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germin8's Avatar germin8 04:00 PM 10-28-2010
gbailey posted the non-veg question here. I thought it was a great idea... and I'd like to hear about your vegan Thanksgiving menu. It is Thanksgiving after all, not Turkey day.

I make a vegan loaf and also make it for Christmas. It is made with couscous, bread crumbs, walnuts, bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, Braggs, and spices.

For sides and dessert, I haven't decided... those are usually different every time. I'd like to make a vegan stuffing this year, if there is such a thing!

What are you making?

catnip's Avatar catnip 05:03 PM 10-28-2010
Last year, an appetizer of the sage crock 'cheese' from vegan vittles served with crackers and sliced apples was a hit with my family while we played a board game before dinner. I might add a pomegranate this year, they're fun.

Last year I made the pumpkin baked ziti from V'con with my (very much not vegan) friend's cranberry-pear sauce recipe, (which happens to be vegan http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/59421.html#cutid1 ). We had that with chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, a beet and arugula salad with satsuma mandarins and spicy candied pecans, sparkling cider, and pumpkin oat cookies.

I think I may reprise most of that this year, because it was low-stress and awesome, and everyone loved it, even the picky kid. I'm contemplating an apple-spice cupcake with lemon-'cream cheese' icing for dessert, though I also kind of like to make the gingerbread cupcakes from VCTOTW as a sort of 'welcome to the holiday season' treat. And my husband really, really loves pie, so maybe I should make a pie instead.
abbylotus's Avatar abbylotus 06:49 PM 10-28-2010
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I make a vegan loaf and also make it for Christmas. It is made with couscous, bread crumbs, walnuts, bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, Braggs, and spices.
WOW! That sounds delicious...would you be willing to share the recipe?

My children are going out of town with my In-Laws so DH and I will be kid free and picky eater free. I haven't decided what to cook. I may not cook at all!
clothdipemomof2boy's Avatar clothdipemomof2boy 11:27 PM 10-30-2010
I do not have my menu planed but am planning on getting a tofurkey loaf I also believe they have one from quina but dont quite know if it is vegan so will be researching that before I actually go out and buy it.


I also want to make vegan whip cream for my vegan pumpkin pie I am getting recipies. I just became a vegan this month on the 22nd and I was a vegetarian last year and even thought it isnt that different I have lost some of my t giving ideas. So this is going to be interesting this year. but I am sooo willing to learn. I will say that I truly love cooking know since I have to cook for myself and I cook for my inlaws on tuesdays so they get to try the new recipes I get. So I will be deffinetly be looking at this thread so that I can get ideas about t giving.
*LoveBugMama*'s Avatar *LoveBugMama* 03:56 PM 11-02-2010
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WOW! That sounds delicious...would you be willing to share the recipe?

I would love that recipe, too!
Doodlebugsmom's Avatar Doodlebugsmom 04:56 PM 11-02-2010
I'm doing the usual with a little change this year...In the past, I've always done chickpea gravy (from VWaV), mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato casserole (veganized from America's Test Kitchen), cranberry sauce, rolls, and yummy vegan pecan pie for dessert.

This year, I'm considering trying a Tofurkey. I've never had one before, but I've heard they're pretty good. Last year, our co-op had Field Roast brand roasts. They were stuffed with a cranberry/hazelnut stuffing. If they are available this year, I'll probably opt for that over the Tofurkey. Also, for dessert this year I'm going to test a veganized version of a sweet potato/pecan upside-down cake. The recipe is from Southern Living. I may also test a veganized version of a pumpkin crisp, also from Southern Living.
pinksprklybarefoot 01:04 PM 11-03-2010
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yummy vegan pecan pie for dessert.
Recipe, please?

I've looking for a vegan pecan pie recipe that works for years!
Doodlebugsmom's Avatar Doodlebugsmom 03:03 PM 11-03-2010
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Recipe, please?

