This has been my go-to vegetarian main recipe for the last few Thanksgiving dinners. We always host Thanksgiving at our place and I make a roasted chicken or a cornish hen for everyone else. I am a vegetarian and I love to make a little something special as a vegetarian main as well. I personally love to make this lasagna as it is very seasonal with the butternut squash as the main ingredient and the marinara sauce balances the sweetness of the squash very well. I think this will continue as my vegetarian main for many more Thanksgiving dinners to come
In the quest for eating healthier, I have introduced many whole grains to our diet in the last few years. Quinoa is primarily one of them along with bulgur, brown rice, Israeli couscous, ancient grain pastas, amaranth and buckwheat to name a few. The challenge with new ingredients like these, which tend to be the primary ingredient in your main dish, is that it is difficult to get used to the taste and texture and you also don’t know what to make with them. The easiest way to overcome that is to try substitute it for grains that you already use. Start by using a half and half mixture and gradually move over to only the new whole grains.
Traditionally pulao / pulav / pilaf is made with rice. I substituted quinoa for rice and made this wonderfully aromatic main dish that is filled with all kinds of goodies in the form of vegetables and whole grains. Trust me, you will not miss the rice in this one.