How about a delicious pre-Thanksgiving dinner? I know I don’t want to eat turkey today since I’ll be stuffing myself with it tomorrow, so I thought I’d have this vegetarian meal!

Autumn Harvest Chili:

1 butternut squash
10 cremini mushrooms
1/2 onion
1 garlic clove
1 small diced zucchini
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 can black beans
1/2 box frozen corn (or from 1 cob)
1 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp ancho chile powder
1 cup vegetable stock

Cut butternut squash in half and bake facing down at 350 for 45 minutes. Then flip it and bake for another 15 minutes.

While that is baking, in a big pot on the stove, pour some olive oil in at medium heat. Place mushrooms, onion, zucchini, and garlic in pot for 8-10 minutes. Then add in the black beans and corn and cook for another couple mins. Add in the vegetable stock, tomato paste, oregano, paprika, chili powders, and honey. Summer that mixture for another few minutes.

Once the squash is done, take it out of the oven and put it on a plate. Place the chili mixture into the “bowl” part of the squash and all over it (like in the picture) for a delicious dinner! I also put some shredded cheese on top of it that melted but it’s not needed.

Crispy, seasoned and baked-only fries with a chunky guacomole dip!

▶ Recipe for healthy fries: I chopped a few white potatoes using a potato cutter, dabbed them in coco oil mixed with a pinch of spices (pepper, pink salt, & paprika), baked in oven at 350F for 30-35 min, moved to the dehydrator to get as crispy as desired. Note: if you don’t have a dehydrator leave in the oven 10 minutes longer at 250F, keep a close eye so you don’t over cook the fries to the point they are rock-hard.

▶ Recipe for guac dip: I blended a ripe avocado, 2 garlic gloves, 1/4 a tomato, 1/4 purple onion, pinch of cayenne pepper, pink salt, cracked pepper, and 1/2 a lime juice. So, so savory! ✌ 

One farmer says to me, “you cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with”; while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones jerks him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
—  Henry David Thoreau