Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash Vegetarian – 10 Recipes

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash Vegetarian

Baked stuffed acorn squash vegetarian, one of my personal favourites!

I love Fall, it is my third favourite season, after summer and spring. 🙂 Seriously though, Fall is amazing. I’ve lived in a few different parts of the world, and a couple of different provinces in Canada. What I’ve learned is that there are only a few places that that have a complete and beautiful fall. Fall is great because the weather is cold enough that you can wear a scarf (and who doesn’t love wearing scarfs?) but just warm enough that you can have a coffee (or in my case, a green tea) on a patio. The colours are absolutely breath-taking with bright reds, golden yellows, radiating oranges and sometimes even crimson purples. 🙂

Ever wondered why leaves change colour in Fall? Me too! This is why while writing this blog post I decided to call my genius 11 year old nephew, Faisal.

Here was our conversation:

Me: Hi Faisal, how’s it going?

Faisal: Good.

Me: I have a question for you, why do leaves change colour in Fall?

Faisal: Its because not enough chlorophyll gets through to the leaves and the other colour pigments take over.

Me: Why doesn’t enough chlorophyll get through?

Faisal: Because the days are shorter and there’s less sun.

Me: Oh, okay, that makes sense. Thanks Faisal!

Faisal: Okay bye!

Me: Bye!

My nephew Faisal is actually the smartest person I know!

So now you know why leaves change colour in the Fall. 🙂

Well, thank you chlorophyll for taking a backseat for a few months so that we can enjoy all the beauty that Fall has to offer. The beautiful changing leaf colours are my favourite thing about Fall. You want to know what my second favourite thing is? Acorn squash (see how I brought it back to the original theme of the blog post without you even noticing? Bam!). 🙂

Acorn squash is so cool! It actually looks like an acorn! Do you know of any other fruits that look like something that falls from a tree? I don’t!

Aside: I also learnt while writing this blog post that squash is a fruit and not a vegetable. Other sneaky vegetable lookalikes that are also fruit include avocado, pea pods, corn kernels, cucumbers, olives, peppers, pumpkin, and tomatoes.

Along with being a vegetable look-alike, acorn squash is also a good source of fiber and potassium, and has small amounts of vitamin B, C and magnesium.

Who would’ve thought this blog post would be so educational? I certainly didn’t when I started writing this post. 🙂

Though my love for acorn squash is all year round, it definitely intensifies in the winter.

My friend Zehra was coming over dinner and I knew I wanted to make something with acorn squash. After doing some quick googling, I decided to make a stuffed acorn squash as I’m a sucker for foods that can be used as bowls. 😛 Zehra is also a vegetarian (and has actually turned vegan, you go girl!) and so I was on a hunt  for a baked stuffed acorn squash vegetarian recipe. Though in the end I decided to come up with my own recipe (a warm quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash), I discovered many other delicious recipes that are on my to-make-soon-list.

Here is my curated list for the best recipes for baked acorn squash vegetarian. All of them are made with healthy whole foods with items you are (likely) to find in your kitchen already. They are all vegetarian, as the name implies, with many vegan options that will cater to all diets (I hope!).

You will find many gluten free, grain free, nut free, soy free and sugar free options. Let me know what you think of my baked stuffed acorn squash vegetarian list, and if you find any other recipes that I have missed!

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash Vegetarian
with Quinoa and…

Tofurky&
Leek
Stuffed Acorn Squash | veganyackattack.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | veganyackattack.com

By Veganyattack

Filling ingredients: 12
Main ingredients: quinoa, leek, broccolini, red pepper, tofurky

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this recipe rocks: An easy and fabulous protein rich meal with a novel way to use that Tofurky that’s been lying in your fridge. 

Get recipe here.

 

Almond &
Feta
Stuffed Acorn Squash | marinmamacooks.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | marinmamacooks.com

By Marin Mama Cooks

Filling ingredients: 9
Main ingredients: quinoa, parsley, feta, almonds

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Why this recipe rocks: The combination of parsley, almonds and red-wine vinegar sounds so very appetizing! 

