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This Canadian Thanksgiving enjoy a vegetarian feast. We have tips on what to serve and links to the best recipes.
Thanksgiving is also about celebrating the harvest. Farmers’ markets are the best places to find fresh seasonal produce such as squash, pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, peppers, arugula, kale, broccoli, etc.
Avoid stress when vegetarians and meat eaters will be at the same meal. See our Surviving a holiday dinner page for suggestions on:
- Catering to vegetarians (when you aren’t one yourself)
- Being invited to a home where meat is being served
- Inviting non-vegetarians to your home
- Call a vegetarian-friendly restaurant [Toronto, World Links] and order an entrée or side dish that you can pick up. Bring your own containers. Le Commensal (several locations in Quebec and one in Toronto) has an excellent selection in their buffet. They also carry pre-packaged savoury pies, pâtés, fancy desserts, etc.
- Larger natural food stores [Toronto, World Links] carry Tofurky (“a bird-free feast with all the trimmings”) and a wide variety of vegetarian dips, pâtés, faux meats, frozen entrees, non-dairy ice cream, pies, and much more.
- Arrange for some of the guests to contribute a dish.
- Prepare some of the items ahead of time. Use easy recipes that you are already familiar with.
Vegetarian Holidays information & recipe sheet
View our printable two-page holiday fact sheet: vegetarian-holiday.pdf (180 kb). It includes the following recipes: Easy Festive Bake, Stuffed Tofu Turkey, Good Gravy, Sweet Potato and Parsnip Casserole, Chestnut Soup with Greens, and Ginger Cranberry Mincemeat Pie.
How to select, roast and serve chestnuts.
Thanksgiving recipe links
Vegan Lunch Box Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Click here.
Food.com (formerly Recipe Zaar)
57,000+ | Ratings | Nutrition info | Change servings | Flag recipes | Many photos
They have over 1300 recipes marked as vegetarian and Thanksgiving (285+ of them are marked as vegan). Excellent search and sort feature. You can also search for other holidays.
9,000+ | Ratings | All vegan | Flag recipes | Some photos
Over 60 vegan Thanksgiving recipes.
3,900+ | Ratings | Nutrition info | Change servings | Flag recipes | Some photos
A search for Vegetarian Thanksgiving yields several choices.
See Top recipe sites for more detailed information about many of the above sites.