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In fact, we often call this holiday “turkey day” for short! Until I became a vegetarian, I focused on turkey as the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving meal. Now? I’m giving thanks with a fowl-free holiday meal. Whether you want to go full-out vegetarian, or just add a few new dishes to your menu, read on for very veggie ideas:
Let Sides take Center Stage
Even when I was a meat-eater, I adored the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes – mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. Why not just make these favorites the focus? Encourage guests to bring their favorite side dish, and serve them all buffet style.
Roast those Roots
Roasted root vegetables can make a hearty entrée. Cut sweet potatoes, butternut squash, turnips, parsnips, and onions into bite-sized chunks. Toss with olive oil, and roast in a pre-heated 425° oven for 45minutes.
Serve up a Special Soup
Creamy fall soups are a great holiday treat. Try potato and leek, butternut squash and apple, or a hearty French onion. Serve with a loaf of freshly baked bread and a variety of cheeses, and your guests will swoon!
Treat yourself to Turkey Alternatives
If you’d like to include a meat alternative, turn to tofu, seitan, or tempeh. For ideas on how to prepare, check out vegetariantimes.com. My current favorite? Field Roast Grain “meats” – they’re delicious!
Don’t Skip Dessert
Ah, my favorite part of the Thanksgiving holiday – the desert table! What ever you do, don’t skimp on the desserts. It’s great to include a variety of choices – the traditional pies, something chocolate, and maybe a fall fruit tart.