Get recipe here.

Almond &
Raisin
Stuffed Acorn Quiona | init4thelongrun.com
Stuffed Acorn | init4thelongrun

By In It 4 The Long Run

Filling ingredients: 8
Main ingredients: quinoa, basil, raisins, almonds

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

Why this recipe rocks: Raisins and almonds as part of the main meal? Yes please!

 

Get recipe here.

Mushroom &
Cranberry
Squah Stuffed Quinoa | rhubarbarians.com
Squash Stuffed Quinoa | rhubarbarians.com

By Rhubarbians

Filling ingredients: 11
Main ingredients: brussels sprouts, mushrooms, cranberries, pecans

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

Why this recipe rocks: I’m all over any recipe that uses brussels sprouts and makes it sound amazing.  Though this is not an acorn squash, I couldn’t resist sharing the recipe! 

 

Get recipe here.

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash Vegetarian
with Quinoa and…

Chickpea & Cilantro
Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash
Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash | happygut.ca

By HappyGut

Filling ingredients: 14
Main ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, cilantro

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

Why this recipe rocks: Full disclaimer, this is my recipe. 🙂 If you like spicy and lemony, this one won’t disappoint.

Get recipe here.

Chickpea & Kale
Stuffed Acorn Squash | lesliedurso.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | lesliedurso.com

By Leslie Durso

Filling ingredients: 11
Main ingredients: kale, chickpeas, quinoa, apple, walnuts

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

Why this recipe rocks: Kale. This recipe has kale. Kale is awesome. Plus, it has apple and walnuts. A perfect fancy meal for entertaining. 

 

Get recipe here.

Black Bean & Avo
Acorn Stuffed Squash | loveandlemons.com
Acorn Stuffed Squash | loveandlemons.com

By Love and Lemons

Filling ingredients: 15
Main ingredients: quinoa, avocado, pepitas, black beans

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

Why this recipe rocks: With green chillies, cumin and coriander, I suspect this recipe will have a lovely indian-style flavour. I can’t wait to test it out!

 

Get recipe here.

Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash Vegetarian with 

Brown Rice & Black Bean
Stuffed Acorn Squash | thevietvegan.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | thevietvegan.com

By The Viet Vegan

Filling ingredients: 9
Main ingredients: brown rice, blacked beans

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

Why this recipe rocks: A super simple and yummy meal packed with protein. The perfect week-day meal. 

 

Get recipe here.

Zucchini & Bell Pepper
Stuffed Acorn Squash | detoxinista.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash |           detoxinista.com

By Detoxinista

Filling ingredients: 7
Main ingredients: zucchini, red onion, bell pepper

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

Why this recipe rocks: A simple grain free meal that makes for a great side meal. Or, throw in some protein (beans, lentils, tofu, etc.) to make a complete meal. 

 

Get recipe here.

Roasted Veggies & Kale
Stuffed Acorn Squash | panningtheglobe.com
Stuffed Acorn Squash | panningtheglobe.com

By Panning the Globe

Filling ingredients: 12
Main ingredients: brussels sprouts, bell peppers, onions, kale

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

Why this recipe rocks: A simple grain free meal with roasted veggies and molasses! A delightful side or add  in some protein (beans, lentils, tofu, etc.) to make a complete meal. 

 

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The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe – 13 Yummy Options

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe

In the search for the best vegan pumpkin pie recipe, I looked at many options on different blogs. Though, in the end, I decided to make my own version, I wanted to share those recipes that I had marked “to make soon.” I always like to have different meal options available depending on who I am cooking for. We have many different dietary needs in my family so I have to be very careful. I can have a vegan pumpkin pie made out of tofu, for example, but my nephew cannot. I’ve laid out the best vegan pumpkin pie recipes I came across and their corresponding diet details. Let me know if you find this helpful.

You’ll find recipes that are gluten free, grain free, vegan, soy free, nut free, sugar free and raw. All of the recipes are nightshade free, as well.

