Vegetable-Based Entrees: Squash & Cauliflower
Veggie-lovers: you’re in luck! The month of October is Vegetarian Awareness Month (and October 1st was World Vegetarian Day), meaning you’re likely to see a great many veggie-based meals in the near future.
Fruits and vegetables often have the unfortunate role of perpetual side-kick; rarely are they given the opportunity to “show off” as the primary focus for a meal. But there’s no rule that says veggies can’t have some time in the spotlight. On the contrary, we think they more than deserve to be front-and-center once in a while. After all, each has its own unique flavors and characteristics deserving praise; plus, many are also a good source of essential vitamins and minerals and other beneficial nutrients.
Also worth mentioning, this category of food covers such a wide variety of species, it seems unfair to lump them all into one group. For this reason, we often define produce based on its growing season or, more generally, the four seasons of the year. With each season comes a new rotation of choice fruits and vegetables.
In the fall, these highlights include favorites like squash, pumpkin, cauliflower, sweet potato, and cabbage, among others. All of these seasonal produce options are very hearty, making them each substantial enough to be the focal point of an entire dish.
Celebrate the occasion by trying out these seasonal entrees that allow veggies to be the star!
Squash is technically a fruit, but is usually eaten as a vegetable; it is a member of the Cucurbitaceae, or gourd, family of plants along with cucumbers, watermelons, and many others. There are dozens of squash varieties, but the most common at this time of year is the “winter squash” which includes varieties like butternut, acorn, spaghetti, carnival, and delicata squash.
The slightly sweet fruit provides complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, iron, beta-carotene, and a number of essential vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C, potassium, and manganese.
Try spotlighting this marvelous seasonal flavor with the below recipes:
Stuffed Acorn Squash
These mini squash filled with bread-and-veggie stuffing and fragrant herbs make convenient individual portions while offering a stunning and unique presentation.
Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread
Transform your Martin’s Dinner Potato Rolls into this seasonal flatbread topped with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, fontina, and fried sage.
Winter Squash & Cranberry Stuffing Casserole
Recipe by: Babaganosh Blog
Stuffing isn’t just reserved for a Thanksgiving side dish. Make a meal of it with this season-specific casserole of butternut squash, Potatobred stuffing, sautéed veggies and herbs, cranberries, and roasted pecans.
Did You Know?
Pumpkin is also a member of the squash family. Check out this blog post featuring some yummy pumpkin recipes perfect for fall: https://potatorolls.com/blog/pumpkin-harvest-recipes.
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Cauliflower’s mild flavor and unique consistency makes it easily adaptable for a wide array of recipes. It can accommodate a multitude of textures and cooking methods, which is why it is often used as a substitute for ingredients like rice, pasta, potatoes, and even meat.
Try these ingenious entrée recipes that use cauliflower in some very surprising ways.
Spiced Cauliflower “Mac” & Cheese
Cauliflower takes on the iconic mac and cheese in this baked casserole dish, made with a sharp cheddar cheese sauce, toasted Martin’s bread crumbs, and a seasonal twist with the addition of some autumn-blend spices.
Buffalo Cauliflower Burgers
These breaded and baked cauliflower steaks sub in for crispy fried chicken in this buffalo and blue cheese topped “burger” on a Martin’s Big Marty’s Roll.
Note: You can omit the bacon for a full vegetarian version.
Cauliflower Cheesesteaks on Martin’s Hoagie Rolls
Recipe by: Blue Apron
This creative recipe from Blue Apron pairs cauliflower with homemade cheese sauce, roasted peppers and onions, and Martin’s Hoagie Rolls for a vegetarian take on a Philly favorite.
Tip: Sign up for Blue Apron to receive convenient meal kits with more great recipes like this one!
Did You Know?
Cauliflower is in the same family of vegetables as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale. Try using Martin’s Potato Rolls for this BBQ Cabbage Sandwiches recipe.
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You may also like these fall-inspired recipes:
- Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
- Pumpkin Soup with Croutons
- Sweet Potato and Sage Casserole
- Roasted Veggie Panzanella with Maple Glaze
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