I’m excited that this weekend is our next So Many Cooks in the Kitchen show where about a dozen of us Cooks will be presenting So Much Squash! and sharing tasty and nutritious squash recipes. The monthly whole food plant-based shows are broadcast live and then later edited and available on the Plant-Based Network.
While the squash was cooking, I prepared a simple vegan “cheese” sauce. I blended about 1/4 cup raw cashews with about 3/4 cup water, 2T nutritional yeast, 1 T thick leftover kabocha squash and lentil soup, and 1/4 t each of onion powder and garlic powder, as well as a pinch of salt.
I served the squash with a sweet potato wedge and dollop of “cheese”, and was going to pan saute some sweet onions but forgot (!). I did top with a small bunch of the Razzmatazz grapes. I served with a mixed grain and raw vegetables.
Dinner was very good! I love the sweet and dense taste of this squash; it was the first time I’d tried it but it will be a variety I seek out now. A real testament was that my daughter, who doesn’t normally like squash, really enjoyed the meal.
My family loves the grapes from this farm! Today’s meal really used the grapes as a hearty garnish, and I ate the grapes as a palate cleanser. I want to work on some recipes where these cute, small, but nutrition- packed grapes are integral, and hope this week to maybe make a squash dish with grapes as part of a stuffing.
By the way, I made some “ice cream” with the Razzmatazz grapes after dinner. I put grapes, a little bit of plant milk (I used unsweetened flax milk), and that’s it into my blender and blended for maybe 10 seconds till the mixture “seized up” and looked like ice cream. It was tart for my wife but my daughter and I quite liked it!
Ideas for the future
I am excited about the squash show and will use that as an excuse this week to continue to probe new squash dishes. I am also excited about connecting with this farm and enjoying their grapes. I bet I’ll have a nice grape-squash recipe to demonstrate this Saturday!
Labels: Almost No Added Fat, Gluten Free, Instant Pot, So Many Cooks in the Kitchen, Squash, Vitamix