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Have you ever had roasted acorn squash?? The roasting brings out the sweetness of the squash and it just begs to be filled with all sorts of veggie goodness. This quinoa stuffed acorn squash is studded with sautéed wild mushrooms and topped with a pipian rojo.

acorn squash on a sheet tray after being roasted

Pipian rojo is a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of sauce, made with roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted tomato, and dried pasilla, arbol, and ancho chiles. It pairs perfectly with the umami of the mushrooms and provides a touch of creaminess to the whole dish. The pipian is a recipe from the excellent book Decolonize Your Diet, which I highly recommend.

cooked quinoa in a silver pot

I was supposed to publish this recipe before Thanksgiving since it would make a great vegan Thanksgiving main course, but of course, life got in the way and I couldn’t publish it in time. We hosted Thanksgiving at our house this year, and it was so good to be surrounded by all the craziness and noise that family brings.

cooked quinoa and mushrooms in a saute pan

Our feast was a mix of both vegan and omni dishes. My husband (who is not vegan) was adamant that there needed to be turkey so we compromised and almost all the sides and desserts were vegan.This was my first time trying a vegan celebration roast!! I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried. I ended up buying two, the Gardein Holiday Roast and the Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast en Croute.

quinoa stuffed acorn squash and spoon pouring sauce on top of it

The Gardein Roast is more turkey-like and filled with sort of stuffing. The Field Roast Cranberry Roast is more sausage-like with ginger, cranberries, and apples. The baby and I enjoyed both of them very much. I was very surprised and thrilled when one of my sisters had celebration roast instead of turkey!! After trying both of them, I can’t decide which one I like best, they’re both really good. I do have to say that If you’re more into turkey-like meats then go with the Gardein Roast, if you’re more of a sausage person then go with the Field Roast. How great is it that vegans and vegetarians have so many delicious options available!I’m definitely getting a celebration roast for Christmas.

a fork in the quinoa stuffed acorn squash

 

The Recipe: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pipian Rojo

  • You can make the pipian rojo and the quinoa the day before to make this super fast.
  • If quinoa is not your favorite you can use rice instead.
  • Kabocha squash would also work really well with this recipe.
  • Wild mushrooms like maitake or oyster would make this dish even better.
quinoa stuffed acorn squash with pipian rojo on a white plate
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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pipian Rojo

Quinoa stuffed acorn squash with sauteed mushrooms topped with a smoky pipian rojo and cilantro. A great centerpiece for any vegan feast.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pipian rojo, quinoa, stuffed squash
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 Acorn squash. cut in half, seeds removed
  • 1 cup Quinoa, raw, rinsed
  • 2 cups Vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ¼ cup Water or (1 tbsp. of the oil of your choice)
  • ½ lb. Cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Minced shallots
  • 1 cup Chopped raw greens, kale, spinach or swiss chard
  • 1 ½ cups Pipian Rojo
  • ¼ cup Chopped cilantro

Preparation

  1. Preheat Oven to 400°F.
  2. Place the squash, cut side down, on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper.
  3. Roast for 30 min. flip the squash over, then continue roasting until tender about 20 more minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. In the meantime, heat a medium pot to medium heat and add quinoa. Pour in vegetable stock and 1 tsp. of salt and stir. Bring mixture to a very low simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated and the quinoa is tender.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit in the pot for 6 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  6. Heat a large sauté pan to medium-high heat, add ¼ cup of water (or 1 tbsp. of oil) and cook the mushrooms until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes. If the mushrooms begin to stick, add a little bit of vegetable stock.
  7. Lower heat to medium-low, and add shallots, cook for 3-4 minutes or until the shallots are tender.
  8. Mix in the greens, and let them cook down, about 1-2 minutes.
  9. Add the mushroom mixture to the quinoa in the pot, and mix well. Season to taste.
  10. 10. Fill your acorn halves with the quinoa mixture and top with the pipian rojo, and chopped cilantro. Place plenty of extra pipian rojo on the table, because you will be coming back for more of this delicious sauce!

