A Thanksgiving Dinner For Vegan Guests
As diet restrictions get more and more complex, it’s inevitable to have Thanksgiving table, that doesn’t include a vegetarian, vegan or pescetarian. To please all of your guests, we have compiled a list of Vegan dishes that everyone at the table can enjoy and not feel out of place. One of the major challenges in preparing a vegan thanksgiving is having a tasty meal that is also traditional. The following recipes create the perfect holiday feast.
Main Course: Tofurky (tofu)
Prepare tofurky for the main course, made of tofu. It can be filled with stuffing if desired. Either fill tofu mixture with stuffing prior to baking, or bake stuffing separately.
To prepare the tofurky vegan meal place 5 14 oz tubs of tofu in large bowl. They should be room temperature. Squeeze any excess water from the tofu. Place tofu in food processor, and process until smooth and processed. Place tofu back in the bowl. In a separate bowl mix 2 tsp. thyme, 2 tsp rubbed sage, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp orange zest, and mix. Add to tofu, mix, and salt and pepper to taste.
Wet a cheese cloth and use it to smoothly line a coriander dish for this vegan recipe. Place Tofu in coriander and press to side and bottom of dish. Cover top with cheese cloth. Place coriander on a plate, and place another small plate on top of cheesecloth and press, draining water. Place in refrigerator overnight.
The next day, remove tofu mixture from refrigerator and remove tofu from center. Place stuffing in the center, and cover completely with tofu. Place a glass dish or baking sheet over the top of the tofu mixture. Holding the coriander and dish in place, turn upside down, and allow tofurky to fall into the dish. Garnish as you like.
Part of Main or Side Dish: Thanksgiving Stuffing
For vegan recipe stuffing heat a medium size skillet (or fry pan) . Place 2 tbsp oil in pan, add 1 medium diced onion, 1-2 stalks celery, ½ c almonds, ½ tbsp sage, ½ tbsp parsley, salt and pepper. Fry vegetables until translucent. Place 1-2 packages bread crumbs in a large bowl. Add cooked vegetables, and 1-2 small cans mushrooms, with mushroom water. Also add ¼ -1 c vegetable broth, depending on volume of stuffing. Mix and set aside.
In a small bowl mix tamari or soy sauce, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp orange juice, ½ tsp sesame oil, and spoon over the top of tofu mixture. Remove cheese cloth and bake in oven at 375F. Remove, and baste again. Reduce heat to 350F and bake for 1 hour. Remove, cut in slices, and serve for a healthy thanksgiving meal. If baking a separate dish of stuffing add a little more broth and bake at 375F until golden brown. Serve on a beautiful large, square platter.
Side Dishes: Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes
For a healthy thanksgiving classic try traditional green beans. Place 2-3 large cans green beans in a medium sized saucepan. Add one cup vegetable broth, ¼ tsp basil, ¼ tsp parsley, salt, and pepper in a pan of water, and boil until tender. Serve.
Everyone loves mashed potators. Make sure to make a lot! Peel eight potatoes, place in a pan, fill with water, and boil until tender. Mash, add soy or almond milk butter powder, salt and pepper, and whip until it reaches the consistency of soft and fluffy. When it’s exactly the way you like it, serve in a nice white bowl (or two, so people don’t have to reach across the table).
Desert: Sweet Potato Casserole
For a delectable Thanksgiving desert that your Vegan guests can enjoy as well, try the Sweet Potatoe Casserole. In a large bowl mix two large can yams, and mash. Add ¼ c walnuts and ¼ c raisins, 1/8 c coconut, 1/8 c almond milk, and 1/8 c flour, ½ teaspoon butter powder, and ¼-1/2 cup brown sugar. Mix well. Place in pie pan. Mix ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ c flour, 1 tsp olive oil, ½ tsp butter powder, and mix. Sprinkle over top of yam mixture. Place in a pie pan, and bake at 375F until firm and brown for a vegan Thanksgiving.
We hope these easy to make recipes will help everyone have a happy, fulfilling Thanksgiving!