carrot ginger soup

Orange Ginger Carrot Soup (dairy free)

This lovely Orange Ginger Carrot soup is so creamy and comforting, yet dairy free and delicious. The smooth sweetness and spiciness perfectly compliment each other. Carrots from the garden or farmers market have a natural sweetness that is far better than the bagged carrots that have been sitting for awhile. Full fat canned coconut milk makes for the best texture (I like natures forest brand), but light or carton coconut milk will work, too.  I like the flavor of  fresh ginger versus powdered ginger, but again, it will work if that’s what you have on hand. The orange can be substituted with orange juice. Feel free to adjust the amount of ginger and orange to your palate. This recipe can be doubled for a larger batch and freezes well.

This soup works throughout the year; it is tasty at room temp on a hot, muggy evening or is just as satisfying served piping hot on a cold winters night. I hope you’ll give it a try. Writing about it makes me hungry. Enjoy!

Orange ginger Carrot soup

Luscious, creamy comfort in a bowl.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot, dairy free, ginger, gluten free,, orange
Servings: 4
Author: Chef Kim

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 2 lb carrots, peeled, sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or 1 tsp powdered
  • 1 navel orange, peeled or 1/2 cup orange juice

Instructions

  • In a medium soup pan, heat 1 tbsp of coconut or olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and let cook for 2-3 minutes to soften.
  • Add the garlic and stir to combine and keep from browning, cook another minute.
  • Add the sliced carrots, ginger and vegetable broth just enough to cover the carrots. Bring to a simmer and let cook for about 30 minutes, until carrots are tender.
  • When carrots are tender, add the coconut milk. If using full fat, let the solid coconut cream melt. then remove from the heat.
  • Transfer half of the carrots and broth to a blender and add the peeled orange or orange juice. If your blender top has a vent hole or removable center piece, remove it and cover with a kitchen towel to allow steam to release. Blend on low, gradually increase to high for about a minute. Blend remaining soup until smooth and creamy and combine in a serving pot.
  • An immersion or stick blender can be used; however, the texture will not be quite as smooth.
  • Garnish with pumpkin seeds or gluten free croutons if you want a little crunch.
    Enjoy
Fruit

Cucumber-Pineapple-Kiwi Pops

Healthy tastes great with these cool and cleansing popsicles that hit the spot!  It’s hard to find healthy fruit popsicles. Fruit pops in stores have added sugars and artificial flavors. Ingredients you don’t want.

These cucumber fruit pops are so easy to make, there’s no excuses for not having a healthy, fun and delicious treat in your freezer. The ingredients can be tweaked to your liking.  If you’re not a fan of pineapple try mango or watermelon, if you want to ramp up the nutrition even more, add a handful of spinach or kale. Berries make a great add in but you could try sliced banana and orange wedges too.
Another easy way to have popsicles on hand is to make an extra large smoothie when you make one for breakfast or lunch, and freeze some of it to have as a popsicle later.

Who doesn’t like popsicles? They are a wonderful alternative to the sugar laden frozen desserts that temp us in the grocery isle. Go ahead and make your own healthy version.

Cucumber-Pineapple-Kiwi Pops

Cooling and cleansing pops that hit the spot when you crave something cold and sweet, but without the sugar!
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cucumber, kiwi, pineapple, popsicle
Servings: 10
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunk
  • 3 kiwi, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • In a blender, combine the chopped cucumber and pineapple, 1 kiwi, lemon juice and salt. Blend to completely purée.
  • Divide between popsicle molds or Dixie cups.
  • Divide kiwi slices among the molds.
  • Insert sticks and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
    When ready to serve, dip molds in cool water to gently remove molds or if using Dixie cups, tear the cup away from the frozen pop.

Notes

If kiwi is not a favorite fruit, try berries or slices of banana.
Lemon protein balls

Cool Lemon Protein Balls

Need a snack or quick fix that’s high in phytonutrients and good for you? Here you go! These cool lemon protein balls have everything you need for a clean snack packed with whole food nutrition.

These snack balls are made with nuts or seeds, dates, prunes or raisins, protein powder (this is the one I use) nut/seed butter, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice. Pretty simple, you just need a food processor to make it really easy. If you don’t have one, it takes a little more muscle, but it’s doable.

Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Cool Lemon Protein Balls

A whole food snack that's makes for the perfect bite.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: gluten free,, nut free option, protein, vegan
Servings: 14 balls
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates, prunes, or raisins
  • 1 cup nuts or seeds (brazil, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin, sunflower, hemp)
  • 1 scoop plant based vanilla protein
  • 1 Tbsp nut/seed butter (almond, cashew, sunflower)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Place the dates, prunes or raisins in the food processor and add your choice of nuts/seeds. Process by pulsing until finely ground.
  • Add remaining ingredients except the lemon juice and mix until combined.
  • Add the lemon juice only if needed to make the mixture softer and stickier so that it forms a dough.
  • Shape dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons, and place in the freezer. Taste great and cools you off when eaten right out of the freezer. Keep refrigerated or frozen to extends the shelf life.

If you do not have a food processor:

  • Lay the dates, prunes or raisins on a baking sheet and place in a warm oven, about 300 degrees, for about five minutes. This will soften them.
  • Transfer them to a bowl and using a wooden spoon, mash them into a paste. This will take a little muscle. Once you have a paste, chop the nut or seeds you choose to use very fine and stir those into the paste.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients, mixing well to evenly combine the ingredients.
  • Form into ball and refrigerat or freeze.

 

Mediterranean salad

Mediterranean Salad

This Mediterranean salad is very filling, especially if you add the chickpeas or make it alongside Walnut Falafels. I think the lemon and garlic dressing ties it all together.

This is a play on a bulgur salad I used to make. Now that I am gluten-free,  I use quinoa, oat groats or brown rice to make it. Making it all veggie by using cauliflower rice is a great tasting option as well.

The dressing is also one you could easily whisk together at the beginning of the week to have on hand for green salads throughout the week.

This recipe makes enough for 5 main dishes, or is a great one to make during your weekly prep time and then portion out for the week. It holds up well and would last covered and sealed for up to 5 days. It’s a wonderful one to portion into jars for the week and then pack in extra greens on top so that you have a salad meal ready to go. Easy grab-n-go, so you’re not tempted by the drive through.

It also makes a great summer dinner for the family. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Mediterranean Salad

Fresh vegetables and grain tied together with a garlic lemon dressing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chickpeas, quinoa, vegetables
Servings: 5
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • small saucepan
  • Cutting board
  • sharpened chef's knife

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa, oat groats, millet or rice
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced
  • 1 stalk of broccoli
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, minced
  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed optional

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water or white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 tsp salt and ground pepper

Instructions

For the dressing:

  • Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl and let sit so flavors meld while making the salad.

For the salad:

  • Combine grain and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer according to grain directions. usually cooking quinoa for 10-15 minutes, taking off the heat and and letting it steam, covered for 5 minutes. Oat groats and rice will take longer, about 25-30 minutes, just don't cook until its mushy. You want it to be separate grains, not sticky and a little chewy.
    If using cauliflower rice, you can lightly steam it or use it raw.
  • While grain is cooking, prep the vegetables. Dice the onion, pepper and zucchini. Quarter the tomatoes. Cut the florets from the broccoli stem into small bit size pieces. Peel the remaining stem to remove the thick outer fiber and then dice the crunchy inner stem of the broccoli. Remove the leaves from the parsley stems and mince.
  • Combine vegetables and chickpeas, if using, in a mixing bowl, toss to combine.
  • When the grain is tender, drain any remaining water from the pan and add grain to the vegetables and let cool.
  • Add half the dressing and toss to completely coat the salad. Enjoy the salad at room temperature. Add more dressing before serving or pass with the salad.

Notes

I usually make this salad without the chickpeas and pile falafels on top. 
Granola bars

Molasses Granola Bars Conquer the Snack Attack

The snack monster is real, and these molasses granola bars conquer that snack attack by supporting the body’s needs with satisfying taste and healthy nutrients.  Usually when we give in to snacking we can feel like a failure afterwards.  These bars can make you feel awesome because you’re taking care of yourself and the ones you love.

You can customize these bars to suite your needs and tastes by substituting ingredients you want to include to help you reach your health goals.  Think along the lines of different kinds of dried fruits, adding nutritional powders, whether its plant protein or super food powders, adding in spices, or using almond or cashew butter in place of the tahini or maybe try switching up the molasses and using yacon syrup, coconut nectar, brown rice syrup, or honey. There are so many varieties you could make. I hope you give them a try.

