Hello! I’ve been neglecting this site because I was off on some amazing adventures in Europe and the midwest, and then more recently just life/work/busy stuff too. But I was so excited when I made two new super simple and pretty fast recipes tonight that I just concocted in my head! Well, ok. One was an idea strictly from me, but the other is based off of a Vitamix recipe from the Vitamix Cook Book that comes with the awesome blender (yes, I got one a few months ago!)
Butternut Squash Mash
You will need:
1 large butternut squash or 2 small ones
3/4 cup of rice
Some olive oil
Here’s what you do. It’s super simple. First you need to roast the squash. Preheat your oven to 450. Cut it in half (it’s hard so be careful!) Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and save them for some roasting. Evenly spread a little bit of olive oil on each face, and place them face down on a roasting sheet or some aluminum foil. Then just put them in the oven for 45min to an hour. If they’re on the bigger side, it will take longer.
While your squash is cooking, make the rice. Remember, rice usually has a 2:1 rice to water ratio. This recipe works best with white or brown rice, not wild rice or any husked rice.
While the squash and rice are cooking, chop the onion and throw it into a pan with some olive oil. Sautee the onion until it’s a bit brown and pretty soft.
When everything is ready, just mix it all together in a big bowl and put some black pepper on it, to taste. It’s a great fall vegan dish to make on a Sunday and eat at work throughout the week, saving some time for R&R during the busy weeknights.
Vitamix Fresh Tomato Sauce Redux
The Vitamix Cook Book has a recipe for fresh tomato sauce that calls for tomato paste and sugar, which I don’t like to cook with, especially not when I have amazing fresh tomatoes that were grown right in front of my house, and wonderful whole food sweeteners like dates and raisins. In my rendition, I use cashews as a bit of a thickener as well. This is my version of the Fresh Tomato Sauce recipe from the Vitamix Book.
You will need:
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
8-9 tomatoes (smallish & cut into quarters)
1/2 of a large onion (cut it in half)
1 garlic clove (peeled)
1 date (take the pit out!)
A small handful of raisins
A small handful of Cashews
A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Put all of this stuff in the Vitamix (or whatever other blender you have, I guess) and start it on variable 1 (if you have a variable speed one) and then ramp it up to 10, then high. After it’s blended, for 30 seconds to 1 minute, pour it into a sauce pan and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes. That’s it! Super simple & vegan tomato sauce. This is another one that I love to do on a Sunday and eat with pasta during the week.