vegan shakshuka made with mina

10 Minute Vegan Shakshuka

Vegan shakshuka is the ultimate one-pan, nutrient-rich dish that can be enjoyed any time of day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or my favorite… brunch! I love to serve it for brunch because its a total crowd pleaser and with Mina Shakshuka sauce it is so easy to make.

vegan shakshuka

Shakshuka is a rich and flavorful tomato sauce that is typically used to poach eggs, but this delicious vegan version swaps the eggs for tofu. A traditional shakshuka recipe includes tomatoes, roasted red peppers and spices and can take over an hour to prepare from scratch! While its worth the wait, I know many of us do not have time for that! I love to use Mina Shakshuka sauce because its just as delicious as the recipes I’ve made from scratch, but I can enjoy authentic, flavorful shakshuka in just 10 minutes.

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How to make Vegan Shakshuka

As I mentioned, traditional shakshuka recipes can take over an hour, but follow the few simple steps below for a recipe thats just as tasty, full of authentic flavor, and ready in no time.

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  1. Start by scrambling your tofu. For an easy step-by-step guide, check out my tofu scramble tutorial here. Set aside.
  2. Heat a small cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Optional to spray with a light coat of olive oil.
  3. Pour in your jar of Mina Shakshuka and bring to a gentle simmer.
  4. Make 4 little wells, and spoon your tofu into each one. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and garnish with vegan feta, fresh avocado and cilantro.
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How to serve Shakshuka

One of the best things about shakshuka is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can enjoy it by itself, alongside toasted bread or naan for mopping up the tasty sauce, or with salad, mixed greens, or my favorite: massaged kale. The bold and vibrant sauce pairs so well with the refreshing and tender kale and makes the perfect light and healthy, plant based brunch. As the weather gets cooler, we make shakshuka even more frequently because its so warm and comforting.

10 Minute Vegan Shakshuka

This authentic shakshuka is an authentic, easy to make one-pan dish made with Mina Shakshuka sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: moroccan
Keyword: shakshuka, tomato stew, vegan brunch, vegan shakshuka
Servings: 4
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 8 oz extra firm tofu
  • 1 TBSP nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp kala namak indian black salt
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric (for color)
  • 1 jar Mina shakshuka sauce
  • 2 TBSP vegan feta
  • 1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped
  • crusty bread or naan, toasted

Instructions

  • Heat a small amount of oil or water in an 8" cast iron skillet over medium low heat.
  • Crumble your tofu into the skillet and season with nutritional yeast, salt and turmeric. Scramble for 3-4 minutes until golden. Transfer to a plate and wipe out your skillet.
  • Return to heat and pour in jar of Mina shakshuka sauce. Bring to a gentle simmer. Use a wooden spoon to make 4 small wells and spoon your tofu into each one. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with vegan feta, avocado slices and fresh cilantro. Spoon into bowls alongside fresh greens (optional) and serve with crusty bread or naan for dipping.
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Creamy Lentil Curry With Roasted Butternut Squash

Jumping head first into November with a Creamy Lentil Curry recipe that will warm you from the inside out! This lentil bowl is easy to make and topped with caramelized butternut squash which makes it the perfect November meal.

creamy curry lentils with Roasted Butternut Squash

This is definitely one of those recipes that you will be excited to make again the very second it’s gone. Like many soups and stews, it actually gets better the second and even third day, so it is wonderful for leftover or to meal prep ahead of time for easy, healthy lunches. The curry powder, ginger and turmeric provide such bold, sweet and earthy flavors that you will want to add a spoonful of this stew on everything from roasted veggies, to rice, to greens.

spices for creamy lentil curry with butternut squash

What do I need to make this Creamy Lentil Curry?