The number of ingredients and main items listed are for the pie fillings only and not the crust.

For more allergy friendly options, check out my options for a gluten free dairy free pie crust and a vegan whipped cream recipe.

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe with…

Coconut Milk
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe Coconut Milk
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe Coconut Milk | HappyGut.ca

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
pumpkin puree, sugar, coconut milk

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

Why this makes the cut: Full disclaimer, this is my recipe. 🙂 I created it because I couldn’t find another pie that was vegan with coconut milk. It came out absolutely delicious. 

Get recipe here.

Almond Milk
Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie | minimalistbaker.com
Vegan Pumpkin Pie | minimalistbaker

By Minimalist Baker

Ingredients: 8
Main items:
pumpkin puree, maple syrup, brown sugar, almond milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free

Why this makes the cut: Made with almond milk, this recipe is so simple (as the name suggests) and sounds so delectable. 

Get recipe here.

Cashews
Vegan Pumpkin Pie From Scratch | HealthyHappyLife.com
Vegan Pumpkin | HealthyHappyLife.com

By Healthy Happy Life

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
squash/pumpkin, vegan cream cheese, cashews, maple syrup

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*contains maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: The sounds of cashews in pumpkin pie just makes my mouth water.  

Get recipe here.

Oats
chocolatecoveredkatie.com
chocolatecoveredkatie.com

By Chocolate Covered Katie

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
pumpkin/
sweet potato puree, coconut milk, rolled oats

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

Why this makes the cut: I like that this recipe has oats in it, I suspects that it will add a denser (more like “regular” vegan pumpkin pie) texture.  

Get recipe here.

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe NO BAKE with…

 Almond/Dairy  Milk
No Bake Pumpkin Pie | Minimalist Baker
No Bake Pumpkin Pie | Minimalist Baker

By Minimalist Baker

Ingredients: 7
Main items:
pumpkin puree, cornstarch, sugar, dairy free milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan (*recommends almond or dairy milk)
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free (*recommends almond or dairy milk)
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: If you dig your no bake pies, this one will not disappoint. The recipe recommends almond or dairy milk, so choose whichever you have handy! 

Get recipe here.

Coconut Milk
No Bake Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Milk | thespunkycoconut.com
No Bake Pumpkin Pie | thespunkycoconut.com

By The Spunky Coconut

Ingredients: 9-10
Main items:
coconut milk, pumpkin puree, coconut sugar, vanilla stevia

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: Another no bake pie with coconut milk. If you can’t have nuts or dairy, this is a great option! 

Get recipe here.

Chocolate
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie | Chocolate Covered Katie
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie | Chocolate Covered Katie

By Chocolate Covered Katie

Ingredients: 6
Main items:
pumpkin puree, cocoa powder, chocolate chips

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: This one has chocolate. Need I say more? 

Get recipe here.

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe NO BAKE with…

Banana
Pumpkin Pie No Bake with Banana | rawrevive.com
Pumpkin Pie No Bake with Banana | rawrevive.com

By Raw Revive

Ingredients: 8
Main items:
pumpkin, dates, banana, almond milk

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

Why this makes the cut: No guilt, sugar free pumpkin pie naturally sweetened with banana. Yay! 

Get recipe here.

Shredded Pumpkin
Pumpkin Pie No Bake with Shredded Pumpkin | blog.fablunch.com
Pumpkin Pie No Bake | blog.fablunch.com

By Fablunch

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
shredded pumpkin/squash, coconut milk, dates

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*calls for maple syrup or another sweetener)
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: Another no bake sugar free option sweetened with dates and maple syrup.

Get recipe here.

Spiced & Salted
Spiced & Salted Pumpkin Mini Pies | mynewroots.org
Spiced & Salted Pumpkin Mini Pies | mynewroots.org

By My New Roots

Ingredients: 11
Main items:
pumpkin puree, sugar, arrowroot powder

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

Why this makes the cut: I’ll take sugar and spiced anything any day! 

Get recipe here.

