Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because it’s secular, it’s personal, and it’s all about family (and food!). But I know that for a lot of veg*ns, this is a very stressful time of year. It can be hard to hang with the omni relatives, nibbling on lettuce and cranberry sauce and feeling altogether left out. So this year, whether you’re bringing a dish to join in with the family, or creating a whole meal to share with your ‘family’ of friends, you can make sure it’s amazing with these ethical edibles.
- If taking on a main course seems overwhelming, never fear – you have options! There’s the ever-prevalent Tofurkey, available at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and online. There’s also the amazing Celebration Roast from Field Roast, a soy-free ‘grain meat’ company. This one is a bit harder to find, but it’s often at Whole Foods, and online ordering is always an option.
- For the more adventurous, you can create your own, homemade Un-Turkey. Here’s an awesome seitan roast recipe, and here’s an amazing instructional video.
- I also love the idea of stuffed gourds for Thanksgiving! If you’re fond of traditional flavors, you’ll love this recipe, complete with video, from Compassionate Cooks. But, if you’re into something a bit more exotic, these Moroccan Couscous Stuffed Squashes sound amazing! (just replace the butter with margarine and the chicken broth with veggie stock).
- Finally, I’m super in love with the look of this Celebration Pot Pie With Pumpkin Biscuit Crust from Susan at the FatFree Vegan Kitchen.
- Stuffing! Mmm, I love stuffing. This Sausage Stuffing looks divine, as does this mouthwatering trio of options.
- Vegan mashed potatoes are really easy – just sub alt milk and Earthbalance™ for dairy milk and butter. But if you’d rather go a non-traditional route, why not trying these Crash Hot Potatoes or Bubble and Squeak Cakes from Vegan Yum Yum.
- And what are potatoes without gravy?! You can find a super simple gravy recipe over at VegWeb, and a slightly more complex mushroom gravy recipe from Isa over at the Post Punk Kitchen. Plus, here’s a gluten free gravy from Book Of Yum.
- Green beans are pretty integral, right? Here’s a few of my favorite dishes I’ve come across: This Green Bean Casserole from the FatFree Vegan Kitchen, and another Green Bean Casserole from Vegalicious.
- And finally, the candied yams (or other such sweet potato delicacy). Another one from Susan at the FatFree Vegan Kitchen, this Pecan Topped Sweet Potato Casserole looks great. And don’t forget, marshmallows aren’t vegan, but you can find incredible Dandies available online here.
- The Vegetarian Times offers an easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe.
- Here’s another Pumpkin Pie Recipe, this one soy-free and gluten-free too, woo-hoo!
Whew! That should set you up pretty nicely. Happy Thanksgiving!