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Host Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is about reveling in togetherness, so don't let dietary restrictions keep you and your guests apart.

If you are catering to an all-vegetarian crowd, provide an alternative protein main dish, like a tofu or seitan (a soy-bean based meat substitute) with traditional, meat-free sides like mashed potatoes, turnips, and green beans.

You could also completely eschew the protein dish all-together, as many vegetable-based dishes already pack plenty of nutritional punches. Get creative and offer guests delectable, meat-free fare like a creamy mushroom risotto, almond-encrusted broiled asparagus, pumpkin ravioli or garlic-roasted broccolini.

Offering delectable side dishes is a great way to incorporate vegetarians and omnivores – if the turkey isn't the star of the meal, those forgoing the bird won't feel left out.

For appetizers, offer toasted pita and hummus or some homemade guacamole. Walnuts and pistachios are also a fun pre-meal snack – they're delicious, full of protein, in season and fun to eat.

If you're brave enough to invite any vegans to dinner, serve plenty of vegetables and be sure to ask them for a few of their favorite recipes so that they can enjoy the feast with everyone else.

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