This year, I'm pretty excited for Thanksgiving. It's my first vegan Thanksgiving, and we're hosting my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law, who are always a blast to hang out with and we don't get to see often enough. I can't wait to have them, show them our new home & neighborhood, and share some delicious food with them. There are so many good recipes out there, I don't know what to make. I'm trying to find a balance between the old traditions and new exciting recipes that would make for great holiday additions. Here are some dishes I'm thinking of making for the big spread!
Breakfast (after our annual Turkey Trot race!) will definitely be the amazing pumpkin bread.
For the big meal, I'm thinking of a selection from the following:
- Salad or greens: A version of this kale salad, but with cranberries and more oranges, possibly thyme mushrooms similar to the ones from the bruscetta toppings here
- Braised winter greens with carrots (from the current issue of VegNews).
- Sweet potato & parsnip puree- it's an adaptation of the candied yams I grew up with that's becoming a healthier staple, and I just feel like sweet potatoes/yams are a must for Thanksgiving!
- Roasted cauliflower "steaks" -possibly cornmeal-crusted- and served with a mushroom gravy sauce (from the Thanksgiving VegNews recipes).
- Stuffing, of course. Last year I made one packed with pomegrante seeds, cranberries, broccoli, and greens- for a very veggie stuffing.
- Cranberries, with orange and cinnamon notes- simple but delicious.
- Herbed creamed collards- found through VegNews, they look deliciously decadent!
- Roasted Acorn Squash Slices- similar to these.
- A pumpkin pie- haven't settled on the recipe just yet!
In addition to whatever I end up making from these, I'm sure my husband or brother in law will want to make garlic mashed potatoes. I also acquiesced to my husband just ordering an apple pie, since I realized I *might* be a little busy. (And yes, the others wanted a turkey so they ordered a little one.) And, since my husband just can't help himself, I'd put money on him making a box of Stove Top and opening a can of cranberry. Yes, a CAN. Shudder. Some habits die hard.... but at least there will be plenty of vegan goodness to balance things out :-)
Here are a few more meals I may make for my family throughout the week:
Soups- they always make for good holiday-time meals, since they are warm, simple and quick to make, but filling and healthy.
Any of these would make for great holiday meals as well:
- Veggie-stuffed phyllos
- Cauliflower puree with lentils & spinach
- Stuffed squash bowls
- Creamed spinach and cauliflower "steaks"
- Butternut squash orzo with sage brown butter
- Sweet potato & kale bake from Vegan Yum Yum
And some recipes from around the web that I may just have to make:
- VegNew's Pumpkin Parsnip Lasagna and side of Carmalized Brussels Spouts with apple cider sauce. Planning on serving the lasagna on a bed of spinach for even more greens :-)
- Fall Citrus Fruit Salad -looks like it would go great on a bed of spinach for a filling healthy lunch!
- Cranberry Avocado Salad with Candied Spiced Almonds- sounds like the perfect combo!
- Rustic Pumpkin Toasts- would make for a nice easy but beautiful and original lunch or snack!
Can't wait to share some of these great recipes with family!