This is a colourful and unique appetizer that will get your guests talking! By baking the pumpkin and prepping the sauce in advance, it comes together quickly; make this the first dish on and off the barbecue for grill night or before Thanksgiving dinner.
If the weather is lousy for grilling, ensure the pumpkin is fully fork tender after baking. Finish in the oven on broil for 3 to 5 minutes to achieve a golden crispness.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Cut pumpkin in half at stem and scoop out seeds. Cut each half into 3 or 4 pieces, depending on size of pumpkin, and place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until slightly fork tender but not mushy.
Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in bowl. Refrigerate to allow flavours to meld until ready to serve.
Heat barbecue to medium heat. Place baked pumpkin slices skin side down on grill. Cook until pumpkin is fully tender with a fork, but try to avoid charring skin, as it is edible. Flip and cook for 2 minutes to add some grill marks. Place on cutting board and cut into halves or thirds (two-bite pieces), depending on size of pumpkin. Drizzle with cheese sauce and serve.
This stuffed eggplant is built upon layers of Middle Eastern flavours: smoky freekeh, tender chickpeas, and a herbal tahini sauce. The quick-pickled raisins add a sweet vinegary pop. Sweat it out Salting eggplant before cooking enhances the flavour by allowing eggplant to sweat out its bitterness and breaking its spongy texture.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.