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You Don't Want Turkey?!

By Paige Brady, November 18, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
baked_eggplant How many of you have heard that on Thanksgiving Day? Not eating turkey on "Turkey Day" seems downright sacrilegious to some! Whether you prefer a vegetarian diet, simply don't like turkey or are cooking for a few and don't need a big bird, there are many delicious options for your Thanksgiving meal. Let's give thanks for the possibilities! The Wonder of the Harvest Thanksgiving is a celebration of the fall harvest. Enjoy it fully with a range of plant-based entrées (along with some favorite sides). Delicious! Baked Eggplant with Nutty Bulgur Stuffing Savory Butternut Squash Pie with Hazelnuts French Lentils in Puffed Pastry Wild Mushroom Tart Seafood for the Holidays roasted_salmonDid you know the pilgrims ate shrimp and other seafood at the first Thanksgiving? They lived on the Eastern seaboard, you know. Happy Shrimpsgiving! Poultry That's Not Turkey When you are cooking for one, two or three, a large turkey can be more than you need. Roasting a turkey breast instead of a whole bird is one option, and here are some other poultry-based special entrée recipes: Pretend Turkey Tofurkey is the vegetarian holiday staple. You'll find it in the freezer isle in small and large sizes, and also in a meal kit that comes with dumplings, gravy, stuffing and even a veggie wishbone. Steaming Tofurkey makes it more tender, and baking in a bag seals in the juices. Also, frozen Quorn roast is a fast, affordable vegetarian entrée. For smaller portions, the Quorn tenders or cutlets are perfect. Holiday Ham (and Pork) With a large gathering, ham often heads the table right alongside a big turkey. Choose what you prefer or have some of both... we won't tell. If you aren't serving turkey, what will be on your Thanksgiving table?
Category: Holidays 2009




Sharon says ...
Whole Foods offer local organic turkey. I wrote an article about the benefits of going organic and local this Thanksgiving as well as some websites steering to where you can find the nearest farm selling healthy turkeys near you: http://www.shar-on-nutrition.com/?p=497
11/18/2009 2:06:05 PM CST
Kristin says ...
We always celebrate Thanksgiving the Saturday before, so we have a family tradition of cooking foods from different countries. We have celebrated Thailand, China, Mexico, Venezuela and Germany. It's great for a variety and the kids love it!
11/19/2009 12:25:14 PM CST
Lynn Waits says ...
Please send via email the approximate date and time your smoked Turkey Breast will arrive for sale.
11/19/2009 6:30:28 PM CST
lily says ...
I have never been to wholefoods and was wondering if the Wholefoods at the Quarry, San Antonio, Texas has other vegetarian turkey brands that are either single portions or for 2-3 people
11/20/2009 8:56:36 PM CST
Sean says ...
There is a delicious turkey alternative called Gardein™ Veggie Stuffed Turkey Roast With Wild Rice and Cranberries. It is available in the hot foods deli at some Whole Foods Markets. I wish it was at all of them!
11/23/2009 11:41:20 AM CST
Madine says ...
Where is the Gardein turkey roast available in NYC? I tried Houston Street and Union Square, NYC Sean: There is a delicious turkey alternative called Gardein™ Veggie Stuffed Turkey Roast With Wild Rice and Cranberries. It is available in the hot foods deli at some Whole Foods Markets. I wish it was at all of them! November 23rd, 2009 at 11:41 am
11/24/2009 3:37:00 PM CST
Ron says ...
I don't like turkey at all in any form. I just don't like the taste of the meat. For Thanksgiving this year, I made a pomegranate glazed Cornish hen. http://ifyancanyoucan.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/cornish-game-hen-with-pomegranate-glaze/ It was really good! :)
12/07/2009 9:29:09 PM CST
Ron says ...
I also made Cheddar Potato Soup with Crispy Prosciutto and Rosemary with Lemon Zest Skewered Shrimp for my "Thanksgiving" dinner :P
12/07/2009 9:31:03 PM CST
Julie says ...
We love making tofurkey! We've gone beyond the marinade recipe included in the package and have used a tandoori rub..You could certainly do a "mexican" version as well as chinese or italian etc... Definitely bake in the bag (we use the standard ones for turkeys, although a bit big) and end up with moist delicious flavorful tofurkey that runs out every year. We cook 3 and there's never any leftovers!
11/09/2011 2:58:33 PM CST
Duane says ...
I am trying to find tofurkey or gardein turkey roast for the holiday. Do you stock them or can you get them.
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