Meatless Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks
When I ate meat, Thanksgiving was a gift from the Gods. I put in zero work preparing the food, and I got to eat my weight in both turkey and ham without feeling an ounce of guilt. And, as if things couldn't get any better, I had enough leftovers to keep me alive when I went back to college. Back then, Thanksgiving was the holiday to beat.
Well...it's two years later and I'm not in college, I don't live at home and I don't eat meat. This year, not only do I have to cook Thanksgiving for myself, people are expecting to eat a vegetarian meal at my house. Why do I do these things to myself?!
I've decided to help myself (while also helping you) by picking some dishes to make. They can be side dishes for all you carnivores, but I've made sure they are pretty hearty so vegetarians can actually feel like they are eating a meal and not have to rely on dessert to feel full (no judgement here).
Stuffed Acorn Squash
There has to be some sort of squash dish on your menu. Squash is really easy to prepare, and you'll end up feeling full and fabulous. Plus, your guests will think you put a lot of effort into pleasing them because it looks so pretty. I've included a link to a recipe I've used before, but I think it's always fun to play around with ingredients. If you don't like something, take it out or replace it. Your guests won't know that you didn't stick to the recipe (unless of course they read this article and are anticipating calling you out at the dinner table).
Sweet Potato Cranberry Quiche
I won't use this platform to brag, but I am a quiche queen. The great thing about quiche is that you can't really mess them up. You can go with a traditional cheese quiche, or you can mix it up and add all of your favorite ingredients. For this Thanksgiving, I'm definitely going to make this Sweet Potato Cranberry Quiche. It combines everything you love about fall and quiche to make one, simple vegetarian dish. I'm all about working smarter and not harder, but if you're feeling adventurous you can make your own pie crust.
Thanksgiving Wild Rice
It's important that there's a grain on the table this Thanksgiving. Actually, I need a grain on the table for all meals, but this is not about me. The first thing you'll notice about this particular recipe is that it's not vegetarian friendly. It's still very easy to change a few things to make sure you can still eat. 1) Switch out the chicken broth for vegetable broth. 2) Take out the sausage or replace it with soysage. You can buy soysage at any grocery store, and I guarantee your meat-eating guests will not be able to tell the difference.
If none of these dishes sound appealing to you, or if reading this article made you change your mind about cooking Thanksgiving dinner alltogether, here are three extra tips for surviving Thanksgiving as a vegetarian:
1) Find out which one of your friends has the Thanksgiving Pinterest board and head to their house for dinner. Eat lots of sides and lots of dessert.
2) Go out to eat. There are lots of people that don't cook at all. Treat yourself to an amazing dinner at a restaurant you've been dying to try.
3) Sit at home, order chinese food, open Netflix and patiently wait for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Peace and Chicken Grease,