Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Trendy Thanksgiving Menu

2009 is the year turkey-free Thanksgiving became mainstream. The New York Times has been sharing vegan and vegetarian recipes on its Well Blog, and last week Martha Herself dedicated a show to vegetarian holiday recipes. Even my local paper, the Bangor Daily News, jumped on the bandwagon with a story last week (I'm in there, five or six paragraphs down).

Despite the hostility evident in some readers' comments (why so defensive, meat-eaters?), I hope this recent attention helps allay the anxiety of hosts and hostesses cooking for vegan guests. Creating colorful, interesting plant-based dishes is easy; the links above include more than a dozen recipes.

One great thing about vegan dinner guests is that by and large, they love to cook and share. I'm eating elsewhere this year, and bringing the following:

A salad of spinach, sliced apple, pecans, red onion, and pepitas with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Chickpea Pot Pie
Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Pecan Pie a la mode, made with Namaste Gluten Free Biscuits, Piecrust & More flour mix

I'm most excited about the pie; I used the recipe last year and adapted it this time, omitting the ginger and adding cinnamon, nutmeg, and a cup of shredded coconut. I believe the Pilgrims would have approved.

A happy and relaxing Thanksgiving to you, whatever you're eating.


  1. Your pie looks lovely! Happy Thanksgiving Mary!

  2. Your Thanksgiving menu sounds fantastic and your pecan pie looks amazing. Thanks for the links to those wonderful articles and video, I really enjoyed them. Happy Thanksgiving, Mary:)

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Mary! That is a delicious looking pie, enjoy it!

  4. I am a meat-eater! No defensiveness here.
    I do always try to figure out something everyone can enjoy. My best friend's amazing cranberry maple stuffing is vegetarian and easily made vegan, so I try to take that to potlucks. :) I love cooking and sharing. That pie looks lovely.

  5. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! With a menu like that, it would be hard not to. :)

  6. I definitely think if you know in advance that you have vegans or vegetarians come for dinner or a meal, you should accommodate them. It's just fair and considerate. I don't think it's the same if you were to go to their place, because a meat eater can always eat vegan, but a vegan can't eat meat! So there.

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