Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A vegan Thanksgiving? It's not just possible, it's awesome!

I love Thanksgiving. I always have. But since becoming vegan, I may like it even more. And it's actually pretty easy to have a vegan Thanksgiving. Here are my suggestions for you if you're considering a vegan Thanksgiving for yourself or someone that you're hosting. (As a vegan, I always appreciate it when my dietary preference has been considered for a food holiday and it doesn't have to stress the host out either!)

Pick an entrée- LOTS of choices here.

You can go with a turkey alternative like the super popular Tofurky, the Field Roast Celebration Roast, or new Gardein Turky. Each of these have their own cooking instructions, but they are all easy to prepare and take minimal time and prep, unlike their poultry counterparts. When visiting relatives, I get mine ready and just sneak it into the oven at the appropriate time. Tofurky has two choices, a roast which is a single stuffed entrée or the feast which includes the roast plus gravy and cake. If you go with the Tofurky roast, you can buy Tofurky gravy ala carte, use the deli's awesome vegan mushroom gravy or any other gravy of your choice. If traveling to an unfamiliar kitchen, Road's End makes a packaged dry gravy that is pretty tasty in a pinch.

You can also go with a home-made stuffed squash. I have simply made my favorite stir-fry and filled a baked delicata with it. It was simple and delicious. But here are some other recipes to consider- http://www.ehow.com/how_2111118_vegan-stuffed-squash.html

A fancy looking, but relatively easy Delicata Squash Stuffed with Cherry Apple Almond Couscous:


Get your sides on- the deli has a whole bunch of delicious vegan sides that will make omnivores into believers, so that's a great option. When I visit family, I often just ask them to leave some of their boiled potatoes for me so I can mash them up vegan-style. You can also ask them to do the same with green beans or carrots or any other vegetable. It's no problem for them, so don't be afraid to ask! (Your host WANTS you to have a yummy meal, too!)

Pie time! Thanksgiving is not the time to go without pie! You can find some of our most delicious pie here at Wheatsville. Our Coconut Crème and our Vegan pumpkin are both delights. You can also make a pie with vegan pie shells. Our frozen shells are vegan and so are the Arrowhead Mills Graham Cracker pie shells. Making your owk pie crust from scratch is also not as heard as one might think- http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-recipes/desserts/vegan-pie-crust.htm


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