  • Curry Powder: This ground spice blend is a mixture of turmeric, chili powder, coriander, cumin, ginger and pepper.
  • Kaffir Lime Leaves: These dried or frozen leaves have a spiced, bright citrus flavor that is a lot lighter than a bay leaf and perfect for brightening curries. You can find kaffir lime leaves at most spice stores, online, or at many asian food stores.
    • Note: If you do not have kaffir lime leaves, you may substitute 1 1/2 tsp of lemon/lime zest for each lime leaf.
  • Whole Cumin: Whole cumin provides much bolder bursts of flavor when you bite into the individual seed, compared to ground, so I like to use a combination of both.
  • Ground Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Red Lentils: Lentils are small legumes that are full of protein, fiber, and minerals. There are many types of lentils but red or yellow are best for this recipe as they have the shortest cook time.
  • Tomatoes
  • Water
  • Coconut Milk: Canned, full fat coconut milk will achieve the creamiest and most flavorful result in this recipe.
  • Tomato Paste
  • Chili Garlic Sauce
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
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How to serve this Creamy Lentil Curry:

These creamy lentils are amazing on their own, but pair beautifully alongside basmati rice or massaged kale. I love to top them with a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, fresh cilantro, sliced cucumber, and my favorite addition: roasted butternut squash. The sweet and caramelized flavor of the squash pairs wonderfully with the spiced, earthy, bold lentils and brings a lovely seasonal aspect for fall. You can mix the roasted squash into the lentils after cooking, or place on top when serving.

How to roast Butternut Squash:

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how to roast butternut squash

Butternut squash has to be one of my favorite varieties of winter squash. Its sweet taste and creamy texture are delicious in so many different recipes. This wonderful taste is greatly enhanced after being roasted in a 400 degree oven. The edges become caramelized and the inside of each cube is tender, creamy and sweet. It can oftentimes seem daunting to peel and cube a large, firm squash, so don’t shy away from pre-cubed, store bought options, but for a step by step guide (with photos) of how to peel and prep your own, follow my tutorial here.

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Can these lentils be made ahead of time?

YES! I actually RECOMMEND making it ahead of time as it actually gets better after 24-48 hours! After a day or two, the flavors and spices are married together for a bold and complete harmonious flavor. This means it’s perfect to make for meal prep! Make a big batch on Sunday and you will be enjoying delicious, warm curry all week long. Store each ingredient separately in airtight glass containers.

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Creamy Lentil Curry With Roasted Butternut Squash

A gluten-free, vegan, one-pot lentil stew that is topped with caramelized butternut squash.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: daal, dal, fall stew, lentil stew
Servings: 8
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

Roasted Butternut Squash

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, and cubed
  • 1 TBSP avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper

Lentil Curry

  • 1 TBSP coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 TBSP curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne optional, for extra spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 C red lentils
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 28 oz water
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 14 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 TBSP chili garlic sauce
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 C cilantro, finely chopped

To Serve

  • massaged lacinto kale
  • pumpkin seeds
  • cucumber, sliced
  • fresh cilantro
  • basmati rice
  • naan bread

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Spread cubed squash on baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Coat evenly. Place in oven and roast for 30-40 minutes until golden.
  • Warm a large dutch oven or pot over medium low heat. Melt butter or oil.
  • Add in onion and sauté until fragrant. Add in garlic, ginger and seasonings. Sauté for 1-2 more minutes. Stir in tomato paste and lentils to combine.
  • Pour in tomatoes and water and add in lime leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once your lentils have thickened, add in coconut milk, chili garlic sauce, shredded carrot and cilantro. Gently simmer for 5 more minutes. Season to taste.
  • Serve hot over massaged kale and/or rice topped with roasted squash, fresh cilantro, and pumpkin seeds.
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How to Pick, Peel, Cut and Roast Butternut Squash

Fall is here and it is officially squash season! Cue all of the creamy fall soups, hearty salads, and oven roasted sides. But just how do you go about picking, peeling, prepping, and cooking the most perfect squash? I’m here to help! Butternut Squash is a fan favorite, but it can be a little intimidating! With its large size, slippery smooth skin, and odd shape, it is somewhat difficult to peel, cut and prep. Follow my step by step guide (with photos!) below for fool proof instructions starting with how to pick the most delicious squash. After this, you will be peeling and prepping your butternut squash with ease! Plus, I’ve also included my favorite ways to cook this delightful gourd.

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Step 1: Selecting the perfect butternut squash

There are a few things you will want to consider when it comes to selecting your squash. Luckily, even a not-so-great butternut squash is usually stilllll pretty darn great, but over-ripe or under-ripe could mean a lack of flavor, dryness, or mushy texture. Follow these tips to avoid those downfalls and be armed with tools to pick the sweetest and most flavorful of the bunch!

