No Friday the 13th bad luck needed here - this recipe is as easy-peasy as 1-2-3! This is a great 'use-up-what's-left-in-your-fridge' meal. You can throw anything and everything into it and it will still taste great. It's just a twist on a quesadilla, making it into a casserole and serving it up like a pie. It's also easily customizable. To add more protein for example, just crumble a veggie burger into the filling or stir in some diced tofu.
Onto the big meal! For the appetizer posts click here and here. There is no way to really make this meal look pretty, unfortunately. Most traditional roast dinners are a bunch of veg, potatoes and meat smushed together on a plate and covered with gravy. Because we were hosting non-vegetarians and because my mom is a traditionalist at heart, we went with the traditional roast dinner, just subbing out the meat for a nut loaf that I made (and this is NOT your average blah nut loaf, I promise!). That way my mom could have all her sides, her cranberry sauce, her gravy, and our guests could see that Christmas Day doesn't have to be so different just because you're vegetarian.
One of the things I love the most about blogging is the blog community. I've shared that before, especially in posts like the monthly feature I began in October, Blog Love. I don't feel like the blogging world is competitive or filled with envy or bloggers trying to 'one-up' the others. To me, it's an encouraging atmosphere, where we learn from each other and cheer each other on through good and bad times - and recipes! When another blogger adapts one of our recipes, we're thrilled at their creativity rather than irritated that they didn't use ours word-for-word. Well, I had friends over for dinner last Saturday and what I loved most about it was adapting and using some recipes from some of my favourite blogs, combining those recipes with my own, and putting together a menu that would impress while still being healthy and, of course, vegetarian and naturally sweet.