Have a HEALTHY Thanksgiving!

southervegbookI have to be honest, Thanksgiving is one of my least favorite “holidays”. From the history, to the “purpose”, to the method of celebration, I really just can’t get into it. The only thing I can honestly say I like about it is the football and answering the phone by using only turkey noises.

If I were really being honest (which I always am 🙂 ), the truth is I never really disliked Thanksgiving until I became a vegetarian. Can you imagine my first Thanksgiving with my African American family and me telling them I wasn’t going to eat any meat, anything that was cooked with meat, or anything that included meat juices… my sister literally told me she hoped I got “hit by a chicken truck”.

As time has gone on it has gotten a lot easier because most of my family has accepted that I don’t eat meat. The aforementioned sister has even embraced cooking techniques that do not include meat and no longer hopes for my death by vehicular manslaughter.

So, in my attempt to get back into the spirit of giving thanks over a gluttonous meal, I decided to research some healthy food options and am excited to pass them on to you!

Substitutions:

Collard Greens – Instead of dropping in a ham or turkey leg, use 3 cups of vegetable stock. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the taste AND save yourself some calories and carotid arteries.

Baked Mac and Cheese (and really every side dish that you decide to “jazz up” by adding unnecessary meat) – just leave out the meat… seriously, there’s meat in the meat do you need meat in the mac and cheese/every side?!

Cool veggie options:

Broccoli and Wild Mushroom Casserole – http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/broccoli-and-wild-mushroom-casserole

Cheesy grits casserole – http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cheesy-grits-casserole

Pueblo Corn Pie – http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/special-occasions-and-entertaining/pueblo-corn-pie/

The list could go on and on… check out this website for TONS of ideas and let me know if you have any special meat free recipes you like to try! http://www.nytimes.com/projects/well/vegetarian-recipes/#home

BFDC Love always!!

~Sandra