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe with TOFU and…

Chocolate
Chocolate Vegan Pumpkin Pie | heendlessmeal.com
Chocolate Vegan Pumpkin Pie | theendlessmeal.com

By The Endless Meal

Ingredients: 9
Main items:
pumpkin puree, brown sugar, tofu, chocolate chips

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: Another chocolate recipe. You can NEVER have too much chocolate. 🙂 

Get recipe here.

Baked Pumpkin/Squash
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie | vegkitchen.com

By VegKitchen

Ingredients: 6
Main item:
baked squash/pumpkin, tofu, sugar

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: Another simple tofu recipe with only 6 ingredients! 

Get recipe here.

Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin PIe with Tofu & Pureed Pumpkin | aroundmyfamilytable.com
Vegan Pumpkin Pie | aroundmyfamilytable.com

By Around My Family Table

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
pumpkin puree, tofu, sugar

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: In case you can’t have nuts and coconut, here is a simple recipe made with tofu. 

Get recipe here.

 

 

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Pie Crust – 8 Easy Recipes!

I searched far and wide for an amazing gluten free dairy free pie crust. It turns out there’s many of them! I’ve narrowed it down to 10 gluten free dairy free pie crust recipes. I choose those that I thought were cleanest (i.e. recipes made out of whole foods with ingredients that you would have in your pantry), had the fewest ingredients and that seemed the easiest to make.

They all look superb though the only one I have personally tried is Elana’s. I’d love to hear back about which gluten free dairy free pie crust recipe you choose and why 🙂

I’ve identified if the following recipes are:

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

If you don’t see any of those noted, you can assume that it doesn’t fulfill the criteria.

All of these gluten free dairy free pie crust recipes are nightshade free. 🙂

Check out my recipe for the best vegan pumpkin pie recipe and my vegan whipped cream recipe.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pie Crust with…

Chia
Paleo Vegan Pie Crust | Janeshealthykitchen.com
Paleo Vegan Pie Crust | Janeshealthykitchen.com

By Jane’s Health Kitchen

Number of ingredients: 7
Main ingredients: chia seeds, arrowroot powder, coconut

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*contains honey/sweetener)

Why this makes the cut: It’s grain free and vegan (not an easy find) with chia seeds! 

Get recipe here.

 

Almond Flour & Egg
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe Coconut Milk
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe Coconut Milk | HappyGut.ca

By Elana’s Pantry

Number of ingredients: 4
Main ingredients: almond flour, coconut oil, egg

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

Why this makes the cut: Though not vegan, it is grain free and super delicious (I know because I tried it). 

Get recipe here.

Sweet Potato
By Food.com

Number of ingredients: 5
Main ingredients: sweet potato, rice flour

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

Why this makes the cut: I thought this one was quite unique with sweet potato. 

Get recipe here.

Chickpea Flour
By Meghan Telpner

Number of ingredients: 10
Main ingredients: rice flour, chickpea flour, arrowroot starch

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

Why this makes the cut: Protein rich, with chickpea flour, and made with buckwheat flour this crust seems to very similar to “normal” pie crust in it’s texture. 

Get recipe here.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pie Crust No Bake with…

Oats
No-Bake-Pie-Crust | Minimalistbaker.com
No-Bake-Pie-Crust | Minimalistbaker.com

By Minimalist Baker

Number of ingredients: 4
Main ingredients: dates, nuts, oats

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Raw
✓ Sugar free (*has dates)

Why this makes the cut: Ultra simple and delicious with dates, nuts and oats. 

Get recipe here.

Almond Flour
Gluten Free Pie Crust | chocolatecoveredkatie.com
Gluten Free Pie Crust | chocolatecoveredkatie.com

By Chocolate Covered Katie

Number of ingredients: 5
Main ingredients: almond flour, coconut oil

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*maple syrup is optional)

Why this makes the cut: This is one is packed with protein (almond flour) and has the option to be completely sugar free. 

Get recipe here.

