Smoky Paella with Fennel Plus Other Recipes That Call to Me This Holiday Season and A January Event Announcement


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There are years when I eat every holiday meal in a restaurant. Gosh, I hate those years.

I prefer the years when I have the time and mindfulness to craft a special meal for the ones I love. This year, I’ll do a little of both so here are some dishes that are inspiring my home cooking.

After the recipes, stay tuned for a special event announcement (YAY!)

Recipes That Call To Me This Holiday Season

Onion & Wild Herb FlatbreadChef Camille Becerra created a fabulous winter meal menu and I’m craving the flatbread and the Spanish Turmeric Sangria with Thai Basil.

Real Onion Dip: I put this out at my Holiday Open House and it’s gone in mere moments. Serve with chips or veg or anything that feels good to you. Don’t tell anyone it’s vegan.

Cosmo Cocktail Sausages: Nigella always makes dishes I love. As a sucker for a classic Cosmopolitan cocktail, these may be right up my alley. There are increasing way more vegan sausage options at the market so I may give this treatment a try.

Smoky Paella with Fennel: Paella is my perennial celebration dish. Seafood and rice, slowly simmered in stock and spice, are the foods that hugs you from the inside. I included a recipe for my favorite version–one that’s packed with golden fennel, smoked paprika, and saffron–in my new cookbook, A New Way to Food. By the way, if you pre-order my cookbook now, you’ll get instant access to a pre-order gift I designed just for you.

Butternut Squash Wellington: Similar in style to a Beef Wellington, but filled with squash and mushrooms and garlic and miso and other great flavors.

Miso Sweet Potato Pie with Crispy Onion CrustYes, please. This side dish could take center stage with a bright green salad with lots of lemon juice.

Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms: This looks like a great side dish to something savory and meaty.

Roasted Cauliflower with Dates, Pine Nuts and Thyme: Another lovely side dish that’s reminiscent of an Italian cauliflower dish.

Pasta e Fagioli: A soup from my childhood that always feels good this time of year. Going to try Carla’s recipe.

Honey Almond Cake with Rosemary and Citrus: This vegan cake is on my to-make list over the holidays. It’s a fancy little cake filled with the best of the season–almonds, rosemary, orange, and honey.

Christmas Tree Meringues: These meringues are tiny and bright, especially when colored or wrapped in festive ribbon.

Eggnog: This is my kind of eggnog. It’s vegan, rich, and sweetened with natural sugars that are wee bit lower on the glycemic index.

I hope some of these recipes are helpful as you pull your holiday plan together. xox, Maggie

A New Fresh Collective Event

We’re keeping all the good times rolling with The Fresh Collective, a networking group for female food entrepreneurs.

On January 28, Leigh Belanger and I will host a conversation around “How I Funded My Dream Food Business” with women who have done it and are in process on it now, too. Unlike other events, where all the panelists are 20 years ahead of the rest of us, these women are all over the spectrum–some are in the early days of raising money and others are well into their fourth or fifth business. You’ll learn how they’re doing it in real-time and leave with lessons to make it happen yourself. Grab your ticket now.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Photo by Kristin Teig; Styling by Heidi Robb

Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic StudioFollow Maggie Battista on Instagram.