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what-to-make-a-vegetarian-for-a-holiday-feastSimple how-to holiday recipes for friends who don’t eat meat.

Thanksgiving for vegetarians isn’t what the holiday used to be. Gone are the days when meatless eaters were only able to eat random sides and desserts. If you’re hosting the holiday dinner in your kitchen this year, your first initial reaction is to feel guilty for anyone you find out to be a vegetarian at the last minute. Of course, they wouldn’t decide not to come to the feast just because they don’t eat meat, but you want to desperately ask them, “What do vegetarians eat for Thanksgiving?”

You shouldn’t feel guilty for not knowing what meatless turkey substitutes are or how to prepare something of the sort. Here are some common misconceptions about vegetarians you should know before your guests arrive for dinner. 

Myths About Vegetarians and Vegans

  • Is there a difference between vegan and vegetarian?

    Vegans don’t eat anything that comes from an animal (this includes milk, cheese, eggs, etc.). Vegetarians oftentimes still include dairy in their diet.
  • How do vegetarians get protein?
    Lentils, quinoa, tofu, black beans, nuts, and several green leafs have higher protein counts than even meat.
  • Beef or chicken broth is fine to use since it’s not a hunk of meat on a plate.
    This is still considered a no-no for a vegetarian, so make sure to grab vegetable broth instead if it’s required in your recipe. 

If you have a vegetarian coming to dinner for your feast this year, there are some surprising options for a vegetarian Thanksgiving.

How-To Mock a Turkey

Sei-Turkey Roast

Tofu Turkey

Other Main Dish Ideas (Scratching the Turkey Replication)

Roasted & Stuffed Butternut Squash

Cornucopia of Fresh Vegetables

If you’re a vegetarian, what are some of your favorite side dishes you can recommend to go with these main platter ideas? We’d love to broaden our horizons on some of your veggie absolute must-have’s for every holiday.

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