Molasses Granola Bars

Crunchy or chewy, you decide. These bars are full of flavor and satisfy those snack cravings.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almonds, oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower, walnuts
Servings: 24 bars
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • large mixing bowl
  • 9X13 pan,
  • parchment paper,
  • saucepan,
  • Spatula
  • rolling pin, optional

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped raw nuts walnuts, pecans, almonds or sunflower/pumpkin seeds (mixture)
  • 2 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1 ½ cup gluten free crispy rice
  • 1 cup dried fruit raisins, cherries, chopped dates or apricots or mixture
  • ½ cup flax hemp or sesame seeds
  • ½ cup kale chips crushed (optional- add a nice nutritional punch)

Wet Ingredients

  • ¾ cup molasses or maple syrup or mix both
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini sesame butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

For Savory bars;

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh cut herb: thyme or rosemary

Instructions

  • Prepare a 9x13 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper, extending the paper over the edges. Have that close and ready.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: nuts/seeds, oats, crispy rice, dried fruit, flax/hemp/sesame and kale chips, if using.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the wet ingredients: coconut oil, tahini, molasses/maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla, salt and herbs, if making savory bars.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes, while stirring constantly. It should be bubbling as you stir.
  • Being careful not to burn yourself, pour into the oat mixture and stir quickly to coat everything.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and use another sheet of parchment to cover mixture and press the mixture evenly into the pan. It is also effective to use the flat bottom of a measuring cup or rolling pin to evenly press down the mixture.
  • For chewy bars, place pan in the refrigerator to chill.
  • When completely cooled, cut and store refrigerated for two weeks. Freeze for longer life and individually wrap for a quick snack to grab on the go.
  • For crispy bars, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

Cool Zucchini Soup

Right now, I am harvesting zucchinis everyday and have a lot to use. This is a great recipe that uses about three decent sized zucchinis. Its fresh and cooling for those hot summer nights. And super easy to just blend together.

Zucchini is one of those foods that’s pretty mild, so don’t be afraid to use those herbs and spices to enhance the flavor. It also makes a good replacement for oil in blended dressings because it adds body without the fat. This soup is even good without the oil and avocado if you prefer to lower the fat content, but you will lose some of the creaminess and mouthfeel that fat brings to the recipe. And don’t forget that zucchini makes a great pasta substitute, just spiralize or use a peeler to make noodles and then top it with pesto or marinara.

Zucchini has a variety of beneficial nutrients including: vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One cup has 40% of the recommended vitamin A, which supports eye health and immune system. It is also rich in fiber and water, both help with gut function and benefit the microflora which in turn benefits our immune response.

So if you have a garden or CSA with zucchini in season, give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it. Another way to make it even more delightful on hot summer days is to dice a mango and add it to each serving bowl. the mango a curry play off each other and the juicy fresh and light flavor of the mango cools and brightens each bite.

Cool Zucchini Soup (Raw, DF, GF, NutFree)

A delicious use of zucchini, this cooling soup is wonderful on a warm day. No need to turn on the stove.
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword: creamy soup, dairy free, gluten free,, nut free, zucchini
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • Vita-mix or bender

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup water or oat milk Or add 1/4 cup oats to water
  • 2 cups zucchini roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp white miso
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Dash cayenne
  • 1 avocado
  • extra olive oil for drizzle optional
  • 1 zucchini finely diced or spiralized for texture

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients except avocado and diced zucchini until smooth. Add avocado and blend again until creamy and emulsified. If you want warm soup, a Vita-mix on high for two minutes will warm it. Or gently warm on the stove over medium low heat. Pour into bowls and top with diced zucchini and optional oil drizzle.
  • Variation: Omit curry and substitute 2 Tbs fresh dill (2 tsp. dry).

Notes

Try these as a topper to add variety and flavor: diced mango, thinly sliced radish, micro greens or sprouts.
Apple berry rhubarb crisp

Apple Berry Rhubarb Crisp for Your Health

I love to welcome summer in with the satisfying flavors of berries and rhubarb.  This Apple berry rhubarb crisp is a quick and easy way to showcase those flavors and enjoy the seasonal harvest. But here’s a side note, when berries ripen and rhubarb matures, I will freeze what I can so I have a stash.  That way, when warm desserts and breakfast options are what I’m craving mid-winter, I have some tucked away and ready so I can enjoy and bake this fruit & berry crisp anytime.