  1. Skin: Look for squash that is a deep orangey beige and even in color without any bruises, cuts or blemishes. You also want to find a squash with a matte finish, no gloss.
  2. Weight: Pick up a few and select a squash that seems heavy for its size. Kind of like a melon, a squash that feels too light isn’t ripe yet!
  3. Stem: Select a squash with a dark brown stem attached. If the stem has popped off that may be a sign that it is past its prime.

Step 2: Prepare your squash for peeling

Prepare your squash by giving it a gentle rinse, light scrub, and drying completely. Next, microwave your squash for 30-60 seconds to loosen and soften the skin slightly. Doing this will make it much easier to peel.

Step 3: Cut off ends

Place your squash on a cutting board on a flat, stable surface, and use a sharp chef’s knife to slice off the stem at the top, as well as the bottom. Discard.

Step 4: Peel

I like to use a y-shaped vegetable peeler like this one as it provides good leverage and control. Place your squash on a stable, flat surface and peel top to bottom to remove skin.

Step 5: Slice in half

Stand your squash up on the bottom end on a flat, stable surface, and carefully slice it in half lengthwise.

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Step 6: Scoop out seeds

Use a medium-sized spoon to scoop out the seeds and strings. These seeds can be washed and roasted just like pumpkin seeds if desired!

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Step 7: Slice in half again

This time, lay your squash halves cut-side down on your cutting board and carefully slice them in half crosswise to have 4 even sections.

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Step 8: Slice into strips

Cut each of the 4 sections lengthwise into 1″ thick strips.

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Step 9: Slice strips into strips

Stack 2 or 3 of the sections at a time on their side and slice into 1″ x 1″ strips.

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Step 10: Cube!

Take those stacks of strips and carefully slice into 1″ x 1″ cubes. Now, you’re ready to roast!

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How to roast the best butternut squash

Roasted butternut squash is a delicacy, I swear. It is sweet, savory, tender, crisp, caramelized, and somehow feels like both a savory meal and a dessert at the same time! Because of this, it is a delicious addition to so many different recipes. Soups, salads, pasta, curries like this one, buddha bowls, and more. Follow these simple steps to achieve the tastiest, slightly crisp, perfectly tender, caramelized squash!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a large metal baking sheet (or two) with foil and spray lightly with oil.
  3. Add your squash cubes to a bowl and drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil. About 1-2 TBSP for a medium-large squash.
  4. Next, sprinkle with salt and pepper and give them another good toss.
  5. After seasoning, spread evenly on a baking sheet, using two if needed to not overcrowd.
  6. Place into the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and use a metal spatula to flip.
  8. Return to oven and roast for another 10-15 minutes until golden.

What seasonings to use on butternut squash

Butternut squash is so delicious and flavorful on its own, that I rarely add anything besides salt and pepper. However, depending on your recipe, there are some herbs and seasonings that compliment it wonderfully!

  • Sweet: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
  • Savory: Garlic, cumin, and paprika
  • Herby: Sage, rosemary, thyme, or oregano

Is butternut squash healthy?

Absolutely! Butternut squash is a nutrient-dense complex carb. It is high in Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Calcium, and magnesium. A 1 cup serving has 63 calories, 0.1g of fat, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugar, and 1.4g protein. This makes it a wonderful addition to any meal!

How to Roast Butternut Squash

A step by step guide for the perfect roasted squash.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed using the guide above
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a large metal baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with oil.
  • Add your cubed squash to a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Spread in an even layer on the lined baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd.
  • Roast for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and use a metal spatula to flip.
  • Roast for another 10-15 minutes until golden.
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sweet chili gluten free vegan cauliflower

Gluten Free Vegan Sweet Chili Cauliflower

This delightfully crispy, flavorful, restaurant-style sweet chili cauliflower is truly TO DIE FOR! It is a vegan spin on coconut shrimp with sweet chili sauce and you’re going to love it. It’s just as delicious as your favorite restaurant app, way healthier (baked not fried and lower in sodium), less expensive, and ready in 35 minutes! Plus it’s gluten free AND vegan!

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What Makes This Sweet Chili Cauliflower Healthier Than Restaurant Options?

Since this recipe is baked, not fried, it is totally oil free and much lower in fat. The sauce is also much lower in sodium, and the florets are very lightly breaded with an organic, gluten-free rice flour and water mixture, so this dish is also lower in calories and carbs. Because this recipe is veggie based, it is also higher in nutrients!

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What Type of Flour Should I Use?

