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Nov 24, 2010 10:27 PM

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: ultimatepotato

        You go, ultimate potato!
        Gods above, I love your attitude.

      2. 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.

        1. Love me some tofurkey! I make it with a shittake/nori gravy and it is crushing! Happy t-day y'alls!

          1. 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.

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            1. re: rokzane

              That whole menu sounds delicious. I'm an omnivore but I would be totally thrilled with this meal.