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Oct 3, 2007 05:05 PM

darn it..a carnivore has to do the vegan entree for!!!

can anyone suggest a recipe that vegans, omnivores and carnivores alike will enjoy this Thanksgiving? I am open to any and all only instruction is: "must be vegan"

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  1. I did a google and got this
    Lots of choices here.

    1. Wild mushroom strudel. What's not to like about this dish? The carnivores will be fighting the vegans for this one. I've also had a nutloaf with mushroom gravy that was as good as any turkey and gravy that I've ever had.

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      1. re: pikawicca

        I agree. Make sure you use oil for the strudel - not butter.

        These savoury tarts taste and look great, too:

      2. Another couple of threads got me thinking about this. Lasagna. One of the Silver Palate cookbooks has a recipe for vegeterian lasagna with egg plant, for instance.

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        1. re: yayadave

          Vegetarian and vegan are two different philosophies, however. I don't know if you could make a good lasagna without any milk-based cheese.

          1. re: weezycom

            I think you're right about making lasagna without cheese or as someone else mentioned, eggs. I'm not up on the criteria. I should not have opened my trap.

            1. re: weezycom

              My mom makes a lasagna w/vegan cheese and fake-meat crumbles - even we carnivores like it. My best friend, not a vegan, just told me of a great soy cheese that she says tastes like the real thing and melts A-Ok: SOYA KAAS

              1. re: Jel212

                Note, apparently soy cheese (or at least some soy cheese) is NOT vegan because it has some milk protein in it? at least, that's what i was told by a vegan friend lamenting the lack of edible vegan cheese...

                1. re: fistalee

                  Quite correct. The magic word on the ingredient list is casein (or sodium caseinate, same thing). Both are dairy derived.

          2. Hey red,

            How about a nice squash dish. Baked stuffed acorn is an easy and pretty dish. I just stuff with chopped apples, walnuts and brown sugar with butter/oil drizzled over the top.

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            1. re: othervoice

              i second the squash notion -- which i resorted to several times while living with a vegetarian girlfriend who came equipped with many vegan friends. stuffing with a veggie protein product (yves ground "beef" worked pretty well) and spiced with thanksgiving-redolent spices made everyone happy....

              1. re: othervoice

                You can also use the roasted squash (acorn, butternut, whatever) to make either a) gnocchi, or b) ravioli.

                Edited to add: I was just thinking how strange this is. I'm a vegetarian and Thanksgiving is usually the one holiday where I never have problems with the food to eat. It is, after all, a *harvest* festival. Aren't there enough side dishes at this event? In my family, there are so many vegetables (and various forms of potatoes and sweet potatoes) that I don't even bother bringing a "vegetarian protein" anymore.

              2. This made me smile as I am always the one who gets that sorta request.

                If it were me, I would go for either a vegetabole lasagne (as others have suggested) or a eggplant parmesan. Thanksgiving dinners are normally followed by Thanksgiving naps and i think both of these would cause that effect.


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                1. re: jfood

                  Ah, but it would have to be tofu & eggless noodles to be considered vegan.

                  1. re: amanda3571

                    i'll officiallytake a pass if there are true vegans. i'm not up to speed on the various subsets of vegetarianisms. Way too confuding to this bacon-cheeseburger lover.


                    1. re: jfood

                      I concur, jfood. I only know this because my brother used to date a vegan. I couldn't - for the life of me - understand it (no offense vegan readers!). Always a problem when the family would go out to eat. But to each their own.