There are plenty of people who do not like turkey, so, one need not stay with traditions like their parents have. Instead, there are many great choices to have on this feast occasion It is a known fact that the Pilgrims may not have actually had turkey at their first gathering of the spirit of Thanksgiving, but rather, a large array of foods shared. With this in mind, there are some substitutes instead of the traditional turkey that you may want to try
- Turkey alternative. I may also serve a tofu “turkey” or other vegetarian roast especially for my daughter Diana, who is a lacto-vegetarian (no fish). If you want to try one, you can choose from a number of tofu-based turkey substitutes on the market, or if you prefer to make your own, you can find several recipes online, or try the Tofu Provencal recipe.
- Lots of healthy side dishes. My holiday menu typically includes salad, roasted root vegetables, a green vegetable (like broccoli or Brussels sprouts), and braised red cabbage, sometimes with chestnuts. All are easy to make. The latter, in particular, is packed with anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that give red cabbage its vibrant color. Like other cruciferous vegetables, it provides fiber, vitamin C and cancer-fighting compounds called indoles.
- Nutritious desserts. For dessert, I like to serve squash pie. This vegan dish is made with winter squash (such as butternut, kabocha, or banana), cashew milk, and raw sugar. It’s thickened with arrowroot instead of eggs and flavored with brandy, cinnamon, ginger and cloves and topped with chopped walnuts.