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1 butternut squash (3 lbs)
1 1/2 large leeks, white parts only, split lengthwise, washed, and cut into 1-inch long pieces
1 1/2 cups Silk Creamer Original
1 1/2 cups Silk soymilk plain
3 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
fresh grated nutmeg
1/3 cup seeds or chopped and toasted nuts (pumpkin seeds, pistachios, walnuts, or hazelnuts work well) *optional garnish
1/2 cup non-dairysour cream (Tofutti) *optional garnish

Peel the squash. Remove the seeds and string, then cut into 2 inch chunks. Toss into a large pot. Add leeks, silk, and water. Salt generously and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat to simmer and cook 35 minutes, or until squash is soft enough to mash.

Poor into a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. You may need to do this part in batches. Leave room in blender for puree to rise. Always place a dish towel on the cover of the blender and hold down with your hand when you turn the blender on as the heat forces the top to want to pop off. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Return to pot and reheat if needed. This dish is best when very hot.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with Tofutti and a few seeds or nuts.
Serves 6

Tip: apples (tart is best, peeled, cored and cut into tiny pieces) work well for garnish too!

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1 cup quinoa
2 cups water (use Imagine no-chicken broth or vegetable stock instead to add more flavor)
2 TBL olive oil
1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, chopped
1 tsp cumin
2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach leaves
2 TBL lemon juice
1 TBL Braggs or tamari
1 TBL maple syrup
1/4 cup sliced almonds (can use chopped nuts, like almonds, walnuts or pecans)
salt and pepper to taste

1 medium red bell pepper, core removed and chopped adds more color and crunch (Optional)

In a medium saucepan, add water and quinoa and stir. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.

In a large skillet on medium heat, heat oil and add in onion, garlic, and sweet potatoes and saute until sweet potatoes are tender but firm to the bite.  Add in cumin (if using bell pepper, add in now) and saute for 2 minutes. Set aside.

If using chopped nuts, toast in a small saucepan over medium to low heat until toasty brown, about 8-10 minutes, shaking the pan to evenly toast all pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, Braggs and maple syrup. Add spinach leaves and toss to coat. Add in quinoa, sweet potato mixture, and nuts and stir gently to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or chilled.

Serves 4

Sweet Potatoes are loaded with sweet flavor and nutrients that help boost the immune system and provide disease-preventing, cancer-fighting benefits. Loaded with vitamins A and C, this tuber vegetable acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Low on the glycemic index this root vegetable has less of an effect on blood glucose levels, making it desirable for diabetics.