I have tested this recipe with alllllll the flours – almond flour, chickpea flour, oat flour, you name it! Through my testing, I have found two types of flour that work best to make the most delicious tender on the inside, crispy on the outside sweet chili cauliflower. Brown rice flour and gluten free all purpose flour (or regular all purpose if you’re not gluten free). These two varieties of flour achieve the crispiest exterior which definitely adds to the deliciousness.

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Can You Make This Vegan Sweet Chili Cauliflower Ahead of Time?

I definitely recommend making this recipe right before serving, but leftovers can certainly be reheated in an oven or air fryer. Speaking of air fryers – I have heard GREAT feedback from those of you who have tried this recipe in an air fryer, so if that’s your thing, definitely give it a go! If you are looking to save time and meal prep this recipe, you can do that by cutting up your cauliflower into florets and refrigerating in an airtight container, whisking together the ingredients for your sauce, and preparing your batter. The batter does tend to thicken over time, so you will want to add a little more water if needed to thin. The consistency should be just slightly thinner than pancake batter when coating the florets.

Tips to Make This Cauliflower Extra Crispy:

  • Make sure your batter is not too thick. I have the best results when my batter is slightly thinner than pancake batter.
  • Don’t overcoat your florets. After tossing with the batter, remove each floret one by one using a fork and letting excess batter drip off.
  • Add a sprinkle of the optional gluten free breadcrumbs. These add a nice crunch.
  • If you’re not eating oil-free, spray with a very light coat of olive oil half way through the bake time.
  • Let your florets cool after baking for at least 3-5 minutes before tossing with the sauce. This prevents them from steaming and getting mushy.

Can I Substitute the Chili Garlic Sauce for Other Sauce Flavors?

Absolutely! This recipe is DELIGHTFUL with a buffalo sauce, teriyaki sauce, peanut sauce, BBQ sauce, or my personal favorites Better Than Takeout Orange Cauliflower and  Crispy Sesame Cauliflower.

What is Hearts of Palm Rice?

This sweet chili cauliflower can be served with white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, you name it! But my favorite option is a rice made from hearts of palm from Palmini! This is a wonderful low-carb, low-calorie alternative that tastes and feels very similar to regular rice! The taste is also much more mild than cauliflower rice. You can order from their website or amazon.

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Crispy Gluten Free Vegan Sweet Chili Cauliflower

A healthier, gluten free, vegan spin on restaurant-style sweet chili coconut shrimp. Oven baked for a perfectly crisp texture.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower wings, crispy cauliflower, sweet chili cauliflower
Servings: 4
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into medium sized florets, stems removed

Cauliflower Batter

  • 1 C brown rice flour or gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1 C water or plant milk, make sure plant milk is unsweetened and unflavored
  • 1 TBSP coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/4 C finely shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 C gluten free breadcrumbs optional

Sweet Chili Glaze

  • 1/2 C sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 C chili garlic sauce

To Serve

  • broccoli, steamed
  • red bell pepper, steamed
  • black sesame seeds
  • cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 servings hearts of palm rice, cooked accordingly

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix together all ingredients for batter, except breadcrumbs, in a bowl. Batter should be slightly thinner than pancake batter. Add cauliflower florets to bowl and toss to coat.
  • One by one, remove cauliflower from batter with a fork, letting excess drip off, and transfer to oiled parchment lined baking sheets, being sure not to overcrowd. Sprinkle generously with breadcrumbs if using. Spray with a very light coat of olive oil. (optional for extra crispiness!)
  • Bake for 25 minutes until golden and crisp.
  • Whisk together sweet chili sauce and chili garlic sauce in a small saucepan. Warm over low heat. Season to taste.
  • Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool for 3-5 min (this step is very important as it prevents the cauliflower from getting soggy!)
  • Transfer cauliflower to a bowl and toss gently with sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro.
  • Serve hot with rice, broccoli, and peppers. Can also be served as a poppable, bite-sized appetizer.
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fall harvest salad

Fall Harvest Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Pomegranate

This simple and delicious fall harvest salad is bursting with seasonal flavors and hearty texture. The juicy pomegranate, roasted sweet potatoes and peppery parsley make it the perfect salad to enjoy all season long, especially as a side dish for Thanksgiving. It is also allergen-friendly as it is vegan and gluten free!

