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Nourish: Veg Out

Nov/03/2023 / by Team Seema
Veg Out
Curry aus Blumenkohl, Butternut-Kürbis, Spinat und Korriander mit papadam und Reis

If you are a vegetarian or plan to host some this holiday season, here’s your strategy to wow your guests and still make veggie dishes the star.

For non-veggies, hosting a vegan or vegetarian holiday celebration can lead to an overdosing of artichoke dip and green bean casserole. But a vibrant holiday meal sans turkey or meat should be a celebration of vegetarian food, not an afterthought. The good news is that plant-based and vegetarian food options and creative recipes are more abundant than ever. Here’s how to build your meat-free holiday meal that will have your guests coming back for seconds.

  1. Start with a soup. Not only is soup nourishing and delicious, but they are often filling. There are so many soup options that showcase the best seasonal veggies in fall. From roasted garlic pumpkin to savory carrot ginger, soups can be a showstopper for any holiday meal. One extra bonus: Soups can be made ahead of time, which is especially appealing with the chaos that comes with holiday entertaining.
  2. Go big on the salad. Salads are often the forgotten child of the holiday meal. But nothing brings colors to a holiday table than fall produce, which is so vibrant. Get creative—go green, grain, or even add roasted veggies to your holiday salad.
  3. Did someone say potato? If mashed feels uninspired, there are plenty of ways to step up your potato game. Roasted sweet potatoes with fresh herbs, cheesy potato gratin, aloo tikki with chutney, potato rosti (think pancake), or crispy potato galette will all bring plenty of oohs and ahhs.
  4. Anything goes for the main. It’s so easy to get stuck in a lasagna rut or go with old standbys to avoid mishaps on game day, but don’t be afraid to get a little creative to bring something memorable to the meal. Try rich, savory meals like pumpkin and butternut squash curry (below), mushroom wellington, or roasted vegetable napoleon to wow your guests and keep entertaining exciting and fun.
Veg Out

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Curry

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups pumpkin puree, unsweetened
  • 4 cups of peeled and blanched butternut squash, ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½-inch each sliced red, yellow, green, and orange peppers
  • 1 cup sliced sweet or Vidalia onion
  • 1 cup carrots, ½-inch chop
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder or paste
  • 2 cups blanched broccoli (use same blanching procedure as used with butternut squash)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Place a stainless steel, medium sized soup pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Once the pot becomes hot, add the olive oil.
  2. Add the carrots and sauté for two minutes. Add the peppers, and onions, continue to sauté for two additional minutes. Deglaze with the vegetable broth and stir. Add the pumpkin puree, coconut milk, ginger, heavy cream, honey, cayenne pepper and curry paste/powder. Stir the mixture until fully incorporated.
  3. Place the 4 cups of peeled butternut squash in boiling, lightly salted water for 2-3 minutes. The squash should be cooked no more than 2 minutes so that it is firm to the bite. Drain the cooked squash and place in ice water for 5 minutes. Strain the cooked squash and set aside.
  4. Add the 4 cups of peeled, blanched butternut squash and broccoli into the curry mixture.
  5. Add the chopped basil in the mixture, season with salt and pepper.
  6. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve by itself or over rice.
  8. If you would prefer a non-vegetarian recipe, try adding chicken or shrimp.
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Dine-In Diwali

Dine-In Diwali
Pumpkin soup in ceramic bowl, traditional autumn comfort food, Thanksgiving favorite meal on wooden rustic table viewed from above, close up

Celebrate Diwali by indulging in a memorable family meal at some of the finest Indian restaurants across the U.S. 

When you’re not dining at home, you want your Diwali experience to feel like home. These culinary gems offer a delightful fusion of traditional and contemporary Indian dishes, ensuring that your Diwali feast is a truly unforgettable experience. From the vibrant streets of New York City to the sunny shores of California and beyond, these restaurants invite you to savor the rich tapestry of Indian cuisine, forging cherished moments of togetherness and celebration during this auspicious festival of lights.

Amber India, San Francisco

Amber India has been a cherished Bay Area dining destination that harmoniously blends the essence of traditional Indian cuisine with a contemporary and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant’s ambiance is adorned with a curated collection of contemporary Indian art, setting the stage for an experience that is deeply rooted in tradition but delivered with a fresh and modern approach. The dining experience is enhanced with an inspired selection of wine, beer, and craft cocktails, thoughtfully designed to complement diverse and delectable menu offerings.

Spice Affair, Los Angeles

Spice Affair in Beverly Hills is the gateway to the finest Indian cuisine in Los Angeles. Whether you crave traditional Indian dishes or those with a contemporary twist, their menu promises to ignite your taste buds with exquisite flavors. It is a place, where you can savor the richness of Indian cuisine in a vibrant and inviting setting. 

Rasika, Washington, DC

Rasika is a culinary gem in Washington, DC offering an authentic Indian dining experience that is truly exceptional. With a focus on showcasing the art of Indian cuisine, Rasika presents a diverse menu featuring dishes prepared on the Tawa (griddle), Sigri (open barbeque), and Tandoori, as well as regional curry specialties. Rasika also boasts an impressive temperature-controlled wine cellar, making it a haven for wine enthusiasts. Rasika is the epitome of a remarkable and upscale Indian dining experience in the heart of the nation’s capital.

aRoqa – New York City

aRoqa is an enchanting restaurant and cocktail bar, inspired by the heartwarming “roka” ceremony, where friends and family gather to celebrate the engagement of a couple over a shared meal. The immersive culinary experience at the eatery is designed to make every occasion, from anniversaries and birthdays to everyday happy hours, feel truly special. Step into the chic ambiance and festive atmosphere, to discover a place where memorable moments are savored and cherished.

India Bistro, Seattle

India Bistro in Seattle is the ultimate destination for delectable Indian cuisine. As an award-winning family restaurant, that has proudly served the Seattle community and welcomed visitors from across the globe for over a decade. Their menu boasts authentic Indian flavors that have delighted taste buds and kept patrons coming back for more. Drop in to savor the taste of India in the heart of Seattle at India Bistro.

Kalachandji’s, Dallas

Diners outside in the patio area at Kalachandji’s vegetarian restaurant on Gurley Avenue in east Dallas, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Kalachandji’s is one of Dallas’ last buffets.

Kalachandji’s is Dallas’ oldest and most esteemed vegetarian restaurant, offering a delectable journey into India’s extensive and time-honored vegetarian culinary heritage. With a mission to provide cuisine that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also promotes well-being, tranquility of mind, and elevated consciousness, Kalachandji’s has become a cherished destination for diners seeking a unique and wholesome dining experience.

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Diwali Delight

Bring color and creativity to your celebration with Rangoli

Along with welcoming friends and family, invite in Goddess Laksmi, the goddess of wealth, power, and beauty. The tradition of making Rangoli—colorful patterns using powered limestone, dry rice flour, flower petals, or even colored rocks—signifies welcoming her into the home. But Rangoli is not only thought to bring good luck and prosperity, but it’s also a fun activity to brighten up your Diwali table. The activity, which is a popular school activity during the festival of lights can be a beautiful and meaningful centerpiece of your Diwali table. To start simple, search for a reusable Rangoli mat on Amazon or Michaels or check out Youtube for a demo.