Spicy Chickpea Stew

1 med butternut squash (or sweet potato), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 pieces
3 tbsp olive oil
salt
black pepper
2 med onions, diced
8 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 c parsley stems, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp toasted ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
3 med carrots, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 c. chickpea cooking liquid (or water)
1 28oz can crused tomatoes
2 1/2 c cooked chickpeas
3-4 tsp Harissa (Tunisian hot pepper paste - to taste)
1/2 c chopped parsley leaves

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add squash. Add 1 1/2 tbsp oil, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt, and a pinch of pepper and toss well. Spread out in a single layer and roast for 30 min. Stir and continue roasting for another 15 min or until browning and cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside.  Warm remaining oil in a large pot over med. heat. Add onions and saute ~5min. Stir in garlic and saute ~3min. Add parsley stems, cumin, paprika, and 1/2 tsp salt and cook ~2min. Stir in carrots, and liquid and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer ~12 min. Add tomatoes and chickpeas. Raise heat, bring to simmer, re-cover pot, reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 min. Stir in Harissa and parsley leaves, and roasted squash - simmer uncovered for another ~4 min. Season to taste and serve warm over quinoa or rice.

From 'At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen' by  Amy Chaplin

Glazed Sweet Potatoes

PREHEAT oven to 400F.

PEEL and CHOP into large chunks: 3 large sweet potatoes

GREASE a baking dish, place sweet potatoes in dish, cover and bakd 35 - 45 minutes or until just starting to get soft.

MIX:

1/4 cup water, 2 Tablespoons brown or maple sugar, 3 Tablespoons tamari/soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons mirin, 1 Tablespoon tasted sesame oil, 1 Tablespoon minced garlic and POUR on top of precooked sweet potatoes.

PLACE sweet potatoes back in oven and cook for 10 - 15 minutes more.

ROAST or TOAST 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds. Sprinkle on top when potatoes are cooked.

Peanut Stew with Winter Vegetables & Cornbread Dumplings

Stew:
1 tbsp peanut oil
1 c diced onions
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tspn cayenne
1/2 tspn sea salt
1 tbsp minced ginger
2 lg cloves garlic
2 c diced white potatoes
1/2 c diced carrots
1/2 c diced parsnips
2 c diced sweet potatoes
3 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp tomato paste
5 c veg stock
white pepper
1/4 c flat leaf parsley

Dumplings:
1/2 c ww pastry flour
1/2 c cornmeal
2 tbsp thyme
2 tspn flaxseeds
1.5 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn sea salt
3 tbsp soymilk
1 tbsp olive oil

Warm the oil in a lg sauce pan over med heat. Add onions, paprika, cayenne, and salt and saute til soft. Add ginger, garlic, and vegetables and saute until soft ~7min. Decrease  to med. low. Put the peanut butter, tomato paste, and 2 c of stock in blender and mix til smooth. Pour into sauce pan and stir in remaining stock. Bring to simmer, partially cover, and cook ~ 30 min.

For dumplings, put 5 c water in med saucepan and bring to boil. Sift flour, cornmeal, thyme, flax, baking powder, and salt into med bowl and stir with a whisk until blended. Make a well in center, ad soy milk and oil, and stir until it forms a batter. Lower heat of water and maintain slow simmer. With soup spoon, drop tbsp into water, waiting 15 sec between dollops. When batter is used up, cover and simmer until dumplings are puffed (~10 min). Using a slotted spoon, transfer dumplings to a plate. Serve each bowl of stew with a few dumplings on top and garnish with parsley. 

From my daughter Anna, who got it from the Afro Vegan cookbook by Bryant Terry and wowed us with it over the holidays!

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato (or butternut squash) Pie

Crust:
1/2 cup pecans
1 c teff flour
1/3 c coconut oil
1/3 c coconut sugar
¼ c water or syrup
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp chia seeds
½ teaspoon salt

Pie Filling
1 c water
½ c coconut manna
3 tbsp chia seeds
2 c cooked potato or squash
1/3 c coconut sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tspn cinnamon
1 tspn powdered ginger
1/2 tspn nutmeg
1/2 tspn salt
1/4 tspn ground cloves
¼ c pecans

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Crust: Mix the water, manna and chia seeds in a 2-c measuring cup. Oil a 9" pie pan with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Grind pecans in a food processor. Mix in large bowl with the teff flour, the rest of the oil, sugar, water, chia, vanilla and salt. Transfer the dough to the pie pan and press it out over the bottom and sides of pan. Poke a few holes with a fork. Bake for ~10 min. Filling: Place all the ingred. except pecans in a processor and puree until smooth. Pour into the pie crust. Decorate with pecans and bake for 5-10 min (pie filling golden brown). Remove from oven and let sit for an hour to cool. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled.

