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I am hosting Thanksgiving this year.  I will be the only person not partaking in the turkey or ham.  So, since this is my first year skipping the meat (and overt dairy/eggs) I would love to find something satisfying and wonderful to make for me!  I want it to be comfort foodish because that is what Thanksgiving dinner reminds me of.  I prefer that it is vegan.  I would love for it to tie in well with the Harvest theme--ie I don't really want a cajun dish.

 

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One thing we make every year that is super good and simple:

 

cut up beets, rutabegas, carrots, potatoes, parsips... chop them up with cloves of garlic, mix it with oilve oil, salt, pepper, and then roast it at 375-400 degrees for 40 minutes.

 

You can ad herbs, too thyme, rosemary, etc....

 

you can make the main base potatoes, and parsnips, and then ad the others for color....

 

this is always a big hit!  And super cheap.  :)


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The pumpkin baked ziti with carmelized onions and sage breadcrumb topping from Veganomicon is my favorite Thanksgiving meal, though I make it with cubed roasted butternut squash, not pumpkin puree. It has the added bonus of tasting AMAZING with cranberry sauce.

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We make this root vegetable pot pie every year, you could vegan up the biscuits. :)

 

http://www.plantfoodfabulous.com/2010/12/root-vegetable-pot-pie-with-cheddar.html

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Thanks everyone.  All the suggestions sound/look fantastic.  I also grabbed a copy of Veganomicon from the library, and bookmarked plantfoodfabulous because it has a lot of stuff that looks good.  I know now that I will have something good for me to eat--and I think others will enjoy them too.

 

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We make this root vegetable pot pie every year, you could vegan up the biscuits. :)

 

http://www.plantfoodfabulous.com/2010/12/root-vegetable-pot-pie-with-cheddar.html



that looks so yummy!  <3 the root veggies.


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Since you have Veganomicon, make the Chickpea Cutlets!  They are really good and a great sub for a meat dish.  We make those every year, mashed potatoes, sesame green beans with shallots, and cranberry sauce.  I'll type out the green bean recipe if anyone is interested.

 

I'm going to look at that pumpkin ziti -- I haven't made that yet and it sounds good!


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I have a recipe for a walnut, cranberry, barley and wild rice pilaf that is rich and filling and delicious. What I really like about this recipe is that it can be eaten hot or cold (makes it great for bringing elsewhere), it is filling, festive, colourful and appeals to non-vegetarians as well. It is also great as leftovers.

 

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/ricerecipes/r/barleyrice.htm

 

I usually use twice as much parsley and onions and whatnot as the recipe calls for.


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I've only tried the dessert on this menu (decent, but not a favorite), but the rest of these dishes in this vegan Thanksgiving soul food menu really interest me!  http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/special_occasion_menus/881

 

Unfortunately, I have to go dine with IL's, so this will be another year of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and carrots. 


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Unfortunately, I have to go dine with IL's, so this will be another year of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and carrots. 



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I have a recipe for a walnut, cranberry, barley and wild rice pilaf that is rich and filling and delicious. What I really like about this recipe is that it can be eaten hot or cold (makes it great for bringing elsewhere), it is filling, festive, colourful and appeals to non-vegetarians as well. It is also great as leftovers.

 

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/ricerecipes/r/barleyrice.htm

 

I usually use twice as much parsley and onions and whatnot as the recipe calls for.


That looks good.  Think I will try that this week!  I just need to pick up some barley.
 

 

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Sweet potatoes with carmelized apples and roasted vegetables are enough to keep me very, very happy eat.gif

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Here's what we're actually having at my house:

 

  • Sage crock "cheese" with crackers and apple slices
  • Stuffed mushrooms with reduced balsamic glaze

 

  • Arugula salad with beets, candied pecans, satsuma mandarins and citrus vinagrette

  • Butternut squash baked ziti with carmelized onions and sage breadcrumb topping
  • Maple baked lentils
  • Roasted brussels-sprouts with apples and onions
  • Cranberry-pear sauce
  • Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes

 

  • Maple pecan pie
  • Homemade maple vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream
     

 

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Ooooh!  How do you make maple baked lentils? Please share your recipe!!


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It's pretty much the same as the ubiquitous honey baked lentil recipe that pops up here from time to time:

 

1 tbs olive oil
1 diced onion
1 cup lentils
2 cups water
2 tbs soysauce
2 tbs maple syrup
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tbs yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Put all of this into a casserole and bake at 350 for 90 minutes.

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Does anyone have a tried and true recipe for a lentil loaf type dish? I really want to put that on my menu this year!

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From Jennifer McCann's magic loaf studio, with the seasonings dialed up some, this is my usual recipe:

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pecans
2 TB olive oil
One onion, diced
One large garlic clove, minced
One large carrot, peeled and grated
One cup mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
2 cups cooked lentils
1 cup dry whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable broth, as needed
1 heaping TB flaxseed meal
1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp paprika
2 tsp. dried sage
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
Several dashes vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 TB soy sauce

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350�. Spray a loaf pan or 8x8 square baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside (an 8x8 pan makes a crisper loaf).

Grind the pecans into a coarse meal using a food processor or spice/coffee grinder. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Saut� any vegetables you've chosen in the olive oil until soft. Add to the large mixing bowl along with all the remaining ingredients. Mix and mash together well, adding only as much liquid as needed to create a soft, moist loaf that holds together and is not runny (you may not need to add any liquid if the grains and protein are very moist). Add more binder/carbohydrate as needed if the loaf seems too wet.

