Vegan Thanksgiving Menu
This thanksgiving will be my family and I's first completely vegan thanksgiving, I think I'll be using a stuffed pumpkin as a main attraction. What about everyone else? What's your Thanksgiving menu look like?
Maybe a Lentil Loaf or Bryanna Clark Grogan's Soy and Seitan "Turkey" if I can find the recipe, some vegan ranch for the salad, roasted potatoes + bell peppers or mashed potatoes and gravy :)
going to families this year and they are omni's so, my menu this year fasting.
I always end up making a chickpea tart that was featured in vegnews a few years ago. aml's suggestion for BCG's tofu seitan turkey is a good recommendation too. I made the roulade version one time and it was yummy (though kinda bready actually). And gotta have pumpkin pie, of course.
dprince, why not cook up something delicious to share with the family? I used to always go to an omni thanksgiving and impress them with my yummy vegan food. once I brought chili and cornbread, which was kind of weird but really good and hearty!
Last year I was with friends and made a veggie pot pie from Veg Times. They served me a celebration road from Field Roast http://www.fieldroast.com/products.htm
I'm really not sure what I'm doing , it depends on if I'm off, if I'm cooking, or my parents come to town. If I cook, I'll get another roast, make mashed potatoes, stuffing with veggie broth, a few veggie sides and some vegan cookies.
This time round, it won't be anything different. A few of my family members are completely vegan while there are others who are not vegan followers who will join in as well. I was thinking of combination of vegan pasta combined with pumpkins and baked apples, so if anybody has any great suggestions, that will be helpful.
We already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving because my partner is from Toronto. I cooked for a group of 10 (it took like 2 days, but I LOVE to cook) and we watched Strange Brew on the projector. Fun!
I made a roasted carrot and ginger soup and the zucchini cakes from Vegan Table for the first course. Our salad course was mixed baby greens with roasted beets and turnips, avocado, pistachios and a balsamic dressing. Dinner was Tempeh with 40 cloves of garlic, mashed potatoes, green beans with caramelized shallots and smoked almonds, cornbread stuffing and roasted acorn squash with a maple dijon glaze. For dessert I made an apple fig crisp with a salted caramel sauce a la mode (Tempt vanilla bean ice cream, yum). And there was wine, of course. Lots of wine!
I will be cooking again on Thanksgiving, but I haven't made my menu yet. In Texas it's still really warm right now (highs in the 80s) so you can find any kind of produce, but I will be in NYC visiting family and have to decide what I want to make based on what's available there...
I have a big family so I do my own meal with just my partner and parents a few days after. This year it will be: some kind of seitan, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin-pecan pie, and pumpkin cheesecake.
Spicy cranberry salsa over citrus 'cream cheez' (Tofutti or cashew cheez based), doubled & made ahead; nooch-scalloped potatoes & onions in 2 crocks; outrageously easy big bread, in the bread machine-- 1 'dough' cycle made into rolls, & 1 loaf; trying out 'Best Tofu Bake' casserole (http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6160.0) doubled for 2 casseroles-- possibly subbing chicken-style seitan or field roast & phyllo dough for tofu & pastry dough... creamy mushroom gravy... Ooooh, & Chocolate-Peanutbutter pie: best easiest deliciousest make-ahead dessert ever!
Also, considering a yum cranberry walnut spinach salad, time allowing: fresh spinach, cranberries, walnuts, chives; w/ vinaigrette of flax oil, Bragg's, red & balsamic vinegars, & freshly ground black pepper.
Cooking for 2 separate un-veg family things, w/ minimal time... trying to be efficient w/ make-ahead, crock-&-bread-machine, & double-recipe casserole baking strategies. Will see how that works out! haha... may be more of a character-building experience than anything else!
hotcooknmamma i think i will borrow your cranberry walut salad idea if you don't mind. that sounds spot on.
Please do! No charge.
Do you have a particular lentil loaf recipe in mind? I haven't really found one to be loyal to yet... recommendations encouraged!!
Thanks for the ideas. This is going to be my first vegan thanksgiving
We're pretty basic. Tofurky, the tofurky "giblet" gravy, b/c it is yummy, mashed sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, stuffing w/ vegan sausage and fruit, a salad w/ spinach and some kind of fruit and nuts, roll, pumpkin cheesecake, my mom makes a turkey for them, and everyone is happy and stuffed.
I am debating whether I am going to do a bean loaf or stuffed squash. I might may some kind of potato dish and must likely broccoli. It just depends on where I am going to be for Thanksgiving.
I was thinking about trying this http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/thanksgiving/recipe-thanksgiving-tofu-loaf-070188 with a few old favorites, wild rice and mushroom stuffed squash, green bean casserole and sweet potatoe or pumkin pie yum!!
Wow, you guys are all so ambitious! My plan is to pick up a vegan dinner from Whole Foods!
I'm going to an omni Thanksgiving this year. The past 2 years were all vegan feasts with my friends, and it is hard to go back to omni... So I will be bringing food for me and my partner. Cranberry sauce from "How It All Vegan", mashed potatoes and chickpea gravy from "Vegan With A Vengence", a field roast, some kind of store bought vegan dessert from Whole Foods, and I'm still searching for a stuffing recipe. Oh yeah, and the soft set caramel recipe from the current VegNews issue, mixed with apple cider.
Stuffed squash and this year I am gonna try the field roast brand of vegan sausage with it They make a killer apple sage one, it's my fave. I think it would be great with a stuffed squash.
I don't like ANY of the fowl based flavors, never did. So I don't like tofurkey, nor any of the field roast things cept their sausages.