This is a big week for Americans celebrating Thanksgiving. Although turkey is traditionally served as the main course, it’s likely that many of you will have at least one guest who is vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. When I entertain, I like everyone to feel included and to have plenty of food to eat. I want everyone to feel special.
A number of years ago, we had house guests, one of whom was vegetarian. At the time, I was completely new to vegetarian cooking. Fortunately, I knew how to make some Chinese dishes using tofu, but it made me realize there was a whole world of cooking out there that I knew little about, that went way beyond tofu. You see, vegetarians hate it when they ask if there’s anything vegetarian on a menu and they are pointed to the roasted vegetables or a salad. Yes, vegetarians and vegans eat vegetables, but they need protein too.
So, in honor of Thanksgiving this year, I came up with this Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf (featured on One Green Planet) as a vegetarian or vegan main course. Quinoa is a complete protein, so this elegantly presented dish would easily take the place of turkey for any vegetarian or vegan guests. Of course, once your non-vegan friends see this beautiful dish, they will want some too. After all, isn’t that the best part of a Thanksgiving dinner? Tasting a little bit of everything.
I am adding this to my collection of Healthy Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes. Hope you will pop in and take a look for some last minute ideas to fill out your Thanksgiving menu.
And now, I am off to start shopping for our family’s Thanksgiving dinner, our very first gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving.
Here’s wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, and may we all take some time to reflect on all the blessings that we have received over the past year. Although we all experience tough times at different points in in our lives, all of us have something to be thankful for. I know I have so much to be grateful for – my beloved husband, my four rambunctious boys, my gift of cooking for others, and my health. I am looking forward to spending some much needed downtime with my family, including some time catching up with my oldest son who will be visiting from college .