Most people think of butternut squash or acorn when they think of squash, but delicata is a sweet and delicious variety that has a delicate edible skin, and is great for stuffing or even just slicing up and roasting as well. This stuffed squash recipe is a great vegan or vegetarian main dish option for a holiday meal! It is not only pretty and festive, but healthy as well with plenty of fiber and nutrients from the squash! This is pretty easy to make as well, and you could even make it ahead of time and reheat it covered in the oven if you needed to.
This holiday season let’s spread holiday cheer by creating a wow-worthy charcuterie board when entertaining! Here are some tips and tricks to create one effortlessly:
1 Variety of Selection
Select special ingredients to elevate your charcuterie board like Merlot Bellavitano Cheese or a variety of season nuts, herbs, and fruits for garnishing.
2 Build Your Board
Start by placing key elements on the board first, like your cheeses and bowls to hold smaller ingredients. Use these as pillars to balance the layout and fill in the with supportive ingredients.
3 Made to Wow Styling
To give your board a wow-factor, add styling elements: delicately fold pieces of sliced meats, fan out crackers and bring in different shapes like baguette slices for added texture.
4 Festive Finishing
To create a sense of movement and depth on the board, use tiny bowls, low mason jars or layering on smaller marble boards to hold ingredients.
Tip: To make your board feel extra festive, select ingredients that speak to the seasons like sprigs of rosemary or cranberries.
There is an array of products at Fresh & Natural Foods that would make great components for your charcuterie board. Come in and select what you like best.
These coconut peppermint bon bons are the perfect holiday treat! They look like snow balls on the inside, but the outside is decadent dark chocolate! They are made without refined sugar as well, and happen to be vegan and gluten free! They would be perfect to set out as part of a holiday buffet, or just to give as a sweet gift if you know a coconut lover!
Cookies are an essential part of the Holidays! I love baking cookies, eating them, and of course sharing and gifting them to others! These Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Chip cookies are not only delicious, but really easy to make as far as holiday cookies go, just mix, shape and bake! Also, they happen to be vegan and gluten free but you would never guess by tasting them!
There is so much heavy rich food at Thanksgiving, it is nice to sometimes have a lighter salad on the table to balance it out. That is why I love this kale salad! It is packed with flavor, and is delicious, but it is also pretty healthy thanks to all of the nutrients and fiber from the squash, kale and pumpkin seeds. It is easy to make too, and could even be made a day ahead of time (just don’t mix in the squash until you are ready to serve). This would make a lovely addition to your holiday meal!
This pumpkin cheesecake is a nice alternative to pie for Thanksgiving and it is great for making ahead of time! Not only that, it is gluten free, and vegan since it is made with coconut milk instead of dairy. Also, it is free of refined sugar! This cake tastes just as rich and delicious as traditional cheesecake, but is much better for you!
Many people think that mashed potatoes need to be loaded with dairy to be delicious, but did you know that vegan ones can be just as satisfying? These mashed potatoes are really easy to make and so good! You would never guess that they are vegan! If you don’t prefer the garlic and green onions, just leave them out to make plain vegan mashed potatoes.
Weeknights can be busy, and when the chill of fall and winter hits, you want something quick and comforting for dinner! This creamy sweet potato pasta is so easy to make and so good! It is actually healthy too, with no oil, plenty of sweet potato, and plenty of fiber from the whole wheat pasta. Although it is creamy, it contains no dairy, since it gets its richness from raw cashew butter! Next time you are in the mood for some healthy comfort food, give this a try!
Did you know you can make delicious oil free granola that is nice and crispy at home? Well, you can! This sweet potato granola is delicious with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of cinnamon plus the crunch of pumpkin seeds and pecans! It is packed with fiber and protein, the perfect autumn snack!
Nothing beats a good home made apple or pear pie during the fall and winter season, and for the holidays. I like to make them with a struesel oat topping with is much less fussy than a double crust pie and so good! Also, I pre-cook my filling to cut way down on the baking time, and it comes out perfect every time! If you would like this recipe to be gluten free, swap Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour in an equal amount with the whole wheat pastry. Give this a try the next time you are craving apple pie instead of just buying one, trust me, it is so worth it!