tamale bake.

tamalebake
I made this tamale bake tonight, and it was great. I topped it with some guacamole! I love this recipe – i will definitely make this sauce again and play around with different fillings. I think adding some seitan chorizo would be great!
  • Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • handful of cilantro, washed
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. honey or agave
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened chocolate powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Filling
  • 2 c. butternut squash, cubed and roasted ahead of time
  • 3 stalks of kale
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. oil, separated
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 c. shredded daiya cheddar cheese
  • Topping
  • 1 c. P.A.N. pre-cooked white or yellow corn meal  ( i found mine at a mexican grocer)
  • 1 1/4 c. warm water
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Garnish
  • avocados
  • cilantro
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Make enchilada sauce. In a high-powered blender or food processor, add all enchilada ingredients. Blitz until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Make the filling. . De-stem the kale and chop into small, edible pieces. Drain and rinse black beans. Preheat oven to 375°. Into a skillet warmed on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add in the butternut squash and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Salt to taste. Add in 1/3 cup of the enchilada sauce. Cover and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until just barely ready. Just warm it up. Add in the kale, black beans, and additional tablespoon of oil. Cook for another 3 minutes. Salt to taste. Remove from heat. Stir in 2/3 cup more of enchilada sauce with 1/4 cup of cheese (more if you like things cheesy). Use the skillet as your baking pan, or place in an 8″ x 10″ pan (or something similar in size).
  3. Make the topping. Add the pre-cooked white or yellow corn meal to a bowl. Stir in the warm water a kosher salt. Crumble evenly over the pan and press out until flat. Top with remaining enchilada sauce. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and avocados. Serve.

butternut squash stuffed shells.

STUFFEDSHELLS.jpgButternut squash. I want to use it, but don’t always know how. Pasta. The possibilities are endless. I absolutely love this meal – I was able to prepare the filling items over the weekend, making it a pretty quick meal to throw together during the week. Will be making this again and again! These came out creamy, garlick-y and sweet. Super delicious!

Here is the original recipe.

  • 1½ cups cubed butternut squash
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 16 jumbo shells
cashew cream
  • 1 cup raw cashews (soak ahead of time if you dont have a vitamix)
  • 3/4 cup fresh water
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 3½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
filling
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup crumbled firm tofu
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup cashew cream (from the recipe above)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the butternut squash with a drizzle of olive oil and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Make the cashew cream: Blend together the drained raw cashews, fresh water, garlic, lemon juice, and generous pinches of salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Make the filling: In a medium skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the spinach in increments, along with a pinch of salt, and sauté until all the spinach is incorporated and wilted. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Squeeze out any excess liquid and chop. In a medium bowl, combine the the spinach with the crumbled tofu, oregano, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and 1 cup of cashew cream. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the shells and cook according to the package directions until al dente. Drain.
  5. Assemble the shells. Spread ¼ cup of the reserved cashew cream on the bottom of an 11×7-inch baking dish. Fill each shell with some of the filling and a few cubes of butternut squash, and place into the baking dish. Drizzle a little olive oil over the shells and bake for 15 minutes, or until browned on top and heated through. Remove from the oven and serve with the remaining cashew cream.

 

 

 

321. roasted brussel sprouts, butternut squash and cauliflower.

So its official. Im crazy for brussel sprouts. Like, I can’t get enough of them. I spend my days daydreaming of what I’m going to do with them next.
When Dj called to tell me he wouldnt be home for our usual friday-night pizza dinner, and I was on my own, I was thrilled because this meant brussel sprouts were on the menu instead!  I researched some recipes on the way home, and of course came across this one from Shutterbean!

I used that one as my starting point, but veered off it a little bit. I added cauliflower, because I had some leftover from earlier in the week. The seasonings were SO good. I ate mine over french lentils and made it a complete meal.

So basically I cut up my brussel sprouts, squash, onions, 4 cloves garlic (i love garlic) and cauliflower. I mixed together in a bowl – 1 T olive oil, 2 T balsamic, and 1/2 tspn curry powder. I sprinkled in some salt and pepper as well and coated my veggies with it. I sprinkled brown sugar on top (about 1 T or so) I baked it at 400 degrees, for 20 minutes, then mixed it around, and baked it for about 20 minutes more.  I ate it over french lentils and was very very happy! YUM.

304. Butternut squash alfredo pasta.

I saw this posted recently to the PPK blog, and thought this might be something good to make for thanksgiving. I made something similar once though and it was just ok. But this weekend when I saw a butternut squash at the store, I thought I’d pick one up and give it a go.

To my suprise, this was really really good. The sauce had alot of rich flavor, and was so creamy without getting dry, like vegan cream sauces tend to do. It doesn’t use a TON of cashes either, and the sauce makes enough to generously cover a whole bag of pasta. We used brown rice miso, instead of yellow, because its what I had on hand and that seemed to be just fine.

This was an awesome fall dish. highly, highly recommend it! Someone in the comments said they served it up with some apple and sage field roast sausage…that sounds like it would pair perfectly!

Recipe here: http://www.theppk.com/2012/10/roasted-butternut-alfredo/