thanksgiving recipes galore!

“Miss Molly, have you eaten meat AT ALL this week?” – student

“No, silly, I’m vegetarian.”

“How are you still alive?!?!?” – student

My family’s attitude toward vegetarianism once mirrored my 15-year-old student’s shock.

About a year ago, my family began to accept my vegetarianism without chalking it up to a whim or a hippy’s-foray into sustainability.¬†Dare I say it, now I think they’re intrigued by the vegetarian lifestyle. I haven’t turned into a waif, and I feel full of energy and very healthy. I started bringing vegetarian options to family dinners, and people liked them! Novel! If you’re a vegetarian who feels chastised by her family, hit them with your best shot (read: bring something super delicious to dinner that will wow them).

Family dinners have subsequently become wonderful affairs. My mom made a wildly delicious red lentil soup last time. I made chana dal. My dad threw veggie burgers on the barbeque. Our family dinners feel more collaborative than they have in the past, and I’m very much looking forward to this year’s Thanksgiving. Time off, the potential for snow, and lots of cooking? I’m a happy lady.

Here are a few of my favorite healthy ideas for Thanksgiving. I think they’ll please even the most stringent carnivores among us. I hope you get to spend Thanksgiving with people you love (and who know how to cook.)¬†lv, molly

Speaking of families… a huge congratulations to my older brother and his fiance on their engagement!

Appetizers:

Baked Holiday Brie
Crostini
Crispy Kale Chips

Sides:

Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts
Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberry Dressing
Oven Roasted Cauliflower Florets
Baked Onions (not your g-ma’s variety!)
Herbed Haricots Verts
Roasted Carrots with Orange, Garlic, + Thyme

Main Dishes:

Swiss Onion Quiche
Shepherd’s Pie
Butternut Squash with Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, and Onion Stuffing
Brown Rice + Kale Gratin with Beecher’s Flagship Cheese
Tempeh + Wild Mushroom Fricasse
Swiss Chard Gratin with Breadcrumbs
Onion + Fennel Gratin

Desserts:

Apple + Blackberry Kuchen
Apple Cranberry Pie
Pecan Pie
Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies