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Kale Salad with Pomegranate Dressing Recipe

Here’s another Meatless Monday recipe for the beginning of the week. I wanted to feature a flavorful yet healthy one, so I prepared a baby kale salad with pomegranate dressing. I also added shredded carrots and spiced pecans for extra crunch and nutrition. And to reinforce the tart and sour taste of this salad, I also added dried cranberries. 

I think you've probably noticed my recent love for all things pomegranate. I prepared the dressing with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, a little mustard, agave nectar and flax seed oil to complete the delicious vinaigrette. Et voilà!


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Kale Thanksgiving Bread Stuffing Recipe Recipe

Our Thanksgiving table would be incomplete without vegetarian bread stuffing / dressing. I usually serve it as a side dish so it's a great accompaniment to meat and a main course for the vegetarians in my home. 

For this version, I was inspired by green ingredients such as asparagus, zucchini, celery, artichoke, kale, Castelvetrano green olives and Havarti cheese with dill. I used olive bread, a small white onion and homemade vegetable broth I prepared in advance and stored in the freezer for the upcoming holiday. Give this "green" and healthy recipe a try; it might bring a new kick to your Thanksgiving menu. 


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Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Recipe Recipe

This orzo pasta dish can either appeal to a vegetarian as a main course or to others as an accompaniment for the meat or fish course of the meal. And the ingredients make it perfect for Thanksgiving.

To make the dish, I simply roasted a butternut squash, mixed in cooked orzo pasta and added a wide range of vegetables such as carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and string beans, as well as pan-fried tofu cubes for extra protein and dried cranberries to bring home the autumn-theme of the meal.

This sweet and tart side dish can easily be prepared in advance. All you have to keep in mind is to cut all the ingredients the same size for a homogeneous texture. I also tried selecting various colors to make the dish look appealing. 


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Butternut Squash Potato Mash Recipe Recipe

After roasting butternut squash yesterday to flavor a fromage blanc spread, I came up with a another dish where this method would be applicable. I mixed the roasted butternut squash into a simple potato mash. The subtle sweetness, the color; everything about this side dish screams Thanksgiving.

If you're planning a potato feast for Thanksgiving, I strongly suggest (shameless plug) that you try recipes from my first cookbook, Haute Potato. You'll find all sorts of dishes ranging from luxurious lobster chowder, delicious samosas to gourmet potato desserts. If you order it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble now, it should arrive before the holiday!


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Balsamic-Braised Red Cabbage Recipe Recipe

I love red cabbage, and I find that some of the best product is available around this time of the year. Its deep ruby color is so appealing. It's very inexpensive and it lasts for a long time. You can either braise, boil, pickle or even purée it.

This evening, I shredded the cabbage and braised it with a balsamic reduction and peanut butter. The result is a lightly sweet and rich side dish. I topped it with shaved sweet Nabulsi cheese for a nice contrast in color.

If you haven’t already, take advantage of this beautiful vegetable at its peak quality. Your taste buds will thank you!


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