Who needs turkey? Thanksgiving is an ideal time to test out new vegetarian recipes that could quickly become everyday favorites.
Forget garden salads, steamed broccoli or cooked carrots. The Thanksgiving table is crowded with creative side dishes that include stuffing, vegetable-and-rice combos, green bean or squash casseroles, and fall favorites like pumpkin and sweet potatoes.
Given the variety of delicious side dishes served this time of year, some diners, including myself, eschew the turkey altogether. Most turkey does not taste all that special anyway, and I would rather fill up on the good stuff. In addition, claims about bird abuse by animal rights groups can quickly dull your appetite. (I wrote about this last year in my post "Losing Your Appetite for Turkey?")