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Happy Thanksgiving! But Hold The Turkey, Please

A vegan Thanksgiving dinner

A vegan Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving: the great American holiday celebrating gratitude, family ties, and food. Especially turkey.

What to do if you have vegetarians at your table? Plenty of people will be passing on the turkey dinners tomorrow. It’s maybe the most conspicuous day of the year to be a vegetarian, though. Raising vegetarian kids in your own home is one thing; having to explain to Aunt Susie that you don’t want any of her prize-winning turkey pie is another.

What will we eat instead? Not Tofurkey. At least, not at my house. My kids and I will be skipping the faux-turkey options in favor of some home-cooked dishes in the spirit of Thanksgiving: made with local foods, to celebrate the abundance of the harvest.

In fact, a traditional Thanksgiving meal offers plenty of goodies for vegetarians. All those side dishes that get served with the birds are made of vegetables. Mashed potatoes (skip the gravy), sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, bread, cranberry sauce…all delicious vegetarian foods.

What you’re missing is a protein-rich main course to round out your meal. In past years, I’ve made vegetable pot pies and corn-and-cheese empanadas. This year, I think we’ll try for a vegetable and nut casserole dish. Babble’s Family Kitchen offers up lots of great casserole recipes.

What will you be feeding the vegtarians at your table tomorrow?

Photo: Tyler Love

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