Turkey and Beyond: Kristen Bell’s Holiday Main Course Tips
By Kristen Bell
Thanksgiving is the ultimate food-lovers’ holiday, and that goes for vegetarians too, despite the day’s turkey-centric reputation. I’ve been a vegetarian for 26 years, and I’ve learned how to make a festive, tasty dinner for vegetarians like me as well as the meat-eaters in my family.
Here’s how to make a meal that all of your guests will love:
For the meat-eaters: Background-check the turkey.
Even though I don’t eat meat, I have no hesitations about cooking it for my family. When I buy my turkey, I look for freshness, and I want to be sure it was raised in a responsible way and wasn’t given any antibiotics. I like that Whole Foods Market does all that homework for me.
For the vegetarians: Swap in plant-based options.
If you’re a vegetarian or have guests who are, it’s nice to include a second, plant-based main course. (You can grab the Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk'y in-store in the frozen section or order it online.)
Luckily, as any good vegetarian knows, if there are enough hearty, flavorful side dishes, you can also get away with not having an official second main course. So another way to go is to make sure to include plenty of options that play up the best of fall produce. My favorites are acorn squash, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.