If you grow your own strawberries and rhubarb or have a neighbor who does, this is a great recipe to use when you harvest or as a food gift.  For a special presentation, scoop into glasses and top with a dollop of banana nice cream.

Is this good for you? Absolutely! Berries are on the top of the list when it comes to phytonutrients and along with rhubarb  they posess anthocyanins which are flavonoids that act as antioxidants and show anti-cancer activity. They reduce oxidative stress and help with reducing inflammation which leads to all kinds of disease.

Apples add their own mix of nutrients into the dessert along with iron, protein and fiber found in the oats. I just love the crunch!

The sweetener in the recipe can be substituted with monk fruit or honey. For additional information about swapping sweeteners see this Post.
I do think this is an appropriate breakfast as well as dessert. You could always add a little plant yogurt to it to give it a breakfast feel.  Fruit is beneficial to health so add some to your day to reach the recommended servings, dig in!

Apple Berry Rhubarb Crisp

This tangy sweet dessert with crispy topping is sure to please!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • 8X8 or 7x11 baking pan

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter or more coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Filling

  • 2 large apples peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks rhubarb sliced ¼ in thick
  • 2 cup mixed fresh or frozen berries
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar

Instructions

For the topping:

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, walnuts, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Melt the coconut oil and vegan butter and pour over oat mixture stirring to combine.

For the filling:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9x11 glass baking pan with a bit of coconut oil or spray.
  • Peel and slice apples and add to the pan.
  • Slice the rhubarb and add to the pan
  • Measure and add the mixed berries to the pan.
  • Sprinkle the coconut sugar over the fruit and lightly mix with a spatula.
  • cover the fruit with the oat mixture, pressing down gently to set it in place.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until fruit is soft and topping is crisp.
  • Serve with banana nice cream and enjoy!
Truffles

Valentine Truffles for your Heart

February is Heart Health Month during which Valentine’s Day is celebrated. Too bad Valentine’s Day does not focus on the physical health of your heart. Instead we find the opposite with the rise in blood sugar and inflammation resulting from all the chocolate and candy that is consumed. I don’t want to cancel Valentines, but rather give you a recipe for Valentine Truffles that are good for your heart. These plant based treats are sure to please. However, moderation still applies.

Valentine Truffles are made with:
  • Avocados – a good fat for the body, good source of fiber, vitamin K, C and folate
  • Raw cacao powder – rich in antioxidants and help with inflammation, a good source of iron, protein and magnesium
  • Berries – rich in antioxidants, excellent source of vitamin C, fiber and manganese

The avocado makes a lusciously smooth chocolate filling surrounded by a crispy cacao coating. To add texture stir cacao nibs or chopped nuts into the filling or sprinkle over the coating before it sets.

For another chocolate Valentine treat try these Mocha Energy Love Bites

 

Give these a try and gift your special someone a heart healthy truffle that says you care!

Valentine Truffle

A luscious cacao filling surrounded by a crispy chocolate shell.
Prep Time25 mins
Chill time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, cacao, strawberries
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup strawberries or use 1/4 cfreeze dried berry powder
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream solids from a can of full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 pinches stevia powder or a dropper (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter, cashew or tahini butter
  • 1/2 tsp coconut aminos or tamari substitute 1/4 tsp sea salt

For the coating

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, coconut syrup or yacon syrup
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 Cup virgin coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp cacao butter, grated or more coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • berry powder for garnish optional

Instructions

For the filling

  • Add berries to a blender and puree.
  • To the puree, add the avocado, coconut cream and cacao powder and blend well, stopping and scraping down sides when needed.
  • Next, add in the sweeteners, nut butter and aminos or salt. Blend well.
  • Transfer mixture to a small bowl. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a small scoop or tablespoon to portion the filling into small dollops on the parchment paper.
  • Place cookie sheet in the freezer while you make the coating.

For the coating

  • Melt the coconut oil and cacao butter in a bowl in a warm oven or over boiling water. Whisk to melt evenly.
  • Add the liquid sweetener you're using along with the cacao powder and vanilla and whisk together until its shiny and smooth.

