I’m Back—with Holiday Dishes!
After a long and much-needed hiatus to remodel the kitchen in our home of nearly 25 years, I’m joyfully back to creating new dishes for our table—and yours. Today’s offering is Winter Squash with Greens that I hope was worth the wait. (Next up: Chocolate Glazed Pumpkin Bars!)
This Winter Squash with Greens is a lovely vegan entrée when served in a soup bowl over millet or it can grace your holiday table as a side vegetable. My recipe calls for butternut squash, which I think is the easiest to carve into chunks, but you might choose another favorite winter squash. I selected lacinato kale for its deep green contrast with the golden butternut. Then I decided to go a little gourmet by adding some shiitake mushrooms.
Think you hate mushrooms? They’re optional!
I know that many people don’t like mushrooms, so don’t worry, as the dish will not suffer without them. However, mushrooms do add another layer of earthy flavor.
My husband will tell you he doesn’t like mushrooms, but his aversion is to their texture rather than their taste. When I pulse them a few times in a food processor, the mushrooms seem to disappear into the dish, and he enjoys the final result completely.
I seasoned this dish with my standard base of cumin and coriander, which gives most every vegetarian or vegan dish a subtle (but needed) flavor boost. I then added rosemary and thyme to bring this vegetables back into American cuisine’s autumn/winter/holiday repertoire. But don’t stop there!
This delicacy is open to much experimentation, so I can easily see other creative options to make it your own. If you love heat, you could add curry powder, cayenne, or red pepper flakes. Or you could pivot to France and simmer the mushrooms in wine or sherry at the beginning of the recipe, after sauteing the leeks.
I served this dish over millet, a gluten-free grain that’s high in protein, making it a light yet filling meal. And you can certainly bring this Winter Squash and Greens with you as a perfect side dish for any table—vegetarian or not—this holiday season!
PS Looking for other traditional Thanksgiving sides that are unbelievably delicious? Find recipes here for an awesome Reimagined Green Bean Casserole and my famous Holiday Sweet Potatoes with Glazed Pecans.