 

Pecan Butter
By Real Food Forager

Number of ingredients: 5
Main ingredients: pecan butter, coconut flour, coconut oil

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

Why this makes the cut: Made with pecan butter, coconut oil and honey, this ones sounds so delicious! 

Get recipe here.

Coconut Flour & Egg
By Coconut Mama

Number of ingredients: 5
Main ingredients: coconut oil, coconut flour

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Dairy free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*contains honey)
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: Though not vegan, this is a nut free and grain free crust made with coconut flour (instead of the more commonly used almond flour). 

Get recipe here.

 

 

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Vegan Whipped Cream Recipe – 5 Options

Vegan Whipped Cream Recipe | HappyGut.ca

You know what’s better than a whipped cream recipe? A vegan whipped cream recipe. And, you know what’s better than a vegan whipped cream recipe?

Options for easy vegan whipped cream recipes 🙂

I initially started my search for a vegan whipped cream recipe with coconut but didn’t know that there were so many options out there! Coconut is the norm for a vegan whipped cream recipe but I also came across recipes with almonds, cashews and tofu. You should be able to find a vegan whipped cream recipe that caters to your dietary needs / preferences.

Note that the only vegan whipped cream recipe I have tried has been with coconut. That worked well, but I haven’t personally tried the other variations. Let me know how it goes on your end! 🙂

Vegan Whipped Cream Recipe with…

Coconut Milk
Coconut Cream | Minimalist Baker
Coconut Cream | Minimalist Baker

By Minimalist Baker

Number of ingredients: 2-3
Main ingredients: coconut milk, icing/powdered sugar

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: This seems like the perfect vegan whipped cream. 

Get recipe here

Coconut Milk & Sugar Free
Coconut Whipped Cream | ohsheglows.com
Coconut Whipped Cream | ohsheglows.com

By Oh She Glows

Number of ingredients: 1-2
Main ingredients: coconut milk

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*calls for any sweetener)
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: This one is also perfect but with a sugar free option! 

Get recipe here

Vegan Whipped Cream Recipe with…

Cashews
Vanilla Cashew Cream
Vanilla Cashew Cream | healthyblenderrecipes.com

By Healthy Blender Recipes

Number of ingredients: 5
Main ingredients: cashews, maple syrup

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Raw

Why this makes the cut: This creamy whipped cream seems perfect for cake and other baked goods! 

Get recipe here

Almond Milk
Almond-Milk-Whipped-Cream
Almond-Milk-Whipped-Cream | thecookiewriter.com

By The Cookie Writer

Number of ingredients: 5
Main ingredients: almond milk, xanthan gum, cornstarch

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free

Why this makes the cut: Most people (vegans), are lovers of almond milk. This one has almond milk! 

Get recipe here

Vegan Whipped Cream Recipe with Tofu

by food.com

Number of ingredients: 8
Main ingredients: tofu, oil/vegan butter, maple syrup

✓ Vegan
✓ Raw
✓ Nut free
✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Sugar free (*calls for honey/maple syrup/sugar)


Why this makes the cut
: Need a coconut and nut free option? Here ya go! 

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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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Vegan Lentil Loaf With Mushroom Gravy

Vegan Lentil Loaf With Mushroom Gravy

This vegan lentil loaf with mushroom gravy, definitely a keeper! This recipe is so quick and delicious, I want to make it again and again. 🙂

I originally made this for my friend Fatima who came over for dinner (who also happens to be on the anti-inflammatory diet, yay for anti-inflammatory friends!).

