Healthy Recipes for a Vegan Pregnancy : Sides (part 16) - Sweetened Roast Squash, Classic Green Bean Casserole

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Sweetened Roast Squash

Naturally sweet squash is delicious in this simple quick side. Serve as is, scooping it out of the skin, or remove the soft flesh and give it a quick mash.


1 butternut, acorn, or spaghetti squash

1 teaspoon sea salt

4 tablespoons orange juice

4 tablespoons maple syrup

Nutmeg or ginger to taste

Folic Acid: 

Vitamin B12: NA





Vitamin D: NA

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Chop squash into fourths, and scrape out seeds. Place in a large casserole dish. Sprinkle each chunk of squash with a bit of sea salt, 1 teaspoon orange juice, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup, then a shake of nutmeg or ginger.

3. Cover with foil and bake for 40–45 minutes until squash is soft, basting with any extra sauce once or twice.

Per Serving

Calories: 91 | Fat: 0g | Sodium: 586mg | Fiber: 1g | Protein: 1g

Easy Roasted Squash Sides

Tossing squash in the oven couldn’t be easier. A drizzle of olive oil and a dash of garlic powder, salt, nutritional yeast, and perhaps a touch of cayenne will also produce a satisfying roasted squash for a side dish you don’t need to sweat over.


Classic Green Bean Casserole

Shop for a vegan cream of mushroom soup to use in your traditional holiday recipe, or try this easy homemade vegan version. Delish!


1 (12-ounce) bag frozen green beans

34 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tablespoons vegan margarine

2 tablespoons flour

112 cups plain fortified soymilk

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

12 teaspoon garlic powder

12 teaspoon salt

14 teaspoon sage

14 teaspoon oregano

14 teaspoon black pepper

112 cups French-fried onions

Folic Acid: 

Vitamin B12: 





Vitamin D: 

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place green beans and mushrooms in a large casserole dish.

2. Melt vegan margarine over low heat. Stir in flour until pasty and combined. Add soymilk, mustard, garlic powder, salt, sage, oregano, and pepper, stirring continuously to combine until thickened.

3. Pour sauce over mushrooms and green beans and top with French-fried onions.

4. Bake for 16–18 minutes until onions are lightly browned and toasted.

Per Serving

Calories: 279 | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 642mg | Fiber: 3g | Protein: 5g


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