A pretty presentation makes a meal so much more enjoyable, donâ€™t you think?
For lunch, I bulked up some pre-made Israeli cous cous adding a bunch of stir-fried veggies, like mushrooms, zucchini, and red peppers.
Iâ€™ve only eaten the Israeli cous cous (from Costco) cold, but the package says it can be eaten hot. It was SO good with the extra vegetables. I think I do prefer it cold, though.
I like to put my food into little towers just so I can knock them down! Weeeee.
I am 5 years old on the inside.
In other newsâ€¦. my desk is a disaster, which is not conducive to creativity at all.
Last night, I got an e-mail from Laura, who said:
I just became a full-fledged vegetarian after this past Thanksgiving; last year’s turkey day was my last "hoo-rah" so to say. I know that you, yourself, are new to the vegetarian world as well. As Thanksgiving approaches, I realize that it is going to be a lot harder this year to eat during Thanksgiving. The whole rest of my family eats meat, so I do not want to make them cater to me. Do you have any suggestions for dishes/sides that are vegetarian and Thanksgiving day friendly? I think it would be a great question to open up to the blog world. I feel like they would have a lot of experience with this type of thing!
The Husband and I were actually just discussing this issue! I became a vegetarian on April 26, and the Husband went veggie a few weeks later. He eats meat about twice a month (usually at restaurants), but he said he doesnâ€™t want to do Turkey Dinner.
Last year, my Thanksgiving meal consisted of the following items:
This year, Iâ€™ll have to steer clear of the turkey, gravy, and stuffing, at the very least.
Weâ€™ll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my Auntâ€™s house, and I feel comfortable enough to say, â€œHey, Iâ€™m a vegetarian. Which dishes should I avoid?â€ I also plan to bring my own vegetarian entree, my own vegetarian side dish (probably Green Bean Casserole), and vegetarian gravy (because what is Thanksgiving without gravy)?
Iâ€™m thinking about bringing a pot of Butternut Squash soup as my â€œvegetarian entreeâ€ â€“ with enough to share with the entire family, if they wish. There are so many good vegetarian side dishes that I have a feeling there will be MORE than enough to eat if I forgo the turkey.
Your other option is to bring a Tofurky. :) But that freaks me out.
What if your family is not accepting of your vegetarian choices â€“ or your HEALTHY choices? I know a lot of people try to start arguments with me about being a vegetarian (which is so annoying when youâ€™re already at the dinner table). I remind myself that sometimes people feel as if you are judging them, even if you arenâ€™t, when you choose to do something differently than what they do.
So, whether youâ€™re just choosing to avoid the second serving of pie or the entire turkey, I think the best response to someone getting all up in your face about food choices is a polite smile and a calm, â€œLetâ€™s talk about this later, shall we?â€ Then â€“ disengage. Go help out in the kitchen or slam a glass of wine. 🙂
Did you know that approximately 45 million turkeys are killed, cooked, and eaten in the U.S. on Thanksgiving, about a sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year? Thatâ€™s a LOT of turkeys â€“ and most of them are raised in factory farms. 🙁
If you want to eat turkey on Thanksgiving, consider buying a locally-raised turkey instead of a farm-factory turkey. You will be supporting local farmers, helping the environment, and (most likely) eating more humanely raised and slaughtered meat. You can find a local turkey farm using this site (pretty cool!) â€“ I found half a dozen farmers in my area easily!
If youâ€™re a vegetarian, what are your plans for Thanksgiving? Do you have any great stand-out veggie recipes? If youâ€™re a meat-eater, do you have any plans to â€œgreenâ€ your Thanksgiving dinner? How?