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This Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie takes just 4 simple ingredients and 10 minutes to make! A non-dairy and free from animal products dessert that everyone can enjoy for the holidays.

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I don’t know about you, but when it comes to important decisions, I’m indecisive. Stocks or bonds. Health Insurance policies. Radio stations. Desserts. It’s all too much!

Oh, desserts. I would say I have a controlled sweet tooth. I always crave something sweet after a meal, but it takes only 1-2 bites to satisfy me. I’m the one who makes everyone else order dessert, just so I can have a bite of every option. The holidays are no exception. Mr. Rob is finally catching on to my games.

You should see me during the holidays. A sliver of each pie. A spoonful of each ice cream. A bite of fudge. Half a cookie. And a partridge in a pear tree. So I made the executive decision to help myself out.

And combine the best of the best in the dessert world into one.

Peanut butter, meet chocolate. Ice cream, meet pie. And they lived happily ever after.

If you know me, then you know I love two things: peanut butter and veggies…and sloths…and pugs. Okay four things, but that’s beside the point. I started the #OneMorePlant movement as a way to encourage others to add more plant-based foods into their everyday diet. I am not alone! Did you know that more than 1/3 of Americans say they are actively trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet? *(Nielsen, 2017)

When I heard about the Non-Dairy Collection from Häagen-Dazs, especially the Crunchy Peanut Butter flavor, I knew I’d be all over that. The Häagen-Dazs Non-Dairy Collection leverages star ingredients (like cocoa butter and peanut butter) for a creamier and truer taste. Instead of substituting milk with almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk, they use the fat from the core ingredient (like peanut butter) which is what gives it the “truer” taste.

As a dietitian and #OneMorePlant founder, I know how important planning, taste, and nutrition are when it comes to incorporating more plant-based foods into the diet. I love seeing more and more companies like Häagen-Dazs support this motion, and offer options for every type of diet and lifestyle out there that taste delicious, are simple, and are plant-based.

Even if you aren’t strictly vegan or vegetarian, Häagen-Dazs does have plenty of options to simply add more plant-based foods into your life. Now that’s some #OneMorePlant livin’!

Ice cream isn’t excluded either. Häagen-Dazs has rolled out 8 non-dairy varieties, and will be adding 2 MORE to the collection next year. If it’s anything like this Crunchy Peanut Butter Non-Dairy TRIO CRISPY LAYERS flavor, I am more than ready for 2019.

Money Saving Tips for this Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie:
  • Shop the sales: I snagged a major deal on two of these pints, so take advantage of them when they come around!
  • Use up old graham crackers: If you have a box of leftover chocolate graham crackers, use them up to make your own graham cracker crust.

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Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie {Dairy-Free}
  • Author: Sinful Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 2h 30 min
  • Total Time: 2h 30 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no-bake
  • Cuisine: american
Description

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie takes just 4 simple ingredients and 10 minutes to make! A non-dairy dessert, made with Häagen-Dazs Crunchy Peanut Butter Non-Dairy Trio Crispy Layers Frozen Dessert, that everyone can enjoy for the holidays.

Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate graham cracker crust
  • 2 (14 oz ) cartons of Häagen-Dazs Crunchy Peanut Butter Non-Dairy TRIO CRISPY LAYERS frozen dessert
  • ½ cup mini dairy-free chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup natural creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Let ice cream thaw on counter until softened.
  2. Spread evenly in graham cracker crust.
  3. Top with chocolate chips, and drizzle with peanut butter.
  4. Return to the freezer for at least 2 hours, or until firm.
  5. Cut evenly into 8 slices, and serve.

Keywords: ice cream, non dairy, vegan, peanut butter, chocolate, dessert, holidays

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This Healthy Monster Cookie recipe takes just 7 ingredients to make, with no added flour, sugar, or oils! 

If you give a mouse a cookie, you best have at least 2 more on hand, because he’s gunna want seconds.

Especially if said cookies involve a bomb-diggity dog monster cookie recipe. Come on, follow me.

After y’all went cah-ray-zee over these cowboy cookies, and I turned it over to the white chocolate macadamia world, it was only a natural progression to translate it into a monster cookie recipe. You feel me right? First comes love, then comes cowboys, then comes monster cookies in a baby carriage. Common knowledge.

