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Roasted Vegetables with Truffle Cream Sauce

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When I think of autumn recipes, visions of oven roasted vegetables and herb infused sauces come to mind. The chilly weather lends itself to some super comforting dishes full of seasonal goodness. One of my favorite flavors is that of truffle oil. It gives everything from vegetable to pizza and pasta a mouthwatering savory aroma and flavor. In today’s recipe there will be truffle flavor throughout. From the oven roasted cauliflower and artichokes to the goat cheese and mushroom cream sauce they will be tossed in. Be sure to purchase a truffle oil made with real truffle mushrooms or an olive oil that is infused with truffle oil. Many companies cut corners by using an artificial truffle flavoring, and although it is less expensive, nothing beats the real thing.

This roasted vegetables with truffle cream sauce recipe is perfect for transitioning to fall cooking and a crowd pleasing dish for autumn entertaining.

Roasted Vegetables with Truffle Cream Sauce

Roasted Vegetables with Truffle Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained quartered
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white truffle oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 basil leaves, chopped
  • FOR TRUFFLE CREAM SAUCE
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white truffle oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dry artichoke hearts with a paper towel to remove excess liquid. In a large bowl, combine cauliflower florets, artichoke hearts, olive oil, white truffle oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir.
  2. Pour into baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until vegetables are lightly browned.
  3. While vegetables roast, prepare truffle sauce by combining olive oil, garlic, oregano and mushrooms over medium heat in a large pan. Cover and cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Add goat cheese, almond milk and truffle oil. Stir until goat cheese is melted and sauce is thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low heat.
  5. Once vegetables are roasted, add them to the pan with cream sauce. Stir to coat.
  6. Pour into a large serving bowl. Garnish with sliced almonds and basil.
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Rich and Hearty Vegetarian Chili

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Chili is a mainstay in my house during the cooler months because it can be made in large batches and reheated throughout the week. Today’s recipe is a vegetarian chili that sticks to the ribs and comforts after a long day of work or being outside on a crisp fall day. This chili gets its heartiness from meaty eggplant and mushrooms with a rich, creamy tomato broth. It is a perfect meatless Monday recipe.

Rich and Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Rich and Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pinto beans
  • 3 cans Fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 1 Zucchini, diced
  • 1 small eggplant, diced
  • 1 c sliced mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 c half n' half
  • 1 4oz can of hatched green chiles
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 handful Cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven, sauté carrot and onion in four tbsp olive oil. Cover and cook 7 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant and garlic, sauté 5 minutes longer.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, chiles and seasonings. Bring to a simmer and cook 25 minutes.
  4. Stir in half and half.
  5. Serve with cilantro.
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Autumn Spaghetti with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce

Autumn Spaghetti Recipe

Nothing says “Fall” like a big bowl of pasta. Today’s recipe is full of autumn goodness with sweet and savory flavors running through it. Instead of a traditional tomato sauce, we are making a simple and delicious brown sugar and sage butter to coat the spaghetti. Roasted butternut squash, mushrooms, brussels sprouts and walnuts make this vegetarian autumn spaghetti a perfect entree for meatless mondays during the cooler months.
 

Autumn Spaghetti with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce

Autumn Spaghetti with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz package of spaghetti
  • 1 c Brussels sprouts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 c mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped
  • 6 tbsp grass-fee butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 sage leaves, finely chopped (reserve some for garnish)
  • 1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut, seed and chopped squash into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Toss squash in 2 tbsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper, roast for 30 minutes.
  3. Over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp butter and add garlic, sliced mushrooms and Brussels sprouts. Stir to coat and cook until mushrooms are tender and sprouts are lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a sauce pan melt 4 tbsp butter. Add brown sugar and the other 2 tbsp olive oil, stir to dissolve. Add chopped sage. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  6. Drain pasta and return to a large serving bowl. Combine squash, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and walnuts with pasta and toss gently.
  7. Stir in brown sugar and butter sauce.
  8. Top with grated Parmesan and extra sage.
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Spicy African Peanut Stew with Freekah

Spicy Peanut Stew

 
One of my favorite go-to recipes during the cool months is this Spicy African Peanut Stew. I can’t think of a better way to kick off Autumn than with a hearty and healthy stew. This recipe has a lot of flavors going on which makes it very comforting. Spicy chilies add a kick while sweet potatoes and carrots add nice bulk and  although you don’t usually find peanut butter in stew recipes, it is what makes this recipe oh so good. Usually I ladle this stew over brown rice, but today I am using freekah; a chewy, earthy and nutty grain.

Spicy African Peanut Stew with Freekah

Spicy African Peanut Stew with Freekah

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 celery stalks,chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1/2 c red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c peanut butter (I used chunky)
  • 1 c water
  • Handful of chopped cilantro, garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges for garnish
  • 1 c freekah or brown rice

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic. Stir and cook 5 minutes with lid on.
  2. Add carrots, sweet potato, celery and onion. Cook 7 minutes with lid on, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook rice according to package directions.
  4. Add tomatoes. Stir and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Add water and peanut butter. Stir to incorporate. Cook an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Add 1/2 c rice to a bowl and ladle stew over the top. Garnish with lime and cilantro.
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