From our shareholder Leslie Cerier, the Organic Gourmet. She has lots of other great ideas on her website: http://www.lesliecerier.com/

Curry Sweet Potato Fries

1 onion, cut into half-circles
3 lg sweet potato
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp warm coconut oil
2 tspn lemon juice
4 tspn apple cider vinegar
fresh cilantro, chopped

Spice Mix
1 tbsp cumin
1 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn smoked paprika
(reg is ok too)
1/2 tspn hot cayenne
1/2 tspn ginger
1/2 tspn salt

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 2 baking dishes with coconut oil. Chop the potatoes into thin, long fries.  Toss them together with garlic and onion.  Evenly distribute on both dishes. Whisk together coconut oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar.  Pour on the fries. Distribute the spice mixture over the fries.  Use your hands to mix in the seasoning. Bake for 25-30 min.  Toss the fries halfway through with spatula. Garnish with cilantro. Makes about 12 servings

From Archerfriendly - http://www.archerfriendly.com/2010/02/curry-root-fries

Super Sweet Roasted Vegetables

5 cloves garlic, thickly sliced
2 ½ cups peeled and sliced sweet potatoes
2 cups parsnips (or carrots), sliced
2 cups beets, sliced
1 cup onions (or leeks), sliced
4 tablespoons Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
1 ½ teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix together. Transfer to a covered baking dish and bake for 1 hour for soft and sweet vegetables

By (our shareholder) Leslie Cerier - the organic gourmet - check out her website - http://www.lesliecerier.com/ - for loads of great recipes!

Pumpkin Pie


Basic Pie Dough (9-inch shell)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups pumpkin (or sweet potato) puree
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk or heavy cream
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat the oven to 450 F.  In a large bowl, beat together the pumpkin puree and eggs. Add the evaporated milk and sugar then the salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Beat until the mixture is smooth. Pour into the pie shell and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 F and continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes, until the filling is almost set; a sharp knife will come out almost clean. The center of the pie should not be completely firm.

This is straight from Karen's Kitchen, where, if you're lucky enough to be there at the right time, you are rewarded with this gem!

Sweet Potato Cakes


1 3/4 lbs sweets, peel & cut in lg pcs
2 tsp. butter or coconut oil
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 c unbleached all purpose flour
1 egg, well whisked
yogurt sauce
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro or basil
pinch of salt and pepper

Steam the potatoes until tender. Cool. Warm the butter and saute the onion ~ 4 min. Cool. Blend the yogurt sauce ingredients in a food processor. Set aside. Transfer potatoes to a bowl and mix them with the tamari, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and flour to combine. Add the onion and egg and mix. Add butter to a pan and warm over med high heat. Make small, two tbsn patties and drop them into the hot pan, pressing down to flatten. Cook until well browned on each side, about 7-8 minutes. Remove to a paper toweled lined plate. Serve with some lightly dressed greens and a generous portion of the sauce. These would be so wonderful with a poached egg on top.

adapted from Yotam Ottelenghi's Plenty

Soup-ed Up Sweet Potato Soup

For soup:

   1 med onion (diced)
   2 med carrots (diced)
   2 med sweet potatoes (or equivalent,             chopped into 1/2 in chunks)
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp ground coriander
    1/2 tsp turmeric
    pinch chili flakes
    2.5 c vegetable stock
    2 Tbsp tahini
    1 Tbsp lime juice (more to taste)

For sesame brittle:

    1/2 c sesame seeds
    1 Tbsp maple syrup
    1 tsp soy sauce
    1/2 tsp olive oil

For tahini drizzle:

    2 Tbsp tahini
    1 Tbsp lime juice
    1 Tbsp water
    1 tsp maple syrup
    pinch of salt

Instructions

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan. Add the onion, carrots and a pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes until soft.

    Add the spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the sweet potato and stir to coat in the spices.

    Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, place the lid on the pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender.

    Add the tahini and lime juice and blend until smooth, adding up to another 1/2 cup of water or stock if needed to achieve the consistency you like. Season to taste.

    Serve topped with sesame brittle and tahini drizzle. Sprinkle with a pinch of chilli flakes and some finely chopped parsley, if liked.

For the sesame brittle

    Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F.
    Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with a non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden. Leave to cool and then break into shards to serve.

For the tahini drizzle

    Put all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to combine.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes enough for 2 large or 3 smaller bowls of soup. Easily doubled 

 

This recipe is from Eat Love Eat, via Karen's kitchen!
 

 

Root Vegetable Gratin

Root Vegetable Gratin

1 onion, sliced
2 cups fennel,
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 lbs mix of sweet potato, potato, celeriac
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups chicken or veg stock
2 cups grated gruyere cheese
2 tsp thyme
2 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
2 to 3 Tbsp melted butter

Peel and slice veggies 1/4" thick. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter a deep baking dish. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat and add the onions and fennel. Sautee about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook one more minute. Combine mixture with remaining vegetables, cream, stock, cheese, thyme, 1 Tbsp kosher salt and 1 1/2 tsp black pepper. Pour into baking dish. Mix breadcrumbs and butter and distribute over top of dish. Bake 1 1/2 hours uncovered, til very tender when tested with a knife. Let set 15 min and serve!