You wanna know something funny? I didn’t even know what a monster cookie was before I explored making my own version of one. What makes them so monster-worthy anyway? Turns out chocolate in two forms and peanut butter turns a cookie into a Thriller character. Learn something new…

But really, chocolate, M&M’s and peanut butter can do no wrong. They make up for the lack of butter, oil, flour, or sugars you won’t find any which way in these cookies. I save that ish for chocolate and chunky pb.

Money Saving Tips for this Monster Cookie Recipe:
  • Buy a small bag of M&Ms. You know what will happen if you buy the big honkin’ bag of them. Unless you’re baking oodles of these cookies, buying a single serve pack of M&Ms will be enough for this recipe, and will save some $$$.
  • Use store brand. Most supermarkets have their own brand of chocolate chips and natural peanut butter now, and are most often cheaper than name brands with no taste difference.
  • Buy oats in bulk. These are one of the items I like to buy a big canister of since I always use them later on, especially in these oat bites, or a batch of savory overnight oats. Buying the bigger container ends up giving you more for your money.

More cookie recipes:

Healthy Cowboy Cookies

Potato Breakfast Cookies

Healthy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Healthy Monster Cookies
  • Author: Sinful Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 dozen
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american
Description

This Healthy Monster Cookie recipe takes just x ingredients to make, with no added flour, sugar, or oils!

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 bananas, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chunky natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or silicone baking mat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together banana, peanut butter, and vanilla until combined.
  5. Add peanut butter mixture to oats, and stir to combine.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.
  8. Flatten and shape cookies with hands.
  9. Top each with M&M’s and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until firm.
  10. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Notes
  • Adding the M&M’s to the top  instead of directly into the batter helps to keep their color and texture.
  • Use certified gluten-free oats to make these gluten-free friendly.  M&M’s may contain wheat, and should be avoided for those with severe gluten allergies.

Keywords: cookie, healthy, vegetarian, gluten free, dessert

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Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers Under $20:

Have a friend who is a caffeine queen? Can’t go a day without her morning latte? Or loves to try out the latest coffee trend? Then these coffee lovers gifts are for her! I’ve including my favorite coffee accessories and goodies that any fellow coffee addict would love, all for less than $20.

  1. Holiday Coffee – $20  What’s better to get a coffee lover than COFFEE! This collection of holiday flavors is a festive way to try new blends.
  2. Coffee Grinder – $14 Nothing beats freshly ground coffee. This grinder is not only compact, but is also equipped with different size grind options from fine to coarse. 
  3. French Press – $18 If you haven’t had french pressed coffee, have you really had coffee? This affordable option is easy to use, and small enough for travel.
  4. Milk Frother – $10 A serious must-have for any home barista. This set includes both an electric frother and spoon to master the art of lattes in one punch.
  5. Torani Holiday Syrups – $7 What’s a holiday without festive lattes?! Your gal pal can make her own at home with this collection of holiday syrups to get in the spirit.
  6. Coffee Mug – $19 You can never go wrong with a coffee mug. The gold accents and feminine touch will put her straight into Girl Boss mode.
  7. Coffee Art Print – $9 Confused about the abundance of coffee options out there? You’re not alone. Why not learn them all with a piece of art in the process!
  8. Travel Mug – $15 Travel mugs are a definite must, especially one that keeps your coffee hot, and out of your lap. This one does just that.
Other Coffee Lovers Gift Ideas:
  • Gift cards. An always welcome gift. Get your girl some cash $$ to feed her never-ending Americano habit.
  • Coffee Date. Treat your girl AND yourself to a gal date to a new coffee shop. Take a break from the holiday madness, and fuel up for another round of shopping in the process!
Looking for more gift ideas?

Check out these other gift guides for everyone on your list!

Make it a great day!

What are your favorite kitchen gifts?

Which gift would you want first?

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Kitchen Gifts for Under $20:

Have a friend who likes to cook? Is just starting to cook? Is trying to cook more healthy meals at home? Then these kitchen gifts are for her! I’ve including my personal kitchen essentials that making cooking healthy meals easier and budget-friendly.

