This recipe, which appeared in Food and Wine (March 2012) as a vegan recipe, is also nice with a sprinkling of feta cheese. My adaptation includes a couple kinds of lentils. Thanks to the quinoa, lentils and almonds, it has plenty of protein and stands alone beautifully as a vegetarian main dish. I served it alongside a simple roast chicken on a Sunday night and was thrilled to have enough leftover pilaf for lunches the next day (not to mention a chicken carcass with which to make stock overnight!).
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 50 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
Oh. My. Goodness. Awesome recipe! LOVED it so much! Had a ton of flavor & amazing textures! D-lish! I used my mandolin to cut up the cauliflower, so it was larger than all the other “minced” veggies. Forgot how much I love cauliflower!
Glad you loved! I was very happy to find this in my lunchbox the day after making it. I think it gets even better as the flavors have some time to sit. I also think the cauliflower takes on a whole new identity when grated. It’s one of those veggies that’s easy to forget about, sadly.
I would say this tasted pretty good, but was probably not worth all the effort overall. This took me an hour and 40 minutes alone to prepare — and that doesn’t include the roasted chicken that I served with it. Perhaps my view would have been different if my lentils hadn’t turned out soggy. I didn’t initially use enough water to cover the lentils, and so I later tried to add water, which just made them mushy.
Uh oh! I’m sorry. I do think lentils that have a bit of tooth to them make a difference. I make mine just a little undercooked so they hold their shape. They tend to finish softening as they cool.
I made this last night. It was time consuming but I thought it was worth it. When else do you use an entire head of cauliflower? Healthy and very flavorful. I actually didn’t have the almonds so I substituted toasted pine nuts and that was delish. I’m going to pick up feta to turn the leftovers into lunchtime salads, as you suggested.
Very good. I kind of felt something was missing so I added some lemon juice and fixed it. I think dried cranberries, dried cherries, or dried apricots would also work.
Stomach is growling after reading this…must try it!
Thanks for the great content, as always, Alicia!
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