In celebration of Nut Day on October 22, go nuts this Meatless Monday!
Mass decorating and leaves-raking can make everyone go a bit nutty in between (Canadian) Thanksgiving and Halloween. Let’s pause this Meatless Monday to pay homage to the real nuts with this meat-free fall side dish: pecans and butternut squash flavoured by orange juice and plums. Nut Day is also October 22, so snack on leftovers or your nut of choice (almonds, pecans, walnuts?) to celebrate! Nutty facts
What’s your favourite type of nut to crack open for a snack or use in cooking? Let us know what you’re making for Meatless Monday in the comments below or on our Facebook and Twitter. Orange Glazed Butternut Herbed Pecans From Matthew Kadey’s “Go Nuts” 2/3 cup (160 mL) pecans 1 tsp (5 mL) extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh rosemary 1/4 tsp (1 mL) paprika 1/4 tsp (1 mL) + 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) sea salt 1 lb (450 g) butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 4 cups/1 L) 1 Tbsp (15 mL) unsalted butter 1 Tbsp (15 mL) honey 1 tsp (5 mL) orange zest 2 Tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed orange juice 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried plums (prunes), sliced in half 2 oz (60 mL) crumbled soft goat cheese Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). In small bowl, stir together pecans and oil. Add thyme, rosemary, paprika, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt, and stir to coat nuts with mixture. Place nuts on baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes, or until browned, being careful not to burn pecans. Meanwhile, place butternut squash in steamer basket and steam until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. In skillet, melt together butter, honey, orange zest, and orange juice over medium-low heat. Add squash, dried plums, and remaining salt; cook, stirring gently, for 2 minutes, making sure squash is well coated with orange glaze. Serve squash topped with pecans and goat cheese. Serves 4. Each serving contains: 320 calories; 6 g protein; 19 g total fat (5 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 38 g total carbohydrates (17 g sugars, 6 g fibre); 291 mg sodium