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How to have a vegetarian Thanksgiving

Kortney Gruenwald is an internationally published journalist, writer and founder of lifestyle blog Western Charm. Originally a west coast American girl, she is currently living in Germany but still fueled by iced lattes (even in winter)....

Turkey, schmurkey!

Whether it’s your first vegetarian Thanksgiving or you’re a meatless veteran, it’s always awkward to be the person at the table who can’t eat meat. Luckily, there are plenty of meat-free alternatives that will satisfy you on the big day. Whether you’re hosting or want to suggest a few alternatives as a guest, these are easy and delicious dishes for all vegetarians at the table.
How to... have a veggie Thanksgiving
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Replace the turkey

Turkey, schmurkey!

The big bird you need to replace at the table is probably your biggest obstacle. Don’t worry, you herbivores won’t have a difficult time. Don't try to replicate the turkey with tofu or “tofurkey." Instead, just find a tasty alternative. Feel free to get creative here — try our meatless (and fall-appropriate) recipe options, including butternut squash lasagna, kale and toasted almond quiche or ravioli with green beans and butternut squash. You won’t miss that bird at all!

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Modify that stuffing

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Stuffing is the absolute best part of Thanksgiving, and since meat is only a small ingredient to the best stuffings, you won’t be missing anything at all here. Vegetarian stuffings also give you a chance to indulge in the season’s tastiest fruit and vegetables — apples, cranberries, pumpkin, apricots, etc. There is no wrong way to do stuffing, but there is a better way and we call that vegetarian, with SheKnows’ recipe.

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Add a
great side

Turkey, schmurkey!

Another popular side dish is ham, sausage or some other meat. Opt for a tasty vegetarian side dish instead that’s different from everything else on the table (so you don’t get bored). One of our favorite dishes is baked pumpkin mac and cheese — you’ll have the whole table wishing they were vegetarian too. Thanksgiving is all about comfort food, and nothing says comfort more than mac and cheese with a little homey fall twist.

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