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emoticon for what looks like a great recipe. Trying it tonight.

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11/23/12 8:59 A

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This looks great! It's similar to a recipe I used many years ago,
but I'd lost the recipe. Thank you for sharing this.

Happy holidays!!!

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11/21/12 7:09 P

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We usually holiday away from home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The make ahead meat alternative I make and bring with us tastes great and goes with all the tasty sides traditionally served at the Thanksgiving table. It's not hard to make and it's vegan. Here it is:

Chickpea Cutlets

1 can garbanzo beans, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten, 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs, 1/4 cup water, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 garlic cloves pressed, 1/2 tsp lemon zest, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp sage, olive oil for pan frying

Mash chickpeas with olive oil until no whole chickpeas are left. Add remaining ingredients and knead for 3 minutes, until gluten strings have formed when you stretch it.
Preheat oil to medium in frying pan. Form dough into 6 cutlets about 4x6in each. Fry each cutlet until lightly browned and firm to the touch.

These come out to be about 198 calories each and look like they have many of the same ingredients as the Celebration Roast referred to on this thread. The Roast looks delicious, and I'm sure it tastes similar to my cutlets, but you can probably make the cutlets at a fraction of the cost of the roast and you can easily double the recipe to feed twice as many people. Also the cutlets are soy free. Good luck!

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11/8/12 11:05 P

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yes - you're right! I'd forgotten how good field roast is!

In the past we've used it for sandwich filler, but it's great
as a 'roast'...

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11/8/12 10:10 P

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Terry gave you good advice about using the Field Roast "Celebration Roast" but it IS small. Trader Joe's has a new one that they replaced Tofurky roast with "UN-Turkey Stuffed Roast". I love it and it serves 7 (?). Okay for normal people at holiday time it would serve 4 with side dishes. The package has a cooking suggestion of roasting it with potatoes, carrots, onions and celery under the roast with olive oil on the veggies. Being a relatively new vegan, since before Christmas 2011, I make it as a meal when my carnivore DH rotisseries a beef roast on the grill. It kills my craving for a bite of tender, rare... Okay- not going there AGAIN!!! My UN-Turkey roast is almost ready to indulge in. Thank God for BIG favors! emoticon

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11/8/12 10:02 P

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this looks like it has some great info

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11/8/12 8:23 P

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My sister, her now-adult kids, and I have created for years what we've dubbed "The Thanksgiving Miracle." Nobody plans anything, we all just kind of do a little this, and a little that, and somehow we've ended up with a complete Thanksgiving dinner. It will be different this year - for one thing, they're in NY & I'm not, but I'm also now vegan and they're not - but change isn't necessarily a bad thing. It sounds like you've already come to terms with your new situation. Sometimes it just helps to talk it out with your friends! emoticon
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Thanks for all the ideas, recipes, and pep talks. You guys are awesome.

Gentleviking, thank you for sharing your story. I talked to my husband last night and we decided to keep all the old favorites, but include some healthier options--nothing too scary, lol. He took the week off from work to help me (I love this man!) We plan to have plenty of fun family time all week, so I'm not so stressed about creating one perfect day. Feeling much better already. : )

One of our favorite Thanksgiving memories was when a miscommunication caused us to not have dessert! My version of the story that my SIL forgot the pies, but her story is different--ha ha. Anyway, we were all very disappointed. Then my MIL's neighbors came over because their oven was full and wanted to know if we had room to bake a couple of their pies. So we had to smell their pies baking, while we had no dessert! Pure torture!!! Lol. Everyone still laughs about that. Yes, holidays are about making family memories, not just eating.

And I will serve some awesome pies! ; )

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11/8/12 12:18 A

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These are some awesome ideas, I just got invited to thanksgiving dinner and I was wondering what to take...I usually stay home it's much easier for me...but I really want to spend it with people this year.Some of these ideas seem great and tasty for meat eaters who are always willing to try my food.

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11/7/12 11:35 P

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I have two recipes that I make:

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along with mashed potato and sweet potatoes, baby peas, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, green, sometimes gartien chicken nugget (I have sooo many veggie that sometimes I don't need the nuggets)

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11/7/12 9:46 P

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Gymjunkie, I was just telling the vegan group about eating a Field Roast "Stuffed Celebration Roast". It looks like a turkey roll with stuffing in the middle. It's small...about enough for two people maybe, but it was good! It tasted a lot like turkey and stuffing. It's has a lot of sodium in it, but for one thanksgiving day it ain't gonna hurt ya.

