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You Don't Want Turkey?!

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 Did 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?