Question for Vegetarians

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BuffyBear

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 06:34
My vegetarian Granddaughter is coming for Thanksgiving and I want her to feel welcome and comfortable. Am looking for your help in choosing for a single serving, Thanksgiving appropriate protein source.

Would really appreciate your suggestions, along with any tips on preparation and where to buy.

Thank you!

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SherylPT13

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 06:57
Maybe ask her what she'd enjoy and what she likes.

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NCNOLE

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 08:25
For me, I would prefer just to have a larger selection of vegetable choices. Too often my family worries about the protein source and then I end up with beans and one other veggie - I would prefer just more veggies and not worrying about the protein for one day! (green beans, zucchini, sweet potato casserole, maybe one other veggie and I would be set w/ my salad and cranberry sauce from scratch!) But yeah, you could just ask what she would like, but she might not say much! I usually tell people not to worry about it!
BuffyBear

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 11:54
Sheryl and NCNOLE - I appreciate your suggestions!
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ctlss

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 12:52
Buffy, what about the stuffing? Make it without the giblets and don't use the broth from the giblets for liquid and it should be good for her, don't you think? I add cranberries and pecans to mine along with the onion, celery, rye bread, white bread, and butter. It is delish. Just cook a small portion separate from the turkey. Smile
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BuffyBear

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 14:30
Stef - Great idea! Oh, and cranberries and pecans - Yum. Are they whole raw cranberries?
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dnolan1337

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 14:44
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Roasted-Vegetable-Medley/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

This right here is super easy to make, and tastes great. All of the veggies there cook up sweet and you use minimal fat (olive oil) to get them cooked.

As above, provided there is a decent veggie spread, do not worry about her choice of protein, she can cover that before or after dinner, or even bring her own.
Self...

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 15:57
If you want to make something special for her, you could stuff a portobello mushroom or an acorn squash with some savory wild rice stuffing. Vegetarian mushroom gravy is especially decadent, and not hard to make.

But I agree with others that she probably won't mind just eating all the vegetable side dishes. I'm a vegetarian who loves Thanksgiving, and I find it easy to get filled up on just the sides. One thing to be mindful of is not using chicken broth or other meat products in the mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc. Just use vegetable stock instead. I'm sure she will appreciate your effort!
hightulip

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 22:58
Um, I don't know if this will be a good advice, but maybe replace meat with beans so the meal will still be balanced? Tofu hamburger or steak is always nice meal to replace with meat, although it's not really a Thanksgiving thing.

Or you can simply ask her what she likes to have.
Ingria

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Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 23:29
I am not a vegetarian, but a lot of my colleagues are. We used to have Tofu Turkey for Thanksgiving potlucks. There are multiple recipes easily available, just google. Not sure you will go that way, as it is a lot of work, but at least look it up. I tried several versions over the years, and some of them were really good.
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ctlss

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Posted: 17 Nov 2013, 00:14
Buffy, I use dried ones. I put them in with the celery and onion when I am cooking it in the butter before adding to the stuffing. It is delish!
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust~

The hippopatamus is a vegetarian and looks like a wall. Lions who eat only red meat are sleek and slim. Could it be that human nutritionists are on the wrong track?
~Erma Bombeck~

"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "
~Groucho Marx~


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BuffyBear

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Posted: 17 Nov 2013, 06:35
Thanks again Stef!
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BuffyBear

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Posted: 17 Nov 2013, 06:38
Dnolan, Self, Hightulip and Ingria - Will check this out - much appreciated!
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Logica

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Posted: 18 Nov 2013, 09:45
I became veg when I was 11. Back then I'd just load up on sides but these days there are tons of options. Tofurky is the best for Thanksgiving. Super yummy! Make a veggie version of the stuffing and she'll be all set! http://www.tofurky.com/tofurkyproducts/holiday_products.html
austentatiou...

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Posted: 18 Nov 2013, 18:09
Cosmo just posted this great article http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/best-vegetarian-thanksgiving-recipes

Maybe it will give you some ideas! The lentil & sweet potato shepards pie looks amazing!
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Posted: 18 Nov 2013, 21:02
My advice is not to make anything that's "just for her". It sounds counter-intuitive, i know. But i always hate it when someone makes some weird "vegetarian" option and sets it aside like they're trying to single me out as the weird one.
Just make a bunch of different vege dishes that everyone can enjoy, as well as the main center-piece turkey (or what ever it is Americans do at these things). Then quietly let her know if any of the dishes have meat products that aren't obvious.
She wont be worried about "getting enough protein" it's one day, if she's intelligent enough to make a decision like going vege, she'll know how to handle protein other days.
KazNic

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Posted: 22 Nov 2013, 17:27
I'm vegan (and Canadian - so we had Thanksgiving already) my mom made me "Turkey Breasts" from http://gardein.com/products/savory-stuffed-turky/ they were nice. I'm the only vegan in my family so she made me those and mashed potatoes made with Earth Balance butter and soy milk. I was able to have everything else. I also brought a vegan pie that I baked for desert. Smile Hope that helps a bit
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veggienut

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Posted: 23 Nov 2013, 21:37
Also, you could check your local health food store and get a tofurkey (which is a soy-based loaf) that comes in the freezer.



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