Monday, November 7, 2011

Respect the Tofurkey

Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Menus - Just for You (and Ellen DeGeneres)

Stuffed Tofu Turkey

When we launched Respect the Bird, we got a little flack from some vegetarians thinking that the ultimate respect would be to not eat the bird. We wanted to go on the record to say while we totally respect this, the Respect the Bird campaign is more about Thanksgiving overall, and not just about the bird. It's about being thankful for what you have and celebrating with friends, family and good food...whether that's turkey or tofurkey, we just want you to enjoy it!

To celebrate our vegan and vegetarian Respect the Bird friends, we've come up with some delicious menus below. Whether you're a new vegetarian, seasoned vegan, or a carnivore with special-diet guests coming to your feast, you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner to the fullest with the recipes below!

It's easy to put a spin on favorite Thanksgiving dishes and prepare them using vegetarian or vegan ingredients. Prepare Tofu Turkey or Thanksgiving No-Turkey Turkey with a vegetarian gravy as the star of the show, and then add all the trimmings with your favorite side dishes. Or skip the turkey idea altogether. You can still be seasonal and serve plump pillows of Pumpkin Ravioli or savory Wild Rice-Stuffed Squash. Yum! If an ethnic twist appeals, prepare a rich, cheesy French Leek Pie for the main dish. Check out these tried-and-true Allrecipes favorites to plan your vegetarian  or vegan Thanksgiving menu. Have you discovered other vegetarian dishes you love to serve for holiday meals? Share them in the comments section below!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving
Eggnog Blend

Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

Main Dish
Tofu Turkey

Mom’s Brown Gravy

Oranged Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Ravioli

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions 

Cranberry Spinach Salad

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pecan Pie Bars

Vegan Thanksgiving
Vegan Pumpkin Nog – Spike this with Rum…yum!

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Main Dish
Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Spicy Cranberry Chutney

Potatoes Au Gratin 

Hazelnuts and Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Roasted Almond Sweet Potatoes

Apple Pecan Cranberry Avocado and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Crust

Easy Chocolate Tofu Pie 


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