Thanksgiving…vegetarian style!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Hope you had a great one! I’m back in Chicago after spending the weekend at home with my family. I can sum up what we did all weekend with one word – FOOD!!! Part of my family is vegetarian so we make all vegetarian food for Thanksgiving Day. I thought this post could show you how my family feasts on this day of eating by capturing all the yummy food we ate and share it with you with links to recipes. Enjoy! Warning – don’t continue with an empty stomach…it will make you hungry!

We starting out on Wednesday night to prep our stomachs. We first had a batch of kale chips.

Kale Chips

Then Alisha made her famous bruschetta (according to her Spanish class). It lived up to the hype!!!

Bruschetta

Then we moved on to Shveta’s salad and the main entree that Sonali and I made – Macaroni & Cheese!

Salad

Macaroni & Cheese

We ended the meal with an amazing dessert that my brother and Shivani made – Apple Crisp (with raspberries)!

Apple Crisp with Raspberries

After eating we played the game Celebrity which was tons of fun! Then we watched a movie where one by one we started to fall asleep (I didn’t make it past the first 5 minutes of the movie!).

Thanksgiving day we leisurely woke up. Sima and I made a Sour Cream Almond Coffee Cake for breakfast – we ate it after 1pm!

Almond Cake

All of us watched Lions game which went into overtime. After 4 or 5ish we began cooking for our Thanksgiving meal. Good thing Harshad made the pizza dough earlier in the day! We were all starving after watching the game so we ate up the pizza faster than it could come out of the oven!

Pizza

After eating up all the pizza, we started making all the items that were picked out to cook  for Thanksgiving. My brother and I had a brussels sprouts challenge. We both made them the way we like them – I made Brussels Sprouts Chips (with added garlic and crushed red pepper) and Harshad made Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts (with added spices like cumin and crushed red pepper and lots more garlic than the recipe) It was a close competition because both were yummy!

Brussels Sprouts Challenge

Then we all sat down together as a family with our drinks of choice – wine for the adults and Izzy for the kids. Check out the wine charm on my glass, it fit me perfectly! 🙂

We were all ready for the yummy food that was coming on the table – Twice Baked Butternut Squash,Stuffed Portobella Mushrooms,Loaded Mashed Potatoes,Roasted Asparagus, and Beet Cheddar Apple Tart. The fun part of the meal besides eating it was making everything together. There were the occasional  squabbles on the best way to follow a recipe but you can’t put family in one room to cook without a few of those!

Stuffed Portobella Mushrooms

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus

Beet Cheddar Apple Tart

After all the amazing food, we needed time before eating dessert so we played Celebrity again to give us time to make room for dessert. At around 1am we moved onto dessert – homemade Pumpkin Pie made by Sima and Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie courtesy of Meijer. 🙂

Pumpkin Pie (looks like a Cool Whip ad!!!)

Meijer Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie

Happy Thanksgiving! Now it’s time to prepare for the Christmas holidays…

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