  1. Chef’s Knife – $15  Cooking is A LOT easier with a sharp knife. This is a must have for any kitchen, especially for cutting through those tough squashes (like this how-to for butternut squash). Like they always say, a sharp knife is a safe knife.
  2. Glass Food Storage Containers – $20 If your girlfriend is all about that meal prep life, she’ll definitely need a stash of these glass containers for all those meal prep bowls and chopped veggies. I love the snap covers these ones have to prevent spills.
  3. Mason Jar Spoon Rest – $12 This one is on my wish list too. No more sauce stained countertops or stoves need apply. Plus, you can never go wrong with a pop of red or mason jars.
  4. Silicone Oven Mitts – $14 Nothing is worse than taking a hot, heavy pan out of the oven while fearing for a life of third degree burns in the process. A lot of oven mitts can get too bulky, but the silicone design on these is especially assuring for proper gripping.
  5. Stainless Steel Microplane $7 A must have for zesting citrus, grating cheese, and adding that secret ingredient of freshly grated nutmeg to all those homemade dishes. 
  6. Nesting Measuring Cups $11 The nesting design on these measuring cups maximizes space and organization, and they are even cute enough to use as serving bowls for snacks and small bites.
  7. Silicone Spatula Set $16 Your friend won’t realize she needs these, until she has them. She’ll be left wondering how she ever made eggs, sauteed veggies, or made oatmeal on the stove without them.
  8. Copper Measuring Spoons $16 These measuring spoons are perfect for any country kitchen, and are easier to clean and longer-lasting than the plastic variety.
Additional kitchen gifts:

9. Gift Cards.  You can’t go wrong with giving the gift of week’s worth of groceries. Give her a gift card for her favorite grocery store or one that she doesn’t visit that often since it’s too expensive.

10. Meal Delivery Box. Which is pretty much like cooking her dinner, right? There’s plenty of options out there for all types of dietary preferences, including Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Purple Carrot

Looking for more gift ideas?

Check out these other gift guides for everyone on your list!

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What are your favorite kitchen gifts?

Which gift would you want first?

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This quick and easy vegetarian gravy recipe takes just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes to make. A must-have for your plant-based Thanksgiving spread!

Watch how to make this Vegetarian Gravy Recipe (45 sec)

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Alright, whoever is for officially changing the name from turkey day to all the sides day say I.

There’s no I in turkey, but there is definitely one in sIdes. Meet me by the stuffing and mashed squash.

Being a vegetarian at Thanksgiving isn’t too hard, especially when you’re a sides kinda gal like I am. After 9 years, I’m no longer following a vegetarian diet, but am always spreading that good veggie-lovin’ message far and wide. I feel ya. Veggie lovers deserve to have a river of gravy flowing throughout their veins too. If you’ve got ten minutes, I’m here to help. Vegetarian gravy to the rescue!

This one follows the same premise of a traditional gravy, just without the pan drippings and meat juice. I think meat juice is officially as unappetizing-sounding as moist & chunky. (*shivers)

I made this one a little on the thinner side, since globby gravy is not my jam. If you like a thicker gravy, you can cut down the amount of broth used by 1/2 cup. Both are equally delicious, and worthy of your mashed potatoes, stuffing, and All the Sides Day fixins.

Money Saving Tips for this Vegetarian Gravy Recipe:
  • Buy stock in carton. Save money and waste at the same time by buying stock in the carton rather than in cans. You can also save up your veggie scraps and make your own too!
  • Freeze butter. Butter always has a tendency to go on sale during the holidays. Make the most of it by buying an extra package, and sticking it in your freezer to have on hand.

More Thanksgiving Recipes:

Garlic Parmesan Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Smoky Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffing Drop Biscuits

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10 Minute Vegetarian Gravy
  • Author: Sinful Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Category: condiments
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: vegetarian
Description

This quick and easy vegetarian gravy recipe takes just x ingredients and 10 minutes to make. A must-have for your plant-based Thanksgiving spread!

