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Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

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Friday, 20 May 2011

Pumpkin Pie for dinner -- savoury and gluten free

I thought it would be fun to make a pumpkin pie for dinner -- a savoury version with the flavours of sauteed garlic, onion, and tomato providing balance to the sweetness of the squash, and the brightness of fresh herbs.

I used a modified version of our crust from Thanksgiving -- a gluten free, almond flour crust that delivers unmatched flakiness. I had been imagining this pie for a while, and I think it morphed into something slightly quiche-like, rich with ricotta and eggs. It is a satisfying meal in itself, and would pair well with something green. Think savoury pumpkin-pie cheese cake.

2 cups tomato sauce (garlic, onion, carrot, tomato), reduced
1 lb ricotta
4 eggs
2 cups roasted butternut squash

4 tbsp finely grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
small handful fresh herbs (basil and rosemary)
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
black pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp arrowroot flour (optional -- I was concerned about the pie 'setting' enough)


1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

sundried tomato cut into strips for the top


1. preheat the oven to 345
2. combine almond flour and coconut oil using a fork to sort of mash 'em together
3. add the sea salt, vinegar, and water, and form into a ball of dough
4. divide the dough into 2, and press into 2 pie plates
5. bake at 345 for 20 minutes

1. puree the sauce and the squash and the ricotta and the parmesan using a stick blender (or food processor or whatever you have)
2. chop the herbs and mix them in
3. add in all the seasonings
4. divide the filling into the 2 pie plates, and decorate the top with sundried tomato strips if desired
5. bake at 345 for 55 minutes
6. you can also freeze one of the pies unbaked and then bake from frozen, 345 for 85 minutes


Ted said...

A beautiful pie. Please save a piece for me, or perhaps another one when you are here at the cottage. Love you. - T

stacey said...

It was soooo good. I'd love to have this pie with you another time. Wish we were at the cottage right now. I have a class on Sundays, but we'd love to come up during the week, and leave Saturday ...