Thanksgiving is next month and I am always thinking about what will I do differently this year. Then I remember that I go out of town each year and visit my family, so it’s more like what will I do differently for Christmas this year. Lately, for the past 3 years I have been doing a French country inspired Christmas dinner, but I want to switch it up a bit. I want to do more of a vegetarian theme dinner. I know my boys, they will not have that at all, but I will incorporate more plant-based recipes this year. I always add a new vegetarian plant based recipe each year and less meat, getting closer and closer to my vegetarian Christmas dinner, more and more. LOL.
This particular dish came about when I was thinking of my past made coursed for Christmas, usually I like to do a Beef Bourguignon, but if I could do a take on that recipe using vegetables. Now this recipe is not like Beef Bourguignon, at all but the richness of it from the wine and the balsamic vinegar, reminded me so much of the dish. It could easily be a main course for vegan or vegetarian table.
I toasted quinoa and almonds to add some protein and texture, some cranberries and lemon zest and you have a deliciously decadent, rich, and refreshing dish for Thanksgiving or any time of the Fall and Winter season.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much I did today. You can add walnuts, or any other nut your prefer, instead of almonds. I had almonds and hand and I believe in using what you have.
Enjoy and Remember to Set the Table with Love.
1 medium butter squash, peeled and chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
1 pound brussels sprouts, peeled and halved
3 medium purple sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
1 tbsp sea salt, or taste
1 1/2 tbsp Harissa seasoning, adjust to your heat preference
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Garnish: Toasted Quinoa, Toasted Nuts, Cranberries and Lemon Zest
Preheat the oven 375.
In a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat, add the oil and chopped veggies and sea salt. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the onions and garlic. Add the Harissa and brown sugar Stir and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the wine and vinegar.
Place the cast iron skillet in the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes until the vegetables are brown and a fork can go through the vegetables easily.
Toasted Quinoa recipe: Quinoa two ways ~ Toasted and Roasted
For Toasted Nuts, just add nuts in a non stick pan on medium heat and allow to toast until you can smell the nuts aroma, remove from heat, be careful not to burn them.
Once cooked add the vegetable in a beautiful bowl top with toasted quinoa, nuts, cranberries and lemon zest.