November ushers in a bounty of celebrations with friends and family as well as sharing and enjoying food from each other’s tables.
With a desire to create a new seasonal dish to share, I concocted a recipe using sweet dumpling squash. The orange-maple flavor compliments the mild taste of the sweet dumpling and makes this recipe a delicious side dish.
Maple-Orange Winter Squash (Vegan)
4 cups cooked and cubed sweet dumpling or other winter squash
1 cup (plus ¼ cup.) caned light coconut milk or coconut milk beverage
1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
1/8 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp. Cinnamon
3 tbsp. Pure maple syrup
1 tbsp. Coconut oil
2 tsp. Fresh grated organic orange zest
1) Cut the sweet dumpling squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and stringy membrane. Place the sliced squash in an oiled pan. Add four tbsp. of water.
2) Bake squash for 45 minutes at 375. Squash should be soft and almost cooked through. Remove from oven.
3) After the squash cools, peel off the skin with a sharp knife and cut into ¾ in. cubes.
(Anytime after step 1 through 3, cooked squash can be refrigerated for 1 or 2 days until ready to use)
4) In a sauce pan, add all the ingredients except the orange zest and 1/4 cup of the coconut milk. Cover the pan and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5) Remove from heat and add the orange zest. (The orange flavor is predominate in this dish so you may want to reserve a 1/2 tsp. of the zest use to adjust to your taste).
6) You can stop here if you like and serve the squash chunky style or add all the ingredients to a blender along with the remaining ¼ cup coconut milk and puree until smooth.
Transfer to a serving dish. If desired add additional maple syrup to taste. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream or toasted pecans.
Winter Squash is a good source of vitamin A, Vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.
Food For My Soul
Celebrating 95 years!
I have a lovely lady in my life who never fails to say how much she loves me and how much I mean to her.
My mother-in-law is a spunky woman with a sweet disposition and enthusiastic joy for life. She celebrated her 95th birthday this month!
Shirley is still as sharp as they come. She is taking classes at Saddleback College and she stays fit doing group fitness classes with her 100 year old friend! If you asked her what her secret is to her longevity and quality of life, she will tell you, “it’s LOVE.” My mother-in-law has a huge heart for people. With a fun loving spirit, she regularly walks up to strangers and engages them in conversation.
Mom frequently tells me how blessed she feels to have wonderful friends and family in her life. I am equally blessed to have such a terrific mother-in-law.
I am very grateful for this amazing woman and the beautiful family and extended family she created!
From my heart to yours, happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you all.
“The Lord is good to everyone; he is merciful to all he has made. Lord, everything you have made will praise you; those who belong to you will bless you… All living things look to you for food, and you give it to them at the right time.” – Psalm 145: 9, 10 & 15 (NCV)
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