Vegan Buffalo Roasted Butternut Fries

Yield: 2 servings

My latest Buffalo-flavored obsession needs little introduction.  It’s the traditional bar food with a side of compassion.

2 tablespoons melted vegan butter

.75 to 1 ounce dry Buffalo mix (I prefer mild)

20 ounces butternut squash cut into fries

1/4 cup vegan sour cream or Daiya brand blue cheez dressing

1/4 cup shredded vegan parmesan (I like Follow Your Heart)

1/4 cup finely diced celery

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Melt butter in a rimmed baking sheet.  Add squash fries and gently toss to coat.  Sprinkle with Buffalo mix and gently toss well again to evenly coat. Roast for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occssionally. Or until golden and slightly caramelized. Cool slightly.  Divide in half and top each serving with half each of the sour cream or dressing, parmesan, and celery.

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Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash and Cream Cheese Ricetini

Yield: 4 servings

When you need a meal that is more like a snack, you need my Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash and Cream Cheese Ricetini, a play on crostini (not a martini!).

It’s a little bit open-faced sandwich and a little bit pretty appetizer, so it seems special–and it is special enough for a party–but it is so quick and easy.  And it is low-fat and low-calorie but, shhh, don’t tell anyone.  Each serving is less than 200 calories!  (Ten ounces of spiralized butternut squash is only 128 calories.)

10 ounces spiralized butternut squash (spray roasting pan and squash with a little nonstick spray, sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and roast for 25 minutes at 450 degrees, tossing half way through)

4 rice cakes

1/2 cup vegan cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup roasted and lightly salted pumpkin seeds.

To make each ricetini, spread one rice cake with 2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese.  Mound 1/4 of the roasted butternut squash on top and garnish with 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds.  Serve immediately, perhaps with a small salad.

 

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