This is my second Thanksgiving as a vegetarian.
I'm not doing anything big, just having a few friends over... but, we gotta celebrate! Let's be real - I appreciate my heritage and stuff, but for me Thanksgiving is about my family, my friends, and... F O O D. Lots and lots of food.
I was trying to get some ideas for a vegetarian Thanksgiving, and came upon a ton of compiled recipe lists.
Who created these things?
I don't care who you are, but nobody wants to eat four different varieties of salad for Thanksgiving. Salad does not equal Thanksgiving.
Mashed sweet potatoes? AWESOME! But - mashed sweet potatoes does not make a meal.
Pasta. Now, I love a good pasta... but this is supposed to be a special meal! I eat pasta all too often to serve it on the most food-worthy holiday of the year! A tid bit of originality is needed.
And just stop. Don't even try a vegetarian "meat loaf". I just can't. I can't even look at them. Why would you do that to yourself?
So, I created a hopefully more exciting list of what I'll be making this Thanksgiving (with a few other awesome looking suggestions) to try and inspire some exciting vegetarian Thanksgiving feasts! Step outside the box on this one by using traditional flavours in unexpected (and DELICIOUS!!!) ways!
This was on last year's Thanksgiving list... and also has remained over the past 4 years as one of my favourite meals of all time. (Plus - these guys are vegan!) AND - the leading photo is my version of these guys with pumpkin!
These are to.die.for. I made them a few weeks ago, and new that they would be a perfect Thanksgiving dish!
Gratin is a perfect filling Thanksgiving meal. This has fall flavours and is sure to fill the belly.
Need a tart? The polenta crust in this is reminiscent of my favourite thing ever... cornbread! Plus, the recipe comes together quickly and easily.
Finger food is fun for everyone. Especially for big dinners. I love the idea of these grilled zucchini roll-ups!
Apparently braised fennel wedges are a thing... a thing that I'm definitely getting involved in for Thanksgiving, and for fall in general! These two recipes here and here definitely need to be put to use ASAP.
We need a potato recipe for Thanksgiving, obviously, and this one is it! Try replacing the cheese with nutritional yeast if you're opting for a dairy-free holiday.
We also need a soup... CASHEW CORN CHOWDER? Yes please!
And finally, my personal favourite: cornbread. I actually wait all year for fall just so I have an excuse to make weekly batches of cornbread to stuff my face with. This one by Bakecetera is my personal favourite, but if you want something with a little more spunk, this recipe looks pretty killer as well.
Okay - GO FORTH AND CONQUER your Thanksgiving meal! Even if you're a turkey lover these veggies ideas can compliment any table setting!