While the main attraction of Thanksgiving should be friends and family gathering with quality time spent together and meaningful conversation, the focus is usually on the MENU!
For me, Thanksgiving is a little different now that I’m a vegetarian.
I no longer focus on the turkey (although it’s always present!)…and I definitely don’t partake in the tofurkey trend…so the SOUP, SALADS, & SIDES have become my BFFs! At any large holiday dinner, my plate often looks like a giant cornucopia of vegetable and grain side dishes. And I LOVE this!
Since I’m not the only vegetarian at the table (have I mentioned my dad’s a vegan???), there’s always plenty of sides to equal a lip-smacking and satisfying meal. You might notice a pattern of pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and hearty cruciferous veggies because this is the perfect time of year for it!
Are you panicking before Thursday?? STAY CALM!!
Whether you eat the turkey (or meat) on your Thanksgiving table or not, here are some last minute TOP 10 favorite SOUP, SIDE, & SALAD recipes from around the web:
Because who doesn’t love an ancient grain twist on typical risotto! And with seasonal butternut squash! mmmm
Brussels sprouts often get a bad rap, but this salad is just sprouty perfection, in my humble opinion with the perfect mix of sweet and saucy!
3. Barley Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Celery, and Parsley
(dressed with simple olive oil)
My mom made this salad for the Jewish holidays this year and all of its components perfectly complement each other. Season with salt and pepper…so simple!
I’m a huge fan of Angela’s vegan recipes and have linked to them before…but this one especially looks FANTASTIC! Plus, if you’re a guest somewhere for this holiday meal, I think this is a crowd-pleasing dish to bring to another home! Go stock up on sweet potatoes…stat!
I CANNOT wait to make this yummy salad this year. Packed with some of my favorite foods (avocado, squash, pomegranate seeds), it certainly won’t disappoint! For more salad ideas check out Buzz Feed’s Thanksgiving Salad Ideas.
And for even more tips, check out Whole Foods’ tips
for a stress-free Thanksgiving meal!
Thanksgiving sentiment of the day:“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”