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Heat broth in a microwave-safe dish in microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan set at medium heat.
  3. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly.
  4. Cook mixture for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Pour in broth, whisking constantly.
  6. Bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer, stirring frequently until thickened.
  7. Add soy sauce, salt, and pepper, and transfer to serving dish. Top with dried thyme.
Notes
  • Make this vegan by swapping out butter for plant-based buttery spread.
  • Remove from heat when gravy is just under thickness you like. It will thicken more when it cools.
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Keywords: thanksgiving, vegetarian, gravy, recipe, sauce

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This Basic Mashed Butternut Squash Recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and steps to make. One of my all-time favorite side dishes, especially for Thanksgiving.

Break out the PSLs and UGG boots, cuz things are about to get B.A.S.I.C.

I’m taking the crazysexycool recipes here at Sinful Nutrition down a notch, and getting back to basics to share one of my favorite dishes for Thanksgiving. A basic mashed butternut squash recipe.

If you ask me, Thanksgiving never happened if sweet gherkin pickles, mashed squash, and pumpkin pie aren’t present and accounted for. There’s something so nostalgic and comforting about these and the holidays for me. That’s what the holidays are all about aren’t they?

Everytime I make this recipe, I always hear “OMG this is delicious!” “What did you put in these?!”

Little do they know, it’s a whole lotta nada.

Butchering a whole butternut squash can be super intimidating, and finger-costing if you’re not careful. Here’s my quick tips and tutorial for coming out unscathed.

Watch how to prep for this Basic Mashed Butternut Squash Recipe (1 min)

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  • Use a large, sharp knife. Like they always say, a sharp knife is a safe knife. Having a sturdy and sharp chef’s knife is key to getting through that squash, especially a large one.
  • A serrated veggie peeler. These work especially good on the tough skin butternut has. I got this one as a gift, and it’s design works great for peeling tough veggies.
  • Always make a flat surface. Cutting a wobbly, unsturdy squash is a direct ticket to the ER. Cut the ends of the squash to make a flat and even surface. Also, cutting the squash in half widthwise makes it much easier to manage before trying to cut lengthwise.
Money Saving Tips for this Basic Mashed Butternut Squash Recipe:
  • Use Frozen Squash. Buy the pre-chopped and peeled frozen butternut squash to make this recipe even more easy and inexpensive. Just thaw, and heat as stated in the recipe to release the extra moisture content.
  • Watch for sales. During the holiday months, lots of grocery stores will have the pre-peeled or even chopped squash on sale. If you’re not up for the task of breaking down your own, stock up when the prepped stuff goes on sale.

More vegetable side dish recipes:

Garlic Parmesan Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Ginger Roasted Rainbow Carrots

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Basic Mashed Butternut Squash
  • Author: Sinful Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: vegetables, side dishes
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american
Description

This Basic Mashed Butternut Squash Recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and steps to make. One of my all-time favorite side dishes, especially for Thanksgiving.

Ingredients
  • 1 small butternut squash (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel, de-seed, and chop butternut squash into cubes.
  2. Add to a medium-sized saucepan, and cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes, or until squash is tender.
  4. Drain, and add squash back to saucepan.
  5. Heat over medium for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently to remove excess moisture from squash.
  6. Transfer squash to the bowl of a stand mixer, or large bowl.
  7. Add remaining ingredients, and mix with whip attachment on stand or hand mixer until smooth.
  8. Transfer to serving bowl, and top with pat of butter and extra pepper.
Notes
  • This recipe easily doubles to serve a larger crowd.
  • You can also mash by hand with a potato masher or whisk.

Keywords: squash, vegetables, mashed, vegetarian, side dish, thanksgiving, holidays

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These Garlic Parmesan Smashed Brussels Sprouts are an easy side dish that will have any green veggie hater changing their minds! Great for your holiday spread, or to jazz up a weeknight dinner in under 30 minutes!

Watch how to make these Garlic Parmesan Smashed Brussels Sprouts (1 min)

Garlic Parmesan Smashed Brussels Sprouts - YouTube

Oh, Brussels sprouts. We hate to love them, and love to hate them. And I am perpetually forgetting that silent s on brussels.

Let’s face it, hese baby cabbages have a bad run in with the law of good tasting vegetables. Their reputation of being mushy, bitter gas bombs does no justice for how delicious they can be. It’s all in how you cook ’em, baby.

