Monthly Archives: December 2011

Winter Squash & Apple Soup

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Serves 4 to 6

Roasting squash & apples intensifies their flavors.  Use a variety of winter squash for a surprisingly complex taste.  We have many versions of squash soup in the recipe box.  This one is very clean & light & can be even lighter if you omit the oil. Nutritional yeast adds a smoky & cheesy flavor.  It contains B Vitamins and will make the soup thicker & smoother in consistency.

Ingredients

3 pounds of winter squash in any variety you choose.  We are loving the Kabocha right now.  But, try butternut, acorn, delicata, just to name a few.  Peel & cut into 1 inch chunks (makes approx. 8 cups)

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & cut into 1 inch chunks

1 large sweet onion

Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper

1 whole head of garlic (slice tips off to expose flesh of each clove & drizzle with a little EVOO)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 inch piece of fresh ginger root, grated.

3 cups vegetable stock

1 cup apple juice or water

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

1/4 cup fresh parsley or watercress as a garnish

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 2 rimmed baking sheets or roasting pans with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, toss squash, apples, & onion with 2 tablespoons olive oil & salt & pepper to taste.  Spread mixture on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Place the head of garlic on the baking sheet too.  Roast everything until tender & golden & just starts to caramelize approx 45-60 minutes (ovens vary)  Halfway through the baking cycle rotate the pans.  When ready puree squash mixture with broth, juice or water, nutritional yeast & grated fresh ginger in 2 small batches until smooth.  Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  If necessary add more water to desired consistency.

garnish with parsley, watercress or any green you choose.

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Decadent Chocolate Pudding

 A super healthy vegan chocolate pudding!

avocado-chocolate-mousse-recipe

Combine one large avacado, 2tbsp raw cocoa powder, 2 tsp vanilla extract,1/8 cup agave syrup, 1/8 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup of your choice of non-dairy milk (Almond, Soy, Hemp, etc)  in a blender until it reaches pudding consistancy……you may eat immediately or cool in the fridge for awhile……..it will be smooth, rich & very chocolaty-not like avacado at all!! All good fats from the avacado and all the benefits from the chocolate….sooooo very yummy!!  Enjoy!Image 

photo credit http://www.ilovemesomeveggies.com

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