This is a satisfying vegetarian casserole that could easily be modified by cooking different vegetables; such as cauliflower or heirloom carrots or by choosing a different seasoning path. I am currently in love with Middle Eastern flavors and have used cinnamon, coriander, cumin, allspice and Aleppo pepper flakes. You could easily substitute cilantro, curry powder and cayenne pepper for an Indian flair. Changing flavor profiles is similar to changing the outfits you wear …. you choose and wear pieces of clothing and accessories that harmoniously go together. A recipe is merely an idea, an inspiration for you to seek your own cooking path.
(Aleppo pepper is a fragrant and mildly spicy pepper from Syria; it has less heat than the more common red pepper flakes.)
This recipe is comprised of 5 simple preparation steps (A through E) that yield the prepared ingredients to then combine into one casserole/baking dish. The steps are simple and straightforward and can be overlapped.