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Thanksgiving Tip: So You've Invited a Vegetarian...

Thanksgiving Tip: So You've Invited a Vegetarian...

Last week we highlighted a classic Thanksgiving feast and this week we've gone completely vegetarian. However, what if you're a meat-eating family who happens to have invited a few vegetarians? Do you have to follow the vegetarian menu? Can you still have your turkey? Before you start fretting, I've got a few simple tips on how to turn your classic meal into a veggie-friendly one. And no, you don't have to have to serve Tofurky.

  • Start things off by making all of your appetizers vegetarian. Serve things like cheese and crackers, olives, nuts, bread and lentil spread. Your meat-eating family and friends are not going to turn these down.
  • When it comes time to make the sides, make sure they are veg friendly. If you've got stuffing that's cooked inside the bird, make sure you have some cooked outside that is completely meat free.
  • Make sure the stock you use is vegetarian. One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to cook for vegetarians is overlooking the kind of stock they use.
  • Consider adding a hearty side dish such as pumpkin ravioli or baked squash. This will serve as the main course for your vegetarian guests, but will also be enjoyed by the rest of the dinner party. If you don't have time to make something, place an order from a veg-friendly restaurant.
  • For a few more ways to make your classic feast veg friendly,

  • Make a separate kind of gravy that does not include the turkey drippings.
  • If you're going to make a separate Tofurky roast, make sure there is enough room in your oven and cooking time for both the roast and the turkey.
  • Speaking of Tofurky, make sure the vegetarian you're serving actually likes it before you go out of your way. Some people don't like how realistic it is, while others are crazy for it. Also, consider purchasing Tofurky deli slices instead of the entire roast.
  • If the vegetarian you've invited has offered to bring a dish, go ahead and take them up on the offer! This way you won't have to fret over whether or not they'll be able to make anything, and they won't have to worry about whether or not they'll be able to eat anything.

Do you have any great tips on how to turn your classic feast into a vegetarian one?

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