Turkey is the traditional meat served for Thanksgiving dinner. However, there are many people that have dietary restrictions that prevent them from eating turkey or any meat. Vegetarians do not eat many meat products, which would affect more than just the main course. Here are some quick and easy substitutions to make your Thanksgiving dinner a good and tasty vegetarian one!
Step 1: Replace traditional stuffing with vegan or vegetarian stuffing. Use whole wheat bread and add cranberries, raisins, and chopped pecans or make delicious cornbread stuffing.
Step 2: Serve vegetables for side dishes. Everyone will love a casserole of butternut squash and apples and traditional green bean casserole made vegan-friendly. Sweet potatoes and vegan mashed potatoes will become Thanksgiving favorites.
Step 3: If you want an entrée that forms a table centerpiece, go with a Tofurky or make your own tofu turkey or a loaf. If you are going non-traditional all the way, consider attractive stuffed acorn squash or cranberry and wild rice pilaf. Each entrée is delicious and vegetarian.
Step 4: Add a glaze or marinade to the Tofurky or deep fry this entrée, in true contemporary style.
Step 5: When a Tofu turkey is on the menu, vegetarians can still enjoy gravy. With vegetarian gravy, the keys are the heat level, stirring, and timing. Use recipes that feature a base of vegetable broth and make the gravy flavorful by adding nutritional yeast, miso, fresh herbs, or mushrooms.
Step 6: Select at least one type of roll to serve if there will be a small crowd. For a larger group, go with two or three different kinds of bread. Vegan muffins, biscuits, cornbreads, and gluten-free breads are all great choices.
Step 7: For people new to vegetarian cooking may find soup to be an easy alterative to a vegetarian turkey. Having soup as the main course leaves room in the stomach for side dishes and dessert. Butternut squash soup with apples is a hearty fall favorite.