I've looking for a vegan pecan pie recipe that works for years!
It's definitely different from the non-vegan pecan pie, but it certainly satisfies my pecan pie desire. The recipe is from my natural foods co-op cookbook. It's not copyrighted, and they'd love to know that I'm sharing it!

6 cups pecans
2 cups maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 TBS. arrowroot powder
1/4 cup tahini

Process all ingredients (except pecans) until well mixed. (My blender has always worked fine, but you could use a food processor.) Add pecans and process until they are coarsely chopped and mixed with other ingredients. Pour everything into a pie shell, and bake in a 350 degree oven until the filling is browned around the edges.
lovepiggie's Avatar lovepiggie 03:34 AM 11-04-2010
I'm Canadian, so we already did our thanksgiving! But we had a seitan roast with wild rice and walnut stuffing, pumpkin dinner rolls, and mashed yams, all with mushroom gravy... It was so yummy.
pinksprklybarefoot 07:51 PM 11-07-2010
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It's definitely different from the non-vegan pecan pie, but it certainly satisfies my pecan pie desire. The recipe is from my natural foods co-op cookbook. It's not copyrighted, and they'd love to know that I'm sharing it!
Thanks!
katroshka's Avatar katroshka 01:27 AM 11-08-2010
I have some "traditional" (for our family) recipes I make every year, I think this year it will be my tofu loaf thingy (food process extra firm, pressed tofu with garlic, nutritional yeast, and whatever herbs I feel like, put into a pan, pour some veg broth concentrate on top, bake for a while), orange-ginger cranberry sauce, and a cornbread sage stuffing. I'm also going to try these new ones:

http://www.chefchloe.com/blog/2-blog...nksgiving.html

I can't wait to try the bread pudding, looks sooooo good.
dbsam's Avatar dbsam 06:38 PM 11-08-2010
I don't have my menu ready but I'm trying to decide between a Tofurky or Field Roast celebration roast; I need to place my order this weerk. (Although germin8's vegan loaf sounds good; I might go with something like that instead.)

I've had Field Roast sausage but never their celebration roast or a Tofurky. Anyone tried both of them and would be willing to give reviews? TIA
Ianthe's Avatar Ianthe 06:44 PM 11-08-2010
I am doing dinner with another mdc mama and this is the plan:

Main: Quorn loaf and veggie loaf
Sides: Potatoes/gravy, orange glazed green beans, (Stuffed Squash?)
Bread: Sweet potato corn bread
Dessert: Raspberry pie, pumpkin pie, ice cream
dbsam's Avatar dbsam 06:46 PM 11-08-2010
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Thank you for this link - it all looks great. A PP's request for vegan whipped topping is also included in your link.
Ianthe's Avatar Ianthe 06:49 PM 11-08-2010
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I've had Field Roast sausage but never their celebration roast or a Tofurky. Anyone tried both of them and would be willing to give reviews? TIA
we've traditionally have done tofurkey. last year we did the field roast instead, and i prefer the tofurkey... I really like tofurkey, actually, but I am wheat free now, so I won't be having it this year.
germin8's Avatar germin8 12:54 PM 11-10-2010


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http://www.chefchloe.com/blog/2-blog...nksgiving.html
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Wow, this website has some amazing pictures and recipes.  The Thanksgiving recipes look interesting (not excited about mushroom though).  I may have to try some of these BEFORE Thanksgiving!   OOOOooooo and the Mexicali Black Bean Sliders look mouth-watering!

 

Lanthe:  What is in your veggie loaf?


catnip's Avatar catnip 09:30 PM 11-14-2010

Revised menu:

 

Sage crock "cheese" with crackers and/or apple slices

Gluten free stuffed mushrooms with reduced balsamic glaze

 

Carrot ginger sweet potato soup

Beet-arugula salad with candied pecans, satsuma mandarins and citrus vinagrette

 

Butternut squash gratin

Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes

Breadcrumb stuffing

Mashed potatoes

Maple baked lentils

Roasted brussels-sprouts with apples and onions

 

Baked apples with oat-nut filling and coconut whipped cream

Pumpkin whoopie pies

Apple pie


california_mom's Avatar california_mom 10:40 PM 11-14-2010


I was hoping that germin8   would freeze a loaf and mail it to me banana.gif
 

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I make a vegan loaf and also make it for Christmas. It is made with couscous, bread crumbs, walnuts, bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, Braggs, and spices.
WOW! That sounds delicious...would you be willing to share the recipe?

