Sorghum Pilaf with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Beets, and Cranberries

This dish has all the right textures and flavors—hearty sorghum is paired with creamy Brussels sprouts, sweet beets, and tart cranberries with the underlying fall-inspired herbs and spices and earthy mushrooms. If you want to add some crunch, toss in a generous handful of toasted hazelnuts or pecans before serving.

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Sorghum Pilaf with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Beets, and Cranberries

3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup (240mL) finely chopped celery (with leaves)
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon (3mL) poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon (1mL) fine sea or Himalayan salt
2 3/4 cup (660mL) water
3/4 cup (180mL) sorghum grain, rinsed
1/2 ounce (14g) dried mixed mushrooms
1 pound (454g) Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
3/4 pound (340g) beets, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 cup (240mL) fresh cranberries
Fine sea or Himalayan salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Heat 1 tablespoon (15mL) of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the celery and onion and cooked until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, poultry seasoning, and salt. Cook for 1 minute, until the garlic is fragrant. Add the water, sorghum, and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook until the sorghum has absorbed the water and is cooked through, about 55 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss the Brussels sprouts and beets with the remaining oil. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top with the cranberries. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the Brussels sprouts and beets are cooked through and starting to brown and caramelize, about 30 minutes. Let stand until the sorghum is finished cooking.

When the sorghum has finished cooking, add the Brussels sprouts mixture. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve warm.

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Slow-Baked Thanksgiving Tofu

Thyme and sage, along with celery and carrot, remind me of the makings of a good Thanksgiving stuffing. Be sure to press out as much liquid from the tofu as possible, which helps it absorb the flavors of the other ingredients. This recipe easily can be doubled and tripled.

Thanksgiving Tofu

Slow-Baked Thanksgiving Tofu

1 (175g/6.1oz) block super-firm tofu
1/2 cup (120mL) celery, diced
1/2 cup (120mL) carrots, peeled and diced
2 shallots, diced
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup (60mL) vegetable broth or mushroom broth
2 tablespoons (30mL) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons (30mL) apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons (10mL) dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon (5mL) ground sage
Sea or Himalayan salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Cut the tofu cross-wise three times to make three slabs. Wrap in paper towels and put on a cutting board. Put a heavy object (such as a plate with a few canned goods on top) on top of it to press out excess liquid. Let sit about 1/2 hour, changing paper towels when they are soaked through.

Preheat the oven to 425 F. After the tofu is pressed, cut each slab into nine cubes. Put in a small glass baking dish with celery, carrots, shallots, and garlic. Add the broth, olive oil, cider vinegar, thyme, sage, and salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, stir the mixture, and bake for an additional 30 to 45 minutes until browned and crispy.

Mushroom Nut Loaf

This recipe is relatively flexible in terms of the nuts and herbs. I love swapping the pecans and almonds for walnuts and heartnuts, and adding savory and sage to the other herbs, as well.

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Mushroom Nut Loaf

2 tablespoons (30mL) extra-virgin olive oil
2 small onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups (480mL) chopped cremini mushrooms
1 cup (240mL) almonds, chopped (see Note)
3/4 cup (180mL) pecans, chopped (see Note)
1 tablespoon (15mL) fresh thyme
1/2 tablespoon (7mL) fresh rosemary
1/2 cup (120mL) apple cider
1/4 cup (60mL) sorghum flour
Sea or Himalayan salt
Freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, mushrooms and nuts. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the herbs, apple cider, and sorghum flour. Mix until smooth, cooking until the mixture has thickened, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Use a spatula to scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, until firm and lightly browned. Let stand at least 20 minutes before turning out of the pan. Serve warm.

Note: Finely chop most the nuts, leaving a couple tablespoons  in tact for a nice crunch. (This is easily done in a food processor). The finer chopping aids in a loaf that stays together when slicing. Similarly, if you unmold it too soon, it will not stay together when slicing.