Thanksgiving is a holiday that seems to be all about the turkey. The little kids make turkey handprints in pre-school, and the adults debateroasting vs. deep-frying. My fellow Americans, I'm about to lay some Thanksgiving news on you that may shock you. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday ... for vegetarians.
Gotcha, didn't I? 'Tis the season for people to moan quietly about how they have that one vegetarian cousin coming to town who will throw a kink in their meal plans. But the truth is there's no better time than Thanksgiving to be a vegetarian.
Think just for a moment about what you'll have on your holiday table. Yams? Mashed potatoes? Brussels sprouts, perhaps? Broccoli? I could continue to list the various vegetables that typically come out at Thanksgiving, but I think you get my point.
The holiday synonymous with gluttony is likewise a holiday when Americans tend to get a bit more adventuresome with their forays into the garden. Those meat and potatoes types who wouldn't normally touch a green vegetable with a 10-foot pole are all "pass the green beans, and keep 'em coming."
All of this does my heart good as a vegetarian who has heard the "X vegetable is gross" line more often than I can count, usually from people who refuse to try said veggie. But I'm going to take it a step further.
I love Thanksgiving because it's a good time for me. Next to July 4 (what can I say, I'm a summer baby), it might just be my favorite holiday if only because I can easily find enough foods on the table to sustain my hearty appetite. I don't have to make do with one or two sides that may or may not have bacon in them. I can fill right up on good food, and a variety of good foods at that. I don't even need a veggie-ducken!
In fact, if you've ever flirted with the idea of turning vegetarian, now might be just the time. No one is going to give you the stink-eye for loading your plate with the good stuff this week.
Are you going to be entertaining a vegetarian for Thanksgiving? What will they be eating?
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