Butternut Squash “Meatloaf” By: Jerry James Stone

This recipe just appeared in the latest Cotsco Magazine and it sounds delicious!!!!!

You can find more of his fabulous recipes here & here!!

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80’s in November! Indian Summer? And of course, a recipe I found!

 

7a012dd5d244761d0b1b20fcff687eccWHEN IS INDIAN SUMMER?

Here are criteria for an Indian summer:

  • As well as being warm, the atmosphere during Indian summer is hazy or smoky, there is no wind, the barometer is standing high, and the nights are clear and chilly.
  • A moving, cool, shallow polar air mass is converting into a deep, warm, stagnant anticyclone (high pressure) system, which has the effect of causing the haze and large swing in temperature between day and night.
  • The time of occurrence is important: The warm days must follow a spell of cold weather or a good hard frost.

The conditions described above must occur between St. Martin’s Day (November 11) and November 20. For over 200 years, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has adhered to the saying, “If All Saints’ (November 1) brings out winter, St. Martin’s brings out Indian summer.”

WHY IS IT CALLED INDIAN SUMMER?

Why is Indian summer called Indian summer? There are many theories. Some say it comes from the early Algonquian Native Americans, who believed that the condition was caused by a warm wind sent from the court of their southwestern god, Cautantowwit.

The most probable origin of the term, in our view, goes back to the very early settlers in New England. Each year they would welcome the arrival of a cold wintry weather in late October when they could leave their stockades unarmed. But then came a time when it would suddenly turn warm again, and the Native Americans would decide to have one more go at the settlers. “Indian summer,” the settlers called it. Watch a video from Editor-in-Chief Judson Hale about the origin of Indian Summer.

 

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INDIAN SUMMER APPLESAUCE

INGREDIENTS
4 quarts (1/2 peck) apples
3 or 4 purple plums, pitted
2 cups sugar
juice from 1/2 to 1 lemon, to taste
cinnamon
nutmeg
INSTRUCTIONS
Wash and quarter apples and plums. (No need to peel or core apples.) Place in a large pot and add 2 cups water. Cover and boil until apples are soft and the peels are falling off. Add sugar. Simmer another couple of minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Pour by small amounts into a food mill or other sieve, and press out the applesauce, discarding peels, seeds, and cores. Stir lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg into applesauce.
YIELD:
2 quarts

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac (of course 🍎)

 

 

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Slow Cooker Black Bean and Rice Soup

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This is the recipe, but I never use the exact amounts with any recipe. I use what I have available. For this I had less beans and tomatoes so I upped the amount of rice, added some canned carrots and just watched closely.

(makes 6 servings)

In small Crockpot, combine beans, tomatoes, vegetable stock, garlic, cumin, oregano, and Chile powder  Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or 3-4 hours on high), until tomatoes are disintegrating and beans are starting to fall apart.

When soup has reached the consistency you want, turn Crockpot to high if you were cooking on low. Add 1/4 cup rice and cook until rice is done, about 30 minutes.

Add kale or cilantro and cook 5 minutes more.  Serve hot!

Sweet & Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash By: Vegan Hugs

This vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash is sweet, savory, hearty and oh-so gorgeous! It’s gluten-free and packed with nutrition. Perfect for fall!

Ingredients

1 cup dry quinoa , cooked according to package instructions. (add a pinch of salt to the water)
3 acorn squash (medium-sized)
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (or preferred cooking oil)
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 large apple, diced
2 cups cremini mushrooms, cleaned and chopped (about 8 oz)
1/2 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste

Source & Instruction: Sweet & Savory Stuffed Acorn Squash (Vegan & GF) – Vegan Huggs

Because it’s Halloween, here’s a recipe for spicy curried pumpkin soup!

I love Halloween. It’s one of the best times of the year to me. I love seeing the creativity that can come from some of the costumes and the way people decorate their homes. I love scaring my…

Source: Because it’s Halloween, here’s a recipe for spicy curried pumpkin soup!

