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Vegan Thanksgiving Advice (and Recipes!)

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The turkeys will thank you

Juicee News Daily has a long article on the etiquette of sharing Thanksgiving between vegans and non-vegans. There’s nothing new if you’re already vegan, but this could be a useful article to forward to your non-veg friends and family.

It’s got good advice for omnivores who are hosting vegans; for example:

When you’re cooking for your vegetarian guest, please keep utensils separate (for instance, do not use the same spoon for deglazing the roasting pan and then serving plain steamed vegetables) and do not label a food “vegetarian” if it includes chicken, beef, or veal broth.

(I wish my mom could remember this!)

They also note that most side-dishes can easily be made vegan with minor substitutions that non-vegans won’t even notice. Soymilk and vegan margarine can go a long way toward making a vegan guest feel included.

The article is followed by a long collection of Thanksgiving recipes (all veg, some vegan). There are more veg-friendly Thanksgiving recipes here, and LiveJournal’s Vegan Cooking community is full of Thanksgiving recipes, discussion, and advice.

Do you have favorite Thanksgiving recipes, or advice for surviving the holiday with non-vegans? Feel free to share here in the comments.

7 Comments

  1. Comment by

    sleckie

    on #

    See veg.ca’s Vegetarians & Holiday Dinner page for suggestions regarding: Being invited to a home where meat is being served; Inviting non-vegetarians to your home; Time saving tips; Holiday recipes; and more.

    Here is one of the tips:

    Don?t apologize for the lack of a turkey. There is no need to call attention to the idea that something is missing.

  2. Comment by

    Jason Das

    on #

    Overheard at the food store yesterday:

    “Mommy, what’s this?”
    “That’s a turkey.”
    “It doesn’t look very good.”
    “It isn’t. But some people like them.”
    “It feels gross.”
    “Then maybe you shouldn’t have touched it.”

  3. Comment by

    vanesscipes

    on #

    Pretty funny Jason.

    I just posted my would-be vegetarian menu (with recipes). As it is, I’m byov’ing a veggie pot pie to someone else’s dinner and won’t be touching the cripsy “gross” skin of the turkey.

    Here’s the list and a link to the veggie pot pie.

  4. Comment by

    Lottie

    on #

    I am not vegetarian, however I do have friends and family members who are. I have followed the advice When you’re cooking for your vegetarian guest, please keep utensils separate (for instance, do not use the same spoon for deglazing the roasting pan and then serving plain steamed vegetables) and do not label a food “vegetarian” if it includes chicken, beef, or veal broth. I completely respect their decision to be vegetarian or vegan, my question is, why do they feel the need to criticize, and rather rudely I might add, my decision to eat meat. If I take the care to purchase special foods for them, why is it when asked to dine at their house they DO NOT respect my way of eating? Is this a one way street or is there a real reason as to why vegetarians want my respect but don’t return the respect? I honestly would like an answer, I am not, nor would I ever criticize ones choices they make for their own consumption. I just find it hypicritical of them to want the special treatment when coming to my house,( which I provided without even being asked to, it is and always has been, my pleasure to shop and cook for them as it is any time I have guests over) but they do not afford me the same respect when inviting me for dinner. I must eat their way or decline the invitation, thus missing out on some wonderful company. Please, do not be offended by my question, it is an observation I have had for quiet some time now and would really like to know why this is.

  5. Comment by

    Laura Leslie

    on #

    Lottie,

    You might want to ask that question of the particular people that were visiting you, since not all vegetarians react the same in all situations. We’re all different, just like meat eaters are, and you can’t judge an entire group by the behavior of one member.

    Why do they criticize your decision to eat meat? It depends on the vegetarian; I probably wouldn’t have done it. Criticizing tends to alienate people, and since my goal as a vegan is to set a positive example, I wouldn’t want to start a fight.

    However, your friends have plenty to criticize, since eating meat is bad for you, bad for the environment, and bad for the animals you’re eating. Because ethical vegetarians view animal life as worthy of respect, many will see you eating meat and feel similar emotions to what you might feel while watching, say, someone eat a human baby, or a beloved pet. Would you be able to restrain yourself from criticizing in that situation? Would you want to spend time with people who do something in front of you that you believe is morally repulsive?

    Some of us are willing to do that, and some of us aren’t.

    Personally, I usually go out with my non-vegan friends to vegan restaurants, because I’m completely grossed out and have a bad time when I see people eating meat. My friends understand how important this is to me; I wouldn’t want to be friends with someone who didn’t understand that. In return for them accomodating me, I’ll go out with them to restaurants they like on special occasions like birthdays, as long as there’s something on the menu for me to eat.

  6. Comment by

    Lottie

    on #

    Laura,
    Your third paragraph just did exactly what I was asking about. Why is it Hervifores deem it necessary to critique carnivores? I’m just as passionate about my choices in life as you or they are, I just respect your choices more than you respect mine.

    As for being unhealthy, I am over 50, weigh 126Lbs at 5’5″ I’d say that was a good weight. I have low blood sugar, low cholesterol, and low blood pressure. I run half a marathon every Spring. I just had my annual stress test according to my doctor, with very good results. I do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages. As for my kids that deemed it their mission in life to “educate” me on my ignorant behavior they both drink alcohol, smoke, and use recreational drugs, at one point they were even into much harder drugs. They have Hep C and one is anemic. So much for the healthier aspect of it all. I don’t believe my health will improve with a change in my dietary habits. I seem to have been doing well for over 50 years, unfortunately they don’t see it that way.

    I only ask this, because I am truely interested in them and would like to learn more about their choices, but not at the expense of being degraded and called uninformed or ignorant. I wouldn’t think to call anyone that or even suggest that to them.

    But, thank you very much for your reply.

  7. Comment by

    Jason Das

    on #

    Lottie,

    The part of Laura’s third paragraph that you ignore in your response is the key here. We vegans aren’t vegan for our own health (though it generally works out favorably). We’re vegans for the animals’ health and right to life.

    You say: “I just respect your choices more than you respect mine.” Well, would you respect somebody’s choice to eat a human baby in front of you? Perhaps you would, but I’m sure you’ll agree that many people wouldn’t.

    I’m not excusing your friends’ behavior – they sound like jerks – but understand that this is morally serious stuff. it can be difficult to “live and let live” when actual lives are involved.

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