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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. 

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Lentils?
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Mushrooms are always good, as are lentils or chickpeas.  Sounds delicious!

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See -  I knew you folks were good - did not even think of lentils. I'll play around with it a bit.  I'd post it - but I sort of make it up every time ......

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Could you maybe use ground walnuts?
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I would say chick peas could be nice.
You could always just leave out the turkey and use more squash as well.

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With the flavor combo already present, I'd personally either add roughly chopped pecans or walnuts. Lentils would be my next choice.
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With the flavor combo already present, I'd personally either add roughly chopped pecans or walnuts. Lentils would be my next choice.

Yes - that's the answer. Thanks - they will give it some crunch and a meaty texture.  !

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Glad I  could be of assistance   ;D

I'm really good at figuring out substitutions.
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With the flavor combo already present, I'd personally either add roughly chopped pecans or walnuts. Lentils would be my next choice.

Yes - that's the answer. Thanks - they will give it some crunch and a meaty texture.  !
I would also probably add pecans.

Is this supposed to be a side dish for all or main dish for vegetarians? for the former, i would just omit the turkey and not make any substitutions - the filling sounds deslish on its own. for the latter, then i would add nuts and/or cooked black beans for added protein/oomph/color.

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With the flavor combo already present, I'd personally either add roughly chopped pecans or walnuts. Lentils would be my next choice.

Yes - that's the answer. Thanks - they will give it some crunch and a meaty texture.  !
I would also probably add pecans.

Is this supposed to be a side dish for all or main dish for vegetarians? for the former, i would just omit the turkey and not make any substitutions - the filling sounds deslish on its own. for the latter, then i would add nuts and/or cooked black beans for added protein/oomph/color.

I usually have 2 vegetarian entrees - homemade manicotti - which everyone eats and then a second veggie option... I usually do a vegetable lasagna or a vegetarian version of chicken marsala. I was thinking of stuffing small japanese pumpkins with his - but decided to bake it in a casserole and use cubed butternut.  The dish also has cheese in it - so it is nice and rich.