Holistic, Holiday Meal Inspiration

Holistic, Holiday Meal Inspiration

There is something about stuffing in the food world that makes meals so much more exciting and appetizing. Sure eggplant and butternut squash are great, but stuffed eggplant and butternut squash? now your talking! Whether your stuffing a turkey or serving some plant-based inspiration this season, these ideas can be enjoyed by meat-eaters and vegans alike.

Amaranth Stuffed Butternut
Squash with Green Beans

1 large butternut squash
1-2 tsp coconut oil
1 1/2 cups amaranth
3 cups water or broth
1/2 cup chopped onion
sea salt to taste
chopped fresh oregano
1/2 lb green beans with lemon, dill, pumpkin seeds and capers (optional)

1. Bring amaranth and water or broth to a boil, then let simmer until water is absorbed (should have a porridge like consistency).
2.Cut butternut squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds. You can also hollow out more of the squash above the seed opening to fit in more stuffing.
3. Sautee onions and herbs in a little coconut oil
4. In a bowl mix the amaranth and onions and herbs together
5. Stuff the butter nut squash and bake on a baking sheet or glass dish at 375 for 35-45 min unil squash is soft.
6. For green beans, snap stems and steam in a large pot until crisp tender. Toss in 1 tbs lemon juice, 2-3 tbs olive oil handful of chopped dill, salt,pepper  and capers if desired. Top with pumpkin seeds or sliced almonds.

Nut Stuffed Mushrooms

2 tbs coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
¾ tsp salt
1 tbs chopped fresh sage
2 tsp fresh oregano (optional garnish)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chopped pistachios
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup chopped pine nuts (or raw cashews)
½ cup flax egg (1/2 cup water and 2 tbs flax seeds in a high powered blender)
½ cup nutritional yeast
12 button or 4 Portobello mushrooms with stems removed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in sage and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. To make your flax egg, add two tbs flax seeds to ½ cup of water in blender, blend on high until emulsified.
  3. For stuffing, in a large bowl, combine the nuts, onion And ½ cup nutritional yeast with the flax egg.
  4. Divide stuffing among mushroom caps, and bake until tender when pierced with a fork and tops are browning, about 30 minutes

stuffed_eggplantEggplant Stuffed With
Wild or Black Rice

3 purple eggplant
1-2 tsp thyme
2-3 Tbs safflower oil
1 cup black rice or wild rice
2 cups water or broth
1-2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley

1. In a medium pot add rice, water or broth and salt. Bring to a boil and then simmer until water is absorbed.
2. Slice eggplant in quarter inch thick lengthwise strips
3. Toss with oil, herbs salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 min until eggplant is soft.
4. Place 1-2 spoonfuls of rice on one end of the roasted eggplant strip and gently roll up.
5. Top with fresh parsley

Don’t forget the GRAVY!


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