Create a Vegetarian Feast with These Delicious Recipes
If you’re in charge of catering for vegetarian guests this Thanksgiving or are vegetarian yourself and want a tasty Thanksgiving meal, there are dozens of options for preparing a meat-free Thanksgiving menu. You can start things off with a tasty appetizer of pumpkin soup or roasted veggie and feta flatbread, and then serve up a not-to-be-missed “tofurkey” made with all your favorite seasonings. Wrap up the meal with vegan pumpkin pie and hot chocolate, and you’ll celebrate this Thanksgiving with an unforgettable feast! Here are some ideas for putting together your vegetarian Thanksgiving menu:
APPETIZER: ROASTED VEGGIE & FETA FLATBREAD
Thin 8-10” pizza crust ½ cup tomato sauce Roasted red peppers Sliced tomatoes Sliced zucchini or squash Olive oil
Brush a layer of olive oil onto the pre-made pizza crust.
Spread ½ cup of tomato sauce to the edge of the pizza and top with a layer of roasted peppers, tomatoes, zucchini or squash. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle feta on top.
Bake according to crust directions until crust is crispy and cheese is lightly brown.
Cut into small triangles and serve as an appetizer.
Other Vegetarian Appetizer Ideas:
Guacamole or hummus with pita chips
Sliced veggie plate
MAIN COURSE: TOFURKEY
1 lb. firm silken tofu 1 ½ cups boiling water ½ teaspoon each of salt, dried thyme, rosemary, dill and sage ½ teaspoon pepper 2 garlic cloves 4 tablespoons olive oil, separated
Preparing the marinade
Prepare your “tofurkey” marinade by mixing together all ingredients except the tofu in a medium-sized bowl. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Slice the tofu into ¼-1/2 inch slices and layer onto a cookie sheet. Pour the marinade over the tofu slices and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
To prepare for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Bake the “tofurkey” for 30 minutes until lightly brown, then turn over for another 30-35 minutes until cooked thoroughly. Remove from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Heat up a skillet with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Lightly fry the tofurkey pieces until lightly brown and serve immediately.
Pumpkin pie made without eggs and cream may seem like an impossible feat, but there are several ways to make your pumpkin pie a vegan-friendly one. Here’s a basic recipe made with tofu:
1 box of firm tofu, drained 1 cup of canned pumpkin 1 ¼ cups brown sugar 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice ¼ teaspoon salt 1 pre-made pie crust
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Blend the tofu in a blender until smooth, and then add the pumpkin in ¼ portions. Take breaks while blending to scrape down the sides of the blender and make sure everything gets whipped together smoothly.
Transfer the pumpkin and tofu puree into a large mixing bowl and add sugar, salt and pumpkin spice. Mix together with a large wooden spoon until blended.
Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake 30-40 minutes until the crust is brown and crispy and the filling looks firm. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before serving and enjoy with soy ice cream or light whipped cream!
Almost all traditional Thanksgiving desserts are vegetarian-friendly, so you won’t have to worry too much about adapting the recipes. Enjoy a meat-free thanksgiving this year with any of these creative ideas and celebrate the season with a delicious meal!
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