Recipe for Baked Butternut Squash with Maple Syrup

Recipe for Baked Butternut Squash with Maple Syrup

O man, I love me some recipe for baked butternut squash with maple syrup. This is absolute perfect Fall/Winter meal. It’s sweet, delicious and so cozy. A great side to any meal.

The one annoying thing about making any type of squash recipes is that they are so difficult to peel! The fabulous thing is about baking the squash is that it becomes oh so easy to peel, it scrapes off so easily! Plus, baking squash tastes amazing! It’s a win win. 🙂

I ended up eating one half of the butternut squash as soon as I made it (:)) and used the second half for butternut squash soup.

Best.
Meal.
Ever.

🙂

Feel free to use this recipe as a base and then go nuts! I’m sure there are so many other variations that would go delicious with a recipe for baked butternut squash with maple syrup. I’m thinking pecans, walnuts, chilli, coconut and the list goes on and on!

Ingredients for Recipe for Baked Butternut Squash with Maple Syrup

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp rosemary

Directions for Recipe for Baked Butternut Squash with Maple Syrup

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cut butternut squash lengthwise and remove seeds with spoon (you can roast these as well!)
  3. Drizzle maple syrup (as much as you desire), olive oil and sprinkle the spices
  4. Bake for about 1.5 hours or until the squash is soft enough that your forks pokes through it easily
  5. Remove from oven and let cool
  6. Remove skin or scoop out the squash and serve as you wish! (You could leave it as it, it looks pretty in the shape, and have people scoop out their squash as they life. Or, you can remove the skins and cut the squash into pieces.)
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Turkey Stuffing Without Bread Recipes

A turkey stuffing without bread recipes….a challenging task.

I was looking for turkey (actually Tofurky 😉 ) Thanksgiving stuffing without bread recipes, and one that was preferably grain free, dairy free and, as a bonus, vegan. This criteria was not very easy to find. There are a number of grain free thanksgiving stuffing out there but most of them call for meat. I guess this makes sense if you are stuffing a turkey. I was not stuffing turkey though, and wanted both a grain free and vegan option. See the results for my turkey stuffing without bread recipes below. Let me know what you think and if you find any others! The first list is vegan, whereas the second list contains egg/dairy. I provide substitutions though to make all recipes vegan.

I’ve indicated whether the recipes are the following:
✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Raw
✓ Nightshade free

If you don’t see a certain condition noted, you can assume that it doesn’t fulfill it’s criteria.

 

Turkey Stuffing Without Bread Recipes Vegan with…

Mushrooms
No Bread Stuffing | detoxinista.com
No Bread Stuffing | detoxinista.com

By Detoxinista

Ingredients: 9
Main ingredients:
mushrooms, parsnips, carrots

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: An ultra simple recipe with only 9 ingredients that is grain free. No need for the stretchy pants folks! 

Get recipe here.

Brown & Wild Rice
No Bread Stuffing | detoxinista.com
No Bread Stuffing                         | detoxinista.com

By Detoxinista

Ingredients: 10-13
Main ingredients:
brown & wild rice, mushrooms, celery

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Another wonderful recipe from Detoxinista. With rice, veggies and flavourful spices, this makes for an enticing recipe. 

Get recipe here.

Cauliflower Rice
No Bread Stuffing | insonnetskitchen.com
No Bread Stuffing | insonnetskitchen.com

By In Sonnet’s Kitchen

Ingredients: 11
Main ingredients:
cauliflower rice, celery, pecans

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: I’m a sucker for cauliflower rice, you get rice without the grain. 🙂 Complete with veggies, “rice” and pecans, this makes for a delicious holiday recipe. 

Get recipe here.

Turkey Stuffing Without Bread Recipes
with Eggs/Dairy and...

Almond Flour & Apple
No Bread Stuffing | mommypotamus.com
No Bread Stuffing | mommypotamus.com

By Mommy Potamus

Ingredients: 13
Main ingredients:
almond flour, celery, apple, dates

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Dairy free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Note: calls for eggs, to make vegan replace the following with:
1 egg –> 1 tablespoon ground chia + 3 tablespoons water

Why this makes the cut: This is my kind of Fall stuffing with dates, apple and almond flour. Hubba, hubba! Veganize with my note above. 

