Vegetarians trade turkey for turnips


Eliza Goldberg , Staff Writer

Awestruck omnivores constantly question my ability to trudge through the meatless and seemingly difficult world of vegetarianism.

“So, what do you eat on Thanksgiving?”, they all ask sheepishly.

Ok, yes, Thanksgiving can be a tiny bit of a struggle for my fellow vegetarians and me.  Thanksgiving revolves around the eating of a turkey, and being the non meat-eaters in a primarily meat-eating world leaves us in a bit of a pickle (no pun intended).

But that can’t stop me from having a good meal, right? Contrary to popular belief, Thanksgiving isn’t all that difficult for me.

I am not a big believer in fake meats, so when the fourth Thursday of Nov. rolls around, you won’t be finding any “tofurkey” on my plate.

I rely on sides—sauces, potatoes, vegetables, etc.— and of course multiple desserts to fill up my stomach.

I pile my plate with green salad (the staple) and sweet potatoes (the carb) along with cranberry sauce and squash (the festive foods).

I haven’t even reached the best part yet. The highlight of the day, hands down, is dessert. An arrangement of rich pumpkin pie, creamy ice cream and crunchy cookies cover my plate. I mean, when you can eat multiple servings of desserts, why do you even need to eat dinner in the first place? Don’t forget the advantage of not stuffing your face during the main course. I’m fully able to stomach the giant mass of sugary sweet on my plate because I wasn’t able to over-exert myself during the meal.

Sure, I eat more dessert than dinner, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy Thanksgiving any less than a layperson. My meal may not be the most conventional, but it just proves that vegetarians are able to eat just as good (if not better) of a meal on Thanksgiving as anyone else.