Spicy Squash Boats with Fruity Quinoa : The Wimpy Vegetarian

As we approach the meat-centric holiday of Thanksgiving when turkey is the covergirl of food magazines in the US this month,  I’ve been compiling ideas for vegetarian dishes that could be served as a side dish or as the main event. I personally think turkey is way over-rated, and pales (no pun intended) next to a standing rib roast, pulled pork, or short ribs, all of which are far more tempting. I suppose I could drown it in enough gravy to make it palatable, but there’s a reason I rarely made turkey except at Thanksgiving. And now that I’m mostly vegetarian, it’s easy to pass up, no matter how crispy that skin is. Vegetables, fruits and whole grains will win that contest with me every time.

Today, I’m excited to announce, Yummly is featuring one of my vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes. For the uninitiated, Yummly is a great recipe search site that indexes recipes from the big dogs like Epicurious, Martha Stewart, and Simply Recipes; and includes recipes from bloggers as well. To get the recipe for my Spicy Squash Boats with Fruity Quinoa Pilaf dish that’s both vegetarian and vegan, go here!

Spicy Squash Boats with Fruity Quinoa Pilaf : The Wimpy Vegetarian

If you’re looking for some additional vegetarian or vegan dishes, or my ‘wimpy’ version, here are some ideas:

  Rustic Cauliflower and Tomato Gratin

  Roasted Squash with Pomegranate & Pepitas Tossed in Quinoa

Swiss Chard and Quinoa Gratin : The Wimpy Vegetarian  Swiss Chard and Quinoa Gratin

Kale and Cauliflower Tart in Cheddar Crust : The Wimpy Vegetarian  Kale and Cauliflower Tart in a Cheddar Crust

Cauliflower Steaks on Citrus Salad : The Wimpy Vegetarian  Cauliflower ‘Steaks’ on a Citrus Salad

And please come back Sunday when I’ll be posting a Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with cauliflower mashed potatoes. Way more interesting than roast turkey :-)

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  1. TasteFood November 16, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Congrats on Yummly – what a lovely recipe. Although I must disagree about the turkey… a brined turkey is something we look forward to every Thanksgiving!
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  2. Sunithi November 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Looks yumm ! I could pass over turkey for this :) !
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  3. lapadia November 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Love squash boats, as you know! And I’m with you on the turkey :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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  4. Norma Chang November 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving and congratulations on Yummly! I am with you regarding the tukey. The squash boat is much more appealing.
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  5. Choc Chip Uru November 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Squash but fruity, I’m loving this boat recipe :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  6. Rita Held Cartalano November 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Great idea Susan. I am always up for something non-traditional. This year we’re having several vegetarians for dinner, so I’m making butternut squash lasagna (no turkey!). Though we will have pumpkin pie for dessert because I love it for breakfast with coffee.
    Btw, an excellent recipe search site is http://www.ProjectFoodie.com which has all the food magazine recipes, lots of the Food Network, and many cookbooks. You can save to your own recipe box etc. A local Bay Area foodie started it several years ago; she also happens to be a techie so the search part is excellent and fast! REALLY.
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  7. mjskit November 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Congratulations on having your recipes featured on Yummy!!!! That’s fabulous! Need to go check this one and the rest out. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  8. Terra November 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    I love this recipe, and what a great recipe roundup! This is so pretty, along with looking delish:-) Hugs, Terra
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  9. Hannah November 20, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Congratulations on the Yummly feature! This is a beautiful dish and perfect for a festive holiday table. I’m all about the side dishes at Thanksgiving. Wising you a wonderful holiday!
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