3 Recipes to Accommodate Vegetarians in Your Thanksgiving Celebration

by zywaveblogger

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There are 7.3 million Americans who abide by a strict vegetarian-based diet and 22.8 million more who are “vegetarian-inclined,” according to a 2016 Vegetarian Times article. That’s around 13 percent of the population, so chances are you know a vegetarian or two—they might even be coming over for Thanksgiving! Use these three recipes to ensure your vegetarian guests have something to enjoy during the celebration.

  1. Vegetarian Crockpot Stuffing

This easy-to-make stuffing is sure to entice even the most carnivorous of your guests, and it only takes 15 minutes to prepare.

In a very large bowl, mix 1 yellow onion (diced), 2 cups of celery (chopped), 1 (8 ounce) package of sliced mushrooms, two apples (cored, chopped), 2 (12 ounce) bags of unseasoned cubed stuffing, 1 ½ tsp. of dried rosemary, 1 tsp. of dried nutmeg, 2 ½ tsp. of dried ground sage, 1 ½ tsp. of salt and 1 tsp. of ground black pepper. Next, pour 1 cup (two sticks) of unsalted butter and 2 cups of vegetable broth over the mixture, and combine. Finally, pour the mixture into a large, greased crockpot and cook on low for four hours.

  1. Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary

Roasted vegetables are a holiday staple and there’s no easier way to incorporate these seldom-used veggies than with this preparation.

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine 1 pound of red-skinned potatoes (unpeeled, cut 1 inch), 1 pound of celery root (peeled), 1 pound of rutabagas (peeled, cut 1 inch), 1 pound of carrots (peeled, cut 1 inch), 1 pound of parsnips (peeled, cut 1 inch), 2 onions (cut 1 inch), 2 leeks (white and purple parts only, cut 1 inch), 2 Tbsp. of fresh rosemary and 1 cup of olive oil in a large bowl. Toss the ingredients to coat in the oil. Next, divide the mixture evenly across two heavy baking sheets. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add 5 cloves of garlic to each sheet. Continue roasting until all vegetables are tender, turning them over occasionally. This could take several hours, so be sure to start this dish first.

  1. Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Surprise your guests with this delicious and unique alternative to classic mashed potatoes.

Steam 1 head of cauliflower (cut into florets) until tender. During this, heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a pan, and cook 1 clove of garlic (smashed) for about two minutes, removing the pan from the heat once cooked. Next, place half of the cauliflower in a food processor on the highest setting. Add the remaining florets, one at a time, until creamy. Blend in the garlic, ¼ cup of parmesan cheese (grated), 1 Tbsp. of cream cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Lastly, pour the mixture from the processor into a bowl, and serve.

These delicious sides offer healthy alternatives for everyone and provide a reprieve from the usual Thanksgiving fare. With these tasty dishes on the table, your vegetarian guests will have three more things to be thankful for this season!

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