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Special Vegan Pre-Thanksgiving Event

Celebrating Thanksgiving together with other non-meat-eaters is an important event on our calendar. We can’t gather in person this year, but we can still celebrate Thanksgiving time together online.

Join us online, Sunday November 22, 6pm to celebrate delicious food together. We have put together an exciting program for you, which includes all your favorite parts of our regular dinners, including a choice of socializing with people at your table (in breakout rooms on Zoom) or listening to live music while you eat, followed by a speech by President of Vegetarians of Washington, Amanda.

Live music will be provided by noted guitarist, Doug Zangar. Most highly regarded, Doug Zangar has played with a wide variety of the world’s most famous musicians including Pavorotti, the Shirelles, the 5th Dimension, the Drifters and the Jazz Police. 

Register for this event

Of course, we’re not able to serve you the food this year, but we have two ways to make the food at this event special. We have put together some Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for you to prepare, or if you don’t wish to cook, we have negotiated a special discount for a prepared “plant-forward holiday meal” that you can have delivered to your home or collect from a convenient store.

Prepare your own meal

Check out our Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes – including a special soup, salad, stuffed squash and vegan pumpkin pie. If you’d like to learn more about how to make these recipes, don’t miss Amanda’s Cooking Classes which are being held over two zoom sessions Tuesday Nov 17, 6pm and Friday Nov 20, 4:30pm. Register for cooking classes. Of course, you can also prepare Tofurky, Celebration Roast, and some other favorite dishes instead if you prefer.

Special discount for prepared meal

Performance Kitchen Crafted offers a premium, small batch, prepared fresh, frozen range of meals. These meals are prepared in small batches in their micro-craft kitchen in Burien, WA, and then flash frozen to lock in all the favor and nutrition. They use minimally processed clean ingredients, cook with healthy oils, and limit sodium and sugar. Meals are available from 6 stores in Seattle, Burien and East Side, from local grocery stores such as QFC, or by special delivery.

Performance Kitchen are offering a special 10% discount to all Vegetarians of Washington members and friends on their vegan meal options using the special coupon code: Vegofwa10 In particular, they are offering a “plant-forward holiday meal” which includes:

  • Sweet Potato and Lentil Shepherds Pie,
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Flourless Apple Crisp

This special bundle option serves 4 people and costs only $36.37, with discount. Many other vegan dishes are also available to order.

All meals are provided frozen, and can be picked up from any of their stores in Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Mercer Island, Burien, Kirkland or Redmond. Delivery is available by courier within the cities listed above, or by 1-2 day shipping further afield. Delivery fees are waived for orders over $98.

Since they get busy around the holidays, they request that orders be placed by Tuesday Nov 17, for delivery or pickup in time for our special event on Sunday Nov 22, 6pm. The coupon will remain valid through the Thanksgiving Holiday period, if you prefer to use it on another occasion.

Orders can be placed online, called in by phone to any of the following Performance Kitchen or Eat Local stores, or by visiting the store:

Remember to Register for our Special Pre-Thanksgiving event on Sunday Nov 22, 6pm.

Ten Top Reasons To Skip The Turkey On Thanksgiving

We’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to join the growing number of people who’ll skip the turkey this Thanksgiving. There are lots of good reasons to find better and healthier ways to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. Turkey has the same disadvantages as other kinds of meat. To help you along, here are our top ten reasons to skip the bird this year. Remember that what we say about turkey is true of other holiday favorites such as ham as well. Read more

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Here’s a special selection of Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes for the holidays:

Bryanna’s Squash with Wild Rice and Chanterelle Stuffing

almost-no-fat-holiday-cookbookfrom “The Almost No-Fat Holiday Cookbook” by Bryanna Clark Grogan, reprinted with permission.  Serves 6

If you’d like to make a colorful stuffed winter squash the centerpiece and main dish of your vegetarian Thanksgiving, choose a large, meaty pumpkin; Boston marrow squash; turban squash; hubbard squash; banana squash; or the pale blue-grey New Zealand squash, which is my favorite. Read more

Celebrating Cranberries

cranberriesThese sour red berries grow on a trailing shrub. You can buy them fresh in the Fall, or frozen at any time of year. Dried cranberries are a delicious addition to trail mixes. When buying fresh look for bright red shiny skins. Cranberries are a valuable source of iron, vitamin C and folic acid.

Cranberries are usually too sour to eat raw. First wash and remove any damaged berries. Then cook them with a little water and sugar, then puree them to make a sauce. Or you can add them to a recipe directly to add a contrasting flavor.

