November 19th, 2014

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Tips

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

It could not be a more perfect time of year to host a vegetarian meal (or give any vegetarians at your table a meal to remember). The local harvest is abundant, hearty grains are readily available, and all of your guests will appreciate extra vegetables on the Thanksgiving table. Making a few small changes to accommodate everyone is simple, and no one will notice the change. Skip the tofurkey this year, instead try some of our favorite recipes and tips.

Kitchen Tips

  • Make your own vegetable stock and use it in sauces or dishes where no one will notice the difference. Try our Rich Vegetable Stock – it’s the best we’ve had.
  • Go with traditional dishes that everyone will enjoy. We’ve got tons in our archive that are veganvegetarian, and gluten free. Whenever possible make one dish that everyone can enjoy, but don’t feel bad about including an omnivore only dish or two.
  • Splurge on some local goodies that everyone can enjoy. Heirloom grains and beans, local cheeses, honey, etc. Check our Local Sources guide for where to shop in your area.

The Main Dish

Look to seasonal fresh produce for the vegetarian main dish. It will also serve as a sensational side dish for your omnivore guests. All of our favorites listed below can be made in advance, which will help your time line the day of. Just reheat in the oven before serving.

Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

Roasted Root Vegetable Pot Pie

Kale Macaroni & Cheese

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Hearty Sides

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Rosemary Infused Mashed Parsnips

Savory Roasted Acorn Squash

Creamed Parsnips & Kale

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

Acorn Squash Apple Purée

Acorn Squash Rings with Kale Quinoa Pilaf

Savory Starters

Acorn Squash Crostini

Fall Flatbread

Butternut Squash Latkes with Sriracha Aioli


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