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    Default Vegetarian and non-veg Thanksgiving recipes....

    does anyone have any good ideas for thanksgiving dinner?
    this is my first one being a vegitarian, and was wondering if anyone had any good ideas...

    vegit. or not.

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    I found some websites with vegetarian recipes that look pretty delicious

    The Butternut Squash with Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, and Onion Stuffing looks like a really good main dish.
    4 medium butternut squashes (about 1 pound each)
    3/4 cup raw wild rice
    1 tablespoon light olive oil
    1 clove garlic (minced)
    2 1/2 cups of firmly packed torn whole wheat bread
    1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    1/2 tablespoon each: dried sage, dried thyme
    1 teaspoon seasoned salt, or to taste
    1 cup fresh orange juice

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

    Halve the squashes and scoop out seeds and fibers. Place them cut side up in shallow baking dishes and cover tightly with covers or more foil. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife but still firm.

    In the meantime, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the wild rice, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes.

    Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until golden.

    In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked wild rice with the sautéed onion and the remaining ingredients. When the squashes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp, leaving firm shells about 1/2 inch thick. Chop the pulp and stir it into the rice mixture. Stuff the squashes, place in foil-lined baking dishes, and cover.

    Before serving, place the squashes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or just until well heated through.

    VARIATION: To add drama to this presentation, try this recipe with other squash varieties. Hubbard squash, delicata, sweet dumpling and golden nugget are just a few of the stuffable edible squashes available.

    Walnut Apple Stuffing
    6 cups firmly packed diced whole grain bread
    1 1/2 tablespoons light olive oil
    1 1/2 cups chopped red onion
    1 1/2 cups peeled, diced tart apple
    3 bunches scallions, minced
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    1/2 teaspoon each: dried thyme, savory
    3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt, more or less to taste
    1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
    Freshly ground pepper to taste
    1 1/2 cups apple juice

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Place the diced bread on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until dry and lightly browned.

    Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the red onion and sauté over medium heat until golden. Add the apple and sauté for another 5 minutes.

    In a mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes with the onion and apple mixture. Add all the remaining ingredients except the apple juice and toss together. Sprinkle in the apple juice slowly, stirring at the same time to moisten the ingredients evenly.

    Transfer the mixture to an oiled shallow 1 1/2-quart baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned and still slightly moist. Stir once during the baking time. Transfer to a covered serving container.

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    Tofurkey!!! You can buy it at any major grocery chain (at least where I am from). It's a veggie alternative to turkey, with a turkey taste. I have had it personally, and it's not bad at all! My SIL made it in the oven, just like a real turkey, with all the trimmings. And not to mention it's a real conversation piece!

    Seriously, it's a cool thing!

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    I've made a nut loaf for Christmas a few times that was good. I'll see if I can dig it up.

    P.S. I moved the thread into recipes because we already have one.

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    Thanks for this, it'll give me some options to cook for my sister this year. I think she's getting tired of having to fend for herself b/c no one knows what to cook for her.

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    thanks! im excited now!! ill check out those!


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    1. Savory Nut Loaf

    1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
    1 onion, chopped
    1 leek, chopped
    2 celery ribs, finely chopped
    8 oz mushrooms, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    15-oz can lentils, rinsed and drained
    1 cup mixed nuts (hazelnuts, cashews, almonds), finely chopped
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup grated aged Cheddar1 medium egg, beaten
    3-4 tbsp chopped fresh mixed herbs (basil, thyme and oregano)
    salt and freshly ground pepper
    chives and sprigs of flat-leaf parsley to garnish

    Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of 9x5x3
    loaf pan and line with wax paper.

    Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the chopped onion, leek,
    celery and mushrooms and the crushed garlic, then cook gently for
    10 minutes, until the vegetables have softened, stirring occasionally.

    Add the lentils, mixed nuts, flour, grated cheese, egg and herbe.
    Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.

    Spoon the nut, vegetable and lentil mixture into prepared loaf pan,
    making sure that it is pressed into the corners, and level the
    surface.

    Bake, uncovered, for 50-60 minutes, or until the nut loaf is lightly
    browned on top and firm to the touch.

    Cool the loaf slightly in the pan, then turn out unto a serving
    plate. Serve hot or cold, cut into slices and garnished with chives
    and flat-leaf parsley.

