Thinking Vegetarian Thanksgiving? Stay Sharp with Ceramic Knives


Thinking about a Vegetarian Thanksgiving? Think you’ll be missing out on something if you eliminate turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner? The Gentle Thanksgiving menu may include a vegan “turkey,” lentil or nut roast, stuffed squash, corn chowder or chestnut soup, candied yams, cranberry sauce, etc.

But before you head for the supermarket produce department, it helps to know your meat-free vegetarian players:

  • Pescatarians (also spelled pescetarians) abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish.
  • Lacto-ovo (milk and eggs) vegetarians do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but do eat eggs and dairy products.
  • Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin.
  • Raw vegans/Raw foodies — diet consists of unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius).

Note: ceramic knives are ideal for most raw food kitchens. A good sharp Kyocera ceramic knife is every chef’s first mate in the kitchen. Though most household knife sets have several shapes and sizes there are two knives that you’ll use over and over again: an eight-inch chef knife and a 3 to 4-inch paring knife.

Ceramic knives are lightweight, which is a huge relief for your wrist and most importantly, they stay sharp for months and even years.  Keep your good knives in good company with good cutting boards. Many chefs like to keep a large, clean cutting board and knife on the counter at all times to be ready to go whenever the fancy strikes.

Here are some of the most delicious turkey alternatives on the market:

  • Tofurky – The Tofurky Roast is a pre-cooked vegan feast. Made from a revolutionary tofu-wheat protein blend.  Tofurky is known for its , turkey-like texture and flavor.  Enhanced with a flavorful moist stuffing.  For nutritional information and product details, visit
  • Celebration Roast – Field Roast has created a delicious vegan stuffed entrée that is perfect for the holidays and at any celebratory meal. Each roast is made by hand, wrapped in a cotton netting, and simmered to perfection.  A tasty delicacy, it is complete with a stuffing made with butternut squash, apples and mushrooms. Visit for more information.
  • Veggie Turkey Breast – Garden Protein International brings to the table the Veggie Turkey Breast with Wild Rice and Cranberry Stuffing.  Healthful ingredients include several vital minerals and five essential B vitamins, its made with pure canola oil, so it contains no trans fat. Garden Protein’s Veggie Turkey Breast is available at the Whole Foods Market deli along with vegan versions of all the traditional side dishes.

Side dishes:

  • Wine-Glazed Brussels Sprouts
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Balsamic Glaze
  • Cider-Braised Brussels Sprouts
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  • Maple and Tarragon Sweet Potatoes
  • Thyme-Scented Sweet Potatoes with Black Olives and Garlic
  • Contemporary Candied Yams
  • Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes with Groovy Onion Gravy
  • Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Corn
  • Quinoa and Corn Pilaf with Pine Nuts
  • Festive Kale with Fennel, Cranberries, and Walnuts
  • Scalloped Corn
  • Corn Pudding
  • Easy Mushroom Gravy (great for mashed or smashed potatoes)
  • Glazed Baked Onions
  • Cranberry-Apple Relish
  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Cranberry-Orange Sauce

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