My rule of thumb for cooking veggies? When in doubt, roast ’em..out. The oven has the power to turn mushy gas bombs into bomb-diggity brussels.
What’s the deal with smashed brussels sprouts? Well, potatoes get smashed, mashed, whipped, and the like, so why let them have all the fun? Cruciferous veggies deserve some fun too you know.
..Okay well the REAL reason is for my selfish gain. Those crispy layers. Smashed brussels sprouts have more surface area, which means more layers to crispy up golden brown in the oven. Mmmmm…
And it’s a great way to take out my frustrations and stress on tiny green vegetables. It’s therapeutic.
Money Saving Tips for these Smashed Brussels Sprouts:
  • Buy Whole Cheese: The pre-grated stuff is convenient, but more expensive. Per pound, the pre-grated cheeses cost more, and often contain added fillers and preservatives. Look for small pieces or containers of fresh parmesan, and grate it yourself with a microplane or the small side of your cheese grater. Save the rinds to flavor soups too!
  • Shop the Farmer’s Market: Not only are they the freshest, but often times the cheapest when it comes to brussels sprouts. If you don’t have a farmer’s market nearby, you can still usually find fresh brussels sprouts in most supermarkets.
More veggie recipes:

Ginger Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

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Garlic Parmesan Smashed Brussels Sprouts
  • Author: Sinful Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: vegetables, side dish
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, add brussels sprouts and 1 cup of water.
  3. Microwave covered on high for 8-10 minutes, or until all brussels sprouts are tender.
  4. Drain water, and add remaining ingredients to bowl.
  5. Toss to coat.
  6. Spread brussels sprouts on a baking sheet, and press down on each with the back of a wooden spoon to flatten.
  7. Sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese, and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until browned.

Keywords: brussels sprouts, vegetables, roasted, parmesan, garlic, oven, baked

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Smoky Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash — A hearty vegan recipe that’s perfect for your holiday meal or dinner! You won’t even miss the meat! 

Hi friends!

Can you believe we are already in Thanksgiving territory?! It’s so funny how fast the flip switches the day after Halloween.

I’m amongst those all eye roll emoji at all the holiday commercials between the Exorcist, and lighted trees next to the blow up ghosts on harleys. Thanksgiving however, is in da buildinggg!

As in like..less than a month away, and feel it is appropriate to start planning for kinda building. Find me some T-day carols, and I will belt them.

Being a vegetarian for 9 years always made Thanksgiving a little bit of a tease. Between the wafts of roasted turkey, boats of creamy gravy to slather on literally everything, and the fact that 75% of the dishes were made with chicken stock or with bacon may have pushed me to bend the veggie rules a wee bit for this one and holy food day of the year.

However, I did try my best to not simply eat a plate full of mashed potatoes and stuffing for dinner, and actually make an entree worthy of sharing the table with the prized poultry.

Stuffed acorn squash was one of them. It was fall-fitted. It was filling. And it was drop dead gorgeous. But I couldn’t even pronounce tempeh let alone cook and enjoy it for most of my veg years.

And here we stand, meat eating and all, and it is now one of my favorite proteins. It’s already cooked. Full of protein, fiber, and even probiotics. I know what stuffed acorn squash is capable of. What the hell can your turkey do?

It’s also my first time working with liquid smoke, but definitely won’t be my last. Not gunna lie though, I was expecting a cloud of flame-broiled genie magical steam to come billowing out of the bottle as soon as I opened it, only to find a soy sauce-esque liquid. If yours does in fact do that, rub the crap out of that bottle, and remember me when you make your three wishes.

More veggie-filled holiday recipes:

Garlic Parmesan Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Ginger Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Instant Pot Vegan Mashed Potatoes

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Smoky Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Author: Sinful Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Category: Main Dish, Entree, Holidays
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan
Ingredients
  • 1 medium acorn squash, cut in half and deseeded
  • 1 (8 ounce) package tempeh, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons water or tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped green onion, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray cut acorn squash with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Place cut side down on a baking sheet, and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until tender.
  4. While the squash is baking, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Add oil and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  6. Add finely chopped tempeh, and sautee 2 minutes.
  7. Add tomato paste, water, liquid smoke, and soy sauce to combine. Remove from heat.
  8. Once squash is cooked, add half of tempeh mixture to each squash.
  9. Sprinkle with green onion and serve.

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