green beans and tomatoes

2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
28 ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, minced, or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Rinse the green beans in cold water.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
Add onions and garlic, cook until onions are soft.
Add green beans, tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to simmer, cover pot and cook 1 hour, stirring once or twice.

Serves 6








Medium cauliflower, cut into florets
2 1/2 cups yams (sweet potatoes), large dice
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
Fresh thyme leaves
3 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Line a baking sheet with sides with parchment paper.
Place cauliflower florets, yams, and garlic cloves in pan.
Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and black pepper.
Toss to mix.
Roast for 20 minutes, or until florets are golden.
Heat coconut oil in a sauté pan.
Add chopped onion and sauté until soft.
Chop thyme leaves, measuring 1 tablespoon.
Add to pan, stir.
Place vegetable stock, roasted cauliflower mixture, onion mixture into a slow cooker.
Cook on high for 1 hour, until cauliflower florets and yams are soft.
Using an immersible blender or pour into a blender when cool, puree until smooth.
Add 1/2 cup non-dairy milk and puree.
Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and finely chopped thyme leaves.
Serve warm.

Serves 4

Note: Can use a Dutch oven or stock pot instead of slow cooker.








5 cups (1 inch) cut green beans (about 1 pound)
Cooking Spray
3 cups thinly sliced onion
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon non-dairy butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated  Parmesan cheese, vegan

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cook green beans in large pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; set aside.
Heat a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (onion through butter).
Saute 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Stir in vinegar, basil, and oregano; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Arrange beans in an 11 x 7 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with onion mixture.
Arrange tomatoes on top of onion mixture, and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 35 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.

Serves 6

Note: This slightly sweet vegetable dish takes its name from the French term for mixed vegetables prepared gratin-style.

brussels sprouts hash





3 tablespoons nondairy butter, divided
1/2 pound shallots, or yellow onions, thinly sliced
Coarse kosher salt
Black pepper
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup water

Melt 2 tablespoons nondairy butter in medium skillet over medium heat.
Add shallots/onions; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Saute until soft and golden, about 10 minutes. Add vinegar and sugar.
Stir until brown and glazed, about 3 minutes.
Halve brussels sprouts lengthwise. Heat oil in large skillet over
medium high heat. Add sprouts; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute
until brown around edges, 6 minutes. Add 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon
nondairy butter. Saute until most of the water evaporates and sprouts are
tender, but still bright green, 3 minutes. Add the onion mixture; season with
salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 6

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves, divided
1 pound small pasta shells
12 ounces frozen winter squash puree, thawed
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3 slices crusty baguette, cut into 1/4 inch cubes (1 1/2 cups)
butter for baking dish

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium- low heat. Add the onions; season with salt and pepper.
Cover and cook until the onions are soft and release their liquid, about 15 minutes.
Uncover; increase heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until the onions are browned, 20-25 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the rosemary leaves. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 2 minutes less than the package instructions suggest.
Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot.
Stir squash and reserved pasta water into the onions; simmer for 2 minutes.
Toss the squash mixture and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese with the pasta. Transfer to prepared dish.
Combine the bread cubes with the remaining Parmesan cheese, rosemary, and oil; season with salt and pepper.
Top the pasta with the bread cubes; bake until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.

Serves 6

Note: Can substitute fresh squash for frozen squash. Roast whole winter squash on a rimmed baking sheet, turning occasionally, until very tender when pierced with a knife, about 1 hour, depending on size of squash. When cooled enough to handle, halve the squash lengthwise and scrape the flesh into a food processor (discard the skin and seeds). Puree until smooth.