Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner 2017

It’s Thanksgiving day after tomorrow and our family is in a mad rush to get all our ingredients for our dinner. This year is special because we haven’t been home for Thanksgiving in a while. Last year we celebrated Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara and had an amazing holiday there. The year before we celebrated Thanksgiving in Sonoma Wine Country where we had an outstanding time in this beautiful part of California. This year we decided to stay in town and celebrate this uniquely American holiday at home. This means an extra special vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the entire family.


Years ago we decided unanimously as a family that the two holidays when the entire family cooks something for the celebration is Thanksgiving and Christmas if we happen to be home. All five of us pick a dish that we want to make and then cook together. The dinner starts at 6pm and goes on all night because guess why? Funnily the kids and Hitesh always pick recipes that are waaaay too complicated and time-consuming ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.  So this year I thought let me give them a few suggestions to make their cooking adventure easy and delectable.  Here is a look at our vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner menu.



A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu:

Roasted Garlic with Olive Oil Baguette & Burrata with EVOO, Balsamic, Salt and Black Pepper – Anjali
Persimmon and Arugula Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts with Maple Syrup Dressing – Me
Roasted Vegetables  – Hitesh
Creamy Leeks Pasta – Rani
Flourless Mexican Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting – Sri












Lastly, since the kids picked up a bag of juicy oranges from a generous neighbor, Anjali and I are making a sangria with oranges, sweet apples, apple cider, cinnamon, mulling spices, and fresh squeezed orange juice, all infused with a few herbs from the garden.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Wishing you a wonderful day with dear family and friends ๐Ÿค—!




23 thoughts on “Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner 2017”

  1. What a fabulous idea, Kalpana! Your Vegetarian Thanksgiving looks and sounds scrumptious! I can’t wait to see the recipes after seeing the beautiful photos of all the dishes. Well done!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ I’m also loving the Fall foliage in your yard!๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜. Enjoy the holidays!โค๏ธ

  2. Your food photos are spectacular as always. Last weekend after making a special dinner I actually thought about your food/garden photos, and how I am going to make it a goal to improve my photography in that niche. Thank you for the inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. You are so kind with your compliments on my photos. I’ve always taken photos of my food and garden just because i love color in nature and in all the veggie dishes I make. Now that I have a blog I find I am even more enthusiastic about taking photos of mostly colourful dishes. Thank you – – you made my day!

      I love your nature photography! I am sure your food photography are just as spectacular. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Hi Kalpana, smart idea. Division of labor and specialization! Sounds productive/organized, fun and totally wholesome.
    A happy Thanksgiving to the family.


  4. That persimmon salad sounds very interesting. I used to grow ‘Hachiya’, my favorite persimmon for its squishy and sloppy goodness that sticks to my beard, but it does not adapt to well to recipes. The American persimmon is just as squishy and has a different flavor. I do not like the popular ‘Fuyu’ persimmon, but it is the most common one here, and the sort that works well in recipes. Cranberries and maple syrup also rock, even though they are not part of our local cuisine.

    1. First time I am making this persimon salad. I had one over two decades ago and it has stuck with me ever since, it was so delicious.

      I am more a fan of Fuyu persimmon myself as I like more crunchy fruits.

      If my salad turns out well tomorrow, I will post the recipe.

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