By: Rachel, with research by Denise Ulloa
So. Thanksgiving is coming. You’re not eating turkey. But what are you going to have?
Sure, you can build a meat-free meal of stuffing, yams, and string beans. But there’s something about overloading on sides that can make you feel kind of empty.
The reason: Protein. As we’ve said 100 times or so by now, it’s not hard to get enough protein from day to day as a vegetarian. But it’s also common to take the meat off of your plate and find yourself left with nothing but carbs, carbs, and more carbs. In other words, a meal that will fill your belly temporarily, but not leave you feeling satisfied one, two, and three hours later. Which can be kind of a problem when dessert comes out, and you feel like you haven't eaten in days.
We’ve compiled a roundup of protein-rich, Thanksgiving-worthy dishes that would complement any holiday table. Throw one of them together and bring it as your contribution to the big dinner. And this time, when well-meaning Great Aunt Gertrude asks (with a raised eyebrow) how you’re getting enough protein now that you’re a vegetarian, you can simply offer her a taste.
Let us know if you try any of these, and what other recipes you’ll be using to prevent carb coma this Thanksgiving!