During thanksgiving we think of meals being Turkey, stuffing with giblet gravy, green beans with bacon bits and collards with turkey necks. But what about those who are vegetarians? What can they eat while the carnivorous are enjoying their meals? Vegetarians have a variety of different foods such as Touf Turkey to vegetarian stuffing and yes, they can have a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving meal! Here are some healthy vegetarian recipes that you may want to add to your Thanksgiving meal. Happy Thanksgiving and Enjoy!!
Vegetarian Tofu Turkey Loaf
2 blocks firm or extra firm tofu, well pressed
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tbsp dry sherry
3 tbsp water
1/4 tsp black pepper
Freeze the tofu overnight. Allow it to thaw, then press well to squeeze out all the extra water.
Place the tofu blocks in a lightly greased loaf pan, squeezing them as close together as possible.
In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour about 2/3 of this mixture over the tofu, and refrigerate the remaining 1/3. Cover the tofu in the pan, and allow to marinade overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
After marinating, pour the remaining soy sauce mixture over the tofu, then bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, basting the extra marinade over the tofu once or twice.
Remove the tofu from the oven and carefully flip it over. Bake for another 45 minutes, basting occasionally. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Healthy Collard Greens
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Olive Oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 small bunches collard greens (about 1 1/2 pounds), stems removed, leaves cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
3/4 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable stock
3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Hot sauce, for serving (optional)
Heat 1 tablespoon Olive Oil and the garlic in a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring vegetable stock, white-wine vinegar and pepper flakes to a boil into the large pot. Add collard greens; reduce heat to a simmer, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve greens with liquid spooned over the top.
Vegetarian Stuffing with Whole Wheat Bread
4 cups whole wheat bread, cubed
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup vegetable broth
1 egg, slightly beaten
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Bake bread cubes on a pan until golden, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Transfer to large mixing bowl.
Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in large skillet. Add onion, celery and green pepper and cook until tender, about 15 minutes, adding mushrooms for the last few minutes. Combine with bread in mixing bowl; add seasonings, raisins, pecans, vegetable broth and egg.
Stir well and pour in casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake covered for about 1 hour.
Makes 8 servings of vegetarian stuffing.
Green Beans and Cranberries
By Denine Rogers RD, LD
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
water for boiling
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp salt
Bring a pot of water to a simmer, and immerse green beans. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, or until almost done. Do not overcook. Drain.
Pour Olive Oil over medium low heat in a large skillet, and add green beans. Allow to cook for a minute or two, then add cranberries, gently tossing to combine well. Season with salt, and simmer for 3-4 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
Tasty Sweet Potato Pie
Makes 16 servings (2 pies)
Pastry for 2 single-crust 9-inch pies
3 pounds sweet potatoes
12 ounces 2% milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/4 cup sugar or you can use any of the other sweeteners – Stevia or Honey (Check your conversion table)
1/4 cup cake flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
BAKE sweet potatoes until tender (approximately 30-40 minutes); cool slightly, peel and set aside.
SIMMER milk at medium heat for 5 minutes, reducing the volume to approximately 6 ounces.
COMBINE sweet potatoes, eggs, sugar and remaining dry ingredients. Beat until smooth while adding the milk slowly. Mix thoroughly.
POKE unbaked pie pastry with tines of fork. Pour mixture into pastry.
BAKE in preheated 375 F oven for 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Denine Rogers, RD, LD is the creator of the HEPSA Living Healthy Online blog and is the President of HEPSA Living Healthy. HEPSA Living Healthy Online is a exciting health and wellness blog where the focus is to educate, inform and to begin a discussion on the areas of alternative/holistic medicine, cultural diversity, gardening and nutrition. HEPSA Living Healthy Online is a blog for the nutrition, holistic and wellness consulting business called HEPSA Living Healthy – www.livinghealthy1.org .