I spent all night last night and all morning brainstorming about what I can cook for Thanksgiving that’s vegetarian. I had to carefully consider what I could find in my local grocery store, and keep in mind that I was feeding two very hungry boys – so I had to keep the menu Hindu-friendly and vegetarian. This is my first Thanksgiving out of America; my first Thanksgiving in New Delhi, India.
When I asked my mom, early this morning – her late night, to help me think of some ideas that were vegetarian and meat free thanksgiving recipes, she blanked. “I don’t know… It’s out of my element. Garlic butter noodles?” She really blanked! I had to remind her that so much of what we eat at Thanksgiving is already meatless or vegetarian!
With some inspiration form my friends and Pinterest, I came up with this Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu:
Snack: Homemade Salsa & Cheesy Potato Dip with fresh Indian chips
Drink: Semi-Homemade Apple Cider
Lunch: Spicy Homemade Stove-top Green Bean Casserole & Grilled Kulcha (fluffy stove-top bread)
Dinner: Apple & Beet Salad, Spicy Veggie Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower with Homemade white country gravy & Grilled Kulcha
For dessert we are having some pastries from a local bakery. Since I don’t really have the ability to bake a pie or cake. :p
Here are the recipes I am using as guides. (I’ll post my versions of the recipes after dinner.)
Note: If the recipe says anything non-vegetarian, it’s definitely something I edited out when making my Thanksgiving menu.
White Gravy: (https://cookingwithhoneycoconuts.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/homemade-white-pepper-gravy/)
Green Bean Casserole: (http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2013/11/the-best-green-bean-casserole/)
Beet Salad: (http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1000317/roasted-ginger-beets)
Spicy Veggie Macaroni & Cheese: (http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2013/02/spicy-roasted-vegetable-macaroni-and-cheese.html)
I make my own salsa by dicing tomatoes, onions, green chillies, green coriander and mixing it (squishing the life-juice out of it) in a bowl and adding lemon juice and salt.
I made my own cheesy potato dip by boiling diced potatoes (skin on) until they are cooked, setting them aside to dry, then in a saucepan: bring whole cream and a small amount of oil to a simmer. Then I add green chillies, fresh minced garlic, cheese, salt and black pepper. When the cheese thoroughly melts, I add the potatoes and mix. Then let it cool for 10 minutes.
To make the semi-homemade apple cider, I used 100% apple juice, brought it to a boil on the stove. Then I added a few whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, a few black peppercorns, a green cardamom and lemon juice. I let it boil for a few minutes and served. It’s a ‘no sugar added’ apple cider.
I have no recipe to use as a guide for the mashed potatoes and cauliflower. Doing it anyway.
Exact recipes later, as it’s time to start dinner!