- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 lb Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 head green or red cabbage, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced crosswise
- 1/2 cup chicken broth, plus extra as needed
- 2 1/4 cups tomato juice
- 1 1/3 cups finely chopped tomatoes (about 11 ounces)
- 1/2 cup (generous) finely chopped roasted red bell peppers
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon prepared white horseradish
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- Generous dash of hot pepper sauce
- Fine sea salt
- 4 1/3-inch-thick rounds soft fresh goat cheese
- 6 grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
- Additional extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
- 1 acorn squash, cut in half with seeds removed
- 1/2 cup water
- a couple pinches of salt
- a couple pinches of nutmeg
- a couple pinches of cinnamon
- 2 – 1 Tablespoon pats of butter
- 4-6 Tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat oven on HIGH-Broiler. Pour water in a microwavable casserole dish large enough to accommodate the squash. Place the acorn squash flesh side down in the dish and microwave for 15 minutes. Remove from microwave carefully because the dish will be hot. Remove the acorn squash and transfer to a baking sheet with the flesh side facing up. Place a small pat of butter in each half and rub the entire flesh sided surface. Any remaining butter should be left in the middle of the squash. Sprinkle the squash with salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finally sprinkle between 2-3 Tablespoons of brown sugar around the rim of the squash and allow the remaining sugar to join the butter in the center (This will be your brown sugar sauce). Broil on high heat for 5 minutes. You should seem some the rim of the squash with caramelization. If not, broil for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat and enjoy!
**Note: This recipe is not overly sweet or spicy. The sugar and spices merely enhance the wonderful natural flavor of the squash. If you prefer a more sweet and spicy acorn squash just add more according to your liking.
Photo and recipe courtesy of savorysweetlife.com
Ingredients for Casserole:
- 5 medium-to-large sweet potatoes
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs, beaten well
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Ingredients for Streusel Topping:
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed [You could also use dark brown sugar instead.]
- 1/3 cup (about 5 1/2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place sweet potatoes on a foil-lined sheet pan and pierce each several times with the tines of a fork. Bake for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender. Allow to cool to the touch, then peel and mash well in a bowl.
Decrease oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Make streusel topping: Blend brown sugar, butter, flour, and chopped pecans together with a pastry blender or fork. Set aside.
Mix mashed sweet potatoes with sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Pour into a 9 x 9 inch lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle sweet potato mixture with the streusel topping, as much as your heart desires.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the casserole is set.
Note: The casserole can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance. Pour the prepared sweet potatoes into a tightly-covered dish, but do not add the topping. When ready to bake, pour into the casserole dish and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Top with struesel and bake as directed.
Photo and recipe courtesy of merrygourmet.com
- 4 cups cubed red potatoes
- 1 Yellow Delicious apple, cored and cubed
- 1 Red Delicious apple, cored and cubed
- 1/3 cup low fat mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar (or 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon and 1/2 tablespoon sugar)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Optional: You can drizzle a small amount of caramel sauce over the top if you like!
* Waiting until this point to core and cube the apples will keep them from browning. if you cut them up first and they sit and wait, you’ll want to sprinkle them with lemon juice to deter browning.
Variation: Omit potatoes, onions and mayonnaise and add in 2-3 more apples, and if you like, some sliced grapes.