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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!