Press mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked through.

Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a plate or platter and slice. Serve with potatoes, vegetables, and vegetarian gravy, if desired.

Cold leftover slices of make a great sandwich filling.

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YUM! Thanks Catnip!! We will be trying this for sure. Could I get your butternut squash ziti recipe....PRETTY PLEASE orngbiggrin.gif

I got a butternut squash in my CSA this week and was just going to roast it for T-giving but that sounds SO much more appealing.

 

Here is what I have so far:

  • Grand Marnier cranberry sauce
  • Roasted veggies
  • Crackers and jalapeno cashew cheeze
  • lentil nut loaf
  • Mixed greens and pear salad with champagne dressing & walnuts
  • cheezecake (I am thinking chocolate)
  • Pumpkin Pie if I can find a decent tofu free recipe

 

mmmmmmmmmm I am getting hungry.....

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http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2008/01/27/food-blogging-pumpkin-baked-ziti-with-caramelized-onions-and-sage-crumb-topping/

 

That's the recipe from V'con. I use less fat than the recipe calls for - like maybe 1/4 what it says, and instead of using a can of pumpkin, I stir in cubed roasted butternut - a whole squash worth.

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Since you have Veganomicon, make the Chickpea Cutlets!  They are really good and a great sub for a meat dish.  We make those every year, mashed potatoes, sesame green beans with shallots, and cranberry sauce.  I'll type out the green bean recipe if anyone is interested.

 

I'm going to look at that pumpkin ziti -- I haven't made that yet and it sounds good!


I'd love to get the recipe for your green beans, please!  eat.gif

 

 

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Here's what we're actually having at my house:

 

  • Sage crock "cheese" with crackers and apple slices
  • Stuffed mushrooms with reduced balsamic glaze

 

  • Arugula salad with beets, candied pecans, satsuma mandarins and citrus vinagrette

  • Butternut squash baked ziti with carmelized onions and sage breadcrumb topping
  • Maple baked lentils
  • Roasted brussels-sprouts with apples and onions
  • Cranberry-pear sauce
  • Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes

 

  • Maple pecan pie
  • Homemade maple vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream
     

 


Yum!!! Can I come over to your house for Thanksgiving!?  orngbiggrin.gif

 

We're not doing anything this year! :( DH will have to get operated shortly before Thanksgiving and since the kids don't really eat any of these kind of dishes (unfortunately!) it'd only be DH and myself this year... I'll still make the Baked ziti dish as well as the lentil loaf though, it sounds super yummy!!!

 

How do you make the chipotle mashed potatoes, Catnip? Just mash some chipotles into the potatoes? shy.gif

 


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I make a nut roast in puff pastry every year, with gravy....my kiddos, however, strongly prefer tofurky to my masterpiece :) -- I just keep hoping they will outgrow it!


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I'd love to get the recipe for your green beans, please!  eat.gif


Adapted from The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook.

 

2 lbs green beans, ends trimmed

2 TB tahini

2 TB tamari or soy sauce

1 TB mirin (rice wine)

1/2 tsp brown sugar

1 TB sesame oil

2 TB veg or canola or peanut oil

2-3 Shallots minced

2 tsp ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

 

1. Steam the green beans until just tender, about 5 or so min.  Set aside.

2. Combine the tahini, tamari (or soy), mirin, brown sugar, and sesame oil.  Set aside.

3. Saute the shallots, garlic, and ginger in the oil.  Add the green beans and stiry fry for a few minutes.  Stir in the tahini mixture and cook until the sauce coats the beans.  Serve hot.

 

So good!  love.gif

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Thanks so much, Baby_Cakes!

I'm ashamed to admit I own this cook book and haven't yet cooked anything from it! shy.gif I guess I should start, huh? I can see I'm missing out on wonderful recipes!!


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Ha!  Yes, some damn good things in there!!  Not for thanksgiving necessarily, but the pot roast recipe (done with seitain pieces rather than a loaf) and the macaroni salad recipes are spot on!! 


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Ha!  Yes, some damn good things in there!!  Not for thanksgiving necessarily, but the pot roast recipe (done with seitain pieces rather than a loaf) and the macaroni salad recipes are spot on!! 

 

Oh, that's good to know, thanks for the hint! (I'm really bad with owning tons of awesome vegan cook books but never cooking from them but rather print '1000' pages from online blogs etc. What's wrong with me!? LOL


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I know it's late now, but check out some of the dishes on this link.

 

http://bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/18/8877285-vegan-thanksgiving-it-can-be-done-deliciously

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I know it's late now, but check out some of the dishes on this link.

 

http://bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/18/8877285-vegan-thanksgiving-it-can-be-done-deliciously



Those recipe's look great! The comments below it are unbelievable though.   Scary.

 

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We make this root vegetable pot pie every year, you could vegan up the biscuits. :)

 

http://www.plantfoodfabulous.com/2010/12/root-vegetable-pot-pie-with-cheddar.html


 

I made this for Thanksgiving yesterday and it was a hit!  Thanks so much for posting the link.  I did substitute green beans for the mushrooms b/c my girls don't like mushrooms.  

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