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I come from a big family – my parents are both one of eight and I have a zillion (60+) cousins. Picture the Irish Catholic/Italian version of the my big fat greek wedding family and you’re close to an image of our typical holiday.
But, this Thanksgiving marks a first. As we recently moved and aren’t a bus trip away from my family anymore, my husband and I decided to tackle Thanksgiving on our own.
Essentially this means me. He has a lot of good qualities and talents but cooking isn’t among them.
I’m feeling totally liberated and excited at the prospect of being 100% in control of my Thanksgiving feast for the first time in my life. My husband isn’t a vegetarian by any means but he’ll literally eat anything I put in front of him (alas one of those good qualities I referred to above). Essentially I have full reign to go crazy with the vegetarian thanksgiving sides that I consider the best part of the holiday.
As a non meat-eater I like the idea of a centerpiece dish – like a tofurky for example - but to be honest I don’t go ga ga over faux meats. I find them very hit or miss. And, why does the bird or “bird” get all the attention, anyway? Load me up with a few vegetarian Thanksgiving side dishes and I’m a happy girl!
That said here’s a run down of some of the vegetarian Thanksgiving sides & recipes that will be making an appearance at our Thanksgiving this year. Most are a little less traditional as I believe in mixing it up and eating what I crave – not necessarily the canned cranberry sauce and gravy the holiday typically dictates. (Some are our own recipes and some are amazing recommendations from my favorite food bloggers.)
I hope these help any fellow side-lovin’ readers who are in need of last-minute ideas!
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides
Seasonal Vegetable Quinoa Risotto – I’m making this with acorn squash and adding pumpkin seeds
Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing with Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts, and Cranberry- This recipe can be made gluten-free
What’s for dessert?
Lightened Up Snickers Pie – prepared here with a vegan chocolate pudding
Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – these also make a great breakfast treat
Happy feasting, friends! Any vegetarian Thanksgiving sides that you want to share?
Photo credit: Meatless Mondays