What do vegetarians eat for Thanksgiving?

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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:33:04 PM
My son is a vegetarian so always make sure I have a main dish prepared for him for meals like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. I usually make homemade macaroni and cheese for him but I'd like to have something different for him this year. In another Thanksgiving thread the OP mentioned buying Tofurky for her vegetarian guests but I've always heard that it tastes nasty. I'm wondering if the taste has improved in the past couple of years? Does anyone have any other ideas to feed the vegetarian guests at Thanksgiving?







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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:34:56 PM
Ill ask my veggie friends!

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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:41:34 PM
We eat Tofurkey and love it. I do think it needs to be marinated and cooked with lots if other flavour. After many rounds of experimentation we have decided we like to use apple juice, lots of garlic, melted butter, poultry seasoning plus extra rosemary and sage, lots of pepper. I also put several onions and a couple of carrots in the roasting dish.

We make vegetarian gravy and our families have always cooked extra stuffing outside of the bird, so there is always that to eat too. Everything else at our meals is the usual stuff, and it is always vegetarian.

I know most people think vegetarians shouldn't eat fake meat, but we eat stir fries, mushrooms, eggplant, pastas, etc pretty much every other day of the year. DH and I were both raised in families that are pretty traditional meat-potato-two veg type meals, so for us to be able to have a traditional dinner as part of our holiday tradition is pretty wonderful. Plus, Tofurkey makes a fine cold turkey sandwich the next day, so we get to enjoy traditional leftovers, too!

Oh, I should say that we also scoop out the Tofurkey stuffing and won't even take it to the table, because none of is will eat it, or even want to look at it.






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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:41:51 PM
Whole Foods had a Harvest or Holiday roast that was pretty good, imo. Its like a nut/bean loaf. You could find a recipe like that online




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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:45:46 PM
I was vegetarian for 10 years - thanksgiving is easy as the sides are the best part anyway. I wouldn't bother with any tofu turkey - it just takes away room for the pies.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:51:03 PM
We have one vegetarian and she eats everything but the turkey and gravy. I make stuffing with veggie stock (which reminds me I need to get some) and I cook some in the turkey and some not just for her. We have so much food that she doesn't go hungry. We have the normal mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, stuffing, cranberry jello (not veggie since it has jello in it), green salad, rolls, pumpkin pie, usually another pie and then cranberry bars. I love Thanksgiving.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 7:52:47 PM
My parents are veggie, and they eat tofurkey, or some other brand of vegetarian soy protein product. They eat the sides that everyone else eats, and we make sure to make stuffing without any meat product so that they can eat it.



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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:11:50 PM
I eat loads of mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, cranberries, stuffing (done out of the bird)! I love it! It's just one day and it doesn't have to be a perfectly balanced healthy meal. I get to stuff myself silly like everyone else and not worry about the calories or the carbs!


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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:11:55 PM
I'm a vegetarian and hate tofurky. You can make cranberry tofu steak.




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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:14:05 PM
My husbands family makes a dotage cheese loaf. This is one dish I can actually eat without gagging

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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:20:21 PM
I eat very well, thank you.
For the actual Thanksgiving, we have the "traditional Tofurky meal with all the fixings." The next day, we have a wonderful, family spread with frittatas, quiches, stradas, roasted vegetables, and lots of pie.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:21:50 PM

thanksgiving is easy as the sides are the best part anyway.


I agree!

My mother makes dinner, and she makes a vegetarian stuffing, and then a "regular" stuffing for the turkey. We bring vegetarian gravy with us.

Then there's your typical Thanksgiving sides....squash, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, green beans (No casserole, though!), tossed salad, etc..

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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:25:00 PM
Why shouldn't you eat fake meat? I never heard that?


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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:28:35 PM
I have met many many people who think that if you don't want to eat real meat, you shouldn't eat fake meat. Because fake meat is "kind of" like real meat, and as a vegetarian I should not eat anything that even resembled real meat.

I disagree.






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Posted: 11/15/2012 8:38:38 PM
I don't eat a lot of the "fake meat" type things for a few reasons that make me sound very pretentious. First. . . many of them (morningstar farms type) have about a gazillion ingredients that I can't pronounce and a salt shaker worth of sodium. Second. . .I prefer not to depend on soy-based foods as a major protein source because there have been some questions about eating too much soy possibly being detrimental to health. Third. . .I'm gluten intolerant (I know, throw something at me!) and most have gluten, which is no bueno for my tummy.

I'm cooking for Thanksgiving this year, so I plan on eating WELL! Lots of veggies, mashed potatoes, gluten-free stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, pie. . .mama is going to live it up!

btw, I just made this soup and it tasted like Thanksgiving to me. It would make a great vegetarian addition to a Thanksgiving table, in my opinion. I cooked some lentils with the rice so it had protein.
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Posted: 11/15/2012 10:57:12 PM


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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:22:37 AM
look up thanksgiving recipes on http://www.theppk.com. they're all from isa chandra moskowitz, vegan chef extraordinaire (and she's my neighbor!)



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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:48:02 AM
My 15 year old LOVES Tofurky. We cut the loaf in half and save one half in the freezer for Christmas.



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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:22:30 AM
We're vegan. I make cornbread dressing with vegetable stock. We like the "Tofurky" roast okay, but the "Field Roast" didn't live up to expectations. Our favorite meat subs. are from Gardein. This is really delicious: Gardein Stuffed Turk'y I haven't tried their Turk'y Cutlets, Gardein Turk'y Cutlets , but I'd love to if they were available locally. Gardein has so many great veggie meats.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 4:53:35 AM
I eat everything for Thanksgiving, except for the Turkey. I make everything with vegetable stock. I don't have to have something to eat in place of meat, so I don't bother with tofurkey.

