I can't really imagine a time before this Roasted Squash and Pepita Pesto Dip was in my life. Okay, that sounds dramatic, but I'm really happy it's in my life. And, since it's friendly to almost any diet, it's a great recipe to make when you've got a lot of guests with dietary restrictions.
Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was all Mom’s Green Jell-o, Classic Green Bean casserole, and Midwest mashed potatoes. These days it's been joined by some more modern friends — vegetarian and vegan sides and with an emphasis on fresh and healthy. Having something filling other than mashers and turkey is key — which is why we came up with this Farro-Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash.
We're all for roasting, hashing, or sautéing a Brussels sprout or two but, in our book, slaws take the cake. During the Fall and Winter, the Californian in us misses the freshness of summer salads and this Shaved Brussels Slaw with Dates and Pepitas fills that void.
Wheatberry is super incognito -- those in-the-know have been cooking with it forever, putting it in soups, salads, and using it instead of rice in risotto. But, for the rest of us? It just seems like brown rice's more refined big brother. One of our favorite ways to give people a taste of wheatberries without too much commitment is this Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad.
With each passing year, we gets a bit healthier with our holiday menus. This salad is super colorful and pretty much all make ahead and also vegan and gluten free so it'll satisfy pretty much any eater.
I've got a confession: I eat any and everything when I'm out on the road. But when I get home? At home I eat super vegetarian. As in lots of salads, dips, and veggies upon veggies. Truth is, it's the only way I can get back on track after being on the road. And right this second I've got a crush on these Split Pea Veggie Wraps with Cilantro-Mint Chutney.