Tucked away just off Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA lies Veggie Planet. It’s basement level, so it sort of feels like a secret place, but the business of the place would suggest otherwise. First of all, the place seems tiny when you walk in- there are only 4 tables. The main dining room also doubles as a folk music hall called Club Passim that has been around for 56 years now, and it was seating for concert goers only the night we went. It didn’t matter that our knees were touching and the plates barely fit on the tables though- the food is that good. I really like the way their entree menu works- first you choose your base (pizza dough, coconut rice, or brown rice), then you chose amongst the entree options. We went for the Mexican bean (black bean, pepper jack cheese, salsa, and garlic) on coconut rice and Henry’s lunch (roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, sage, rosemary, goat and asiago cheeses) on pizza dough. They were both really good, but Henry’s lunch was amazing. So great, in fact, that I had to try to make a slightly different version (on rice instead of pizza dough) at home.
Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions, Rosemary, and Goat Cheese over Brown Rice
1 butternut squash
1 sprig rosemary
3oz goat cheese
1/2c brown rice
2Tbs olive oil, divided
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Peel and chop the butternut squash into small chunks. Toss them with 1Tbs olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, and put them in a roasting pan with the sprig of rosemary. Put them in the oven once it is heated for 30-40 minutes, stirring once or twice.
Meanwhile, measure out 2.5c of water and add it to a pot along with the brown rice. Place on the heat, bring it to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook it for 40 minutes.
Then, peel the onions, slicing them into thin strips.Heat the butter and remaining 1Tbs olive oil in a pot and then add the onions. As they start to become translucent, add a sprinkle of salt.
Open the package of goat cheese and crumble it into small pieces.
Once everything is done, plate the brown rice, then the roasted butternut squash, followed by the caramelized onions, and finally the goat cheese. I just serve it with a side salad for a delicious vegetarian dinner.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I plan on going back again soon and slowly working my way through their menu.
Veggie Planet is located at 47 Palmer Street in Harvard Square, in Cambridge, MA.