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Chestnut-Stuffed Squash

This is a surprisingly easy dish, perfect for a festive meal. It serves 2-4, depending on the size of the squash.

Ingredients:
2 squash of choice (I used a delicata squash and a patty pan squash)
1 red onion, finely chopped
100g mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 slices wholewheat bread, in crumbs
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crumbled
1/2 tsp dried thyme, crumbled
1/2 tsp dried sage, crumbled
150g chestnut purée
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
2 tbsp dried cranberries
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup suitable-for-vegans cranberry sauce

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy insides. Place cut-side down on the baking tray, and roast 20-40 minutes (depending on thickness of the squash) until tender. Turn the squash over and season the insides liberally.
2. Sauté the onion and mushrooms until tender.
3. In a medium bowl, mix the garlic, breadcrumbs, herbs, chestnut, walnuts, and cranberries. Fill the squash with the stuffing, and return to the oven 20 minutes.
4. Serve topped with cranberry sauce.

Cranberry-Stuffed Marrow with Tahini-Miso Dressing

A delicately flavoured recipe, lifted by a zingy umami dressing and the addition of dried cranberries to the stuffing. This serves 2.

Ingredients

For the Marrow

1 marrow
1 tsp oil (I used rice bran oil)
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1/4 cup dried cranberries
100g couscous, cooked according to package directions
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Dressing

1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp yellow miso
2 tbsp warm water

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Cut the marrow in half lengthways. Score each half about 3/4 way through lengthways and then widthways. Scoop out the cubes of marrow and set aside. Place the marrow in a roasting dish and cover with aluminium foil. Roast for 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium low heat. Add the onion, peppers, and the marrow chunks. Cook until the onions and peppers are lightly softened. Add the almonds, cranberries, and couscous.
3. When the marrow is roasted, remove the foil and stuff with the pepper-couscous filling. Cover again with foil and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together with a fork. Serve the marrow with a generous amount of dressing.