Note: if you are using a pressure cooker to cook the dry lentils, be careful! (I have a pressure cooker which I use to cook most of my dry beans, along with anything else that can be made in a pressure cooker) Unlike a regular pot that you can keep an eye on as your stuff cooks, pressure cookers cook super fast. Err on the side of caution and keep checking the lentils frequently. Overcooking them by even a couple of minutes can make them too soft to work in a lentil loaf. I know this by many mistakes. 🙂

I served the this vegan lentil loaf with mushroom gravy with a side of steamed kale

Vegan Lentil Loaf With Mushroom Gravy
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Serves 4-5

Ingredients for Vegan Lentil Loaf With Mushroom Gravy

Lentil Loaf
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 3 cups cooked lentils
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice (or a brown rice and wild rice combination)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dry gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia + 6 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • salt & pepper to taste
Mushroom Gravy
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup rice flour (or any other gluten free flour you have handy)
  • 4 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 4 tbsp braggs amino or soy sauce
  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • 6-8 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper sage
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions for Vegan Lentil Loaf With Mushroom Gravy

Lentil Loaf
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Chop onion and celery finely, and crush the garlic clove.
  3. Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat and saute the onion, garlic and celery until the onion is translucent
  4. Add the sage and cumin.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  6. Oil loaf pan and fill the with the mixture.
  7. Press down and cover with foil paper.
  8. Bake 30 minutes covered, 10 minutes uncovered. Let stand for another 30-40 minutes before cutting and serving (I found that it took a while for loaf to settle and get hard enough).
Mushroom Gravy
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add garlic and onions and saute until the onions get translucent.
  • Add all the ingredients except for the spices and stir continuously until you a thick sauce is formed (you’ll have to stir very quickly to ensure there are no lumps)
  • Add spices and continue to stir
  • Add more gluten free flour to adjust the thickness
  • Adjust the spices to taste
  • Serve and enjoy

 

 

 

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Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Warm quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash…sigh…it’s recipes like these that make fall even sweeter. 🙂

I love walking down the street on a beautiful fall day, picking up my fruits and veggies and bringing them home to cook. This was one of those wonderful days.

I had a friend come over and wanted to try something new. I bought butternut squash and had no idea what to do with it. I was thinking about making squash spaghetti but go lazy. 😛 I still wanted to use the squash but wanted an easy, warm and yummy dish. Quinoa is always a good and quick option. It takes me about 10 minutes to make (I have a pressure cooker) and is so versatile that it goes with just about anything.

In the end, I decided to make a warm quinoa salad with roasted butternut squash.

The result: amazing!

Ingredients for Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

  • 1 squash (I used acorn, but you can choose your fancy)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1.5 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (or any other bean)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp each olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds (or any other nut), chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • fresh chopped mint for garnish
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions for Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

  1.  Preheat oven to 400F.
  2.  Cut squash in half, remove seeds and bake for about 25 minutes.
  3. Wash and cook quinoa in veggie broth
  4. Add all ingredients to the cooked quinoa and toss together
  5. Place quinoa mixture into the squash “bowl”
  6.  Enjoy with your favourite side of greens

For a video of another acorn squash recipe (which is also pretty entertaining), this out.

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Best Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

Best Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

This is the best butternut squash soup with coconut milk. How dare I make such a claim, you ask? Let me explain.

You see after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease back in 2010 butternut squash soups were one of my go-to anti inflammatory meals. Irfan, my partner, first made this soup for me as part of my first birthday post Crohn’s. I had only been diagnosed a couple of months back and was still very new to the world of anti inflammatory food. It was a pretty gloomy time to be honest. Though I accepted my the life change to cleaner and anti inflammatory foods, I had, out of ignorance, also believed that I would sacrifice taste.

Lucky for me, I was so very wrong. So very incredibly wrong.

Irfan made an amazing spread of the perfect anti inflammatory birthday meal. It was complete with a veggie burger, sweet potato fries, cake and this recipe for the best butternut squash soup with coconut milk.

I think this was my favourite part of the meal! I have since made this soup so many times and it is always a hit!

Sometimes, when I go on an anti candida cleanse, I am not able to have coconut. This is why you will also find a recipe for butternut squash soup without coconut on this blog. 🙂

I’ve tried many variations but always come back to this recipe. This recipe for the best butternut squash soup with coconut milk comes from Gluten Free Goddess. I follow the recipe almost exactly with the only variation being adding a full can of coconut milk and using maple syrup.

You can find the full recipe here.

Let me know if you try it and how it is! Also, do share any of your own recipes as well. 🙂

 

 

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