After returning home from Phoenix to 79 degrees in Denver, I figured the fall weather would continue until Manservant arrived. Alas, that was not to be. Yesterday started warm and then the snow started coming. So weird, but we did need moisture badly. It got down to 19 degrees last night and today we have about 4" of snow on the ground. The dogs are happy and I must admit I was ready for some more seasonal temps also. However we did have the greatest fall ever and it is supposed to be 60 tomorrow,
At this point I really haven't even wrapped my head around Thanksgiving. When you've been by yourself so long, it sometimes seems like it's always going to be that way. We do have one invitation for the day, but I'm still not sure what Manservant wants to do. We've barely spoken. I'm not sure who he will be when he returns home. I'll let you know.
In any case without him home, I've been turning to foods that are more of the one dish style. I loved this quinoa! Toasted is the way to go with quinoa. It brings out the wholesome flavors and helps separate the seeds a bit more. I think this would make a perfect Thanksgiving side and also for those who can't abide the bird, a more nutritious and possible center of the meal. Yeah, I know it might be a bit much with potatoes and stuffing, but hey-Thanksgiving is about gluttony-just throwing the cards out wherever they may fall!
This is such a pretty dish and pretty tastes good. I jazzed it up with fresh sage leaves, but one could use browned butter sage leaves too. Since I just gave you a recipe like that, I decided to keep this simple. I used a maple vinegar on the top, but a drizzle of maple syrup and some balsamic would work great also. The addition of pomegranate arils and pumpkin seeds give this quinoa some texture and taste, and they aren't just for the pretty! The dates could be subbed with raisins, though I do think dates give this a richer taste and add some chewiness too. Use your favorite kind of squash. I didn't even add all the recipe called for, because I could eat roasted squash like one eats crackers and cheese. It is so good coming out of the oven that I can't wait to sink my teeth into it!
This toasted quinoa was a wonderful addition to my staples of grilled cheese, p,b, and j's and turkey sandwiches. And yes, that occasional bowl of cereal! I could keep a container of this in my fridge and munch on this all day long. That being said, it certainly deserves to be the center of one's table or at least part of the posse.
Here's a few sides for your Thanksgiving posse!
Pumpkin Chipotle Soup Truffled Scalloped Potatoes Fresh Cranberry and Apple Salad
Yield: Serves 4-6