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http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/vegetarian-thanksgiving-can-be-every-bit-as-traditional-_-and-comforting-_-as-one-with-turkey/2012/11/01/707301d6-2450-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276a_story.html
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Vegetarians have long known a Thanksgiving secret the rest of us are reluctant to admit — it’s all about the side dishes.

Think about it. Once you’ve taken the obligatory slice of turkey, a dutiful spoonful of gravy and maybe haggled a bit over the dark meat, what you really want is more stuffing. More mashed anything. More syrupy sweet potatoes. And definitely more pie. Pie of any kind.

“Absence of turkey can be a very positive thing,” says New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman, whose upcoming book, “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00,” is dedicated to learning to make do with less meat. “Most people have roughly 360 dinners a year that have ‘absence of turkey.’ We eat it on Thanksgiving because we’re supposed to.”

This is a great article! I think the inflatable turkey centrepiece idea is a little silly but I love all the suggestions for vegetable dishes (all easy to veganize for those of us who don't eat dairy) and I wholeheartedly agree with the suggestion to bring on the fat and creamy things and GRAVY. It's a celebration so you may as well enjoy yourself, especially if it helps convince your omni relatives that veg*n food is amazing. drool.gif

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That was a good article. I also didn't like the fake turkey deal though. This year I've seen a rash of vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving articles where they recommend some sort of fake - plastic/paper/stuffed turkey on the table. I don't get it. 

 

I don't keep pretend meat on my table at other times. Like a fake plastic slab of ham or cow on my table, you know, to feel, what? More normal? Who does that? 

 

I think it's REALLY weird if you're vegetarian and have some pretend symbolic meat on the table. SO weird. 


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That was a good article. I also didn't like the fake turkey deal though. This year I've seen a rash of vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving articles where they recommend some sort of fake - plastic/paper/stuffed turkey on the table. I don't get it. 

 

I don't keep pretend meat on my table at other times. Like a fake plastic slab of ham or cow on my table, you know, to feel, what? More normal? Who does that? 

 

I think it's REALLY weird if you're vegetarian and have some pretend symbolic meat on the table. SO weird. 

I think a cool centerpiece would be a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables would be good as a centerpiece.


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I think a cool centerpiece would be a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables would be good as a centerpiece.

Yes or flowers. I like flowers for special events :) Or candles. Not meat though.


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I think a cool centerpiece would be a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables would be good as a centerpiece.

Agreed, that sounds WAY more appropriate for a veg Thanksgiving tongue3.gif

I think I may have to have a second one because of this thread, in Canada we have ours in October but now I want roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes and gravy and pie... lick.gif

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Agreed, that sounds WAY more appropriate for a veg Thanksgiving tongue3.gif
I think I may have to have a second one because of this thread, in Canada we have ours in October but now I want roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes and gravy and pie... lick.gif

Second one! Thanksgiving food is so good - we eat a lot of that sort of food year round. I read once that due to all the veggies, Thanksgiving is actually one of the days when Americans eat the most healthfully. 

 

I'm actually practicing vegan pumpkin pie today. I always make the pies for the family, but usually I've made pumpkin pie filling traditionally with eggs, so today I'm practicing pie sans eggs.

 

I got distracted though because I had some excess apples so I made homemade pop tarts...

 

 

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The I got more distracted and made peach and blueberry pop tarts too. 

 

BUT I swear I'll make some pumpkin pie soon today. 


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Turkey has always seemed totally stupid for have at a dinner that includes more sides than ANY other day!

 

1) It takes all kinds of prep.

2) Leaves bacteria that only meat can leave in the sink, and on the counter. You can't do anything until everything is cleaned thoroughly.

3) Takes up the entire oven.

4) With all mess of extra guests, and all the other extra food to put away, you're left with a dead carcass no one want to touch.

5) Turkey rarely comes out as good as anyone remembers anyway, and causes bickering.

6) There's just too much great, traditional stuff that's vegetarian, and easily made vegan.


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That tart looks so good Jennifer! Did you make the crust? and how?


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That tart looks so good Jennifer! Did you make the crust? and how?

It was really good. I was thinking of making puff pastry, but was worried the fruit would leak, and I'm not too sure of how to make puff pastry. That said, I made a basic vegan pie crust then folded it over about 5 times, rolled it out, then repeated a few times to make it more layered. 

 

They turned out amazing. I'm going to post the recipe here soon. 


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drool.gif Vegan poptarts!!!

I have one of those old-fashioned, honey-comb paper turkeys that I pull out every Thanksgiving. I like to be reminded of what I'm not eating.

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That tart looks so good Jennifer! Did you make the crust? and how?

It was really good. I was thinking of making puff pastry, but was worried the fruit would leak, and I'm not too sure of how to make puff pastry. That said, I made a basic vegan pie crust then folded it over about 5 times, rolled it out, then repeated a few times to make it more layered. 

 

They turned out amazing. I'm going to post the recipe here soon. 


Soon? How soon? Like, tomorrow soon? grin.gif
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Soon? How soon? Like, tomorrow soon? grin.gif

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drool.gif Vegan poptarts!!!
I have one of those old-fashioned, honey-comb paper turkeys that I pull out every Thanksgiving. I like to be reminded of what I'm not eating.

 

That would be one good reason to have a fake turkey I suppose. To remind you of what not to eat but I think I'd still find it weird.

 

Fake meat stuff kind of weirds out veggie kids too. When Cedar was in daycare at age four he came home with a paper hand turkey, because all the kids had to make them. He didn't quite get it having been vegetarian since birth. He just thought it was some nature/animal/farm project, not anything associated with a holiday, until the staff said something about eating turkey on Thanksgiving. It didn't freak Cedar out, but I remember him asking about it and thinking it was really weird.

 

This was in the good old days though, before we had Thanksgiving with everyone else in the family who eats turkey. Now he gets the ol' turkey association. 


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Like now - https://www.veggieboards.com/a/homemade-vegan-organic-toaster-pastries smiley.gif 

That looks so good! Thanks for posting! drool.gif

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Soon? How soon? Like, tomorrow soon? grin.gif

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Haha...awesome! Thanks!
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Someone just posted this on reddit, now this is the kind of turkey centrepiece I'd love to have:


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