Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Harvest Feast!

Every fall I get over the moon excited about the fall bounty of veggie goodness in and around Massachusetts.  From apples to pumpkins to winter kale overfilling the farm stands my mind is racing with the many many possibilities of how to cook them!

This past week I decided to cook up a vegetarian dish (I actually think this was a vegan meal) to use up the abundance of produce we had at the apartment.  Roasted squash with wilted greens.  It doesn't sound that enticing but the mix of flavors and textures made this healthy meal insanely delicious!!!  The smells of apple, cinnamon and roasting veggies alone wafting through the apartment  where crave worthy enough!

Acorn Squash

Winter Squash

A bit of earth balance, cinnamon, nutmeg and cumin
While the squash is roasting (350 for about 50 minutes) I cooked down an onion, garlic and apple in a mix of coconut oil and earth balance.  For spices I added a bit tumeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and chili powder.

Once softened I added a 1/2cup of apple cider vinegar and a 1/4 cup of water along with a giant bunch of chopped kale and bok choy.  I also added one can of rinse blacked beans.
Cover and let wilt for about 10 minutes.  This makes for an amazing wilted greens dish that you can serve on the side of a meal or like me, make it your main attraction!  The protein from the beans is a good replacement for meat, but feel free to add in chicken or pork to this.  (Pork would be AMAZING!)

Once the squash is nice and soft and oozing with buttery cinnamon heaven take it out and let it cool for about 5 minutes (Seriously, otherwise you WILL burn the roof of your mouth!)

Plate your creation, pour yourself a nice glass of fizzy water or cocktail and dig in!!!
I would be lying to you if I said I did't end up picking up the squash and used my teeth to get every bit of sweet squash off the shell!  It was soo tasty and filling.

Any leftover squash can be used the next morning in oatmeal or at lunch with meat.  But I can't imagine that you will!

How are you enjoying the fall harvest?