How Do I Enjoy a Vegetarian Thanksgiving Without Freaking Out My Family?

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Q: I'm thinking about forgoing the meat at Thanksgiving this year, but I'm a little afraid of my family making a big deal out of it. Part of me wants to quietly make my own entree, but my grandmother's dressing is a favorite of mine, and it uses turkey stock. What's the best approach to the meal?

Should I try to make some of the side dishes vegetarian or should I just make myself an entree and avoid the sides that are made with meat?

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Editor: Readers, do you have any advice for adapting a non-vegetarian Thanksgiving into a satisfying vegetarian meal? What are some etiquette tips for doing this graciously within family traditions, from your own experience?

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(Image credits: Delicata Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms, Farro, Pecans & Dried Cranberries/Dana Velden)

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