Friday, October 5, 2012

Vegan Acorn Squash Stuffed Brussels Sprout & Cauliflower "Cheesy" Puree

That little smidgeon of cinnamon on top of stuffed acorn squash makes it worth a million bites.
Autumn and squash go together perfectly!
At 69 cents a pound, I love picking up these yellow green gourds and devising different flavor combinations to stuff their buttery consistent centers with. It seemed only right to make a lovely concoction that blended love of cauliflower "cheese" sauce and Brussels sprouts. 

Vegan Acorn Squash Stuffed Brussels Sprout & Cauliflower "Cheesy" Puree

2 cups frozen Brussels Sprouts
1 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup extra firm tofu
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoon panko bread crumbs
dash of cinnamon

Step 1 as always- preheat oven to 350 degrees.
After cutting the acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds and membrane.
Bake for 30 minutes and prepare cooking Brussels sprouts and cauliflower accordingly.

Once Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are cooked, place into a blender with all ingredients.

Giving it a spoon toss in between rounds of blending.
After taking out the acorn squash around half their baking mark, fill each with the cream.
Spread thin layer of yellow mustard....
Sprinkle on the panko bread crumbs and cinnamon. Bake for 20-30 minutes more.
Breaking it in and drooling at the thick, rich texture. So savory and delicious!
What can I say?
Gotta love the makeshift edible bowl.
The pleasurable companionship of cauliflower and Brussels sprouts cream, and the acorn squash tastes warm, sweet (by trick of cinnamon madness!), and comforting-  much needed in these cold nights that make kitten hugs even more rewarding.
Might add more panko next time, couldn't get enough of the crunchy topping! So amazing....

Okay, on a bad note, I ended the night consuming half of coveted birthday dessert due to Matt Bomer and his White Collar show. I feel so ashamed yet satisfied at the same time. Coconut Almond Chip. Try it. And die.

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