Showing posts from March, 2020

Chili Garlic Acorn Squash with Risotto

Risotto is one of my go-to dinners. It's so easy, very pantry friendly, and can take on different lives based on what you pair it with and what flavors you choose to explore. We had an acorn squash just waiting to be roasted into gorgeous tender slices, and when paired with a creamy bowl of risotto -- voila!-- a meal is born.

The risotto is so rich and heavy so I chose to balance that out by flavoring the squash with sharp spices like chili and garlic. You could also choose to mix up the textures by adding a crispy element such as croutons or veggie bacon bits (we didn't have any on hand this time, but I'm sure that would've made it even more delicious).

You could serve this squash with lots of other hearty grains, such as farro, barley, or rice. And especially with the punchy and aromatic spices, it's such an easy way to liven up an everyday meal. Enjoy!

1 acorn squash
olive oil
chili powder
garlic powder

1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 cup sliced mushr…

Lentil and Mushroom Stew

This recipe is basically Minimalist Baker's Lentil Mushroom Stew Over Mashed Potatoes, so I give full credit to them for this delicious stew; I just added minced garlic and diced carrots because I had carrots that were going to go bad if I didn't use them. I thought this hearty stew would be a great filling dinner during this time of quarantine, and I was right!

We are trying to make the most of our produce and have focused on long-lasting options like mushrooms and potatoes, and on dried beans and lentils for our protein sources. This stew is the perfect combination of these pantry staples and had lots of deep flavor + umami. Our taste buds were very happy!

I did a quick version of vegan mashed potatoes by peeling, chopping, and boiling two Russet potatoes, then mashing them with some almond milk and vegan butter until smooth and fluffy. It made for an easy and creamy base that absorbed all the yummy juices of the chunky stew.

It takes about 10-15 minutes of prep and 20-25 m…