Turkey day can be rough for vegetarians, but this guide will help you not only get through it, but maybe even enjoy it!
First, if you are traveling, make sure the rest of your family understands that your views on meat. I have come across this before, and we spent the entire meal discussing my reasoning. It was not fun. Sometimes, whoever is making the feast will offer to make you something special. Vegetarian style.
If not, prepare a dish that is both appetizing to you and to others. Sharing is always nice, especially when it could help inform someone about becoming vegetarian. The food is great in the vegetable world! Also, prepare your argument. I don't know your family, but my family loves to bring it up. "So, violet, why are you a vegetarian", "Violet, you are going to get anemia!", "Get some protein!" are just a few of the overused debate starters. Prepare yourself, and don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, and make them feel awkward eating meat in front of you, even if it is your family.
If you are in a rush, or simply do not want to make an extravagant dish, Morning Star frozen entres are perfect. My personal favorite is the Sweet & Sour Chicken (fake chicken) frozen entre, which can be found at most grocery stores in the frozen food section. Also, Morning Star makes fake chicken sandwiches, fake chicken nuggets, and fake burgers. They are all delicious, except for the fake bacon... it's a little questionable. Also, simple vegetable pasta dishes and an assortment of tofu work well on this holiday weekend.
The holiday meals with the family can be rough for vegetarians, but there are ways to survive it. Just be prepared with your meal, and stand up for what you believe in. Good luck fellow vegetarians and happy Thanksgiving!