What do you eat for Vegetarian Thanksgiving? And why does media always make it look so unpleasant and overly healthy looking?
I was just wondering what other veggies eat on Thanksgiving... Cuz if you watch TV you would think that all we eat is tofurky, quinua salad and raw veggie loaf... I normally eat fish and dairy and eggs, but I realized that my Thanksgiving meal is actually vegan, and it looks and tastes like anyone elses dish on the table. It's not gourmet or Chowish but I like a veggie thanksgiving meal that could be photo for good housekeeping.. I often use butter but just used Smart Balance and Country Crock this year.. So menu is Mashed potatoes (taste good with just the "butters" and no milk), carrots, sweet potates, creamed spinach with rice milk and tooped with fried onions, like the casserole, stuffing made with Pep Farms, onion,celery, carrot,apple if you want, and broth from the veggies, Veggie patch Chicken cutlets, sliced at a slant and layed over the stuffing and gravy. Just used the keftiver veggie broth and Wondra, and margarine and didnt have any Bells Seasoning so just mixed in some of the stuffing with the flavored bread cubes to give it the flavor and color. Its not that dark but tastes good, So what do you do?
The mainstream media knows little about vegetarian and thus can't get past the stereotypes of 1) tofurkey, 2) health and 3) bland and tasteless.
(and let's not even get into "if you eat fish you're not a vegetarian, you just call yourself one for some reason so making life harder for the rest of us" which is another thing the media doesn't get).
My family does eat dary and eggs, so
Our thanksgiving this year was: inividual pot pies, roast veggies, baked artichokes, bread rolls, dessert (since there were only 4 of us, we skipped a few dishes, otherwise we would have added sweet potatoes sauteed with ginger, other spices, and cayenne; sauteed green beans).
Other years we've done a "new world foods" theme (vegetarian chili, cornbread, stuffed squash), and so on.
Never done a tofurkey, though we all love tofu.
If we needed to make the TG feast vegan, it would be easy enough.
We make food that tastes great, first and foremost. The food just happens to be somewhat healthier than mainstream TG fare because we don't need to add large amounts of fat and sugar to most things to make them palateable, we much prefer the taste of spices and fresh ingredients.
We also don't rely on mock meats, nothing against them, but there is plenty of delicious real food, so don't need to.
I've been veg since I was very young, maybe 7 or 8. And most of my family followed suit. But my friends are not. And this year I decided to host a veg T-day ast my house for the first time ever. We had tons of food and even the sworn meat eaters in the group were happy. I didn't necessarily have a theme. I just ooked what I like and what I know my friends like. It was an odd combination, but qith 15 people to feed, I wanted there to be something for everyone.
Green sald ( a must at my house) greek pasta salad (with feta, of course) roaasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes casserole with pecans on top instead of marshmallows, nut roast, veggie stuffing (cornbread mixed with regular bread and chorizo among other things) mushroom gravy, carrot kugel (one with apples, one with pineapple) spanikopita, green bean casserole with French's onions (homemade mushroom sauce instead of canned soup) plus homemade cranberry sauce and even a tuna salad (for me! lol) Desserts too
Since Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrating the Fall Harvest as well as family blessings, an Autumn inspired menu I feel is appropriate:
Curried Pumpkin Soup
Fall Harvest Salad w/ roasted baby golden beats, roasted strips of acorn squash, fresh pear, candied pecans, stilton, fresh cranberry vinaigrette. (minus the stilton for non-dairy vegetarians)
Stuffed butternut squash w/ Autumn rice pilaf
Braised greens w/ dried dark cherries, pecans, finished w/ balsamic reduction
If the vegetarian guests do not eat eggs, I would make stuffed baked apples wrapped in puff pastry instead of pumpkin pie. If butter is out of the question, then an apple-cranberry bake w/ maple syrup would be lovely for dessert.
I have many vegetarian Thanksgiving meals that were dull and uninspiring for a such a food-focused holiday.
Two in the family are vegetarian but others are not. So Thanksgiving is a mix of meat and non-meat. Plenty of great vegetarian recipes out there, and nobody goes home disappointed.
By the way, here is a link to some appropriately Thanksgiving-type vegetarian dishes. Even the photos are mouth-watering, and I'm making two of these dishes today.
Not specifically Thanksgiving, but celebration meals with my vegetarian and vegan friends never focus on health - it's all about being delicious. Macaroni and cheese made with 4 cheeses, vege and tofu tempura, nut roast, vege lasagnes, risotto, rich curries, hearty soups. As an omnivore with no allergies and only a very few things I don't eat, I quite like the challenge of catering to my group of friends with their different dietary requirements and making it special, rather than just edible.
I went vegetarian when I was eight. (Early bloomer, I know.) I guess I grew up before the time when parents were supposed to closely monitor what their children ate, because I always managed to make a well-balanced meal out of different types of pie.
I've branched out a little since - now I eat the vegetables, too. Still, nobody really goes out of their way thinking "vegetarian," even though there are two non-meat-eaters in the family.