I can relate to your family not showing up this Thanksiving, in that my family used to rave about the dishes I would make for the holidays, but now tend to not have much to say about them (except for my terribly honest sister, whom I love, who comes right out and say's my new dishes are terrible and for me to stop making that "vegan stuff"! LOL!!!) I kinda get it...some vegan dishes are an aquired taste.

But don't let it get you down. For what it's worth, let me tell ya a little story: in my adult years our holiday celebrations are surrounded by family--sisters with their husbands and kids...and now some of their kids are old enough that they have their own kids!!! So the house is literally STUFFED with family! Wall to wall family, with folks eating their meals not only at the table, but whereever they can find a corner.

But you know what my fondest memorys are of Thanksgiving? They are from when I was a kid and spent it with just my family, which back then consisted of just mom and dad and my brother and sisters. We all fit around one table. Those are the Thanksgiving memories I treasure. Now we have grown so big that it's almost like sitting down with Grand Central Station! The personal aspect and gentle spirit of thankfullness as a family has been lost.

So it may be just your own family this year, but your kids may treasure that time together for their entire lives!

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11/7/12 6:20 P

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And just in case you haven't seen these websites. BTW, I wouldn't recommend the tofurkey either.

http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/gre
en-food/9-vegan-thanksgiving-recipes-c
arnivores-will-eat-too/

http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/vegetaria
n-thanksgiving/

http://ohsheglows.com/2011/10/08/last-mi
nute-vegan-thanksgiving-ideas/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-
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we've either made our own tofu loaf, see http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-thanksgivi
ng-tofu-70188 or bought tofurkey. we have all the usual sides. one year we made a lasagna which worked out very well.

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Ha! Let me know if you find a solution for that compulsion :) And good luck!

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Faith, never even considered ordering a little precooked turkey! I'll look into it. I think the stress of creating the perfect meal has clouded my common sense, lol. I think if a make healthier versions of the old favorites, I'll have an easier time pleasing the kids--good idea. I'll just have to be very careful about what I choose to eat, maybe add some new, healthier dishes. I'm so close to my goal weight! I'm not going to blow it over the holidays. This New Year's resolution is not going to be weightloss, for the first time ever! Now I can start working on my other problems...like my compulsive need to make everything perfect. ; )

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Check out all the great recipes at: www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/
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but what I really like is Angela Liddon's Glazed Lentil Apple Walnut Loaf www.ohsheglows.com with her mashed potato recipe.

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I usually make the traditional side dishes and include a stuffed veggie (acorn squash or portobello mushrooms).

My table is decorated with a large gingham turkey --- not exactly what most think of as turkey and stuffing BUT it's a turkey AND it is stuffed.
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How about making all the side dishes you'd normally make (potatoes, veggies, bread, etc.) and ordering a turkey and gravy from your local market for the meat-eaters. Then you could make a kickin' veggie lasagna, mac and cheese or even scalloped potatoes for the vegetarians at the table. You don't need to be without a main dish! Your family will be sorry they missed it :)

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Canadian here, we've already had our thanksgiving and what my family did was a rather untraditional Thanksgiving Day gnocchi and then some sides like a great spinach salad with feta, almonds and raspberries. I wouldn't go the Tofurkey route but try Field Roast, it's much tastier, my meat loving dad absolutely loved the the stuffing I made with brown rice, some veg and field roast italian "sausages". The "sausages" also didn't taste "meaty" but were really nicely spiced with fennel and herbs.

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Check out Colleen Patrick Goudreau at www.compassionatecook.com. Her website and podcasts address this issue quite well. Good luck!

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My husband and I went vegetarian after the holidays last year, so this is my first Thanksgiving without turkey. I have four kids. Only one decided (on her own) to also be meat free and my mother-in-law, a meat lover, is currently staying with us. All my other family, who used to fight over spots at my dining room table, have now decided not to eat at my house this year--whatever! Anyway, I have to come up with an amazing meal worthy of my reputation, but I'm clueless as to how to pull this off! I've been searching sites day and night without any real help. I was thinking about a Tofurky, but I can't risk it. We're not big artificial meat fans. Going without a main course feels too much like something is missing. I'm not at all excited about the idea of cooking a real turkey for my meat eaters either. I'm not sure what to do! I feel like getting through the holidays is an important step to our new lifestyle. My husband suggested eating out, but that feels like I'm giving up. Any help would be appreciated!

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