November 25, 2013
today, i’m excited to talk to you about serving a plant based thanksgiving meal. i’ve told you this story before, but nine years ago when i told my family i was going to be a vegetarian the first question they asked was,”but what will you eat for thanksgiving?!” well, we’ve all come a long way since then, but it’s still one of the most frequent questions i get. since then, we’ve had years of delicious thanksgiving meals, sans the turkey, cheese and heavy cream.
years ago i heard someone talking about how many americans were emotionally attached to meat. hotdogs at ball games, hamburgers at cookouts, turkey at thanksgiving. for some reason, it struck me as odd. even kind of gross. i mean, i didn’t want to be emotionally attached to meat! i know there are lots of different feelings, beliefs and emotions surrounding food so my intention here is not to change or upset anyone, only to share with you the way we do things, why we do it and how it makes us feel.
so this year, you won’t find any turkey on our table, but instead a wholesome and hearty feast of plant based courses. they will leave us feeling fully satisfied, but not ‘over done’ and there will be no need to diet afterwards (well, maybe just a little). we’ll be energized after our meal, instead of exhausted and in need of a nap!
below are are a few of the scrumptious thanksgiving courses we’ll be having this year. i hope you enjoy browsing them and maybe trying a few!
main course: this is the trickiest course to fix vegan and still make people feel like they had a filling fall feast. it’s easy though with these recipes!
- vegetable wellington redux (sans the cheese). this is a decadent course that truly feels like a special treat!
- ultimate vegan lentil loaf – a tried and true favorite!
- holiday stuffed pumpkin- a center piece that must be carved and stuffed!
- miso sesame winter squash – delicious and beautiful!
- celebration roast – the ultimate in vegan sophistication, this roast is simple and delicious (just heat it up!)
side dishes and salads: it’s easy enough to prepare veggies for side dishes, but the trick to thanksgiving is using seasonal spices & ingredients that makes the meal feel really special.
- pomegranate, kale and wild rice salad (sans the feta) – the most delicious salad i’ve ever made!
- garlic mashed potatoes – with ingredients like rosemary and lentils, this is sure to be a hit!
- my favorite biscuits – easy and delicious.
- roasted fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts (brussel sprouts are my favorite).
- roasted pumpkin seed hummus - don’t throw out the pumpkin seeds!
- shaved cauliflower salad – light and yummy.
dessert: the best part of all!
- vegan pumpkin pie – i like to make the gluten free one, it’s so yummy!
- apple cider float – yumyumyum.
- coconut ice cream – my favorite plant based ice cream (doesn’t taste like coconut!).
what will you be serving this year? we would love to hear about your menu and favorite recipes!