broth, 1 can of beans and tomatoes. Then add herbs, salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer 20 minutes.
While it is simmering – put reserved beans and broth in blender and blend.
Stir bean mixture into soup to thicken a little bit.
Simmer 15 minutes more.
Sprinkle with cheese, if desired
2 small zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon olive oil
olive oil cooking spray
14 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
1 1/4 teaspoons sherry wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Cooked pasta, optional
Preheat oven to 450°
In a large bowl, toss zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper and onion with thyme, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, 2 tablespoons water and oil. Fit a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and coat it with cooking spray.
Spread vegetables in a single layer in the pan; roast, stirring once, for 25 minutes.
In the same bowl, combine chickpeas, tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Add to pan with the vegetables; roast 10-12 minutes more.
Toss roasted vegetables with the vinegar.
Sprinkle with basil
Note: Can be served over cooked pasta for a more heartier meal.
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound eggplant, peeled or unpeeled, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced, equals approximately 1 tablespoon
1 cup cooked or canned white beans
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, leaves only
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 cups marinara (pasta sauce)
Pinch of red chile flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Use 1 tablespoon olive oil to grease a large rimmed baking sheet fitted with parchment paper. Put 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add eggplant and 1/4 cup water. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant pieces shrivel a bit and are tender and beginning to color, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer eggplant to the bowl of a food processor.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet along with the onion and garlic and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are soft and translucent.
Drain the cooked beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them. Add the beans and parsley to the eggplant and pulse until well combined and chopped, but not pureed.
Place the eggplant mixture in a large bowl. Add the onion and garlic and toss. Then add the breadcrumbs and red chile flakes, if using and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Roll mixture into approximately 12 balls, about 2 inches in diameter. Transfer meatballs to the baking sheet. Bake undisturbed, until they are firm and well-browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
Warm the pasta sauce. Serve the meatballs, hot or at room temperature along with the pasta sauce.
Serve over pasta, rice, quinoa or steamed greens.
Note: Meatballs can also be added to and warmed up in the pasta sauce.
4 small potatoes
2 small beets
1/2 lb. green beans
3 small dill pickles, diced
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Wash, peel and dice potatoes into desired size. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and roast in a large pan, fitted with parchment paper for approximately 50 minutes. Peel and dice beets. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, add to the potatoes and roast for 40 minutes. Wash green beans and cut into thirds. Toss with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, add to the pan and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir in roasted vegetables and dill pickles and coat evenly. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.
Note: The vegetables will be roasting at different lengths of time. The potatoes need 50 minutes, so do them first. Prepare the beets and add them 10 minutes later and then add the green beans 25 minutes after that.
This is a Russian version of our traditional potato salad.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large bunch broccoli, stalks and flowerettes, finely chopped
16 ounce bag baby carrots, chopped
16 ounce box lasagna noodles
1 container silken tofu
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
salt to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, vegan
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, vegan
2 – 24 ounce jars tomato sauce, divided
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat and saute chopped broccoli and carrots until tender, about 7 minutes.
Place in a large bowl and refrigerate until cool.
Cook noodles, drain, and lay flat until cool.
Mix silken tofu with garlic powder, oregano, basil and salt.
Add silken tofu mixture, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese to the bowl of broccoli and carrots, mix well.
Using a spatula, spread 1/2 cup of the filling onto length of each lasagna noodle, leaving 1/2 inch space at each end so roll-ups do not overflow.
Roll each one up tightly.
Spread 1 jar of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a deep baking pan.
Place roll-ups seam side down.
Cover pan with tin foil and bake in oven for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with the remaining tomato sauce.
Bake uncovered for 15 more minutes.