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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 November 11, 2019

                                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                          Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                          To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                          Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                          1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                          Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                          Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                          To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                          2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                          Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                          If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                          Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                          3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                          Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                          Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                          4. Feed Your Brain

                                          Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                          This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                          Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                          Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                          5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                          According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                          Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                          Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                          6. Write it Down

                                          If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                          It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                          You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                          7. Listen to Music

                                          Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                          8. Visual Concepts

                                          In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                          Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                          Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                          9. Teach Someone Else

                                          Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                          Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                          10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                          Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                          So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                          Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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