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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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                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                          I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                          1. The Inner Critic

                                          This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                                          • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                          He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                          Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                          2. The Worrier

                                          This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                          He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                                          Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                          3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                          He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                          He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                          He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                          His motivation can be:

                                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                          How can you control these squatters?

                                          How to Master Your Mind

                                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                          For the Inner Critic

                                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                          • He riles up the Worrier.
                                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                          • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                          • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                          • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                          Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                          For the Worrier

                                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tense

                                          Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                          Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                          For example:

                                          If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                          For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                          • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tension

                                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                          Breathe in through your nose:

                                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                                          Breathe out through your nose:

                                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                          Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                          For the Sleep Depriver

                                          (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                          2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                          From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                          • Shut down your thinking.
                                          • Calm your feelings.
                                          • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                          Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

                                          Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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