Showing posts from November, 2009

Carrot Salad with Pomegranate ♥ Vegan Recipe

A quick and colorful salad, grated carrot tossed in a light vinaigrette with pomegranate seeds. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1 point. Vegan.
Even without a blanket of snow, beginning somewhere in mid-November or early December, I think we all begin to crave color, perhaps because of the shorter days, the long darkness of winter nights.

And my goodness, does this quick salad ever pack a punch of color!

The recipe comes from a reader, Kathie from Los Angeles, who shares Weight Watchers-friendly recipes with me every so often. Here's how she sold me on the concept for this colorful salad, it took all of ten seconds. "Quick, delicious. I am in love with this concoction."

It goes together quickly and packs a flavor punch and a crunch punch (ha!) too.

RECIPE for CARROT SALAD with POMEGRANATEHands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 20 minutes
Serves 4
6 carrots, trimmed
Seeds from half a pomegranate (The Quick & Easy Way to Remove Seeds from a Pomegranate)
Orange segments, optiona…

Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes & Vegetarian Entrées

The latest collections of Thanksgiving vegetable recipes are now available!

This year, I've turned the tables a little, featuring

Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables


Vegetarian Entrée Recipes for Thanksgiving.

For anyone hunting Thanksgiving vegetable ideas, welcome! These recipes were selected especially for Thanksgiving, so perfect and so delicious, there's real potential to upstage that ol' turkey and his dressing. The 2006 - 2008 collections of Thanksgiving vegetable recipes were hugely popular, especially what became 2006's famous World's Best Green Bean Casserole and 2007's surprise favorite, the low-carb Cauliflower Cream and my personal favorite in 2008, Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin.

The 2009 recipes look just as promising, only with a new focus, vegetarian Thanksgiving entrées, whether for vegetarian guests or an entire vegetarian Thanksgiving. Look for new recipes between now and Thanksgiving, recipes:

perfect for …

Caramelized Onion Tart ♥ Vegetarian Recipe

Today's vegetable recipe: The last new vegetarian entrée idea for Thanksgiving in 2009, a simple but sophisticated tart, rich enough to serve in thin slices as an appetizer or in larger wedges for a main dish.
In some guest room in some home in some city in some country -- is a basket of gold, that is, a basketful of vintage issues of the now-defunct and already much-missed Gourmet magazine. I only wish I could remember whose home! I do remember being unable to sleep on multiple visits, so taken with the classic recipes of another time, madly copying especially enticing ones onto 3x5 cards.

This recipe was called "Swiss Onion Cheese Flan" in the December 1967 issue of Gourmet and no where, no where, is is to be found on the Internet. (I kind of like that, don't you? Vive le paper!)

It's quite lovely, onions cooked to that golden-brown stage where they're silky and caramel-like. The crust too is especially easy, just a fork-stirred dough of cream, milk and flo…

Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash & Mushrooms ♥ Vegetarian Recipe

Today's vegetarian entrée recipe: Another idea for a vegetarian (and in fact, vegan) main dish for Thanksgiving but will have everyone, I'm willing to bet, coming back for seconds. The recipe blends four fall flavors: nutty Italian farro, butternut squash, mushrooms and sage. Very pretty on a plate.
So this is fun! I'm having a great time testing recipes suitable for vegetarian Thanksgiving entrées for the 2009 collection of Thanksgiving vegetable recipes (FYI, link updated in 2010). With this one, it took great restraint to not gobble (tee hee) it up all by myself.

The recipe starts with an idea borrowed from Cook's Illustrated, using the skins and seeds and all the 'gunk' inside a butternut squash to make a vegetarian broth, so very thrifty! The broth is gently flavored with a lovely orange tinge.

From there, the squash is pan-roasted but you could also roast the squash cubes in the oven if preferred. I also added mushrooms for bulk and texture contrast, pe…

How to Cut, Peel & Cube a Butternut Squash and Keep All Ten Fingers

How to safely peel, cut and cube a butternut squash, one of those unwieldy-looking winter squashes. A step-by-step illustrated guide to cutting up a butternut squash, so easy the squash almost cuts itself up. If you want to cut a big squash into pretty cubes, safely, this is how to do it!
Okay, I admit it. There was a time when my eyes glazed over recipes for butternut squash. My Inner Knife Phobia whispered, "How in the world would you cut one of those things safely, without losing a finger? A butternut squash is door-stop dense." It tempted, "Just go buy squash cubes at Trader Joe's. No cutting, no peeling. Who cares if they're all dry and unappetizing?"

You too? Well, you are in luck! This post illustrates, step by step, how to cut up a butternut squash. It's so easy, the squash will practically cut up itself – SAFELY. Just think of all that squash we've been missing ...

A cutting board
A silicone mat, if you have one

Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash, Chard & Cheddar ♥ Vegetarian Recipe

Who says bread pudding is always sweet and always for dessert? Not me! Instead, this is a savory bread pudding, a layer of hearty greens greens sandwiched between layers of good whole-grain bread studded with cubes of butternut squash and cheddar cheese. This bread pudding (vegetarian casserole?) can be made ahead, much like a breakfast strata. It's perfect for a vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish or a weekend brunch or a holiday buffet supper. It could also stand in as the "stuffing" at Thanksgiving dinner. This vegetarian entrée recipe launched my 2009 collection of Thanksgiving vegetable recipes, all now showcased in a multi-year collection of Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving's Favorite Vegetables.
How to strike fear in a cook's heart? "Alanna, I'm bringing so 'n' so to Thanksgiving dinner. He's a vegetarian." Even though I was a vegetarian myself for many years, even though I often cook simple vegetarian and vegan meals, there'…