Now, if it was my mom making dinner, she pours the turkey stock into every singe dish for no reason, even the vegetables. I swear she does this on purpose because she is being passive aggressive.




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Posted: 11/16/2012 6:08:15 AM
Giada's butternut squash lasagna

I making this for my DS's girlfriend who is joining us for the first time..


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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:06:39 AM
I have been vegetarian for over 20 years. I discoverd Quorn products a few years back and love them.
For Thanksgiving, I use this: Turk'y Roast
(It does contain egg whites, so it won't work for vegans.)
You can get vegetarian gravy at most health food stores, but I have also found mushroom gravy packets at my local grocery store that have no meat products in them.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:09:18 AM
I hate tofurkey with the power of a thousand suns. It really is nasty nasty nasty! Yuck. Just thinking about it grosses me out.

I make a stuffing that is full of chopped veg as my main along with a vegetarian tourtiere. The stuffing is full of edamame, carrots, sweet potato, green beans, and whatever other veg strikes my fancy. Sometimes I make vegan chorizo and put that in it as well. I make a vegetarian gravy to go along with the tourt and the stuffing. Paired with the mashed potatoes and whatever veg is served on the side, it's a very filling meal. I've now started making these dishes for vegetarian friends to have at their family meals as well (this year, I'm triplicating it).

ETA: I'm surprised to read that so many people eat the stuffing cooked outside the bird. In my experience, that's still made with chicken stock rather than vegetable stock. But now that I think of it, perhaps the way I've seen it made is not the typical way.

I do have a recipe for making your own tofurkey, which is okay, but the commercial tofurkey has this nasty commercial taste that drives me crazy.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:25:14 AM
I just pinned that same mushroom soup recipe recently. It sounds wonderful.


We will use "fake meat" occasionally, but mostly we just eat other things.

If we're going to a cook-out, and we know the sides will be limited to potato salad and chips or something, then we'll grab a box of fake burgers to bring with us.

And DH occasionally likes a "B"LT. I have never been a fan of bacon (Shocking, I know!) so I don't really care about that.

We try not to eat a ton of very processed foods, and the ingredient lists on some of those things are 10 miles long and I don't know what half of it even is.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:27:28 AM
melanell,

Try this recipe for Tempeh Bacon. I change up the flavours but it works fairly well. It's not as processed as the packaged stuff... and it tastes better.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:35:02 AM
My dd is vegetarian and I won't allow her to eat much soy because of the link between that (the processed kind, which is most of our soy) and breast cancer. She does eat the Morningstar Farms "bacon" from time to time, but that's it.

For Thanksgiving I usually make turkey, stuffing outside the bird (using vegetable broth), sweet potatoes, mashed regular potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and of course there are desserts. This year I might try a quinoa stuffing recipe I found but we'll still have the regular because everyone likes it. The quinoa is for me because I can't have gluten, and dd likes quinoa so she can eat that if she wants. There's never a lack of food for her to eat.



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Posted: 11/16/2012 7:36:04 AM
There are more than enough sides to make me happy & full. If I am somewhere and I'm not sure if it's vegetarian or not, I either ask or just don't eat it.

I just wanted to add that I wouldn't just go ahead and make something like tofurkey. The vegetarian may not like it but may feel bad about not eating it since you went out of your way to make something special. You could always ask beforehand so you know for sure.

I always appreciate it when people put in the effort to make something I can eat.



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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:14:23 AM

I discoverd Quorn products a few years back and love them.


I have to admit I'm weirded out by quorn because it's unclear what exactly it's made of? lol


This is really delicious: Gardein Stuffed Turk'y

Ok that looks kind of fun to try!




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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:29:36 AM

melanell,

Try this recipe for Tempeh Bacon. I change up the flavours but it works fairly well. It's not as processed as the packaged stuff... and it tastes better.


Thank you!

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Posted: 11/16/2012 9:18:52 AM
We're vegan and always do just fine on Thanksgiving. We pick up a Celebration Roast at Whole Foods (in the freezer case) for the "main dish." It doesn't try to taste like turkey, but it's good.

I really only get it for my DH, because I could do without it. (It's a wheat product, and we're trying to steer away from gluten. But for a special occasion, I have no issue with it.) I make mushroom gravy, do a dairy-free green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes can be done dairy-free. We're doing Thanksgiving with my extended family this year, and I just make enough for everyone, and 1/2 the time, nobody can tell which is the vegan side dish and which one isn't.

Like someone else said, Thanksgiving is usually mostly about the sides anyway, so unless he was vegan, there's plenty for a vegetarian to eat at a normal Thanksgiving meal.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:07:01 AM
I eat the sides...the stuffing is cooked out of the bird in our families. I get by just fine!

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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:14:56 AM
I know neither my mom or my DH's mom puts chicken or meat in their stuffing. No meat stock goes into any other side dish. So our sides are always totally vegetarian.






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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:19:22 AM
I was a vegetarian for many years and ate sides made without meat. I am on the pile of people who do not like soy-based "meat" products,

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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:22:42 AM
When I was a vegetarian I made grilled portabella mushrooms and mushroom gravy and ate those along with all the sides everyone else was eating. I was in college at the time. My mom agreed to make the dressing with vegetable broth instead of chicken and everything else was already vegetarian.



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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:04:35 PM
From what I remember from my vegetarian days, the Holidays weren't really a problem. There are usually so many great sides to chose from.

I've seen some recipes for nutloaf, and that seems like a dish suitable for a Thanksgiving dinner. It probably goes well with a lot of the sides as well.
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