See that picture above? First, I’ll apologize for it being a little blurry. You see, I had to take it quickly because I had a line of hungry people behind me. But, I wanted to show you, my dear Veggin’ readers, the spread of food that we had where everything was vegetarian for Thanksgiving…except for the turkey. We managed to please all the omnivores, carnivores, flexitarians, 10-year-old picky eaters and vegetarians in the bunch. (We didn’t have any vegans, but I know with a few quick and easy switches, they would have left the table full and satisfied!)
This feast was accomplished with some quick planning and a few simple switches such as using vegetable broth instead of a meat based broth. Checking to make sure the stuffing didn’t have any meat products in it. And, cooking a variety of flavor profiles and interesting combinations such as a vinegary celery root salad and a creamy green bean casserole. (Because it’s not Thanksgiving until you’ve eaten half a container of fried onions…) And, having a vegetarian gravy option available. (It also helped having the 10-year-olds pitch in with some of the cooking so they were more interested in trying the final product.)
Also, I tried for the first time Gardein breaded turk’y cutlets. It comes with a vegetarian gravy that had a nice peppery flavor. I sauteed the cutlets in some olive oil. I’d have to say it’s a winner hands-down over Tofurky. While I usually don’t need a meat substitute, this was a good substitute for turkey.
Vegetarian recipes featured above:
- Macaroni and cheese
- Green bean casserole
- Celery root salad
- Broccoli slow-cooker risotto
- Deviled eggs
And, here are some previous columns you can peruse providing even more vegetarian Thanksgiving tips, tricks, ideas and recipes.
Other Thanksgiving posts featured on Veggin’:
- Talkin’ Tofurky: When Vegetarians Come to Your House for Thanksgiving
- A Very Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Menu Planning
- What to Do When Faced with Feeding a Vegetarian on Thanksgiving
- What Do You Feed a Vegetarian for Thanksgiving?
- Hosting a Vegetarian for Thanksgiving? No Need to Panic
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!