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20 Thanksgiving Recipes for Vegetarians That Can Also Blow Meat-lover’s Mind

20 Thanksgiving Recipes for Vegetarians That Can Also Blow Meat-lover’s Mind

It’s not easy being a vegetarian on Thanksgiving Day. Or you may even struggle to find good Thanksgiving recipes when you’re having vegetarian or vegan guests coming over.

Here are 20 vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes that will make this Thanksgiving go like a charm.

1. Tofurkey roast

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    To get that Thanksgiving dinner feel without a turkey on the table is hard to imagine. And yet, those who swap to tofurkey for the actual poultry swear its almost like the real thing. If youre bold enough, try this turkey impersonator yourself and see how it goes.

    2. Quinoa stuffing with apple, sweet potato & hazelnuts

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      This vegan dish is also great if youre planning to adopt a high fiber diet due to the high vegetable, grains, herbs, and fruits.

      3. Pumpkin soup

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        What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with an autumn staple pumpkin. The recipe for the pumpkin soup given here is made from scratch using sugar pumpkins.

        4. Roasted cauliflower, mushroom, and goat cheese quiche with quinoa crust

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          The title says it all this is a protein, fiber, carb, and fat balanced meal and should be a part of the best diet plan for every vegetarian. The dish is hearty enough to keep you and your guests full.

          5. Sweet potatoes crusted spinach quiche

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            Sweet potatoes and spinach make a perfect combo in this dish that you will gladly introduce to your Thanksgiving menu. Nutmeg is a must here giving the dish an enticing aroma.

            6. Classic vegetarian nut loaf

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              This classic nut loaf is something even meat lovers will appreciate. The loaf is also great for your health as studies show nuts are one of the best brain foods.

              7. 4-ingredient vegan eggplant balls

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                A vegan alternative to meatballs, this dish is bound to impress your vegan guests (or your vegan self). In this recipe, eggplants mixed with breadcrumbs, garlic, herbs, and spices in a blender, and served over zucchini linguine or pasta.

                8. Vegetable lasagna casserole

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                  Who doesnt like lasagna? When made purely with vegetables, lasagna can be enjoyed by vegetarians as well. This particular recipe is also gluten-free but not vegan.

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                  9. Healthy cornbread

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                    Anything made with corn is hearty and homely, so make sure to include this healthy cornbread in your thanksgiving dinner for your vegetarian guests.

                    10. Roasted brussels sprouts with sherry-mustard vinaigrette

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                      Brussels sprouts are healthy, bitter-sweet, and perfect for autumn dinners. When made using the right method and ingredients like the ones given here, brussels sprouts can be a great Thanksgiving meal.

                      11. Roasted vegetable tart

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                        This tart is delicious and surprisingly healthy with a Mediterranean feel to it. It also includes spelt flour which a healthier alternative to wheat flour.

                        12. Couscous and avocado salad

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                          If youre looking for an easy dish, then definitely try out this healthy and nutritious salad. The dish can be prepared in a couple of minutes time and requires a minimum time spent cooking.

                          13. Millet pilaf with butternut squash, mushrooms, and pomegranate

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                            Another gluten-free recipe, this pilaf is also packed with nutrients from butternut squash and fresh pomegranate. The ingredients are also easy to find during the autumn months.

                            14. Squash, sage, and ricotta cannelloni

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                              Since the recipe is coming from Martha Stewart, it has to be good. The ingredients are fairly simple and rich in calories which is exactly what you need on Thanksgivings Day.

                              15. Smoky harissa eggplant dip

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                                The dish takes about one hour to prepare but its definitely worth it. The eggplant dip is flavored with smoked paprika, garlic, and harissa paste among other things and served alongside pita chips.

                                16. Cauliflower tater tots

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                                  First, youll need to prepare cauliflower rice before proceeding to the recipe described here. The dish is crisp, crunchy, and packed with flavor so were sure vegetarians and meat lovers will enjoy this scrumptious dish.

                                  17. Apple pecan stuffing

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                                    Thanksgiving dinner without stuffing just wouldnt be as enjoyable. This vegetarian version proves that you can make a Thanksgiving dinner stuffing without an ounce of meat. The apples and pecans make this dish perfectly in tune with the fall season.

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                                    18. Whole roasted carrots

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                                      Forget about roasted potatoes and try this roasted carrots dish instead. The red wine vinegar in this dish gives the carrots their crispy texture. The mint, onion, lemon, and olive oil give this dish its Mediterranean flavor.

                                      19. The best vegan Thanksgiving stuffing ever!

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                                        Made with a vegetable-based bullion, this dish is just as good as non-vegetarian turkey stuffing. In fact, the dish is so good that your non-vegetarian guests probably wont even notice the difference. Make sure to keep the loaf of bread to sit overnight for a crispier texture.

                                        20. Butternut squash pilaf

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                                          Theres something about butternut squash that says Thanksgiving. Make this pilaf for Thanksgiving dinner using basmati rice, cumin seeds, saffron, lemon juice, and you will get a delightful vegetarian dish in no time.

                                          Conclusion

                                          Thanksgiving doesnt have to be all about the turkey. If youre bold enough, substituting meat dishes with these great vegetarian ideas can make Thanksgiving just as homely.

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                                          Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                          There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                          One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                          In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                          Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                          1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                          Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                          Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                          Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                          Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                          2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                          This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                          Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                          The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                          Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                          Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                          3. Jumping Jacks

                                          Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                          Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                          4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                          Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                          Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                          5. Balancing Table Pose

                                          This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                          Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                            6. Leg Squats

                                            Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                            Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                            The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                            7. Push Ups

                                            You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                            An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                            Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                            This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                            8. Bicycle Crunches

                                            There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                            Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                            9. Lunges

                                            Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                            Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                            This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                            10. Bicep Curls

                                            You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                            Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                            Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                            Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                            Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                            These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                            You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                            Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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