Are you inviting a vegetarian to your Thanksgiving feast, but don’t have a clue what to fix them? Are you worried your menu is just too… meaty? Seriously, I’m from a large Southern family, and if you’re anything like me, even the veggies are filled with meat or meat broth!
And listen, salads aren’t the only option for a vegetarian! Trust me, I tried the vegetarian way for a time. My family was extremely confused and didn’t know what to make for me, but through that I discovered you can make a vegetarian feel right at home amongst the meat-eaters with these simple tips.
- Make your guest a main dish that can double as a side for everyone else. Stay away from imitation meat. During my veggie bit I found that “tofurky” is just an added stressor and it takes away from the Veg-giving. So pick a recipe packed with protein from ingredients like beans, nuts, eggs, and yummy cheese. One of these recipes would be perfect for your table!
Pumpkin Pot Pie – Earthyfeast
Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie – One Ingredient Chef
Stuffed Butternut Squash – Pickles & Honey
Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberries– Let the Baking Begin
- No need to go overboard with sides. Vegetarians love Thanksgiving traditions too! So make extra of the vegetarian-friendly ones. They’d rather have large helpings of their favorite traditional sides than seven small tastes of vegetarian concoctions. Plus, this saves you from digging around for new recipes! If you’re willing, it is nice to adjust what you can (but they’ll understand if beans are full of fat-back and the rice has chicken broth in it… it is Thanksgiving).
Southern Style Creamed Corn – The Domestic Diva
Savory Mushroom Gravy – Post Punk Kitchen
Spinach Balls – Shockingly Delicious
- Still go crazy with dessert! Sugar is allowed in the vegetarian diet, and hey, since they don’t lose their calories to meat your guest will be saying, “Bring it on!” My grandma was pleased I could still eat dessert during this time because I’ve always helped her bake. Honestly, if sugar were off the vegetarian diet, it’s possible I would have broken my vow for her pie! You’re probably aware Southerners love their butter and sugar, and I’m no exception. Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving desserts that I think you’ll love too!
With these simple tips your guest will feel like you designed the menu just for them, but you’ll know it was no big deal! All you really did was try out a new dish this Thanksgiving. We bet your meat-loving family members will love it too! Perhaps you’ll start a new tradition this year!
What are some of your favorite recipes for a vegetarian Thanksgiving?