I would suggest a ToFurky you can buy them at the store but you can also make them. Maybe tell them you want something that makes it feel a little more traditional for you. My mother made one many years ago and it was very delicious and all vegan. I am still lacto-ovo mainly well because the family objections and also I don't cook and don't think I would be able to survive
I agree that the holidays are much easier as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I was lacto-ovo last year and my grandmother was sort of okay with making a meat-less lasagna. I've recently gone vegan and I really just don't want to bring it up to my family, so...I'm not sure what I am going to do. It is hard if you are going to a house where there is a very specific tradition, it's really not encouraged to bring your own stuff.
Honestly though, Thanksgiving is not a favorite holiday of mine, so next year I'll probably just stay home with my husband. Or we'll eat at his parents house, and since I don't know them as well, won't feel as awkward asking if I can bring something.
Thanksgiving is pretty easy if you are lacto-ovo. There can be a few gotchas. Some people put chicken broth in some of the vegetables. At the dinner table there is usually enough veggie side dishes for any lacto-ovo vegetarian to walk away stuffed.
If you are vegan than it gets a lot tougher. Butter is often slathered on vegetables and milk, cream, and cheese are common ingredients in casseroles.
There is the good 'ol tofurky. When I fix it according to the directions with the nice glaze it comes out pretty good. Lately I've decided it was more bother than it was worth. Last year I made a mushroom casserole that had several kinds of mushrooms. It came out ok but not as good as I expected considering the amount of work involved. I love barley so next year I want to find a dish that uses that.
I agree with everyone else. If you're going somewhere bring a few things and tell everyone they're side dishes. A big side of steamed veggies, I make them just plain, a nice big salad with lots of different colored veggies, and a fruit salad, and if you want something cooked try doing a roasted veggie dish. Just throw some potatoes, carrots, green beans, sweet peas, whatever, into a casserole dish, toss lightly with some oil, add some seasonings, and bake. My new favorite fruit salad is to mash up a banana, mix it with some yogurt, add some honey and agave nectar, chocolate raisins for some indulgence, then strawberries and whatever else I want. Always a hit.
I like the idea of being all covert about asking whats in something. I must try that. =)
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The bread and veggies are usually safe, a fresh fruit salad is a great idea.
Here is a quick idea: buy a bunch of different fruits, cut them up, then take a bit of rosewater, lemon juice, honey, and then toss with the fresh fruit. It make a great fresh fruit salad and the rosewater adds a bit of floral taste/smell to it.
There is another way to avoid ingredients you don't want. Go around and gush about the food. Say "Oh that looks wonderful, who made it?", "Wow, that sounds DELISH, what's in it?", "That is interesting, I must get the recipe". Then avoid any foods that scare you. I had to do this a lot when we had holidays at my ex's family, about 1/2 the holiday the whole lot of them would be sick the next day with food poisoning. I would encourage my daughters to fill out on candy and chips before dinner so they wouldn't eat the "food" and I would just eat a few items brought by me, or prepackaged. This technique carefully avoids food poisoning and heavy fat laden items.
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I always make a huge fresh fruit salad and it is always a hit...friends tell me that they do not bother to make it at home for themselves and that is always a treat to them when I bring it. has become a tradition.
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I think it depends on how close you are to the house you are going to. I am allergic to MSG so my family has gotten really good about reading labels for family functions. Other places I just put things on the place and move them around so that it looks like I ate them and pick at other things.
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At first, it was much more challenging than it is now. People are more helpful. When people make their rice or potatoes and put cheese and cream in it, they still have to make the stuff plain. So, I ask people to take out a serving and put aside for me. Most people do it. A few forget. Some just tell me it's too much trouble.
I usually take a dish or two that everyone can eat, that way I am guaranteed to have something to eat in case other people are not as helpful.
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A) Do you do any of the cooking? If so, then cook a dish or two (even modifications of family favorites) in a healthier way and eat those.
B) Something that worked for me (as a non-cooker) is asking my mom or aunt if they'd be willing to either cook something without all of the trimmings or perhaps make a little side dish just for me. The worse they could say is no and I've found my family to be quite accommodating about my (strange and not the vegetarian part) eating habits.
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Hey! I'm sort of new at this whole veggie thing. I'm trying to plan ahead for what will I do for Thanksgiving. True there's always lots of veggies to pick and choose from, but everything is usually laddened with butter or cream. Any advice? Thanks in advance.
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