As we approach more holidays, family laughs, family drama, and new years’ resolutions (or revolutions!), it’s important more than ever to make time to reflect and to realign ourselves with our true selves … just as the moon, the earth, and the sun were perfectly aligned during last night’s total lunar eclipse. They aligned themselves on the eve of the Winter Solstice–a time of renewal and rebirth–perhaps as a reminder to those who listen to the Universe’s voice, “don’t forget self-care as you take care of others, as we are all interconnected.” While pondering my never-ceasing attempt to find meaning in all aspects of nature :), also consider making these vegan pumpkin seed-almond croquettes! We served them on Thanksgiving Day as an appetizer while we finished up the main meal. They were just the right snack to keep our family and friends satisfied, but not so full that it interfered with them devouring dinner. We served the croquettes with an Asian-inspired dipping sauce of soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and a touch of agave.
Vegan Pumpkin Seed Almond Croquettes
–inspired by Avery Yale Kamila’s recipe …
3 cups cooked sweet brown rice
1 cup salted pumpkin seeds
1 cup almonds
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 shallot diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon Bragg liquid aminos (or soy sauce/Tamari)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
½ cup water
3 cups carrots, grated
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon dried celery seed
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Bragg liquid aminos
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add pumpkin seeds and almonds to food processor and pulse a few times. Then add olive oil, garlic, tamari, sesame oil and water. Mix until it has a creamy texture. Mix pumpkin seed/almond mixture in a bowl with brown rice, carrots and seasonings. Mix until well blended. Saute onion and shallot until caramelized, and add to pumpkin seed mixture.
*Whisk the baste ingredients together and brush it over each croquette. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Baste the croquettes after 20 minutes. Makes 20-30.