Who needs a real turkey anyway!?
Whenever the holidays roll around, I’m often asked, “As a vegetarian, what do you eat at Thanksgiving?” Besides the turkey itself, and the gravy, there’s no meat in pumpkin pie. Last time I checked, the mashed potatoes and green bean casserole were meat free. Heck, if you bake the “stuffing” separately, it can be totally satisfying meatless. Thanksgiving and Halloween duke it out as my favorite holidays, but with all the amazing food, I think Thanksgiving K.O.s Halloween. Particularly with everything getting more and more consumer driven, at least Thanksgiving is more about eating good food with loved ones than any other modern day holiday.
Plus, with the hourly barrage of advertising telling you how inadequate your life is without insert-name-of-useless-gadget-here, how awesome is it to have a national holiday encouraging us to be grateful for what we already have?! (Even if President Roosevelt did move the national holiday to the third Thursday in November, from the last, to extend the Christmas shopping season.) The same way I buy much of my groceries, I just buy most of my Thanksgiving ingredients from the growers I know and love at the farmers market. So, for the next few days, I will feature some of my favorite autumnal vegetarian dishes, perfect for your Thanksgiving with a crowd, or just a few people. Even if you eat meat, these recipes are a great way to incorporate more veggies into the meal, or just put a fun twist on holiday classics.