Pumpkin Risotto with Browned Butter and Sage

Right about now most of the jack-o-lanterns round here are looking like they need dentures.  The others have been nibbled at by various nocturnal creatures.  It’s not pretty. But I was able to put the little pumpkin that’s been decorating my kitchen counter to good use.  I made him into a delicious risotto. But first I roasted the seeds with olive oil and more of my special spice mix.  I told you that stuff would come in handy.  I roasted them at 350 for 15-20 minutes, checking and stirring every 5 minutes.  They came out extra crunchy […]

Source: Pumpkin Risotto with Browned Butter and Sage

Lentils and Squash Soup

Serves: 4 to 6

 Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 4 peeled carrots
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Garden of Life Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup red lentils (soaked overnight and rinsed)

Directions:

1. Chop carrots and onion.
2. Heat your pot very hot and toss in coconut oil, onions and a few dashes of salt. Cook onions for a few minutes until they are translucent.
3. Add the ginger, garlic, carrot and celery.
4. Sauté for a minute or two and then add the lentils, squash and the stock.
5. Cover the pot with a lid and let simmer for approximately 1 to 1½ hours, or until the soup is of a thick consistency and the vegetables are soft.

 

Source: Lentils and Squash Soup

The Perfect Butternut Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp butter (use olive oil for paleo)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and rough chopped
  • 26 oz box chicken stock (I use vegetable stock)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Recipe & Instructions here…: The Perfect Butternut Squash Soup

Spiced Cider and Potpourri

What’s more inviting than Spiced Cider on a cool fall day? This special recipe from Chef Gwen can also be used as an aromatic potpourri!

Serves: 8-10

Use Organic:

  • 1 apple cut in half
  • 1 orange peel only
  • 4 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 inch knob of ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 5 cups apple juice or 5 cups water

Directions:

For Spiced Cider:

  1. Place first 8 ingredients into a pot and then add the 5 cups of apple juice.
  2. Place pot on stove and turn stove to low setting.
  3. Bring to a low simmer for 20-to-30 minutes.
  4. Serve hot or chill and serve cold.

For Mulled Spiced Home Potpourri:

  1. Follow instructions above, but instead of using 5 cups of apple juice, use 5 cups of water.
  2. Let simmer for 1-to-2 hours and enjoy a beautiful warm aroma that fills your home.
  3. Add additional water as needed.

Recipe courtesy of Gwen Eager, Garden of Life Product Specialist and Certified RAW, Vegan Chef

Source & Additional Video: Spiced Cider and Potpourri

Spicy Fall Stew Baked in a Pumpkin

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Serves 2 w/leftovers

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, diced (1 cup)
2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch dice
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
1 tsp. chili powder, preferably New Mexican
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ lb. tomatillos, husked and quartered (1½ cups)
1 15-oz. can hominy, rinsed and drained
¾ tsp. salt
1 3- to 4-lb. pumpkin, either sugar pie, cheese, red kuri, kabocha, or buttercup squash
2 oz. grated sharp Cheddar cheese (½ cup packed)
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté 7 minutes, or until softened. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and oregano, and cook 3 minutes more, or until spices darken.

2. Add tomatillos, hominy, 1/2 cup water, and salt. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, partially covered, 10 to 12 minutes, or until tomatillos are softened. Uncover, and cook 5 minutes more to thicken stew, if necessary.

3. Meanwhile, cut top of pumpkin around stem to make lid. Scoop out pumpkin seeds and strings. Rub inside of pumpkin with remaining 1 Tbs. oil, and sprinkle generously with salt. Sprinkle cheese in bottom of pumpkin.

4. Fill pumpkin with stew, then top with pumpkin lid. Place on parchment-covered baking sheet and bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until pumpkin flesh is fork-tender. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.

5. Scoop stew, including pumpkin, into bowls and serve hot, topped with Poblano-Cucumber Salsa (Click here for recipe).

Source: Vegetarian Times