I made this for a meal train for friends who recently had a baby, and it was a big hit. Recipe and photo from Smitten Kitchen blog.

Harvest Dinner Stuffed Winter Squash

Preheat the oven to 375. Halve butternuts and scoop out the seeds. Eye the squash to decide the amount of stuffing you will need. Place in a baking dish, skin side down, and cover with foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes until still firm, but starting to soften. Meanwhile….

Either use leftover whole grains or cook some up fresh. My preference is a mix of wild  or purple rice and brown rice, but I have used barley, whole grain wheat, rye and millet. 

Sauté leeks or onions, garlic and a mix of vegetables (all cut up fine) in olive oil. My preference is carrots, sweet potatoes and kale with a smaller amount of rutabaga, celeriac and turnip. Mix in a cheese of choice. Feta is delicious; soft, flavored goat cheese great. Mix in the grains. Add a smattering of unusual goodies like capers, dried cranberries, golden raisins or cherries. Add curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds on top.

Fill the squash and cover with foil. I have loaded the entire top of the baking dish when I’ve made too much filling and it has worked just fine. Cook until the squash is soft. Take the cover off and cook for 3-5 minutes more. 

This is from our own Karen Romanowski. It's the recipe she used to make the stuffed squash at our harvest dinner in November. (Karen Levine loved this one!!)  She says " it's a non-recipe recipe. The ingredients are very flexible, as are the amounts. Stuff any winter squash. Butternuts are great, but it’s been delicious in all varieties. It can be more grain-y or more vegetable-y, use whatever you have, just don’t forget a little curry powder."

Curry Root Fries

1 onion, cut into half-circles
2 med or 1 lg parsnip
1 sweet potato
1 turnip
1 rutabaga
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp warm coconut oil
2 tspn lemon juice
4 tspn apple cider vinegar
fresh cilantro, chopped

Spice Mix
1 tbsp cumin
1 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn smoked paprika
     (regular paprika is fine too)
1/2 tspn hot cayenne
1/2 tspn ginger
1/2 tspn salt

 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 2 baking dishes with coconut oil. Chop the roots into thin, long fries.  Toss the veggies together with garlic and onion.  Evenly distribute on both dishes. Whisk together coconut oil, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar.  Pour on the fries. Distribute the spice mixture over the fries.  Use your hands to mix in the seasoning. Bake for 25-30 min.  Toss the fries halfway through with spatula. Garnish with cilantro. Makes about 12 servings

From Archerfriendly - http://www.archerfriendly.com/2010/02/curry-root-fries

Tempeh Stew with Wine and Shiitake Mushrooms

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb tempeh, cut into ½” cubes
2 1/2 c water
1/2 c dry white wine
2 tbsp prepared mustard
8 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
2 c peeled and coarsely chopped sweet potatoes
1 ½ c peeled and coarsely chopped carrots
½ c peeled and coarsely chopped celeriac
1 ½ c trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts
½ c coarsely chopped onion
1 ½ tbsp miso
2 tspn dried thyme
1 ½ tspn dried sage
1 tspn dried rosemary

Heat the oil in a 6-qt stockpot over med heat. Add the tempeh and cook 5-10 min, ~ golden brown. Add the water, wine, and mustard to the pot, along with the shiitakes. Bury the shiitakes under the potatoes, roots, Brussels’, and onion. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low. Simmer covered ~ 20 min, or until veg are soft. Dissolve the miso in some of the hot broth, then add to the pot, along with the thyme, sage, and rosemary. Simmer another 5 min to blend the flavors.

From our shareholder Leslie Cerier - "the Organic Gourmet" who has a ton of great recipes on her website:
http://www.lesliecerier.com/recipes/

Tofu with Thai Curry Sauce

I love this recipe, originally from The Eating Well Diabetes Cookbook (2005). I use it with pretty much any vegetables and it never fails me. I add carrots or sweet potatoes, when available. Colored peppers do add a lot of pizazz though, so I usually wait until pepper season. 

Sauce:

1 cup coconut milk

2 - 4 T fresh, chopped cilantro

1 tsp red curry paste

1/2 tsp brown sugar or maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

Tofu and Veggies:

14 ounces firm or extra firm tofu

2 tsp olive oil

4 cups greens (kale, chard, spinach, tatsoi, arugula, etc)

1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, if available

Directions:

Mix sauce ingredients, except cilantro, together in a bowl. 

Drain tofu and pat dry. Cut into 1/2 inch slabs and coarsely pull into pieces. Heat oil on high and toss tofu in until edges are browning. Add sauce ingredients and stir. Add veggies and cook until just soft. If I am adding carrots or sweet potatoes, I add them first and cook for 5 minutes before adding the greens. I add peppers last, as I like them lightly cooked. Throw cilantro on top. Serve with a wedge of lime over rice.