Can you post the recipes (or just a general "how-to) for both of these, please? They both sound really good!! My family is all omni and I'm newly vegan (going on 6 weeks, woohoo!) so I plan to make vegan side dishes for everyone (muh ha ha) and I'll just load up on those as my meal.
Anyone have their (vegan) Thanksgiving menu planned yet? - Page 2
This is what I'm trying for the gratin. Never tried it before, so no guarantee, but it looks good.
For the chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, just peel and steam chunks of garnet yams until they are soft, then mash them with earth balance, salt, pepper, lemon, garlic, plain soymilk and a little bit of powdered chipotle. And a little goes a long way, start with 1/4 teaspoon tops, and taste to adjust.
We will probably be having squash stew (a concoction of rice, lentils, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, and spices that I throw together) and yeastless bread. I may also make a pumpkin pie with dates, and we'll probably have some apples and a salad too. DS will be having breastmilk. =) It's just the three of us and we don't want to go out to eat for Thanksgiving with his parents, so we're just doing something simple.
My fam is omni so I plan on making the sides and filling my plate with them. This is what I'm going with:
Smokey Baba Ganoush (with cut up veggies for dippers)
Green Beans w/ Shallots & Thyme (saw this posted somewhere here on MDC)
Butternut Squash Gratin (link posted by catnip)
Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes (posted by catnip)
Savory Mushroom Gravy (for regular ol' veganized mashed potatoes)
I *might* make Chickpea Cutlets but it seems like a lot of work when I will probably be the only one eating them I just reread the recipe and they actually look pretty easy! Anyone know if these reheat well?
Edited by TrishWSU - 11/17/10 at 4:41am
Here I am 2 years later with the Thanksgiving loaf recipe a few of you requested. Better late than never... but Thanksgiving is almost here.
The original recipe is from More Real Food Recipes by Jurea Dawson.
2 C cooked couscous, hot
2 C ground bread
1 1/2 C walnuts, ground
1 sm onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
5 Tbsp Braggs liquid aminos (I recommend 1 to 2 Tbsp. although, I've made it with none)
1 Tbsp Seitenbacher vegetable broth powder (I never add this)
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (I never add this)
one 6-oz can tomato paste
Water to moisten
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the water in a large mixing bowel and stir well. Add just enough water to moisten, not soggy. Press mixture into a greased loaf pan. Place in oven at 350F for 45 minutes.
Note: If you process the onion and bell pepper in a food processor, you won't need the added water.
Not sure what our plans are this year (or if I'm cooking) but some things my family has made for either Thanksgiving or Xmas that feel hearty and festive:
-root bake (potatoes, carrots, turnips, squash, fennel, mushrooms (really whatever veggies are handy), with a TON of rosemary, thyme, sage, etc)
-pilafi (greek pilaf rice-- stirfry some noodles in butter til they brown, add rice, add veggie stock)
-biscuits with maple or apple butter
-baked acorn squash halves with butter and maple syrup
-sage stuffing with walnuts, celery and carrots
-garlic mashed potatoes
We've never felt the need to have a stand-in for turkey. If I'm having Thanksgiving with my mom or sister who are also veg, we just enjoy making a bunch of side dishes! Although this year I might treat us to a Field Roast because their other products are so delicious and I've never tried the loaf.