Buttery Solar Roasted Squash

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Sun Glazed Maple Squash

Ingredients

1 (about 2 1/2 pounds) winter squash, any kind except spaghetti

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Preparation

Set Sun Oven out to preheat. Spray two baking pans with cooking spray or line baking racks with silicone mats or parchment paper.

Wash the squash. Cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Cut the squash into 1 1/2-inch thick slices or wedges, cut side up. Arrange the pieces in a single layer in the baking pans or on the racks. In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, butter, and cayenne. Brush the squash with the glaze. If using baking pans, cross stack them in the Sun Oven. Roast squash until tender, about 1 hour.

Makes 6 servings.

Spicy Solar Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

Serve sun roasted vegetables make a delicious side dish to just about any main course.

Spicy Sun Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients

1 cauliflower, cored and cut into florets

2 cloves garlic, quartered lengthwise

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 t0 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

salt

Preparation

Set Sun Oven out to preheat.

In a baking pan, toss the florets and garlic with the oil and pepper flakes. Season with salt. Cook in the Sun Oven, uncovered, until soft and beginning to brown, about 45 minutes.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Solar Braised Carrots

Honey Carrots

This colorful side dish can be tossed together in no time and is a good way to make use of any excess carrots you might have on hand. Let the carrots cook in the Sun Oven as long as possible. The slow, gentle solar heat brings out all their flavor and sweetness.

Sun Braised Carrots with Honey

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon honey

1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into rounds

salt

chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

Set Sun Oven out to preheat.

In a medium pot, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the honey. Add the carrots, tossing to coat. Season with salt, cover and cook in the Sun Oven until the carrots are very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

Solar Braised Beet Salad

AA Oval Roasting Pan

Since discovering solar cooking, beets have become one of my favorite vegetables and this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them.

Sun Oven Braised Beets with Horseradish Sauce

Ingredients

6 medium beets, peeled and quartered

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

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Solar Southwest Spaghetti Squash

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This is a fun, healthy side dish that goes great with tacos or other “south of the border” fare.

Sun Oven Southwest Spaghetti Squash Bake

Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds), cut in half length-wise, seeds discarded

1 (14-0unce) can Mexican-style diced tomatoes

1 (14-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped (optional)

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Solar Beets with Horseradish

New Sun Oven

Before using the Sun Oven I never cooked beets. Now they’re one of my favorite vegetables.

Sun Oven Braised Beets

Ingredients

6 medium beets, peeled and quartered

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

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Yummy Solar Baked Cranberries

Cranberry Bake

Cranberries are so good for you that it’s a shame many of us only consume them once or twice a year. This simple dish is great on its own. It also goes well with roast meats. Any leftovers can be stirred into oatmeal or yogurt.

Sun Oven Cranberry Bake

Ingredients

1 bag (12-ounces) fresh cranberries, picked over and rinsed

1 large firm apple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

The zest of one orange

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Sun Oven Lunches for Busy Days

Stuffed Golden Nugget

As far as weight gain goes, the most critical days can be the days leading up to and following Thanksgiving. We might be making multiple trips to the store for all the ingredients for the big feast only to forget to pick up anything for lunch or dinner today. Luckily, once you get something in going in the Sun Oven it doesn’t require a lot of your attention and before you know it you’ll have a healthy, tasty meal to help tide you over.

Stuffed squash is a favorite around our house this time of year. Any variety of squash will work and the choices for filling are practically unlimited. Some of my favorites are couscous, feta cheese, chickpeas, leftover stuffing, crumbled cooked bacon, cooked rice (white or brown), cherry tomatoes, – you get the idea. Be creative, use your imagination. Change it up each time and every meal will be like a little surprise party.

Here’s how I prepared mine today.

Sun Oven Stuffed Squash

Ingredients

2 golden nugget squash

1 tablespoon olive oil

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Solar British Comfort Food

Bubble & Squeak

If your household is anything like mine, the only way to have leftover mashed potatoes for a recipe is to make a very large batch and set aside (hide) the needed amount before serving. Any kind of leftover vegetables can be used instead of cabbage, but if they were not cooked with bacon you might want to fry some up to throw into the mix.

Sun Oven Baked Bubble and Squeak

Ingredients

About 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

3 or 4 wedges Sun Oven Braised Cabbage with Bacon or other left over cooked vegetables

2 tablespoons butter, divided

Preparation

Set Sun Oven out to preheat.

Roughly chop the cabbage and combine it with the mashed potatoes. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a pot over medium heat. Press the potato mixture into the pot. Dot with the remaining tablespoon butter, cover, and bake in the Sun Oven until nicely browned. Serve warm.

Makes 4 servings.

 

Solar Braised Cabbage

Braised Cabbage

Bacon infuses the cabbage with flavor for a side dish everyone will love.

Sun Oven Braised Cabbage and Onions with Bacon

Ingredients

3 strips bacon

1 head green cabbage, cut into 8 wedges

1/2 onion, sliced

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