Get recipe here.

Almond Flour & Cranberries
No Bread Stuffing | janssushibar.com
No Bread Stuffing | janssushibar.com

By Jans Sushi Bar

Ingredients: 15
Main ingredients:
almond flour, celery, cranberries

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*contains honey)

Note: calls for eggs, butter & chicken stock, to make veggie/vegan replace the following with:
1 egg –> 1 tablespoon ground chia + 3 tablespoons water
butter –> vegan butter
chicken stock –> veggie broth

Why this makes the cut: Similar to the recipe above, this grain free stuffing is sweetened with honey and cranberries. It’s perfect for those who like dessert with dinner. 🙂 

Get recipe here.

 

 

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Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes – 7 Recipes

Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes | happygut.ca

Who would have thought that there would be so many variations for basic vegan mashed potatoes? Oh, but there is! I searched far and wide and came up with the following delicious recipes for basic vegan mashed potatoes. All the recipes have fewer than 10 ingredients (woohoo!) and are made with whole foods. I’ve separated the recipes from those of the traditional style of mashed potatoes (i.e. mostly potatoes) from those with a fun twist (see below for recipes with cauliflower and navy beans).

I’ve indicated whether the recipes are the following:
✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

If you don’t see a certain condition noted, you can assume that it doesn’t fulfill it’s criteria. None of the recipes are raw and, as the name suggests, none of them are nightshade free as they all require potatoes. (I usually indicate on my posts whether recipes are raw and nightshade free).

Let me know what you think of the list. 🙂

Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes with…

Almond Milk
Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes | happygut.ca

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 8
Main ingredients:
potatoes, almond milk, garlic

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Disclaimer: this my creation. 🙂 I wanted mashed potatoes and I had almond milk. I couldn’t find a vegan mashed potato recipe that called for almond milk so I created one myself. It was really yummy! See how to veganize this recipe with the instructions above. 

Get recipe here.

Coconut Milk
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | thevegan8.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | thevegan8

By The Vegan 8

Ingredients: 7
Main ingredients:
potatoes, coconut milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

Why this makes the cut: Coconut milk, which I love, sounds like it would make the mashed potatoes creamy and delicious. 

Olive Oil
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | wellvegan.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | wellvegan.com

By Well Vegan

Ingredients: 6
Main ingredients:
potatoes, olive oil, garlic

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: No (dairy free) milk? No problem. Got garlic? Great! These mashed potatoes with garlic and olive oil sound so appetizing! 

Get recipe here.

Vegan Butter
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | minimalistbaker.com
Mashed Potatoes | minimalistbaker

By Minimalist Baker

Ingredients: 6
Main ingredients:
potatoes, garlic, vegan butter

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Made without (dairy) milk and oil, these mashed potatoes have plenty of garlic and are topped with chives. YUM. 

Get recipe here.

Unique Basic Vegan Mashed Potatoes with…

Cauliflower
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | loveandlemons.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | loveandlemons.com

By Love and Lemons

Ingredients: 8-9
Main ingredients:
potatoes, cauliflower, garlic, olive oil

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: A great way to reduce the amount of potatoes in your mashed potatoes. 

Get recipe here.

Eggplant
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | blissfulbasil.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | blissfulbasil.com

By Blissful Basil

Ingredients: 8-9
Main ingredients:
potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, cashews

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: I love that the main ingredients in these mashed potatoes are eggplant, cauliflower and cashews! It sounds absolutely delectable! 

Get recipe here.

Navy Beans 
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | ohsheglows.com
Vegan Mashed Potatoes | ohsheglows.com

By Oh She Glows

Ingredients: 8-9
Main ingredients:
potatoes, navy beans, vegan butter

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Protein rich mashed potatoes that you can eat as the main meal instead of the side. 

Get recipe here.

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Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe – 6 Options

Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe

I call this one the best vegan gravy ever recipe. Why “the best gravy recipe ever”, you ask? I searched for the cleanest vegan gravy recipes online that I came across many on different blogs. I picked out the ones that were (mostly) made from whole foods, with ingredients you would likely find in your pantry. I also curated the recipes based on some dietary restrictions.

