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Surya’s Holiday Favorites

We’re excited to share some of our very favorite holiday recipes with you. These are all tried and true dishes from Surya. Let us know what you create!

Makes about 3 cups, 8 – 10 appetizer-sized servings

Lentil Walnut Pâté

Miso, umeboshi paste and mirin can all be found in hippy health food stores/Whole Foods in the Asian foods aisle, or at Asian (Japanese) markets. Look for miso that is stored in the refrigerator rather than shelf stable, as it will contain all the beneficial bacteria and probiotics of which miso is full. Don’t worry about the pâté’s lack of salt – the miso and umeboshi paste both contain the salt needed to give the pâté just the right amount of flavor.



Kabocha Squash Soup

The luminous glow of the grinning pumpkin face on the porch, reminds me of my favorite gourd, straight off the vine. That’s the Kabocha. It offers the quintessential taste of the fall. Kabocha has a dull -finish and deep- green skin  that is edible.  On the inside, it is has magnificent bright yellow to orange colored flesh. Kabocha is naturally sweet  in flavor and can be used to enrich any savory or sweet dish. Kabocha squash has great health benefits: it is an excellent source of beta carotene that converts to Vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is valued for its ability to build healthy white blood cells that boost immunity. It is also a good source of iron, vitamin C, some B vitamins and lots of fiber!



Warming Greens with Creamy Tahini Mustard Dressing

This mustard dressing is pungent and delicious to add to your favorite green dish. The tahini butter makes it rich and creamy, while the vinegars and whole-grain mustard add just the right amount of bright, tangy flavor to greens.



Maple Dijon Tempeh

This warming recipe is a delightful protein to add to your table.


SERVES 2-4 as a side

Roasted Shiitake Mushroom

These mushrooms are crisp and slightly chewy, making them a tasty addition to many dishes. Try them in leafy green salads or sprinkled over your favorite whole grains. They are also an irresistible snack straight out of the oven – you may want to double the recipe, as they have a way of disappearing fast!


Serves 6-8

Pumpkin Bread

A tender, moist, satisfying, and subtly spiced treat – Great to share with friends, family and a cup of tea!


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