Assembly

  • Remove filling from the freezer when its firm to the touch.
  • You can dip the filling balls in the cacao coating, and place back on the parchment paper.
  • To garnish each truffle, sprinkle with a pinch of berry powder. This is optional.
  • Or you can drizzle the cacao coating over the filling, chill them to set the coating, turn them over and drizzle again to completely cover them in chocolate.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

Freeze dried berry powder can be found online at nuts.com or you can crush the freeze dried berries found in packages in the grocery store, usually located by the raisins. 

 

This Rich Chocolate Silk Pie is Easy Peasy

Do you crave silky chocolate richness? Sometimes I just need a bite of chocolate to satisfy. Well this rich chocolate silk pie is quick and easy to put together and full of satisfying plant protein instead of simple carbs. You will feel the difference after eating this dessert compared to one filled will butter, cream, sugar and flour.

Once you gather your ingredients, it only takes about 15 minutes to put together. Then it chills for a couple hours to set. So it’s a perfect dessert to make a head.

The crust is a combination of nuts and oats, but you could easily substitute sunflower seeds or all oats for it to be nut free, or all nut or seeds for for it to be grain free.

The filling uses melted chocolate chips, for dairy and nut allergy choose chocolate like good life, but your favorite chocolate chips/bar can be substituted. I prefer the bitter sweet or 70+% organic cocoa bars. To control the amount of sugar usually found in chocolate chips, you can use cacao powder, coconut sugar, monk fruit or maple syrup as a substitute. The bulk of the filling is avocado and organic silken tofu. Only use organic tofu, as soy is one of the largest GMO crops. And if soy is an allergen, this can be made using only avocado.

When I serve this pie, I like to add sliced bananas and coconut whip cream just before serving to keep the bananas from browning. Another idea is adding sliced strawberries on top or as a layer over the crust before adding the chocolate filling. This would make a decadent Valentine’s Day dessert! Are you ready to make it yet? You can skip the whip cream and serve with this yummy ice cream.

Let me know what you think and send me some pics if you give it a try. I hope you enjoy it.

Rich Chocolate Silk Pie (plant based)

Quick and easy, rich and delicious!
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Chef Kim

Equipment

  • food processor
  • Pie dish

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup raw pecans sub other nuts or sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup Old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp coconut or date sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp water

Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips melted
  • 1 cup avocado Fresh or frozen, thawed
  • 1 box organic silken tofu (shelf stable pack) soft or firm
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 pint strawberries (optional)
  • 2 bananas (optional)

Whip cream

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk or cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Organic cane sugar or monk fruit

Instructions

For the crust

  • Combine nuts and oats and sugar in a food processor and pulse to a coarse meal texture.
  • Add the coconut oil and pulse to incorporate.
  • Add water and pulse until mixture begins to stick together.
  • Transfer to a 8-9 in pie pan and press into the bottom with a slight edge up the side of the pan.

For the filling

  • Melt the chocolate chips, by placing in a small glass baking dish in a preheated 300 degree oven or toaster oven. Or in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. *see note below to substitute.
  • wipe out any crumbs from the food processor and add the tofu and avocado. Turn on and blend until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla, salt and melted chocolate and blend again until the chocolate is evenly combined, scraping down the sides when necessary.
  • If using strawberries, wash and slice them making a layer over the crust. If using bananas, I recommend waiting until you serve to put slices on top of the pie.
  • Transfer filling to crust and smooth evenly. Chill for at least two hours.

For the whip cream

  • Chill the can of coconut milk for at least an hour.
  • Open can and scoop out the solid cream into a bowl, reserving the liquid to add to smoothies or soups.
  • To the cream add vanilla and sugar. Whisk or beat using a hand mixer.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

To use cacao powder instead of chocolate chips, add 1/2 cup cacao powder and 1/3 cup of maple syrup, coconut sugar or monk fruit/erythritol blend to the tofu avocado in the food processor. This will result in a softer filling that doesn’t firm up as much as using the chips. But it’s still delicious! Be sure to taste the filling to adjust the cacao and sweetness, if needed, before pouring it into the crust.
Squash lasagna

Winter Squash Lasagna for Everyone

Lasagna is one of those foods not everyone can enjoy. Traditionally, it’s laden with multiple kinds of cheese and a rich meat sauce. But this vegan squash lasagna hits the spot with deliciousness that comes from creamy sweet winter squash and white sauce made from cauliflower that rivals traditional béchamel. This squash lasagna makes a beautiful winter entree or side dish. Enjoy layers of lasagna noodles (gf if desired), winter squash purée, creamed kale and cauliflower white sauce smothering each layer.