My children are going out of town with my In-Laws so DH and I will be kid free and picky eater free. I haven't decided what to cook. I may not cook at all!



smallmama's Avatar smallmama 11:34 PM 11-14-2010

I'll be making:

 

-Either Dreena Burton's chickpea tart or Robin Robertson's seitan en croute, depending on how ambitious I feel, and how much my mom needs me to help her cook (omni stuff)

-Apple Cornbread stuffing (I plan on veganizing this one from The Pioneer Woman)

-Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts

-Cranberry sauce (literally just cranberries, sugar, and water, cooked down)

-Don't know what I'm making for dessert yet but it will be pumpkin-y

 

I like both Tofurkey and Field Roast, but I'm eating with a bunch of omnis and want to wow them with some amazing vegan home cookin' :)


germin8's Avatar germin8 01:25 AM 11-15-2010

All the menus sound delicious and give me ideas for side dishes and desserts!  Mmmmmmmm.

 

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I was hoping that germin8   would freeze a loaf and mail it to me banana.gif
 

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Originally Posted by germin8 View Post
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I make a vegan loaf and also make it for Christmas. It is made with couscous, bread crumbs, walnuts, bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, Braggs, and spices.
WOW! That sounds delicious...would you be willing to share the recipe?

My children are going out of town with my In-Laws so DH and I will be kid free and picky eater free. I haven't decided what to cook. I may not cook at all!

 


 

*lol*  You won't believe what I was just thinking!  Seriously! ...of donating a loaf to those in need (locally, that is), like they do turkeys... but then, I came to the realization that nobody wants that... they're expecting turkey!  *haha*  The best I can do is mail you a recipe.  *lol*


TrishWSU's Avatar TrishWSU 12:16 AM 11-16-2010


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Butternut squash gratin

Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes

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.


catnip's Avatar catnip 12:38 AM 11-16-2010

http://www.indiadivine.org/audarya/vegetarian-forum/1304791-med-vegan-provencal-butternut-squash-gratin.html

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.


nicky85's Avatar nicky85 03:44 PM 11-16-2010

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.


TrishWSU's Avatar TrishWSU 05:15 AM 11-17-2010

My fam is omni so I plan on making the sides and filling my plate with them. This is what I'm going with:

 

Baby Artichoke Bruschette

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?

 

I'm debating between chocolate peanut butter cheesecake and S'more Pie for dessert. I'm leaning more towards the S'more Pie since it's something different.


germin8's Avatar germin8 12:25 PM 11-24-2010

I planned the rest of my menu to go with my loaf:

 

Stuffing... sweet potatoes... brussel sprouts... cranberry sauce... pumpkin pie... cookies... and sparkling apple cider.

 

I'm ready to eat.


germin8's Avatar germin8 06:07 PM 09-05-2012

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.

 

INGREDIENTS

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

 

PREPARATION

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.


loveandgarbage's Avatar loveandgarbage 01:56 PM 09-23-2012

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.


SierraBella's Avatar SierraBella 11:47 PM 10-19-2012

Here is our gluten-free vegan thanksgiving menu:

 

Lentil Nut Loaf

Mashed Potatoes/Gravy

Maple-baked Acorn squash

Cranberry Corn-bread stuffing

Raspberry Granola Pie


averlee's Avatar averlee 03:39 PM 11-18-2012

Pumpkin soup, savory sweet potato casserole, baked persimmons, vegetable biryani, green salad, biscuits, local ale, hard pear & apple ciders.


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