Fall harvest quinoa salad

A big, beautiful, hearty salad can easily be the star of the show on any table. The ingredients in this salad are so flavorful that they can actually be enjoyed totally dressing-free, but a light drizzle of this homemade pomegranate vinaigrette is a great finishing touch for a crowd-pleasing bowl.

Keys to Success for a Crave Worthy Fall Harvest Salad

These are a few tips and tricks I always use, no matter the season, that are sure to have your guests going back to the salad bowl for seconds. Follow these and your salad is sure to be a highlight of any Thanksgiving or holiday spread.

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  • 5+ Ingredients: Using a mixture of ingredients and thinking outside of the traditional “lettuce and veggies box” creates depth and interest for any bowl.
  • Adding a Grain: Ingredients such as quinoa, farro, brown rice, or bread crumbs add a hearty texture and make your salad feel like a meal.
  • Homemade Dressing: Making your own dressing is SO easy and will take any salad from blah to WOW! Plus, they are way healthier because you are in control of exactly what goes in them. No sugar, dairy, excess oil or preservatives! Homemade dressings also taste much fresher and more flavorful than store-bought dressing.
  • Add Something Sweet: Fresh or dried fruit provides a bright and refreshing burst of flavor that is the perfect contrast to earthy veggies.
  • Diversify Your Greens: Think outside the box and use a mixture of greens such as kale, arugula, microgreens, mustard greens, or watercress.
  • Instant Flavor Enhancers: Ingredients like fresh citrus zest and herbs add so much to the flavor. Start with smaller amounts as some people are sensitive to the flavor of fresh herbs.
  • Add a Plant Protein: Legumes such as lentils, beans, edamame and peas add a great texture, fiber, and extra protein to make this salad more of a meal.

Other Classic Thanksgiving Dishes to Veganize

Oftentimes traditional Thanksgiving recipes are filled with meat, milk, butter and cream. However, it’s so easy to veganize many of your favorite Thanksgiving sides..

  • Mashed Potatoes: Swap traditional butter and cream for vegan butter and coconut or cashew cream.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole: Substitute traditional butter and eggs for vegan butter and flaxseed eggs.
  • Stuffing: Swap traditional butter and chicken broth for vegan butter and vegetable broth.
  • Green Bean Casserole: Instead of using store-bought mushroom soup, make your own using cashew cream.
  • Whipped Cream: My two favorite store-bought options are this Almond Milk Whipped Cream and this Oat Milk Whipped Cream, but you can also make your own using canned coconut milk or aquafaba.

Thanksgiving Sides That Are Already Vegan

  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Roasted Glazed Carrots
  • Corn
  • Bread (oftentimes)
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Fall Harvest Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Pomegranate

An easy to make, gluten free, vegan fall harvest salad with quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, herbs, and pomegranate.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Salad, Thanksgiving
Cuisine: American, Thanksgiving
Keyword: Fall Salad, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Salad, Vegan Thanksgiving Side
Servings: 8
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

Fall Harvest Salad

  • 1 C quinoa, cooked according to package and cooled
  • 1 large sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 1/2 TBSP olive oil divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped about 1 1/2 – 2 cups
  • 1/2 C sliced almonds
  • 1 bunch lacinto kale, finely chopped about 3 – 4 cups
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 C pomegranate arils
  • 14 oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 C pinenuts, toasted

Pomegranate Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 C pomegranate juice
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with oil.
  • Add sweet potatoes to a bowl and drizzle with 1 TBSP of olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, cinnamon, and cumin. Toss to evenly coat. Spread on baking sheet being sure not to overcrowd and using a second baking sheet if needed. Wipe out bowl.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping after 15-20 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add your kale to the same bowl and drizzle with the remaining 1/2 TBSP olive oil and juice of 1 lemon. Use your hands to massage for 15-30 seconds until tender.
  • Whisk together all ingredients for dressing in a glass. Season to taste.
  • Add all ingredients for salad to a large bowl and toss to combine. This salad is delicious without the dressing, so taste before adding!
  • Drizzle a light amount of dressing, if desired, right before serving and toss to combine.

Notes

This salad can be made in advance and stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Keep dressing separate and add right before serving.
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Roasted Delicata Grain Bowl with Fig Balsamic Dressing

When it comes to cozy fall dinners, roasted delicata squash is hard to beat. After roasting, it becomes sweet, flavorful, caramelized on the outside, creamy on the inside, and adds such a warm and delightful texture to almost any dish. This easy to make roasted delicata grain bowl has become one of our favorite dishes this time of year. It incorporates some of the best flavors of fall including delicata squash, pomegranate, plum, pumpkin, and fig.

