Want to sample all the wonderful autumn vegetables at the market AND wow your Thanksgiving guests with some unexpected pomegranate pizazz-pop? Here is a perfect recipe that you can adjust to your own needs. Omit/add as you please. Throw in whatever entices you at this week’s MCM and roast a few days ahead of time so you can relax on the big day itself!
Spiced Vegetables with Pomegranate Seeds
- 4 medium carrots (3/4 pound), peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick on the diagonal
- 2 large parsnips (1 pound), peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick on the diagonal
- 1 medium head cauliflower (2 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch florets
- 1 small butternut squash (2 pounds)—peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch dice
- 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups crumbled cotija or feta cheese (6 ounces)
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large bowl, toss the vegetables with the olive oil, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander and cayenne and season generously with salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables on 2 large rimmed baking sheets and roast for about 55 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until the vegetables are tender and golden. Scrape the vegetables into a bowl, toss with the cheese and pomegranate seeds and serve. (Courtesy of Food & Wine)
Roasted. Raw. Blurred into a protein butter. In salads. In granola. In trail mix. In pie. In bread…….So many ways to enjoy the nuts and seeds sold at Mission Community Market. Here is one way that might be new to you: Nut Cheez! Yes, blended up with the right accessories, and you have yourself a pate of sorts that goes well on pizza, bread, stuffed into squash, or eaten by the spoonful. Here is a basic recipe that gives you protein and positive reviews!
1 cup of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds….any combo of local MCM nuts!)
1 Tablespoon miso or 2 tsp salt to taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil
pinch of fresh herbs (rosemary, oregano)
Just blend all this together until it is a think ricotta-like consistency, adding water as needed to assist blending. (If you think ahead, soak the nuts overnight in some water.) You can add black pepper, some sundried tomato, or some turmeric to add some color! Or, use some flavor-roasted nuts for a more robust taste. More nut cheese recipe ideas here…..
A good old fall food stand-by is chard. Yes you can get it mostly year round, but why not start incorporating it into new recipes now?
Here are instructions for chard pesto! This is a very nutritious and delicious version that gives the classic sauce a new spin for when it’s usual summery main player (basil) isn’t as abundant.
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
3 cloves garlic
16 ounces Swiss Chard, washed and dried and stems removed
1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
2 tsp. dried basil
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in dutch oven. Add Swiss Chard and cook over medium-low heat about 5 minutes, or until wilted.
Chop garlic in a food processor. Add the chard, nuts, basil, salt remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil and lemon juice. Process until mixture looks like pesto.
They are here! Eat them fresh and raw. Eat them baked into delicious things. Eat them frozen! Yes, frozen hachiya basically make themselves into sorbet. It’s as easy as buying hachiya (the oblong variety that get squishy), allowing them to get very ripe, and then sticking them in the freezer (maybe in a bowl or tupperware). Wait a few hours, then cut one open and you have a delicious nutritious all natural fruit treat! Scoop right from the skin into your mouth!
Celebrate early with us at MCM! The actual Dia de los Muertos is next Tuesday, but prepare your mind, kitchen, and spirit by visiting us for these special Dia-bolical events:
- Mission Beacon will be offering craft activities, making Cempazuchitl (Marigolds- traditional flowers used to decorate Dia De Los Muertos Altars) and decorating paper skulls in honor of loved ones who have passed.
5:00pm – The hip hop class from The Marsh, Moving Beyond productions, are dancing in honor of Dia de Los Muertos. The dance is a celebration of life……by the dead.
6:00-7:30pm – Free swing dance lessons by Cat’s Corner!