Thanksgiving is less than 24 hours away. A holiday where the side dishes are gathered around a plump turkey, breaking with the traditional Thanksgiving meal can be hard. However, not everyone wants to eat a turkey for Thanksgiving. Besides the time it takes to prepare and eat a turkey, ethical and taste bud reasons may come into play. Perhaps, you and your family are vegetarians. Maybe turkey does not taste as good as it used to. Have no fear. Take a breath and relax. Here are some tasty turkey free meals that can make your tummy full and keep your no-meat morals intact.
A meatless lasagna or pan of stuffed shells makes a delicious Thanksgiving meal. The hardest part is wondering whether you should make one pan or two. For lasagna, cook the noodles halfway. Grab a Pyrex or aluminum pan. Layers are what makes this dish work. After spreading some noodles on the bottom, spread some ricotta cheese, canned, frozen, or real spinach, and some red sauce onto. Repeat this process until you run out of room. Nixing the red sauce is okay for people prone to heartburn and indigestion. Just add a bit of butter and olive oil to the meal. Top with some shredded cheddar cheese and bake until done. Add some salad and garlic bread. Now, you have the perfect Thanksgiving meal. A delicious dessert of Pumpkin, Apple, or Pecan Pie caps this feast off well.
Everything but the turkey
Who says you need a turkey to enjoy the other parts of a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Nobody. You can still make a green bean casserole, corn, homemade mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and whatever else is a family tradition. Don’t forget the sweet potato pie. Place some freshly cut flowers in the center of the table to make people forget about the usual turkey spot. Having plenty of appetizers can make this meal awesome. Cheese and crackers, chips and dip, or artichoke and spinach dip with some tortillas make this a hearty meal. A nice bottle of wine, homemade punch, or glass of Egg Nog can be added to fill the stomach even more.
Crockpot or go home
Do you have a crockpot? Now is time to pull it out of the box and actually plug it into the wall. There are crockpot recipes for everything. Some ideas include vegetarian chili and pasta and vegetables. Meatless lasagna soup, stuffed peppers, or a cowboy casserole are just some other options to try. Anything with meat can be substituted with Boca or Morning Star pseudo-meat. Visit http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2014/08/30-easy-crockpot-recipes.html for more ideas on what to make. Some bread and dip and a hearty dessert such as a Chocolate Peanut Butter pie and Brownies topped with ice cream can make this Crockpot meal a hit.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Do you know of any good turkey-free meals to make? Please share with others by posting a comment down below on my page.