Chef's Notes

  • Instead of pipian rojo you could also use mole poblano.
  • You can make the pipian rojo and the quinoa the day before to make this super-fast.
  • If quinoa is not your favorite you can use rice instead.
  • Kabocha squash would also work really well with this recipe.
  • Wild mushrooms like maitake or oyster would make this dish even better.

 

 

 

 

I dislike veggie burgers. They’re not burgers!!! Inevitably though, you will find yourself eating one, because they are commonly the only vegetarian-vegan options available at casual restaurants. Why make them at home then? Well, this recipe for spiced sweet potato black bean burger is pretty good, if I do say so myself. I usually make a big batch and freeze them. This way when I’m too lazy, tired, or out late doing stuff, I just pull some out of the freezer and make dinner, voila!

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

 

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

 

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

The addition of garam masala gives it a unique flavor and they are packed with veggies. The munchkin loves them. I do have to warn you, they are definitely not burgers. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them on their own with a salad or in a whole wheat wrap. Alright lovely readers, it’s late, have a sweet night.

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

The Recipe: Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

This burger is packed full of veggies and protein. I have added garam-masala and serrano pepper for an extra kick. I usually make these when I have leftover brown rice and quinoa. Enjoy!

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Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Diced yellow onion
  • 4 Garlic, cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Carrots, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup Celery, diced
  • 1/2 Serrano, diced
  • 1/3 cup Corn kernels, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup Sweet potato, cooked, peeled, mashed
  • 1 tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Maseca, corn flour
  • 1 cup Black Beans, drained, canned
  • 1 cup Brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup Chopped parslet
  • To taste Salt kosher
  • To taste Black pepper ground

Preparation

  1. In the bowl of a food processor add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, serrano, and corn kernels and process until the vegetables are chopped finely but not pureed.
  2. In a large pan, set to medium-low heat, sauté vegetable mixture until all of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 – 7 minutes. Set aside and let cool for 5 min.
  3. In a large bowl combine brown rice, quinoa, beans, sweet potato, garam masala, paprika, corn flour, parsley, vegetable mixture, salt, and pepper.
  4. Place half of the mixture back into the food processor and pulse 3 times. Return mixture to bowl and mix well.
  5. Form into patties. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cooking.
  6. To cook, sauté in 1 tbsp. of oil for 2 -3 min. on each side until golden brown.
  7. Serve.

Chef's Notes

If the mixture still seems too wet, you can adjust the quantity of quinoa and brown rice accordingly.

 

 

In May, I wrote about wanting to quit blogging, so it might come as a surprise to you that I started a new blog! Unfortunately, for all you English speaking readers it’s in Spanish. I was born and raised in Mexico, which means Spanish is my primary language. I came to the U.S. as an international student in order to go to The Culinary Institute of America, thus the majority of my culinary education was imparted in English. I’m a embarrassed to say this, but I’m a bit more comfortable writing about food in English. However, my parents and a big chunk of my extended family do not speak English, and they have voiced their complains about not being able to understand anything I write. Oops!

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

The reason I was hesitant to start a blog in Spanish was for the same reasons I was considering quitting this blog, it’s a lot of work! However, after receiving support and encouraging comments from a couple of readers, I am once again motivated to continue sharing recipes with you. Of course, it also really helps that the munchkin is in school full time:)

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

 

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

 

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

Monday is Mexico’s Independence Day, so in honor of a wonderful country, an amazing group of people, and one of the best cuisines in the world ( I might be a little bit biased here) is a recipe for chiles rellenos that is not traditional, but has all the flavor and complexity of Mexican cuisine.

The Recipe: Vegan Chile Relleno with Zucchini and Quinoa

Roasted poblano peppers are stuffed with a sauté of zucchini , corn , tomato, onion, garlic, and quinoa. They are slathered in a creamy chipotle sauce or you can use whatever salsa you like. If quinoa is not easily accessible to you, feel free to use rice instead. Enjoy!

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Vegan Chile Relleno with Zucchini and Quinoa

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Zucchini Sauté (Calabacitas)

  • 1 tbsp. Grapeseed oil (optional)
  • 1 cup Onion, white, finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Ears of corn, cut into kernels
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable stock or water
  • 3 Zucchini, cut into large dice
  • 2 cups Tomato, fresh or canned, diced

Stuffed Peppers

  • 8 Poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded 8 ea.
  • 3 cups Quinoa, cooked
  • Zucchini sauté, Recipe above
  • Creamy Chipotle Sauce (see note)

Preparation

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, set to medium heat; sweat the onion in 1 tbsp. of oil for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is translucent.
  2. Add corn and ¼ cup of water or veg stock, cover and let steam until corn is tender, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Uncover, add zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  4. Add tomato and cook for 2 minutes more.
  5. Season and reserve for later use.
  6. Stuff the bottom of the chiles with quinoa and top with zucchini mixture. Pour chipotle sauce on top and serve.

Chef's Notes

If you can’t find quinoa or don’t like it, you can use rice. You can find the recipe for the creamy chipotle sauce here. 

 

 

A reader asked me for a recipe for roasted beet orange and quinoa salad months ago, and finally here it is. Better late than never! Lately, it seems that every time I try to set time aside to work on the blog I fail miserably at actually working on it. I could blame it on scheduling, work, or argue that I’ve been spending time with my family, but I think that when it comes down to it I have been lacking motivation.

I have been blogging for 2 yrs. pretty consistently, and it has been very rewarding. After leaving professional kitchens to be a mom, I desperately needed an outlet for my cooking, so I started this blog and a blog in Spanish. I plunged head into it, maybe a little too eagerly. So much so, that the hubby had to ask me to please step away from the computer on more than one occasion. I got excited about every single person who subscribed to the blog, rejoiced if anybody “liked” my post, and considered it a true achievement when a post had more than 5 viewers a day. With every post I discovered something new about cooking and my relationship with food. By reading other blogs, I also caught a glimpse of other people’s lives, what they cook in their homes, and their family recipes passed down from generation to generation.

After a while the novelty wore off, and it hit me how much work goes in to keeping up with a blog. In order to publish one post, there’s cooking, recipe resting, recipe writing, picture taking, picture editing, writing, editing the writing, putting it all together, and finally hitting the publish button. It doesn’t end there! After you publish, you spend several days promoting on facebook, twitter, and pinterest. If you want other people to read your blog, you also have to spend a good amount of time reading and commenting on other blogs. This could truly be a full time job, and it is for some people.

It has taken me 2 yrs. to get 228 blog followers and about 1,200 views a month. Some of my posts have been better than others, and the recipes and pictures have improved over time. I just think I have reached a moment in my life where I have to ask myself, “Could my time be spent more wisely?” Bloggers I need your help. How do you stay motivated?

This vegan recipe for roasted beet orange and quinoa salad is full of protein, flavor, and texture. It´s dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette.

The Recipe: Roasted Beet Orange and Quinoa Salad

This vegan recipe for roasted beet orange and quinoa salad is full of protein, flavor, and texture. It´s dressed in a sweet balsamic vinaigrette. It is a great lunch option. Enjoy!

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Roasted Beet Orange and Quinoa Salad

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 Servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Salad

  • 3 cups Quinoa, cooked
  • 2 Roasted beets, medium, cut into small dice (see notes)
  • 3 Blood oranges, cut into segments
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette To taste

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 3/4 cup Oil grapeseed
  • 3 tbsp. Water room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp. Agave nectar, or other plant-based sweetener

Preparation

Salad

  1. In a large bowl combine quinoa, oranges, beets, and pumpkin seeds.

  2. Add the desired amount of dressing and season to taste.

Dressing

  1. Place vinegar, garlic clove, and mustard in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Through the top of the blender, gradually pour in the oil, while running the blender on low/medium. The mixture will thicken as the oil is blended in.
  3. After all of the oil has been added, pour in 3 tbsp. of water, and agave nectar.

  4. Season to taste and serve.

Chef's Notes

To roast beets, preheat oven to 375 degrees F, coat beets lightly with oil, wrap beets in aluminum foil, place on a baking sheet, and roast in the oven until cooked through, approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, and then peel and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices.

You can use canned beets or steamed beets for a quick version of this recipe.