Thanksgiving (can you believe it’s only a week away?!) is probably the toughest holiday for a vegetarian. I mean, what does a non-meat eater eat on a day that revolves around eating a bird? Fear not, my poultry loving readers. Going meatless on Turkey Day is not as hard as you think.
For one, you are most likely celebrating the holiday with family and friends who love you. If you aren’t cooking for yourself, I’m sure one of your beloved will be happy to accommodate your dietary needs. Just give them a few options.
Personally, I like to keep with the flavors of Thanksgiving. That means incorporating things like fall veggies (brussells sprouts and pumpkin!) and fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). If you’re in need of a little inspiration for your Non-Turkey Turkey Day, below is what is on my menu. My mom is making a regular turkey for everyone else, making me a separate main course, and is keeping all of the appetizers vegetarian friendly for everyone to enjoy.
Main Course: Last year I had this Quinoa-Stuffed Squash from One Green Planet. It was so delicious that I decided it would be my new vegetarian Thanksgiving tradition. I haven’t made it since so that it could be my special Thanksgiving meal every year moving forward. Get the recipe here!
Side Dishes: Last year, my mom was able to make almost all of the side dishes vegetarian and dairy free. The only exception was the stuffing. This year, we’re going to give this vegan stuffing a whirl. It has butternut squash (I can’t get enough butternut squash), brussels sprouts, bread, and apples. Sounds like heaven (and something the whole fam will enjoy)!
(picture from food52)
We’ll also be having baked sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce (both homemade and the canned kind). I’m actually a sucker for the canned kind. I know. I know. It’s not as healthy, but it’s amazing!
I may also start the day off with a healthy (vegan!) Blueberry Pumpkin Pie Smoothie! Have you ever tasted Silk Pumpkin Spice? I’m in love. I’ve been adding it to my staple blueberry-banana smoothie, and now my breakfast smoothie tastes like Thanksgiving dessert!
- 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup Silk Pumpkin Spice
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 Tbsp protein powder of choice (I use hemp protein or Plant Fusion)
- Sweetener of choice (stevia, agave, sugar, honey)
- Few dashes pumpkin pie spice
- optional: 1 Tbsp cacao nibs
Do you enjoy a non-turkey Turkey Day? What are some of your favorite plant-based Thanksgiving recipes?