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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2005 11:50:32 AM »

I'm just wondering, as a teen I don't want to a. make my mom go out of her way to make me something special since I won't (obviously) eat the main dish on thanksgiving  and b. don't want to get in her way trying to make myself something while she's running around crazy trying to prepare for guests to arrive.

any ideas on something I can make myself possibly the night before or very quickly that could replace turkey so that I don't get lots of questioning looks from adults as I only have bread and potatoes and such on plate? Most of them know I'm a vegetarian but think it's just a "phase". I could always go with PB and J or something but as it's a holiday I'd like something more exciting Smiley

You could get a Quorn faux turkey roast and pop it in the oven with the turkey...it only takes like an hour (or less) and is a great alternative with very little cooking involved  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2005 01:15:38 PM »

I'm so glad this thread was started because I was getting ready to start one.  Here's my problem.  I am a very new vegan.  I have said that I will do thanksgiving at my home this year. I will have 10 people here (7 of which are vegan/veggie) and I need some ideas to make this a yummy holiday.  I was just going to get a couple of Tofurkeys and then do a bunch of sides. So any help will be greatly appreciated, and I will definitely check this thread hourly for ideas  =).  I'm going to start testing stuff out now so I'll have a good idea of what I need and I'm not freaking out when everyone is sitting down at the table!
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2005 01:22:31 PM »

oh i just realized thanksgiving is coming up...its my first vegetarian thanksgiving (ive been vegetairian since March Smiley) but i guess i can always scrounge something...meats a big thing in my extended family :yuck!: and being the first vegetarian i have to put up with alot.
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2005 01:28:53 PM »

my mom makes turkey and whatnot. but since i'm vegetarian instead of cooking the stuffing inside she cooks it in tinfoil and makes dressing logs.
the stuffing is:
day old bread
poultry seasoning
celery
onion
margarine melted and poured over. 
(i know i'm missing something, but that's basically what it is)

mix it all up and cook inside tinfoil. when done take it and scrunch it all up and compact it into a log (hense dressing log) wrap back up tight in tinfoil and put in the fridge.  serve cold. it is sooooo good i want to make some now. 
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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2005 03:05:35 PM »

Delicious gravy:

Sorry, I figured this out myself so no real measurements. This amount will feed 4 people.

1/2 onion chopped and sauteed
1 1/2 c cashews sauteeed
1/2 cup broth (veggie-duh)


Put all those items in a blender along with a dash of salt or tamari and spices. You may need to add more broth if your blender won't blend.  Once its all blended put it in a saucepan and let it simmer on low. IF the consistancy is too runny mix a tablespoon of arrowroot or cornstarch with water and add a little bit at a time until it thickens up. Feel free to use less cashews and add tahini. This recipe is flexible and fool proof.
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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2005 07:26:57 PM »

i'm big on stuffing an acorn squash or a small pumpkin with a rice and nut stuffing and i can never get enough of mashed potatoes.  Smiley  also a fan of the mushroom gravy...

The squash sounds really good.  And I'm definitely with you on the mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. Btw, annette, I adore your icon, my family had a black cat that we loved very very much, and he got hit by a car this past summer.  Sorry for being sad.

Anyway, it's my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian (been veg. since January).  It's kind of a scary thought, just because I hate to inconvenience other people, especially my family.  I'm the only vegetarian.
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« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2005 08:57:49 PM »

thanks for the compliment to my girl, anubis.  she's the best cat ever.  Smiley
and if you're worried about inconveniencing people, maybe you should volunteer to make one sort of hearty thing, like the stuffed squash, that you can eat (and be sure to have enough of) and that other people will enjoy, as well.  then you don't have to worry about nasty turkey guts on the stuffing or whatever, because you made your own--and you won't look inconvenient, but rather quite helpful!
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« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2005 09:06:39 PM »

goodness, you guys! i shouldn't have read this thread... i'm stuck at work for another hour, but now all i wanna do is go home and make mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy!


i'm suddenly very very hungry for vegetarian thanksgiving food!  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2005 09:33:24 AM »

My brother and sister in law are vegetarians.  When they come to my parents house for Thanksgiving, they usually bring some type of vegetarian main dish.  I think nut loaf is a favorite, but I really don't know what is in it.  Then they eat whatever vegetable side dishes we have.  That way everyone eats what they like, and no one is inconvenienced. 
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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2005 09:48:45 AM »

I'm just wondering, as a teen I don't want to a. make my mom go out of her way to make me something special since I won't (obviously) eat the main dish on thanksgiving  and b. don't want to get in her way trying to make myself something while she's running around crazy trying to prepare for guests to arrive.

any ideas on something I can make myself possibly the night before or very quickly that could replace turkey so that I don't get lots of questioning looks from adults as I only have bread and potatoes and such on plate? Most of them know I'm a vegetarian but think it's just a "phase". I could always go with PB and J or something but as it's a holiday I'd like something more exciting Smiley
 
Here are 2 ideas.  If you have access to a natural food store or food co-op, look for chicken style seitan, it looks like chunks of white bird meat. 
      One kind comes packed in both in what looks like a tofu container and there is a type that is sometimes in the freezer section.  The first kind you could simmer in the broth it comes in w/little chunks of celery,carrot..till the broth reduces (it is salty and faux chikenish.)  the frozen kind is more plain and is good sauteed with onion and garlic or at it's best 'maple glazed' I make this a lot for hollidays mmmm (PM me for directions) any of these can be made a day or two ahead (a good idea)
   Also there are the packeges tofurkey deli slices.
Good for you for sticking to your beliefs and being considerate.  Always be considerate but never apologetic!
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