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Vegetarian Thanksgiving in Ojai, CA

by Mayesvara dasa

Posted November 20, 2006

Come join us for this wonderful evening that includes:

  1. Congregational Mantra Meditation
  2. A short study in Sanskrit
  3. A FREE Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast and
  4. A Bona-fide Sat-sanga where we will discuss:

"Conversations With God?"

3rd Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006 7:30PM

American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship: Conversations With God. Those who are really paying attention will notice that the topic that was scheduled for discussion this month was: "Word Was God", but do the recent release of the film: Conversations With God we changed our venue to focus on the suggestion that someone can talk with God! 7:30pm 640-0405 Always Free!

Free Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast?

Most AVA readers already know that one of the four legs of Dharma (Religion) is the quality of mercy . Many have some appreciation of this by the teachings of Lord Buddha who's primary mission was to re-establish the principal of "Ahmisa"which means nonviolence, into society. However many individuals who claim to be practicing Buddhism loosely translate Ahimsa to mean compassion, which isn't as strong a word and explains for why so many students of Lord Buddha, particularly New-Age Western Buddhists, are not even Vegetarians.

But those who are actually serious about restoring their lost relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead are also serious about cultivating a lifestyle that is favorable for doing that. They therefore honor His request that we eat what He has set aside as our quota, (Fruits, Grains, Vegetables, Nuts, Milk, Sugar etc.) and not the innocent animals who are also His children and therefore not to be slaughtered simply to satisfy the urgings of the palate.

" Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong ." - Sri Isopanisad mantra 1

Tofu Turkey Alternative

So we encourage all our readers to seriously consider how they intend to celebrate Thanksgiving in relation to what, or who they plan on eating! One of the best alternatives to gnawing down on the carcass of a beautiful Turkey bird is to make a very tasty Tofu Turkey. It is unbecoming to dismiss this culinary treat until you try it. So for those who are willing to give it a try we have included the recipe for making Tofu Turkey below.

For those of you who are not prepared to make your own Tofu Turkey, we will make it even easier for you! To help set the right example for those who have never considered a Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast, we will serve a Tofu Turkey dinner at our 7:30pm Tuesday evening Bhagavad Gita Fellowship Gathering . (November 21) We heartily everyone who receives this newsletter to come join us ! If you would like to be part of the hands on learning experience in preparing this great Vegetarian Feast, please contact us let us know if you want to bring something or join our cooking staff on the Monday night before the program! For more information call, (805) 640-0405, or contact

Tofu Turkey Recipe

This is an incredibly delicious Dharma conscious alternative to eating an innocent animal. The directions may seem a bit daunting at first glance, but it's really not that difficult and is much easier than it appears. The actual preparation time you spend in the kitchen is less then a half hour and when you sit down to eat you will have a dinner you can really feel good about! - Jai Hari Bolo!



  1. Drain and rinse tofu; in a food processor or blender, process tofu until smooth. Stir in salt, marjoram, savory and pepper. Line a sieve with 2 sheets of paper towel and place over an empty bowl. Place tofu in lined sieve and press against sides to form a deep well in the middle. Place 2 more sheets of paper towel over tofu and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat combine stuffing mix, 2/3 cup water and margarine. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes and fluff with a fork. To the stuffing add bread cubes, sage and 2 tablespoons water.

  3. After tofu has chilled for 2 hours, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). With 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, grease a baking sheet.

  4. Remove the top layer of paper towels from the tofu. If necessary, again press tofu against the sides of the sieve to form a well. Spoon the stuffing mixture into the well and smooth the surface with a spoon. Invert the tofu mold onto prepared baking sheet. Remove the remaining paper towel layer and shape the tofu with your hands if it has cracked or lost its shape.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by combining barbecue sauce, mustard, orange jam, orange juice, sesame seeds and remaining 3 tablespoons oil. After tofu has baked for 30 minutes, brush or spoon the glaze over it. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes more.

  7. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tofu is browned and crispy.