Thanksgiving is usually a huge holiday for my family. I’m talking 50 people crammed around multiple tables and couches huge, but this year, we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of spending the holiday in Connecticut with my dad’s whole extended family, I’m heading out to Pennsylvania for a much smaller get-together with my mom’s side of the family – just my parents, sister, grandparents, and me. I love our huge Thanksgiving extravaganzas, but I’m excited for a more intimate group and to see my mom’s parents (who I haven’t seen since May).
Tomorrow will also be my first vegetarian Thanksgiving. My mom has been very supportive and has made sure all the side dishes are vegetarian-friendly, but I can’t ask the rest of my non-vegetarian family to give up the beloved turkey! What is a vegetarian to do for a main course on Thanksgiving?
I headed to the web for some inspiration. There were tons of tofurky recipes, tofu loaves, and faux meat loaves, but I wanted something that the rest of my family would be open to trying and that still tasted like Thanksgiving. Even though tofu and veggie loaves can be delicious, for some reason a lot of non-vegetarians hear, “tofu” and are instantly turned off. So instead of trying to mimic turkey, I opted for this stuffed butternut squash recipe from One Green Planet.
It looks and sounds delicious. Plus, it seems easy enough to make. The last thing my mom needs is a difficult recipe on top of cooking the turkey for hours and preparing all the side dishes.
I’ll keep you all posted on how it turns out. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving!!
What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you have any good vegetarian recipes for Turkey Day?