I have 3 vegetarians in our family ( a niece and 2 gals who are marrying my nephews ). I am trying out a few things for XMAS dinner and I have a question abut substitution. ( Note - while not vegetarians - other family members like my veggie dishes and eat them as well )
I have a really delicious recipe I've tweaked for a stuffed pumpkin. I am planning to make in in a casserole dish for XMAS. It uses brown rice, ground turkey, apples, dried cherries, cream, sherry and other spices as well as cooked winter squash. So obviously I would need to sub out the ground turkey. I do not like and won't make fake meat, but I was thinking that the ground turkey - which adds texture and bulk could be subbed out with bulgur wheat. ( I do this with chili a lot or other ground beef dishes ). I was afraid that would be too similar to the rice though. I was thinking about chopped mushrooms but was afraid they would get slimy or turn the dish an off color.
Any suggestions ?