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Millet & Butternut Squash Polenta with Roasted Beets

Millet & Butternut Squash Polenta with Roasted Beets

I was picking up my husband from work one of those very icy nights in January when you wonder why you’re anywhere but home. I left early (because Vancouver + snow = unpredictable everything) and got there a bit early. I was parked and listening to the CBC and they had one of those calm-voiced announcers on talking about a Danish word/concept called ‘Hygge’.

Millet & Butternut Squash Polenta with Roasted Beets

I had never heard of it before, but sitting in my chilly car, around dinnertime at about 40 weeks pregnant, they had my full attention. As it turns out I want to live in Denmark. Hygge is something that we don’t have a direct translation for let alone a word for in the English language. Roughly, it means ‘cozy’ but it’s more than that.

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Beet & Lentil Hummus

Beet and Lentil Hummus

I often order from the ‘sides’ part of the menu when I go out for dinner. That’s where you usually find the good guys (and the French fries…); sautéed spinach, roasted carrots, green beans, Brussels sprouts etc.

Beet and Lentil Hummus

What I wish though, was that more restaurants (and not just the healthy and/or plant-based ones) gave these simple veggie sides the muscle to help them stand alone as main courses. Some roasted chickpeas, an ancient whole grain, something to help it all stick a little better.

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