I’ve indicated whether the recipes are the following:
✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Raw
✓ Nightshade free

If you don’t see a certain condition noted, you can assume that it doesn’t fulfill it’s criteria.

I’ve separated the vegan gravy recipes between those recipes that use mushrooms and those that don’t (some people love mushrooms while others don’t 🙂 ) . Do let me know what you think of my list and what improvements can be made. 🙂

Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe With Mushrooms 

Gravy with Flour & Veggie Broth
Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe
Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe | happygut.ca

By HappyGut

Filling ingredients: 10
Main ingredients: mushrooms, rice flour, veggie broth, nutritional yeast

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:Full disclaimer, this is my recipe and, its delicious, if I don’t say so myself. 🙂

Get recipe here.

Gravy with Flour & Almond Milk
Vegan Gravy | minimalistbaker.com
Vegan Gravy | minimalistbaker.com

By Minimalist Baker

Filling ingredients: 10
Main ingredients: mushrooms, almond milk, veggie broth, flour

✓ Gluten free (*replace with gluten free flour)
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:This one sounds similar to my gravy, but sounds deliciously creamy with the addition of almond milk. 

Get recipe here.

Gravy with Veggie Broth
Vegan Gravy | vegkitchen.com
Vegan Gravy | vegkitchen.com

By Veg Kitchen

Filling ingredients: 6
Main ingredients:
mushrooms, veggie broth, nutritional yeast, arrowroot/cornstarch

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:With only 6 ingredients, this recipe sounds super quick and very appetizing. 

Get recipe here.

Best Vegan Gravy Ever Recipe Without Mushrooms 

Gravy with Tahini & Blackstrap Molasses
Vegan Gravy | ohsheglows.com
Vegan Gravy | ohsheglows.com

By Oh She Glows

Filling ingredients: 12
Main ingredients: veggie broth, nutritional yeast, tahini, balsamic vinegar, blackstrap molasses

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:With tahini and molasses (and garlic and mustard), this recipe is so unique and so enticing. 

Get recipe here.

Gravy with (Vegan) Butter & Flour
Vegan Gravy | kitchentreaty.com
Vegan Gravy | kitchentreaty.com

By Kitchen Treaty

Filling ingredients: 5
Main ingredients: (vegan) butter, flour, veggie broth

✓ Gluten free (*replace with gluten free flour)
✓ Vegan (*use vegan butter)
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut:With only 5 ingredients with ingredients you are likely to find in your kitchen, this recipe is very attractive! 

Get recipe here.

Gravy with Olive Oil & Marmite 
Vegan Gravy | themuffinmyth.com
Vegan Gravy | themuffinmyth.com

By The Muffin Myth

Filling ingredients: 8
Main ingredients: olive oil, flour, nutritional yeast, veggie broth

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this makes the cut: Another super simple recipe with marmite. You had me at marmite. 🙂 

Get recipe here.

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Mung Bean Salad Indian Style

Mung Bean Salad Indian Style

The mung bean salad indian style is so delicious and super quick. The perfect weekday meal with such few ingredients. I’m always looking for fast protein packed meals that are yummy. I basically used the same ingredients for my Quinoa Salad with Cilantro, Tomato, & Cucumber but with an indian twist.

I made this one with mung beans but feel free to use the beans of your choice. I try to use dry beans over canned beans when possible (for the advantages of using dried beans over canned beans see Dry Beans Vs. Canned Beans). The problem with using dry beans though is the soak time. Dry beans usually require 8-12 hours of soak time. I can sometimes bypass at least some of the soak time by using my pressure cooker. I often opt for mung beans as they require less soak time and they better for the tummy (see here for more info). Make sure to not overcook the beans, as even a few minutes too long will cause them to go mushy.

