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Oct 3, 2007 05:05 PM

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

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

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  1. I did a google and got this http://www.recipezaar.com/recipes.php...
    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: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      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.