Thanksgiving Countdown: Veg-ify Your Menu

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Scrap the plain Jane meat and potatoes menu this holiday. Here are three reasons to host a veggie-only Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Meat's expensive. 2. Your vegetarian friends and family will love you for it. 3. It's your chance to reinvent the most meat-centered holiday on the calendar.

Don't get stuck in a holiday rut. Here are five solid menu items for an unforgettable meat-free holiday meal.
Soup: Kick the meal off with a tummy-warming Butternut Squash and Granny Smith Apple Soup from Campbell's. (But make sure to sub vegetable for the chicken broth.)

Main Dish
: Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a delicious vegetarian menu that could still please meat eaters. The jewel in the menu: the celery root, persimmon and Swiss chard stuffing with mushroom gravy, which makes it feel festive and appropriate. Yum, yum and yum.

Side Dish: Cooking Light's Roasted Root Vegetables with Walnut Pesto dish covers a lot of bases with sweet parsnips and carrots balanced by hearty brussel sprouts and turnips. And is there anyone on the planet that doesn't like pesto?

Cranberry: Yes, that cranberry out of a can is vegetarian, too, but yuk! Don't do that to your guests. It's not hard to make cranberry fresh. Try Serious Eats contributor, chef Dreena Burton's traditional cranberry with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar for extra zip.

Dessert: Since you'll be cutting up lots of vegetables for the meal, give yourself a break on this super-easy Pecan Pumpkin Pie recipe. And no one will ever know it wasn't from scratch.


Need more inspiration? Read other menu ideas and tips in our Thanksgiving Countdown.


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