It’s that time of year again; the time when vegetarians start planning and brainstorming about ways to prepare a wonderful Thanksgiving meal without including anything remotely like the dreaded “tofurkey.” If any of you have had a good experience with that particular entree, I mean no offense, but I’ve never tasted a good one! Fortunately, meals based on plant foods and vegetarianism (for all reasons) are more accepted today than they’ve ever been and our choices (and our guests) are make a vegetarian Thanksgiving much easier as well.
This past week, one of my favorite neighbors invited me over for lunch with a few of her friends.
This neighbor is well into her eighties, has been a vegetarian for over twenty years and is the epitome of grace and hospitality. During the lunch, the subject of being a vegetarian at Thanksgiving came up and one of her friends (in a curious, not unkind way) said, “But a great Thanksgiving dinner is all about the turkey, don’t you think?” Emma’s answer warmed my heart and impressed her friend. She said, “No, it’s all about having food at all and enough to share it with others.”
I came home feeling so grateful to have her as my friend, but also very eager to find some new vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes to try this year. I had no trouble finding some great ideas, and my favorites came from the wonderful TheVeggieTable.com. They have a wonderful post this week with ideas for your entire Thanksgiving men, including appetizers, sides, entrees and desserts.
The appetizer recipes include a gorgeous-sounding and historically appropriate corn chowder and a terrific recipe for French Onion Soup that doesn’t include the traditional beef broth. I’m a sucker for French Onion Soup and took this recipe on a trial run yesterday. It was incredibly good and is going on my Thanksgiving table this year.
Entrees include a Roasted Seitan made with onions and a balsamic vinegar reduction, a Shepherd’s Pie that uses a variety of vegetables instead of the usual lamb and a great-sounding Squash Risotto.
There are several bread recipes, including Popovers, Dinner Rolls and Corn Bread.
For side dishes, you might try thier nut-based gravy, Red Cabbage with Cranberries or Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.
Dessert is one of the great pleasures of Thanksgiving and The VeggieTable has some great ideas for the end of your Thanksgiving meal, including a Cranberry Tart that sounds amazing and a VEGAN Pumpkin Cheesecake.
You really need to check out these and the rest of the vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes from TheVeggieTable.com. It’s always nice to have at least one new recipe on the Thanksgiving table. I know I’ll enjoy preparing a few of these this year.
The lovely Emma will be our guest this year and that makes me very thankful indeed.