Thanksgiving tables across Texas are going to be filled with bbq, pork tamales, and smoked turkey. On Thanksgiving morning your nose wakes up before you do. All the aromas coming from the kitchen lingers throughout every room in the house. However, for those of us who do not eat meat, the festive feast itself can be quite disappointing

Tofurkey and Disappointment

 I started my meat-free lifestyle more than 17 years ago. I can vividly remember one year when I was in middle school, I heated Tofurkey, yes, it is a thing, in the oven for my Thanksgiving meal. It was the thinnest slice of fake turkey deli meat you could imagine, and I had it with a side of mashed potatoes and called it a day-- pathetic. 

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Fast forward into my adult life and things still have not gotten much better. I love the holidays but while everyone is posting pictures of their plates stacked a mile high, I typically grab a roll, side of potatoes, green beans, and call it a day. Thanksgiving meals consist of unimpressive sides and I am tired of it.

Step Your Holiday Food Game Up

There is no reason you can't have a meat-free main dish. There are tons of meat-free recipes online that are just as mouth-watering as a smoked turkey leg. So toss the canned corn and get ready to finally have a reason to get pumped up for your Thanksgiving meal. Check out these meat-free dishes that will have anyone coming back for seconds.

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