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Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Around the holidays, the media is full of suggestions about how to relax and make things easy on ourselves. Many of the stresses we’re attempting to reconcile revolve around entertaining, but we can safely add diet and family issues into the mix. Often it’s a tangled web of all of the above. Admittedly, I struggle like everyone else and, as a vegetarian, problems can unfortunately center on the food I’m preparing, or the foods I’m not preparing: that is, the enormous turkey and all the high-fat trimmings of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

At some point in our recent history, Thanksgiving became entirely focused on consuming turkey which (sadly) now symbolizes the holiday. The tradition of Thanksgiving – of being with loved ones and giving thanks for all our blessings – struggles to maintain that original intention. I’m increasingly aware of how “the holidays” are morphing into something more superficial and hectic than ever before. In fact, these days it’s all too common to see Christmas promotions right next to the half price Halloween candy.

So, while modern American culture keeps throwing us curve balls, keeps turning up the heat and attempting to diminish all that we should truly be thankful for, including our food choices, I urge you to keep the faith. From all of us at Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian to all of you: wishing you peace, health, and the best vegetarian holidays ever.

Vegetarian Holidays

Vegetarian Holidays

Our very first episode of Totally Vegetarian was created because of the dilemma of what to make for a vegetarian holiday meal. Because holiday meals are usually based on family and cultural traditions, often the idea of introducing something new and different presents panic and dismay, yet there are so many wonderful meat replacers that substitute for turkey, chicken, pork, or beef in your favorite holiday recipes.

Even the very simple adjustment of replacing vegetable broth for animal-based stock, making a wonderful nut or mushroom loaf, entrées like stuffed squash, or creating a festive Tofu Pot Pie can easily solve your vegetarian menu problems, while at the same time making your friends and family feel welcome and engaged in healthier, more compassionate holiday meal choices.