HAPPY ALMOST THANKSGIVING, and Day 1 of “Hunting Thanksgiving”– aka a series of a few posts about the jolly old holiday coming up next week.
You, like myself, may be thinking “HOLY GUACAMOLE HOW IS IT ALREADY THANKSGIVING?!”. Well, to help ease that strain I am here to give you a few easy recipes that will help you 1. Feed your guests 2. Eat healthy over the holiday 3. EAT DARN DELICIOUS FOOD!
Guys, it really has been a great week. My research proposal was approved, I got a new HuntingHanger logo, saw good friends, made a few recipes, and my boyfriend visited for 4 whole dayzz. WOOO! Thats what I call good.
This recipe was inspired by some family- when I was younger they came to Thanksgiving with a super easy, delicious dish that I was obsessed with (even early in high school)! The recipe was simple: Baked & smashed sweet potato, pesto, parmesan cheese- layered once or a few times, then warmed in the oven until the cheese melted. And boy oh boy was is good warm… and cold (I grew up a cold pizza girl, what can I say).
So I decided to recreate this goodness in a dairy-free way for those who are lactose intolerant and are missing out on this tastebud explosion.
Don’t worry, it is still simple, but packed with way more veggies and nutrients!
DAIRY FREE CHEESY PESTO CASSEROLE:
2 cups boiled & mashed sweet potato or butternut squash (or a combo)
1 cup paleo cheese sauce
1/2-1 cup dairy free spinach pesto (depending on how much you like pesto)
For the pesto: (throw all the ingredients into a food processor, makes just over a cup)
1/2 cup avocado
1/2 cup spinach
1 1/2 cup basil
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 gloves garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
Once you have the sauces and the boiled & mashed sweet potato/squash… all you need to do is LAYER! That. Is. It. Sweet potato, then ‘cheese’, then pesto. Then place into the oven or toaster oven to warm. Although not required, I highly suggest butter roasting some pecans and throwing those on top. The crunch just adds a little extra UMPH.
And there you go, a delicious casserole full of good fats, veggies, & protein (all the nuts)!
I hope you guys get to try out this recipe in time for Thanksgiving, or for any other fall/winter holidays you may be celebrating!