I was a vegetarian for more than a decade -- and it was never more challenging than at holiday meals.
"You don't want turkey? But what will you eat?" I'd hear time and again, no matter how many other dishes there were to choose from. People assumed that I needed turkey made of tofu and without that, I'd be completely unsatisfied.
But that couldn't be further from the truth. Holiday dinners are the perfect opportunity to try out delicious vegetable dishes -- winter squash and turnips and potatoes are hearty enough for anyone to enjoy.
So this holiday season, consider trying this a vegan-friendly dish to your table. It's beautiful, hearty and delicious, and the acorn squash contains antioxidants like Vitamin C, E and B6. Your skin will appreciate the health benefits... even if you have an extra slice of pie for dessert!
Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 small acorn squash, seeds removed
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Slice the squash into one-inch rings.
Mix the olive oil, brown sugar, and maple syrup together Put the acorn squash, and brush the mixture over the squash. Season with salt and pepper.
Roast the squash for approximately 45 minutes, or until tender. Serve warm.
Serves four as a side dish.