I don’t consider myself to be an argumentative vegetarian. After abstaining from meat for the past 18 years (I’m so old, guys), it’s just become how I live my life and it’s no longer a thing. If anything, blogging has made me a little more conscious of my vegetarianism, because before this, i honestly don’t think I thought about it very much. But still, I’m not the type of vegetarian that likes to pick fights with meat eaters and I don’t get upset about people around me eating meat–this is my choice for me, that’s all. What does bother me, though, are the people who make a huge huuuuuuuge deal about not eating turkey on Thanksgiving.
Although vegetarianism is not exactly a new thing, there’s still a large contingent of people who, upon hearing that you don’t eat meat, will immediately ask, “What about on turkey on Thanksgiving?” (Often, this is either preceded or followed by: “What about fish? What about chicken? You don’t eat chicken? Fish isn’t meat, why don’t you eat fish?” Or my absolute favorite, “Plants are living too. Why do you think it’s okay to kill plants?”) When people ask me questions out of genuine curiosity, that’s cool, but there’s always this accusatory tone to the whole turkey question. The subtext is “You don’t eat turkey? YOU CAN’T BE NORMAL FOR EVEN ONE DAY?!” or “You don’t eat turkey? WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA?”
Even people who I’ve known for years often wonder what I eat for Thanksgiving. When I’m eating with family, it’s usually just the sides. I mean, really, there’s usually enough of them that I don’t exactly go hungry. This year, my husband and I cooked Thanksgiving dinner ourselves for the first time. I had wanted to make some kind of lentil-and-veggie based loaf, but when I thought about the time involved in making sides too, I opted to buy a Field Roast Celebration Roast instead. As the years have gone by, I’ve kind of lost my taste for meat and I have no desire to eat something that’s meant to taste like turkey (or hamburger, or hot dogs, or whatever else). So the Field Roast? Is totally perfect for us.
In addition to the Field Roast, I made stuffing with caramelized onions, kale (from the garden!), and mushrooms and chai-spiced whipped sweet potatoes (recipes to follow). My husband was in charge of making the cranberry sauce–we used Smedette’s Amaretto Cranberry Sauce recipe. We substituted ginger beer for Amaretto, so I guess it wasn’t really Amaretto Cranberry sauce, was it? The sauce was gingery and tart and amazing! (So thanks for the idea, Smedette!)
So yeah, this is what vegetarians eat on Thanksgiving. Most of the same things that everyone else does. Just not turkey.