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 POMEGRANATE Hands-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

Caramelized Onion Tart ♥ (Swiss Onion Cheese Flan)

A simple but sophisticated tart, rich enough to serve in thin slices as an appetizer or in larger wedges for a vegetarian main dish. The crust is super un-fussy and flecked with cornmeal for crispness. The filling is packed with caramelized onions, those dark and dusky nuggets that make almost anything taste better. Both the crust and the filling can be made ahead of time, then tossed into the oven to bake in time for serving hot, warm or at room temperature. Vegetarian Entrée or Appetizer, Perfect for Thanksgiving. Time-Adaptable (Cooking and Serving). Make-Ahead Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.

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,

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 ... WHAT YOU'LL NEED 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

(Un) Fried Green Tomatoes ♥ Recipe for Baked Green Tomatoes

Thin slices of green tomatoes dipped in a seasoned cornmeal breading, then baked at high heat. Virtually no fat, thus 'healthy fried green tomatoes' (and baked, of course, not fried) but still full of flavor. Weight Watchers 2 points. Fried green tomatoes have been a long time reaching A Veggie Venture, though not for lack of trying. Three years running, I tried new techniques. For a recipe that is so homely and humble -- heavens, we're just trying to use up upripe tomatoes just before or just after frost -- fried green tomatoes take a trick or two. The breading needs to be light in texture but big on flavor. The tomatoes need to be sliced thin, so they'll cook clear through. Most of all, the fried green tomatoes need to be baked , not fried, giving the tomatoes more time to cook but also to eliminate all that gobby fat that the breading will soak up if you let it. Is any of this heresy to southerners? I hope not, these are mighty good! RECIPE for (UN) FRIED G

How to Roast Garlic ♥ The Recipe & A Planting Reminder

How to roast whole heads of garlic to a deep, dark and luscious creamy paste. Plus, a reminder that October 15th is when we plant garlic in the fall! When roasting vegetables, or baking a casserole, or simmering a big pot of soup, I love to throw something else into the oven, too, making efficient use of the energy. More times than not, that 'something else' is a dish of garlic heads. Then for a week, I tuck roasted garlic into everything I cook. No more vampires, garlic breath be **mned! And did you know that fall -- yes, fall -- is when we plant garlic? If you grow nothing else, it's ever so easy to plant a small garlic crop. It's a start! Check out my How and Why Guide to Growing Garlic . It's an especially fun project with kids, carrying through on the lessons from the summer's herb pots, tomato plants and vegetable gardens. HOW to ROAST GARLIC Hands-on time: 5 minutes Time to table: 1 hour Aluminum foil Olive oil Kosher salt & pepper Whole hea