Thanksgiving is just around the corner. One could already smell the roasted turkey on the table, and an assortment of other traditional dishes that would surely make anyone’s mouth water. That is, if you’re not a vegetarian.
This is time around, getting ready for Thanksgiving is an all too-important affair for those who had sworn off the meat. They want to celebrate it, but of course they’d want to celebrate it with style. But it’s no joke when it comes to serving veggie meat. Many people trying to create a turkey look-alike out of tofu, end up with a laughable lump of protein? This calls for creativity, and there are several ways of doing it.
“It’s in the wrapping, stupid!”Just like in gift wraps, serving vegetarian dishes doesn’t have to really follow a strict appearance. You can stuff your plans of shaping your veggie meat look like turkey. Rather than that, why not go for the something that not only tastes good, but also looks good.
Take Tofurkey, as an example. This delicious roast is just perfect as center of the meal. Stuffed with savory herbs and spices, this will surely liven up the occasion. And it looks just like a nice chunk of meat, so you can be sure that even your carnivorous guests will love it, too.
Or you could also try Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers, they taste just like chicken, without killing a single fowl. That would also be an ideal dish to serve along with other traditional side dishes. Not only that, you also get a unique twist to your Thanksgiving meal.
Those are just some example of what you can prepare on this occasion. Not only will you be able to enjoy yourselves, you are also sure that you’re getting only the healthiest dishes.
- Add Flavor
Stereotypes on vegetarians still abound, the strongest would be its lack of flavor. But hey, times have changed. And besides, there are so many herbs and spices around that it’s almost impossible not to able to add that zing to your dishes. Take these, for example:
Curry ” this Indian spice sure sits well with any veggie meat dish. It adds some special aroma and a vibrant color to dishes. Sprinkle some of it on your veggie barbecue or veggie loaf dip, and your sure to make a lot of taste buds happy.
Red peppers ” is Mexican cuisine your thing? Use it on your red beans or salsa for your squash, and you’d be setting mouths on fire. Exciting? It should be. Plus, it’s good for your health, since red peppers have enzymes that help in blood circulation and wound healing. Not only are your dishes getting a potent flavor boost, your body gets some kick, too.
Oregano ” it’s the perfect partner for tomato dishes. It gives them that nice aroma that would make your mouths water. In addition, it helps stabilize and improve the mixing of flavors between tomatoes, black, peppers, and other ingredient. Just add a dash or two, and away you go.
Ginger ” yes, this pungent root spice is great for rice dishes. Saute it with some garlic in margarine, add cold, cooked rice, and presto, you’ve got a zesty fried rice. It also goes well with barbecue dishes, plus, it’s a natural flavor enhancer for any side dish partnered with it.
And there are the vegetables, too. You could baste them with special herb sauces, put them on the grill, and let the charcoal bring out their special flavors. Squash, potatoes, tomatoes, and other seasonal vegetables have a special taste that comes out once they’re grilled. Not only will they taste good, they are also good for the body, too.
Thanksgiving meals don’t have to be a monotonous affair. Add some color to the traditional. Just don’t forget to add other dishes on the table.
Most people like to taste different kinds of food ” even those that eat meat. As long as they can fill their plate with different kinds of dishes, they won’t even notice that their not eating meat anymore. It will even be better if it’s also filling, which means they’d be satisfied quickly.
Thanksgiving is also a good time to be imaginative in desserts. You could try serving dried fruits like raisins, peaches, and apples, but you could also add fresh one. And if it catches your fancy, you could also create your on desserts like fruit sherbet, snow cones, and fruit shakes. That will surely add more color and variety on the palate.
- Thanksgiving season itself
Nuts and other traditional vegetables abound, so don’t forget to add them to the mix. Hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, and chestnuts are all available in the market, so it won’t be hard to get them. And don’t forget squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and other fall fruits are all perfect for the occasion. Put these on the table and you’d be sure of a nice meal for everyone.
The key here is in being creative enough to find a solution to your needs. Add color, add flavor, and add variety in the dishes you serve. Thanksgiving need not to be difficult. Being vegetarian isn’t bad at all. You just need to be resourceful and creative enough to know what you want and how to prepare them. Besides, it won’t really matter anyway what you prepare. As long as you make your guests happy, you can be sure it’s a success.