I get it. I ate a Standard American Diet for 30 Years and would look forward to my turkey surrounded by all the fixings as much as the next person. And I enjoyed many a turkey sandwich the next day and the next day and the next day .......
For many, Thanksgiving won't be Thanksgiving without a big Butterball to carve at the center of the table. We come together from far and wide to celebrate our biggest national holiday and we want to bring back warm memories and honor cultural norms.
However, times do change and more people are moving to meatless diets for a variety of reasons. Beach Babe in Florida has done a fantastic job with her Meatless Monday postings and talks eloquently about the human and societal benefits of a vegetarian diet.
I'm hosting 24 people for a Vegetarian Thanksgiving and I'm not worried that anyone will go home hungry or unsatisfied. You ask, what am I serving? Well, it looks a lot like your table. Have a look below the orange croissant:
Toasted Pecan Nut Loaf
Cornbread Stuffing with Fresh Basil, Sage and Thyme
Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Parsnips and Celeriac
Sweet Potato Casserole with Diced Fuji Apple Tidbits and Fresh Pineapple
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Minced Garlic
Braised Red Russian Kale With Roasted Red Pepper Strips
Steamed French Green Beans With Toasted Almond Slivers
Fresh Cranberry Sauce With Orange Zest and Agave Nectar
Mushroom Gravy with Sauteed Crimini, Shiitake and Chanterelles
Pumpkin Pie In A Oat-Nut Crust With A Whipped Soy Topping
Apple Pie With HoneyCrisp Apples
Upside Down Cranberry Cake (Gluten Free)
If you're looking for some great recipes to try this year, check out this site.
And if you are a bit curious about how the vast majority of turkeys are raised in this country for the dinner table, you can review this report from the Humane Society.
I hope that you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. And if you can, please consider donating food or money to your local food bank as there are a lot of people in need again this holiday season.
Peace and long life.