    2.This one is Christmas-oriented but I thought I'd throw it in anyway:
    Luxury nut and seed loaf with cranberry, apple and brandy sauce
    Serves 4-6

    Ingredients
    225g/8oz bulgar wheat
    330ml/11fl oz boiling water
    3 tbsp soya sauce
    175g/6oz pistachio nuts
    175g/6oz pine nuts
    225g/8oz blanched almonds
    175g/6oz cashew nuts
    110g/4oz hazel nuts
    110g/4oz sunflower seeds
    110g/4oz poppy seeds
    250g/9oz onion, finely chopped
    4 tbsp fresh and finely chopped parsley
    2 tbsp dried thyme
    4 large free range eggs, lightly whisked
    4 tbsp olive oil
    a little oil for pouring on roast

    For the sauce:
    275g/9Żoz cranberries
    275g/9Żoz cooking apples, cored and thinly chopped
    150ml/5fl oz apple juice concentrate
    50ml/2fl oz water
    4 tbsp brandy

    Method
    1. Place the bulgar wheat in a mixing bowl and pour on the boiling water and soya sauce. Cover and let swell for 25 minutes.
    2. Grind nuts and seeds to a medium fine consistency. Mix together with the wheat. Stir in the parsley, thyme, onions, eggs and oil. Mix well and allow to stand.
    3. Oil a large baking sheet and line with greaseproof paper.
    4. Form a loaf shape with the nut mixture, about 10cm/4in wide, press firmly together and prick the top with a fork.
    5. Pour on a little oil and sprinkle with some extra nuts (optional) and cap loosely with a foil hood.
    6. Bake in oven 190C/375F/Gas 5 for 40 minutes.
    7. Take off hood, baste with oil on baking sheet and continue to bake for a further 10 minutes.
    8. Place in a large serving dish, then cool, easing off the paper as you do so. Cover with the hood until ready to garnish.
    9. To make the sauce cook all the ingredients, except the brandy, together for about 20 minutes. Add the brandy and re-heat for 30 seconds. Serve as an accompaniment to the main dish.

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    Last year, I had a tofu turkey. Whole Foods Market has tons of options, well if you decide not to cook. Costly, but worth it.

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    yay now im getting excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnieD View Post
    Tofurkey!!! You can buy it at any major grocery chain (at least where I am from). It's a veggie alternative to turkey, with a turkey taste. I have had it personally, and it's not bad at all! My SIL made it in the oven, just like a real turkey, with all the trimmings. And not to mention it's a real conversation piece!

    Seriously, it's a cool thing!
    I found it was less chewy when I made it in the microwave.

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    If you are a veggie then I don't see why it's necessary to make 'pretend meat' dishes for Thanksgiving or any other time. All these nut/tofu loaf things are great but they don't beat a REALLY good autentic Italian pasta recipe using fresh veggies or a vegetarian curry (most Indians are strict vegetarians) or whatever. Think outside the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    If you are a veggie then I don't see why it's necessary to make 'pretend meat' dishes for Thanksgiving or any other time. All these nut/tofu loaf things are great but they don't beat a REALLY good autentic Italian pasta recipe using fresh veggies or a vegetarian curry (most Indians are strict vegetarians) or whatever. Think outside the box.
    Pretend meat dishes are nice when you are married to a meat-eater who is used to having a turkey and are forgoing their turkey.

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    Well yes, but you could always offer him a 'special dessert' instead. It usually works in this house.

    There's a FANTASTIC fake meat product in the UK called Quorn. It's based on some kind of mushroom fibre thingy, not soya, and can be made into all kinds of cutlets, mince, loaf, etc etc. Unlike a lot of substitute meat it actually has a 'chewy' texture and is very versatile. We used to eat a lot of Quorn in all sorts of ways but I've never seen it here in Oz and I doubt it's available in the US either??
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    Default Need more Thanksgiving recipes....

    Wondering if anyone wants to share maybe a fav. Thanksgiving recipe... Like maybe dressing? Not impressed with my own.....
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    im not a vegitarian bc im all AGAINST MEAT EATERS... i just think its a healthier way (for me) to eat....

    and my boyfriend eats meat ALL the time, i dont care and im not trying to push it on anyone else

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