Served as a side dish or a main dish, Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Pilaf and Roasted Maple Yam Puree will bring both flavor and health to your holiday meal. The colorful vegetarian dish was among a variety served November 10, 2011, when the Bastyr Dining Commons brought an early Thanksgiving to the University community with three distinctly different yet equally delicious versions: vegetarian, vegan and a traditional dinner with a healthy spin. View all of the recipes via the article "Thanksgiving Recipes from the Bastyr Dining Commons."
Roasted Acorn Squash
Cut the squash in half and cut a small piece off each end so that the squash sits flat.
Brush each half with the olive oil and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg; roast at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until tender.
Wild Rice Pilaf
In a large sauce pan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Stir in the water, rice and vegetable stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, then cover and simmer for 50-55 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from the heat and fold in the other ingredients; season with salt and pepper.
Roasted Maple Yam Puree
Place the unpeeled yams on a sheet pan and roast until tender. When cool enough to handle, peel the yams, then puree in food processor or ricer. Stir in the maple syrup.