Mung Bean Salad Indian Style
Mung Bean Salad Indian Style | happygut.ca
Mung Bean Salad Indian Style
Mung Bean Salad Indian Style | happygut.ca

Ingredients for Mung Bean Salad Indian Style

  • 2 cups dry mung beans (or another type of beans, can also use 3 cans of beans)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • half a small red onion or 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1-2 fresh chillies chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Mung Bean Salad Indian Style

  1. For cooking dry beans: wash beans and soak overnight/8-12 hours (can soak for less time but just know that it will require more cooking time). Place beans in a pot or pressure cooker with 6 cups of water. If using a pressure cooker, cook beans for about 10-15 minutes, checking frequently. If using a regular pot, cook for 40-50 minutes, checking frequently.
  2. Combine cooked or canned beans with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Adjust spices to taste and enjoy 🙂
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Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Almond Milk

Vegan Mashed Potatoes Almond Milk

Vegan mashed potatoes with almond milk, so easy and yummy.

It was last Friday and I was supposed to go out to a friend’s house. I was planning on making a dessert and bring it over but, by the time I got my act together, all the grocery stores were closed. :S

In a slight panic, I opened my fridge and saw that it was pretty empty. Shoot.

But I did have potatoes and leftover gravy from my vegan lentil loaf with mushroom gravy that I had made a couple of days back. Aha! Mashed potatoes anyone? Not as exciting as dessert, I know, but maybe just as delicious?

I didn’t have much (vegan) butter to make a creamy texture so I added some olive oil and almond milk instead. The vegan mashed potatoes  almond milk recipe was born. 🙂

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients for Vegan Mashed Potatoes Almond Milk

  • 3 pounds (about 7-8 medium sized) golden potatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic + 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Vegan Mashed Potatoes Almond Milk

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place garlic cloves onto a sheet of foil paper and drizzle with the olive oil. Wrap up and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Place potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water add the salt and bring to a boil. Cook until you can poke them with a fork easily.
  4. Once the potatoes are cooked, remove the skin and add the roasted garlic + the remaining ingredients.
  5. Mash everything and enjoy!

Note: Be VERY careful is using a blender to mash the potatoes, you run the risk of making them glue-like. I know because I have made this mistake in the past. For more tips on how to make mashed potatoes see here.

 

 

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Buckwheat Flour Chapati / Roti

Buckwheat Flour Chapati

I’ve tried many gluten free chapati/roti variations and a buckwheat flour chapati works like a charm 🙂 This was a REALLY exciting find! It is a buckwheat roti that actually (okay almost) tastes like a regular chapati! AND super easy to make!

I am blessed to have 2 moms (the one that gave birth to me and my otha motha from another husbanda 🙂 ). Both have been very patient in helping me find traditional atta or wheat roti substitutes. The patience has paid off friends, and you get to reap the benefits! Sound to good to be true?! Try the buckwheat flour chapati for yourself and see 😉

You would basically make this as you make normal chapati with a few variations.

Makes: 6 small buckwheat flour chapatis

Ingredients for Buckwheat Flour Chapati

1 cup light buckwheat flour (make sure to use light if you can, it’s much easier to use and more tasty)
1 tbsp good quality oil (I use olive)
1/3 – 1/2 cup warm water
pinch of salt
Additional buckwheat flour– for rolling and dusting

Directions for Buckwheat Flour Chapati

1. Mix flour and salt
2. Add oil and mix until completely smooth
3. Add water a little at a time to form a soft dough ball. You’ll need to kneed dough while adding a small amount of water at time. For best results, cover the dough and let it settle for a few minutes.
4. Heat non-stick skillet or tava over medium heat.
5. Form small (about golf size) balls. Dip one ball into the buckwheat flour to coat.
6. Roll the flour with a rolling pin on a flat surface and form the closest to a circle you can 🙂
To avoid having the chapati stick to the service, keep sprinkling the buckwheat flour on the roti/counter surface.
7. Rub off any excess flour from the roti and place it onto the hot skillet/tava. When you see bubbles starting to form in the chapati, flip it (this takes a minute or so). Let it sit for another 10-20 seconds.
8. Place a grill over another stove top over high heat. Move the roti to the grill and let it expand. Flip and let the other side get light brown spots. Remove roti and coat with whatever your heart desires (butter, ghee, olive oil) 🙂

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