With Thanksgiving looming around the corner, I have a serious centerpiece to offer you. Now, this was inspired by the Great Isa’s Seitan Roast, but is really only the same in that it’s stuffed, seitan and a roast. This roast, right here, is filled with quinoa and roasted vegetables, plus herbs that really give it that “stuffing” flavor.
Honestly, the recipe for that came from a happy accident a week or so ago. When I had some lady friends over for dinner, same night that I served the Smoky Pumpkin Bisque, I made roasted veggies atop savory quinoa as a dish and one of my friends said that it tasted like stuffing. Hmm.. I ate a few bites more, yup, it certainly did! That was when I thought to mix that all up and stuff it into a moist Seitan Roast.
Now, you can split the stuffing so that there is some as a side for your gluten-free friends, which would also make it easier for you to roll up the roast. Of course, I like to make things slightly harder for myself so I packed that baby full with all of it! Plus, I saved the remainder of the roll in the freezer so that I can thaw and bake it next week, when I go out to the desert for Thanksgiving.
As mentioned in my last post, I’ve been in Michigan for the past week and a half. It’s been a nice, family “vacation” but I was pretty busy the first half of it because I was finishing the Vegan Cuts Fall Harvest eBook! Just like the Summer Bash eBook, there is a mix of recipes and photos (done by me), as well as tips from some of your favorite bloggers. I changed up the design of this eBook and really love how it turned out, plus it’s free to download!
I plan on doing a photo recap of my trip in Michigan once I get home, but above is a quick look at some cool things from the Eastern Market in DT Detroit. Also, I just want to say that it’s so exciting to see vegan options in so many cities! Talking about how excited I am about each one probably makes me sound like a total goober to my friends and family here, but it just shows that veganism is becoming more and more mainstream (yay!). Another thing that I can’t stop talking about is how beautiful Autumn is here. I may or may not have taken a hundred pictures of trees.
So that I don’t spend all of my money trying out restaurants here, I’ve purchased a good amount of local produce (plus visited a WholeFoods, so sue me) and have been cooking pretty frequently. One of the easiest meals to make, without repurchasing all of your favorite pantry items, is stuffed squash. Grab some bulk quinoa, some veggies, Dried Italian Herb Mix and Tofurky Kielbasa, and you have yourself a solid meal!
Woo hoo! I’m super stoked on the great reception that “Born to Mac MoFo” has gotten. It has me excited to share these awesome Mac recipes with you, even if I might be scared that they won’t live up to your expectations. But hey, I feel as though I set a high standard for my recipes, and that means that I’m only sharing the best of the best with you!
So, one of the teaser photos that I posted in my introduction to Vegan MoFo was this terrific Smoky Mac and Cheese-stuffed Sweet Potato. To put it simply, it’s like a loaded baked potato but taken to a whole ‘nother crazy level; but, crazy in the best way possible.
In reality, you could use a Russet potato or Yukon, but the natural sweetness of the sweet potato goes perfectly with the chipotle flakes and smoky cheese sauce. Just talking about it is making my mouth water!
This is a fun dish, filled with some healthy ingredients like kale, corn and pumpkin. Talk about overdosing on Vitamin A! Feed this to your friends and family for a new twist on your standard baked potato.
This past weekend was pretty busy and had some awesome surprises; the main one being that my younger sister paid us a random visit by driving out from Phoenix (where she recently moved) and helping us put up Halloween decorations. She is, after all, queen of the fake spider webs (seriously). Not only that, we had a garage sale that went pretty well, considering the semi-drizzly weather and we may have put a couple of costumes on Duchess, the basset hound.
Not only that, I had an awesome guest post go up on the Vegan Woman! It’s all about recipes of great Spooky Sips for your next Halloween gathering. So, please, go check it out; especially the martini recipe (as picture below), doesn’t it look neat?
And here is Bandit with his eyes set on something very intently, but what? I have no idea. Isn’t he the cutest?!
Then, there’s poor Duchess, whose legs just aren’t long enough for this awesome Batman costume; but, maybe I can fix that for her. To say she was a fan of being dress up would be a gross exaggeration. ha ha
Lastly, I made a quick dinner last night with half of an acorn squash that was super simple, healthy and delicious. So, I’ll give you the rough recipe that serves two people.
Easy, healthy and delicious stuffed acorn squash with Mexican flair.
1 large Acorn Squash, Sliced in half with seeds scooped out
1-15oz. Can Pinto Beans
2 Tbsp. Red Onion, Diced
¼ Cup Green Onion, Diced
2 Small Roma Tomatoes, Diced
1 Cup (packed) Spinach, Arugula or Kale, chopped
1 tsp. Hot Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Place the acorn squash halves cutside-down in a large baking dish, poke a couple of holes in the rind with a fork and fill the baking dish ¼" high with water. Bake for 40 mins or until the squash softens.
In the meantime, toss the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl and let sit until the squash is done baking.
Once the squash is done, take it out of the oven and flip the halves over.
Carefully, pour the filling mixture inside of the halves, and they may overflow just a little.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for an additional 10-15 mins. Serve warm, and if you like, with more hot sauce!
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