I've scanned the last month or so of posts on this section of the site, and haven't seen anything directly relating to this topic, so hopefully this won't be a repeat of something already posted. My apologies if it is. Anyway...
I am a picky vegetarian, who eats no meat, poultry, or seafood products, but is willing to eat dairy and eggs. I emphasize that I am picky because I don't want to waste anyone's time here, having them post a recipe that will probably make me cringe like a five year old (basically, I have the palette of a five year old). So, normally for Thanksgiving I just eat any of vegetarian sides that are made, which is absolutely fine with me. I love carbs, and Thanksgiving for a vegetarian is all about getting one's blood sugar so high as to practically need a trip to the emergency room. However, while I am fine with just sides, my sister, also a vegetarian though a less picky/less restrictive vegetarian than myself, will be joining us for dinner this year, thus causing my mother to believe we should have a vegetarian main dish.
So, my question for all of you is, what to make? I can't think of anything that doesn't involve a complex carbohydrate base, and it seems like it would be overkill to make something based around potatoes, pasta, rice, etc. Do you know of any good vegetarian recipes (and they don't have to be Thanksgiving related) that could fit the bill?
Let me clarify what probably won't work: I am not looking for any kind of loaf, any kind of spicy thing, anything based around squash, spinach, asparagus, or eggplant, or Tofurky.
Any and all suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated as I am having trouble getting inspired to cook anything within these parameters since, as I mentioned above, I am completely happy with simply eating sides as I've done for the last 12 years. Thanks in advance!