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What is Delicata Squash and How do You Prepare it?

Delicata squash, commonly referred to as peanut squash, Bohemian squash, or sweet potato squash, is loved for its delicate, edible skin. That’s right, the skin is totally edible so there is no peeling required! This makes delicata a dream come true for squash-lovers who dislike the hassle of peeling other common varieties of squash. So just how do you prepare this lovable, delicious squash? Follow the simple steps below.

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Since you are going to be consuming the skin you will first want to thoroughly wash your squash. I like to use a soft bristled brush with warm water and give it a good scrub. After drying, place your squash on a flat, stable surface and slice off the top and bottom. Stand the squash up on one of the flat ends and carefully, slowly slice down the center so you have two long halves. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Fun fact: the seeds are also edible (just like pumpkin!) so feel free to wash, dry, and roast if your little heart desires.

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Once you have your two halves, place them flesh side down on a cutting board and slice crosswise into 1″ thick half moons.

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Next, place your squash slices in a bowl. Drizzle with oil of choice and salt and pepper. Other seasonings can be used, but delicata has a very sweet, flavorful taste of its own. A little salt and pepper is really all it needs. Once you have an even light coat of olive oil and salt and pepper it is time to roast! Spread in an even layer on a foil-lined baking sheet and follow the recipe for this roasted delicata grain bowl below.

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What is Massaged Kale?

If I could have a soapbox to stand on for one topic and one topic only it would be MASSAGED KALE. I know it sounds weird. I know kale is bitter and rigid and fibrous. But I also know you’re going to LOVE it when you try this easy technique. Once I started preparing my kale this way it quickly became my most favorite base for bowls, salads, grains, and more! After massaging it becomes sweet, tender, and adds a perfect pop of flavor. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be craving kale on the daily.

  • Buy Lacinto Kale, also known as Dinosaur Kale. In contrast to traditional curly kale, it is darker in color, flatter in texture, easier to clean, and sweeter/more mild in taste.
  • Remove the stems. I actually like the stems, but for those newer to their relationships with kale they can be a little to thick, tough, and fibrous.
  • Finely chop. Thinner strips of kale are easier to tenderize when massaging and make for smaller pieces to chew.
  • Oil + Lemon Juice. Aka, the secret sauce. Just a tiny bit of both is the perfect combination to tenderize the kale and add some slip when massaging.
  • Massage!! I know, I know. What type of high maintenance vegetable requires massaging?! But trust me, it’s worth the entire 15-30 seconds it takes, and you will love the result! Simply use your hands to rub the chopped leaves between your fingers and you will quickly feel it soften.
Roasted butternut squash grain bowl

Roasted Delicata Squash Grain Bowl With Fig Balsamic Sauce

A perfect easy to make warm fall salad with caramelized delicata squash, autumn fruits, greens, and a creamy balsamic fig dressing.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: delicata squash, fall grain bowl, warm salad
Servings: 4
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

Delicata Squash

  • 1 medium delicata squash halved lengthwise, seeds removed, and sliced into 1" half moons
  • 1 TBSP olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper

Grain Bowl

  • 1 C brown rice, cooked according to package
  • 1 bunch lacinto kale, stems removed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 4 C baby arugula
  • 1 plum, cubed
  • 2 medjool dates, chopped
  • 1/2 C pomegranate arils
  • 2 TBSP pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 C crispy chickpeas
  • 1/4 C fresh parsley, finely chopped

Creamy Fig Balsamic

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with olive oil. Set aside
  • Add delicata slices to a bowl and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to evenly coat. Arrange in a single layer on your lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Wipe out bowl if necessary (a little olive oil residue is just fine) and add your chopped kale. Drizzle with 1/2 tsp olive oil and lemon juice. Use your hands to massage the kale for 15-30 seconds until it becomes soft and tender. Add in arugula and toss to combine.
  • Distribute greens between 4 serving bowls and top with cooked rice and remaining ingredients.
  • Add ingredients for dressing to a small blender and puree until creamy. Season to taste.
  • Drizzle dressing over bowls and top with roasted squash.
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