Vegetarian Thanksgiving - Meatless Monday with Katie

Can you guess how many turkeys Americans eat every Thanksgiving? Would you say five million? Or ten million? Those numbers are not even close. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving every year - yes, that many turkeys are eaten on one day. That's one fifth of the number of turkeys that are eaten in the U.S. on every other day during the year, all 364 of them. The numbers really put the American turkey-on-Thanksgiving obsession into perspective, don't they?

So here is my humble proposal: this Thanksgiving, why not break the mold and forgo the turkey feast for a vegetarian feast? Cosmically speaking, you may find it easier to have an attitude of gratitude on Thanksgiving with a feathered or furry friend-free meal. And isn't being grateful for what we have the true purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving in the first place?  I think so. When thankfully reflecting on my own good health, among other things, I like to add to that the fact that no animal's health, turkeys included, had to suffer for me to celebrate this thankful holiday.

There are countless vegetarian dishes that you can enjoy and really show your thanks with. Like I said, why not have a vegetarian feast? Here are some ideas for your vegetarian Thanksgiving menu:

  • Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleon with Mint

  • Fried Zucchini and Eggplant Wedges with Dill Creme Fraiche
  • Figs, Blue Cheese, and Honey on Toast
  • Shaved Chestnut and Celery Soup with Cranberries
  • Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds
  • Corn Bread Muffins with Apple Butter
  • Sweet Carrots in Brown Sugar
  • Potato Gruyere Gratin
  • Portabella Mushroom Filets
  • Apple Pie with Vermont Cheddar Ice Cream
  • Cinnamon Banana Bread Pudding
  • And of course, Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream

With four appetizers, five mains, and three desserts, you won't even miss the meat! Have you ever tried vegetarian Thanksgiving? If you have, leave a comment below about your experience. If you haven't, maybe you'll give it a try this year? Your feathered friends with thank you.