Recipes for Hosting a Vegetarian Thanksgiving

While the COVID-19 pandemic might cause Thanksgiving to look a little different this year, it’s still possible to enjoy this annual feast with loved ones. Sticking to a small guest list for an in-home dinner or holding a virtual celebration via video chat are two ways to safely gather. Both allow you to enjoy the holiday that typically kicks off the seasonal festivities.

Since you may not have a traditional holiday gathering this fall, it might be a great time to experiment with your menu, too. Consider hosting a vegetarian Thanksgiving this year. A plant-based menu can make for a colorful and delicious meal.

Planning a Vegetarian Menu for Your Holiday Gathering

If you aren’t a vegetarian or haven’t had an opportunity to organize a large meal before, these tips might be of help:

Virtual Thanksgiving Celebration

If you are trying to limit your contact with others but would still like to celebrate with friends and family, consider hosting a virtual gathering. Use a video chat service like Zoom or Skype to enjoy the day. For guests who live nearby, you can each make a dish or two to pass, and arrange for a safe exchange before Thanksgiving Day. Then hop on a group platform at mealtime to chat like you would in person.

For seniors who are considering a vegan diet, this twist on the traditional Thanksgiving meal might be the push that’s needed to dive in. It’s a great way to discover just how many choices there are for plant-based dishes and meals. For more information on the health benefits and cautions associated with this type of diet, see Are Vegan Diets Safe for Older Adults?