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Maybe everyone has had it with pumpkin? I hope not. This is not a cake-y, sweet and cinnamon-y pumpkin dessert - this is dinner. And it’s fast and easy. This sauce takes 10 minutes to make and will be satisfying and healthy for everyone. It’s a great way to spruce up a weeknight pasta dish.
- 4 Tbs margarine
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1-2 cups vegetable broth
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
Melt the margarine in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Let it cook for a minute. Add the yellow onion and toss in the margarine. Let cook about 3 minutes, the onions should be almost translucent and a lot softer than at the start.
Add the garlic and dried sage. Cook for 1-2 more minutes. Be careful not to let the garlic or sage burn.
Add the pumpkin puree and 1/2 cup vegetable broth. Stir or whisk very well so everything is creamy and the pumpkin isn’t clumpy. Continue adding vegetable broth in intervals until the sauce-like consistency is achieved. Once that consistency is achieved reduce heat to low and add the nutritional yeast, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Keep warm until your pasta is done and toss all ingredients together.
The weather has been amazing these last few weeks. I’m leaving this morning for a camping trip in the Adirondacks and go figure the forecast is rain rain rain. I can’t complain too much, we had a great weekend there while we were running.
Next week you can look forward to a campfire recipe post. The trick to campfire cooking is to keep it simple - so some of the “recipes” are more like ideas of how to make your simple food interesting. I realize many people are done camping for the year, but just in case there are some crazies like me I figured I’d post up some campfire eats.
This recipe started as an experiment. I normally steam tempeh and then marinate it. I was making this for lunch before a late shift at work and didn’t have time for the tempeh to marinate, so I just cooked the tempeh in the marinade. I was expecting big time failure, but it works! And the tempeh soaked up so much of the marinade, it is super flavorful.
- 1 package tempeh
- 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1/2 c olive oil
- 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
- 1 T chopped basil leaves
- 1 T mustard
- 1/2 T soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos
Cut the tempeh into whatever size and shape piece you want. I cut mine into thick strips.
Combine all the ingredients in a small pan and mix. Turn the heat on medium and let the mixture boil. Reduce to simmer and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
After 10 minutes, drain the tempeh on some paper towels to get rid of some excess oil.
Pan fry quickly if you want the edges to be brown and crispy. This tempeh would be good with just about anything - salad, sandwich, calzone or pizza, rice and beans, etc.
Yields: 2 entree portions, 4 sides Time: 15 minutes
I was sitting at a small cafe the other day, reading a book and eating a vegan muffin when I overheard a disturbing conversation. A little girl, probably 8 to 10 years old (I could be totally off, I’m not a very good age estimator), ran up to her father - she wasn’t sitting with her father, or even within her father’s view - and promptly begged him to take her to Chick-fil-a for dinner. You could tell he liked the idea, from his hesitation to respond, but he told the girl that her mother wouldn’t approve of such a dinner. Anticipating this response she listed several items on the menu that her mother would (and apparently has before) approve of. These items consisted primarily of salads and soups. In a mocking tone she finished her argument with a comment about how she would drink regular milk because it’s “much healthier”. Her father gave in. I’m curious about the actual turning point in this argument. A huge part of me thinks it was the fact that the girl mocked her mother and the father found this amusing. Obviously I didn’t interview him afterwards, but I was staring and eavesdropping an inappropriate amount, so I feel I have accurate insight.
The girl was by no means obese, maybe a little pudgy, but nothing unhealthy for a young girl. Obesity is not the subject of this essay, my hatred of fast food in general is. It was 5 p and the sun was still out and it was 65 degrees in JANUARY, why the heck is this girl sitting inside a coffee shop in the first place (please don’t ask why I was sitting inside on a 65 degree day in January, I don’t have a good answer)!
I took the liberty of looking up nutrition facts for some of the salads and soups at Chick-fil-a and was not as disturbed as I was prepared to be. The chicken soup is relatively low in calories, and has a lot of veggies and protein, but it’s swimming in sodium. Admittedly this isn’t a horrible choice, she obviously doesn’t need to be watching her blood pressure. The salads aren’t horrible either. It’s the dressing that gets you. The grilled chicken is going to be healthier than the fried chicken, yada yada. These salads have 40 grams of protein each (see my previous rant on protein). I’ll spare you the math, but saying that we need 15% of our daily calorie intake from protein, that’s only 75 grams of protein a day! So you’re getting over half of it in one meal!
I could go on forever, but I already feel better so I can stop now.