Society is generally supportive of vegetarianism, that is, until Thanksgiving. When discussing my family’s vegetarian Thanksgiving with others, there is always a host of mixed reactions and questions.
In yesterdays post, on Why to Have a Vegetarian Thanksgiving, I explained that I love the questions people ask, becuase I love sharing the ratioinale behind this lifestyle choice, hoping that it will inspire people in some small way to think more intentionally about what in their own life they could change to better protect the environment.
Of all the questions I get, varying from specific recipe details to protein concerns, the two main questions I get boil down to:
1) Why?, and 2) How?
Yesterday, I answered why have a Vegetarian Thanksgiving. You can check out some of those statistics and reasons here!
Today I want to focus on how to have a vegetarian Thanksgiving.
Drum roll please!
Like any large meal, the formula for a vegetarian Thanksgiving is the same as a traditional Thanksgiving meal. You want an entrée dish, several dishes- varying from vegetable to bread options, and of course, dessert! Thus, I propose the following formula:
1-2 Entrée Dishes + 3-6 Side Dishes + 1-2 Breads + 1 Dessert = Vegetarian Thanksgiving!
From the food options below, you can select your own entrée dishes, side dishes, bread recipes, and dessert recipe, to build your own vegetarian Thanksgiving menu, which you can supplement with some of your family’s favorite dishes! Base the number of dishes and recipes off of the crowd you are anticipating, and if you have a family favorite recipe that you do not see on this list, leave a comment below! I would love to add your favorite dishes to my “To-Cook” list for my own future Thanksgiving celebrations!
Happy Celebrating, cooking, and eating. Come back soon!
Love, A Rented Kitchen
- Baked Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries
- Homemade Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Goat Cheese, and Cranberries over Barley
- Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes with Blackberry Salsa
- Sweet Potato Thai Soup
- Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili with Homemade Tortilla Chips
Side Dishe Options:
- Agave Sautéed Kale with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Ginger Dipping Sauce
- Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Roasted Rosemary
- Crunchy Peanut Butter Spinach
- Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing
- Fall Harvest Vegetarian Stuffing
- Filo-Wrapped Asparagus (with Two dipping sauces)
- Garlic Hassleback Potatoes
- Honey Roasted Root Vegetables
- Marinated and Roasted Eggplant with Smoked Almonds and Goat Cheese
- Orange and Garlic Roasted Green Beans
- Pineapple Brown Sugar Crisp
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Tortellini Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- White Bean, Brussels Sprouts, and Pomegranate Tart
- Brie, Pear, and Caramelized Onion Bruschetta
- Healthy Honey Cornbread
- Ice Box Bran Muffins
- Morning Glory Muffins
- Skillet Cornbread
- Sweet Potato Biscuits with Maple Butter
- Vegan Pumpkin Oat Bread