Recipes:

  • Harlequin Squash with Corn Bread Stuffing
  • Cranberry Corn Bread
  • Apple Cranberry Crisp

Read more

How to Save a Thanksgiving Turkey

Of course the best way to save a Thanksgiving turkey is by having a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. Every year 300 million turkeys are raised and slaughtered for food, and 46 million of those will be eaten on Thanksgiving alone. Every vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner will reduce the number of turkeys slaughtered for the dinner.

Fortunately, there are better options to be eaten and enjoyed than turkey. The northwest is home to two of the most popular and best tasting Thanksgiving turkey alternatives around. Field Roast features its somewhat sophisticated Celebration Roast, with an intriguing blend of herbs and spices, that’s getting rave reviews coast to coast. If you’d like to have a bit of fine dining at home, Celebration Roast is a gourmet choice. Try the Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute for something more sophisticated. Read more

Thanksgiving Torte

Zel Allen, author of The Nut Gourmet, shared with us her family’s favorite nut recipe for a Thanksgiving centerpiece.  Here’s what she told us:

I don’t know if Thanksgiving is wild and crazy to the max at your house, but it sure is in mine–in a good way, that is. It’s our family reunion time so I have family flying in from all parts of the globe for this nutty feast. All the bedrooms are full and the kitchen is in a constant state of activity. It’s been our thing for years so we really look forward to Thanksgiving week—a time that’s filled with lots of cooking going on, great aromas drifting through the house, lots of eating, and lots of laughing. Read more

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Winter SquashAcorn, butternut and kabocha squash can be cut in half and filled with a delicious stuffing to provide the perfect centerpiece to any holiday table.  Here are some recipes to form the centerpiece of a truly delicious Thanksgiving Feast:

Reprinted from www.nutritionmd.org with permission

Stuffed Winter Squash
Makes 6 servings
Golden squash halves, mounded with stuffing and topped with apricot sauce make a visual feast worthy of any holiday meal. Use any of the smaller varieties of winter squash, including acorn squash, delicata, sweet dumpling, or kabocha. Read more

How to Handle Family Thanksgiving Dinner

You’ve just become a vegetarian, and you’re expected at Grandma’s for Thanksgiving Dinner.  You haven’t yet told your Grandma about your new food preferences, and you’re worried that she won’t understand.  What are you going to do?

The first thing to remember is that Grandma is not really serving turkey. She’s serving love and it’s way more important to make her feel loved in return than to eat her turkey. Even so, holidays can be a challenge, since the big family meal is often the focus of the whole holiday. The most important thing to your family is that you are present, warm, and friendly to everyone present (even if some might make snide comments about your eating habits).

If your vegetarianism is still a new idea, you may need to let people know very gently. You could say, “Don’t go to any special trouble. I’ll just eat the side dishes.” At a big dinner, you’ll probably find plenty to eat, but if you know that the stuffing will be cooked inside the turkey and the beans will be cooked with bacon, then you may wish to bring something else to eat.  Perhaps you could bring your own meat-substitute dish, such as a Tofurky or Celebration Roast.  Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you could prepare something different, such as a stuffed squash, that others would be happy to enjoy alongside their turkey.

If it would break Grandma’s heart for you not to eat her turkey, then you may consider taking a very small portion, and remember that this only happens once a year. Plenty of people think of themselves as vegetarian while making the occasional compromise to avoid hurting those they love the most.

But if, as many do, you feel strongly about not eating any turkey even just this once, you will need to explain your decision in a way that gets Grandma to support your decision while minimizing hurting her feelings or getting too defensive. One way to do this is to ask for her help. You can explain that being a vegetarian is very important to you and that you’re asking for her help with being comfortable at the dinner.

The key is not to leave planning to the last minute. With a little planning and preparation the Thanksgiving dinner can be as enjoyable for vegetarians as anyone else. Good luck!

Based on an extract from Say No to Meat – the 411 on Ditching Meat and Going Veg.

Thanksgiving for 7 Billion – the veg solution

It’s official. The world’s population now stands at 7 Billion. This year our Thanksgiving diners face challenges as never before. Over a billion people are living with chronic hunger and malnutrition, and rising food prices are challenging the household budgets of the other 6 billion.  What many people don’t know is that it is meat consumption in the developed world, and rapidly rising meat consumption in the developing world, that are the prime driving forces behind rising food prices and global hunger. For years this went unrecognized by even economists and policymakers. However, this has now started to change.

Starvation kills, and it hurts to have to go to bed malnourished and hungry. Hunger and malnutrition are some of the most serious problems facing humanity and it’s getting worse. Global hunger is at an all time high, with about 1 billion people in the world going to bed each night still hungry. In the next year, over 10 million people will actually starve to death. Even worse, it is the children who are the most vulnerable. Read more