This warming vegan meal full of good4u spices is the perfect antidote to cool fall days! Don’t let the list of spices intimidate you—most are staple pantry items and they come together quickly to create a meal rich with flavor.
1(15.5-ounce) can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Trim both ends of the squash using a large sharp knife. Slice the squash horizontally into ½-inch slices. Use a spoon to scrape the seeds and stringy pulp away from the flesh, leaving the squash slices in rings. Peel the yellow onions and trim the ends. Slice horizontally into ½-inch slices.
Place the squash and onions in a large bowl, drizzle with coconut oil, and sprinkle with the spices. Carefully toss to evenly coat the vegetables with the oil and spices (don’t be tempted to break up the onions into individual rings—you want them to remain together as much as possible).
Transfer to a large baking sheet, placing the squash directly on the baking sheet and spreading the onions out around, on top, and inside the squash rings.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and just browned on top.
To make the pilaf: While the squash and onions bake, prepare the pilaf by warming a medium pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Once hot, add the coconut oil. As soon as it has melted add the onions and carrots and sauté until just soft and very lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger, curry powder, and turmeric and sauté until fragrant, about one minute. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring frequently, until well coated with the oil and spices and slightly fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, salt, and currants, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to maintain a low simmer. Cook for 17 minutes.
Toast the pumpkin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently until puffed slightly and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
Once the quinoa has cooked for 17 minutes, add the garbanzo beans and cover. Turn off the heat and leave the pot to sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, fluff the mixture with a fork. If there is any remaining broth, drain the pilaf in a fine-mesh strainer then return to the pot and fluff again.
Top the pilaf with the toasted pumpkin seeds and serve with the roasted squash and onions.