It's already November. Time to think holiday cooking (minus the turkey, of course). Here are a few delicious recipes to kick-start your holiday season!
From John and Mary McDougall's Fall Newsletter (www.drmcdougall.com)
* Dr. John McDougall now has an iphone app that includes over 875 plant-based recipes. It's called Dr. McDougall's Mobile Cookbook.
GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: makes 2 cups
4 large Yukon Gold potatoes
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup unsweetened soy milk
Several twists freshly ground white pepper
Dash sea salt
Peel potatoes and chop into chunks. Place in a stainless pan with water to cover. Add 2 whole cloves of peeled garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Drain. Mash in pan using electric beaters or use a hand masher, adding the remaining ingredients as necessary to get a smooth consistency and delicious flavor.
HOLIDAY STUFFED PUMPKIN
This makes a festive main dish for a holiday meal. Serve with mashed potatoes, gravy, assorted vegetables, salad and bread or rolls.
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 1 1/2 hours
1 loaf whole wheat bread, cut into cubes
3 cups vegetable broth
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons sage
1 teaspoon marjoram
1-2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
several twists of fresh ground pepper to taste
1 medium pumpkin or large winter squash
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Place the broth, onions, celery and seasonings in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the top off the pumpkin or winter squash and save for a cover (as if you were going to make a jack-o-lantern). Clean out the seeds and stringy portion, leaving plenty of the squash flesh along the sides. Rinse well and set aside.
Place the bread cubes in a large bowl, pour the cooked broth over the bread and toss well until bread is saturated with the liquid. Cover the bowl and allow liquid to be absorbed for about 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings (adding more poultry seasoning and ground pepper, if needed).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the stuffing into the cleaned pumpkin and cover with the pumpkin top. Place in a large baking dish. Add 1 inch of water to the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until fork pierces the side of the pumpkin easily. Serve as the main dish for your holiday celebration, scraping some of the pumpkin out with every scoop of the stuffing.
Hints: To save some time, cube the bread the night before and allow it to sit uncovered in a single layer overnight. This will eliminate the need to bake the bread cubes in the oven for 15 minutes. Use a specialty pumpkin for more flavor and moisture. Traditional Halloween pumpkins tend to be rather dry and stringy inside. There are many choices available in most markets at this time of year.