The cauliflower white sauce is versatile and can be used in multiple ways. So keep the recipe handy. Try it as Alfredo sauce over veggie pasta, poured over potatoes and baked for a mock scalloped potato dish, mixed with greens for a creamed green side, or thinned with more broth and eaten as a soup and top it with croutons.

You can definitely change up the layers, such as using spinach instead of the kale. Or add sautéed mushrooms and sage or even substituting the lasagna pasta for sliced celery root, zucchini or sweet potatoes.

This is a hearty side dish or filling as a entree if served with a green salad. It brings the fall and winter flavors together for a nourishing yet yummy meal. I think it’s comfort food.

Let me know if you give it a try.

Winter Squash Lasagna

A delicious way to use squash and try a new twist on pasta
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, kale, lasagna, winter squash
Servings: 6
Author: Chef Kim

Ingredients

  • 1 3 lb butternut or kabocha squash
  • 1 head cauliflower 4 cups florets
  • 1 cup yellow onion cut into quarters
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup almond or oat milk
  • 1/3 cup cashews or hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp white miso Or substitute coconut aminos
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tsp thyme chopped
  • 2 tsp rosemary chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 box lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds optional

Instructions

Prepare the Squash

  • Preheat oven to 375. Cut squash in half, remove seeds and place cut side down on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes, until knife is easily inserted through the squash. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Scoop flesh from the squash skins and place in a bowl. Mix well the evenly mash the squash. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Prepare white sauce

  • While the squash is cooking, combine the cauliflower florets, yellow onion, garlic and water in a medium sauce pan. Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, until cauliflower is very tender.
  • Transfer pot contents to a blender and add cashews or hemp seeds, 1 cup of vegetable broth, the nutritional yeast and miso. Blend on low to combine gradually increasing speed. Stop, scrape the sides of container and add 1 cup of plant milk. Blend again until smooth.
  • You may need to add more broth to thin the sauce to reach a creamy yet pourable consistency.

Prepare noodles

  • Wile the squash is cooking, add noodles to boiling salted water and cook according to package directions. Strain and cool by separating noodles around the edge of a strainer.
    You may also use oven ready pasta noodles, no boiling required.
    If substituting sliced zucchini, celery root or sweet potatoes, slice thin and slightly overlap when making layers.

Preparing kale

  • Thinly slice the red onion and sauté in large skillet with a splash of olive oil over medium heat.
  • While onion is cooking, remove the kale leaves from the stems. Layer the leaves and roll up. Thinly cut the roll crosswise making kale shreds.
  • Add the sliced kale to the onions and cook until wilted and bright green. Stir to cook evenly.
  • When kale is softened, turn off heat and add a cup of the white sauce, stir to combine.

Assemble

  • In a 9x11 baking dish, pour 1/2 cup of white sauce in the bottom and spread evenly. Over the sauce place a layer of lasagna noodles or thinly sliced vegetables, slightly overlapping each other.
  • Over the noodles, layer a 2cups of the mashed squash. Sprinkle with ground pepper and a pinch of thyme and Rosemary. Pour a cup of white sauce evenly over the squash followed by another layer of noodles.
  • Over these noodles, add 1/2 the kale and onion mixture, spread evenly. Cover with another layer of noodles.
  • Repeat with squash sprinkled with pepper and herbs and covered with white sauce, followed by noodles, remaining kale mixture, a little sauce, final layer of noodles, covered with white sauce.
  • This can be made ahead and frozen or kept refrigerated for a day before baking.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, until a knife can easily penetrate all a layers. Sprinkle with sliced almonds, half way through baking.
  • Serve right out of the oven.
    You can also make portions for weekly lunches or dinners. Allow to cool and then cut into portions, separate into individual containers, refrigerate or freeze.

Notes

The pasta noodles can be substituted with thinly sliced zucchini, sweet potatoes, or celery root.
Any winter squash can be used in this recipe, you need about 4 cups mashed. I’m sure canned pumpkin would also be good.