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Vegetarian Comfort Food Recipes

by Sara Cifani

Cozy up with these tasty comfort foods after raking the leaves – you deserve it.

When nearly everything is pumpkin spiced, let’s not forget about our other healthy fall favorites: acorn squash, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes.

Packed with antioxidant compounds, vitamins, and fiber, squash helps to improve immune system health, to manage diabetes, and provides anti-inflammatory properties. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that fight the effects of aging.

Avocado & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

3-4 small acorn squash, sliced in half
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 4 oz. can of green chiles
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup toasted pepitas
1/4 cup feta cheese, optional
2 avocados, diced
A few squeezes of lime
Salt & pepper

For instructions and more, visit Love & Lemons.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole

1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced (cook in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes, to soften)
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup salsa, divided
2-4 tortillas, depending on size (corn, flour, sprouted, gluten-free or whole wheat)
4 oz. shredded cheese, use vegan as desired (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

For instructions and more, visit Kim's Cravings.

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Ravioli

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cubed (about 4 cups)
1 tablespoon olive
Salt & pepper, to taste
5 oz. drunken goat cheese or fresh goat cheese, crumbled
2 oz. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 pound fresh pasta dough or about 40 square or circle wonton wrappers
12-16 fresh figs, sliced

For instructions and more, visit Half Baked Harvest.

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