Vegetarian Thanksgiving

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Wed, 10-13-2010 - 7:34pm

I've already started brainstorming about what the menu might look like...

Do you have a vegetarian Thanksgiving?

My inlaws insist on the bird, but I make all sides/gravey vegetarian,...and a Tofurky!

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Thu, 10-14-2010 - 12:05pm
heidi9771 wrote:

I've already started brainstorming about what the menu might look like...

Do you have a vegetarian Thanksgiving?

My in laws insist on the bird, but I make all sides/gravy vegetarian,...and a Tofurky!

Hi Heidi!

I haven't been thinking of Thanksgiving, too much, as the temperatures are still warm here. But yes, the dinner is definitely all vegetarian, if not all vegan. But at the same time, I am not entertaining anyone nor going to anyone's house - extended family all live in different states. I don't know how I would handle it even if we all lived close, as the smell of dead animal flesh nauseates me.

As far as the menu - I may alternate this a bit, but I usually include a mock meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean and/or broccoli casserole(s),

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Sat, 10-16-2010 - 9:13pm

Amelia,

Your menu has my mouth watering!

We host Thanksgiving at our home. I allow a bird not because I want to, but otherwise the relatives would not come, and this would make for a very sad event for my little girl (it happened last year, when I tried to get them to try a turkey free day...no one came.) It was devestating, and I still struggle with the ethical issue...be glad your non veg relatives don't live so close LOL!

So far, I'm thinking:

mashed butternut squash with sage butter

broccoli and cheese caserole

garlic mashed potatoes

tofurkey and gravey

vegetarian portabella mushroom and onion stuffing

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Sun, 10-17-2010 - 10:38am

Ooh, your menu sounds good, too! Regarding your broccoli and cheese casserole - are you vegetarian (i.e., you make it with dairy cheese)? If so, do you think

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Mon, 10-18-2010 - 10:29am

You beat me to asking about Thanksgiving :smileyvery-happy: I'll say a welcome too because I'm not entirely sure if I've seen you on the board before.

I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving too. My mom would prefer if I came down to my parents' house for a family dinner, or at least sent my son, but last year I'd decided I'd had enough of her poor treatment: she would be rude, act like I was asking for too much to be included, or she would be rude by bringing tons of attention to her attempts to be inclusive. Frustrating either way. Now that my son is dancing somewhere between vegetarian and vegan, I don't want to just send him either. So last year I kept him home with me and we went to Thanksgiving at my church; we're Unitarian Universalists and holiday potlucks at church are a big, normal thing for us. My son and I had a substantially better time there than at my parents' so we plan to do that again. There is turkey for meat eaters, but it is kept in the kitchen and in chafing dishes, so I don't actually have to look at it. Plus last year (I swear I didn't organize this LOL, even though some thought I did) there were enough vegetarian/vegan side choices that the side dish part of the meal was divided by omnivorous, vegetarian, and vegan.

I plan to experiment with vegan gravy recipes between now and Thanksgiving. I tried a "country style gravy" from the vegan cooking class I'm in now and it was pretty good, but there's several more I want to try. I'll probably make some sort of casserole involving corn and the gravy for my contribution to the meal. I'm also debating a Tofurky or a loaf; I've never had Tofurky so I'm open to experimentation, but I've read/been told quite a few times that they're not worth the cost.

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Mon, 10-18-2010 - 8:43pm

Amelia, I plan to blog about my TG recipes, so I'll let you know when the recipe is up for the caserole.

Joelle, thanks for the welcome! We're UU too, and I'm not surprised you have a better time there...tends to attract many open minded folks (who don't stare at you like you have two heads for being a vegetarian/vegan.)

I like the Quorn products better than the Tofurky - have you tried those?

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Wed, 10-20-2010 - 8:30am
I haven't tried Quorn because, as I'm vegan, the majority of their products have egg whites in them and I don't do eggs.
Are you familiar with Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group?

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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 12:29pm

I think Thanksgiving will be at my in laws this year. There might be another dinner at my grandpa's. I was thinking of bringing artechoke heart casserole to one dinner and brocolli casserole to the other. I also love cranberry sauce so I'll manage ok :)

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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 12:31pm
Oh I'll have to check out the UU for the ethical treatment of animals group. I love that both of my ministers (husband and wife team) are vegetarians. The founders of our church (Unity School of Practical Christianity) were vegetarians as well. There is both a vegan group and a raw foods group at my church, but they usually conflict with my Course in Miracles classes so I have never been.
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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 3:55pm

Would you mind posting your broccoli casserole recipe? I am collecting a few different recipes and am going to eventually try them all to see which I like the best. (BTW, I am also looking for cauliflower casserole recipes if anyone has one).

Thanks!

Amelia

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Sat, 10-23-2010 - 12:32pm
sounds like a good plan. I still after to figure what I'll be bringing to my church, other than gravy :D

Love and Light, Joelle

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