Thanksgiving with vegetarians & vegans 101

Thanksgiving- a frenzied, family ‘n friend filled, foodie-fest… and one of the few American rituals I partake in (sans Turkey).

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Tempeh meatballs using minimalist baker’s recipe

 

I know that thanksgiving can be quite a stressful time of the year for some people- especially if one of your guests doesn’t eat turkey (God forbid!) Well fret not. If you’re hosting vegetarians or vegans for thanksgiving (or just want to make a nice meal for someone special in your life) then the blog world has gotcherback.

Seriously. I’ve been obsessively reading food blogs for over a decade now, and it’s astounding the number of quality vegetarian and vegan blogs that are in the mix. These folks know how to satisfy the hungriest customer and make meals that are consistently good. If you’re still on the hunt for a last minute dish, here are the top 3 sites I would recommend:

  1. http://www.theppk.com/ : If I haven’t said it yet, Isa Chandra of the post punk kitchen is my food guru and idol. I worship her wisdom, relish in her humour, and have become fatter as a result of her recipes. Try.Them.All. (Especially: Porcini crusted tofu, pecan pie, roasted butternut squash alfredo, chocolate pudding pie)
  2. http://minimalistbaker.com/ : Dana has made a splash in the past year or so with her easy to follow, low fuss and consistently delicious recipes. (Try fall pot pie, tempeh meatballs)
  3. http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/ : Susan’s blog is the first one I tested when first moving from a vegetarian to a vegan diet in ’06. (Try: Pumpkin spice bread, sweet dumpling squash stuffed with rice)

That’s all you need. For real. I just gave you an entire meal plan- get to work ya’ll!

Truth be told, perhaps the best part about thanksgiving (yes, better than the food), is the opportunity to reflect and be grateful.

Today in particular my gratitude goes to these two beautiful ladies below.

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Happy birthday to my Mother-in-Law and my Mom. Amazing women celebrate birthdays on November 24th. Clearly.