Thanksgiving - No Turkeys?
What comes to your mind when you first
think of Thanksgiving? The big fat golden-brown turkey? To millions, a
Vegetarian Thanksgiving would mean no heaps of turkey meat at their
dining table to feast on, but to the turkeys it would mean freedom to
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks
to God for blessings received during the year. It is usually a family
day, celebrated with joyous reunions, feastings and prayers. Families
and friends come together to enjoy the Macey’s
Thanksgiving Parade and
Football. Although it is a major celebration in the United States and
Canada, other countries like Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Laos,
Liberia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, etc also celebrate this joyous
Vegetarian Thanksgiving is a term which
has slowly become popular all over, not only with the vegetarians but
also among the non vegetarians. Being veg. is a journey, not a
destination - even with its back roads, detours and speed bumps.
Thanksgiving used to be a vegetarian's worst nightmare, but no longer.
More and more vegetarian groups are holding dinners and celebrations,
and there are even caterers and food companies specializing in a wide
selection of meatless alternatives.
The living and the dead! If turkeys were
our companions, we would be terribly upset with the death of any one of
them; but because they are "food", we are indifferent to their
death. Thousands of free-range turkeys are raised in a single
warehouse-like structure forced to stand on accumulated fecal waste and
breathe in ammonia fumes. These turkeys are then taken to the
slaughterhouse through transport containers where they are hung upside
down in shackles. There they cry out in fear and pain as they await
their own slaughter. Think of how much it hurts when we get a little
speck in our eye, and we might understand the degree of suffering that
the turkeys are been forced to endure day after day. When left the way
God intended turkeys to be, they have a wonderful and close family life.
It is not human to deprive them of this gift from God.
There is a lot more to explore at a
thanksgiving dinner table than just turkeys. Some food items that I can
suggest, which I found from some great recipe sites, would be:
Guacamole, a Relish plate of sliced
vegetables (Crudités) and White wine.
Vegan Nut Roast à la PeTA
Two tablespoons oil or margarine
2 large onions, chopped fine
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups raw cashews
1 1/2 cups bread
1 cup soup stock (or water)
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups bread cubes, toasted
Two tablespoons margarine, melted but not
1/2 to 3/4 cup finely-chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon sage
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Salt to taste
Cook the onion and garlic in the oil or
margarine until tender, and remove from the heat.
Chop the cashews by hand or in a food
processor; cut up the bread as well. Add the cashews and bread to the
onion, then add the vegetable stock, salt and pepper, nutmeg, and lemon
juice. Put half of this mixture into a small, non-stick loaf pan. Mix
together all the ingredients from the second list. Put the mixture on
top of the stuff in the loaf pan, and add the rest of the first mixture
so that there are three layers of food in the pan. Place the pan on a
baking sheet or in a larger loaf pan, and bake at 400 degrees F for half
an hour. The top should be browned. Let the roast cool for a few
minutes, then turn the pan over and serve the roast on a plate. Serve
with gravy if desired, keeping in mind that it is a very rich dish.
The roast will take about an hour to
prepare. This recipe makes roughly six servings.
Other main courses items could be:
Home-made bread, Salad, Steamed carrots and green beans, Mashed
potatoes, rolls, Bread stuffing, Red wine, Vegan Bisquits, Vegan Nut
Roast with Stuffing à la PeTA, Vegan Gravy and Simple Cranberry Sauce.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
1 350-g box of silken firm tofu, drained
1 heaping cup of cooked or canned pumpkin
1 to 1 1/4 cups brown or golden sugar,
not packed tight
4 teaspoons blended "pumpkin pie
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground dry ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoons nutmeg
1 pie crust
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Blend the
tofu in a food processor or with a blender until smooth and cream-like,
for about four minutes. Stop the machine every once in a while to scrape
large pieces of tofu down into the machine's blades. Add the cooked
pumpkin and blend some more, again stopping the machine and scraping the
mixture down. The result should be a light orange-colored paste with no
lumps of tofu. Put the paste into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar,
salt, and spices. Mix well and spoon it into the pie crust; decorate
with cheerful shapes of leftover crust, if desired. Bake 30 to 40
minutes or until the crusts are dark brown. Serve warm or chilled, plain
or topped with whipped cream or ice cream.
This pie takes about two hours to
prepare. A single good-sized sugar pie pumpkin will usually yield enough
material for two pies: the recipe doubles easily. The pie refrigerates
and freezes well.
Other Desert items could be: hot cocoa,
Vegan Pumpkin Pie and Butter Tarts.
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