Mention 'Turkey Day' and anyone in the U.S. or Canada knows you mean Thanksgiving.
What can vegans or vegetarians eat on a holiday that is so firmly tied to turkey? And what do you do when you're celebrating Thanksgiving with people ranging from carnivore to vegan?
Consult the following menu suggestions, and the Savvy Veg Holiday Recipe Index for recipes so delicious that eaters of all persuasions will be coming back for seconds.
If you're celebrating Thanksgiving away from home, volunteer to bring a few dishes. You'll know for sure there will be something you can eat, plus you'll get a reputation for being really helpful and a great cook.
If you're the host and your non-veg guests are adamant about eating turkey, ask one of them to prepare a turkey and bring it, or buy one already prepared from a grocery store or caterer.
Word to the Wise: Don't try to convert anybody to a vegetarian diet on Thanksgiving. It may just create bad feelings and spoil the celebration.
We hope these Thanksgiving menus, along with our holiday recipes, will help you enjoy a very special vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving dinner!
Our light Thanksgiving menu has traditional overtones, plenty of variety, all the colors & flavors needed to make anybody happy.
This low fat vegan menu will give you a feeling of abundance, and fill you up nicely. But it won't leave you feeling like you should fast for a week.
The best part is that these are quick & easy recipes, so you don't have to spend all day in the kitchen!
Our poached pear dessert recipe is ideal if you want to go just a little overboard on Thanksgiving!
I've read that a typical Thanksgiving meal averages 4000 calories per person No, I'm not making that up! If you have 1 serving of everything on our Thanksgiving Lite menu, calories will be under 900. To reduce calories and carbs a lot more, take 1/2 portions of rice, squash and dessert (approx 1/4 cup). Skip or substitute for the rolls and bread. Serving sizes and nutrition data are given for each individual recipe on this menu.
Total Estimated Nutrition Data for the meal, including 1 serving of each menu item: 889 calories, 151 g carbohydrate (43% RDV), 16 g fat (14% RDV), 1290 mg sodium (50% RDV), 14 g dietary fiber (63% RDV), 34 g protein. Estimated glycemic load: 81. This menu is very low in saturated fat & cholesterol, a good source of Vit. A, Vit. C, Vit. B6, Vit. K, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium & manganese, dietary fiber & folate.
Coffee, Tea or Herbal Tea, Sparkling Mineral Water
Depending on how many people are eating, choose 2-4 appetizers, 1-2 main dishes, 2-4 side dishes, 1-3 drinks, and 1-3 desserts for your menu. Double or triple the recipes to feed more people.
Many hands make light work, so if you're hosting, don't get stressed out trying to make everything yourself.
Have your guests bring an assigned dish, or something that will fit your menu.
Or gather friends & family, put on some music, and have a Thanksgiving cook-fest.