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Meat Lite: Quinoa Pilaf with Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Bacon

[Photograph: Joy Manning]

After a very meaty and indulgent Thanksgiving, I ended the weekend feeling the need for some healthier fare. I now have a week full of meatless and almost-meatless meals planned, and this easy pilaf kicked things off last night. Full of fiber and antioxidants, this is one-bowl meal you can feel virtuous about eating. The bacon contributes smoky flavor and a nice textural contrast, but you could leave it out if you wanted to make this a vegetarian dish. (In that case, skip the bacon step and instead sauté the onions in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.)

About the author: Joy Manning is the restaurant critic at Philadelphia Magazine. She blogs at Oyster Evangelist.

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