I need help putting together a Thankgiving menu for me and my family. I'm the only vegan and am having difficulty. If anyone has any good recipes that I can try, i would be very grateful. I think I'm ok for sidedishes, but have no idea for a main course unless I go the Whole Foods route and get their Hazelnut loaf.I should mention, this is my first Thanksgiving as a vegan.
I'm from Canada so we had our Thanksgiving dinner last Sunday. I am also the only vegan in the family, so I cooked all vegan side dishes and a turkey (otherwise I would've gotten a lot of complaints.. :| ) I did the stuffing seperatly so I could eat it, and used earth balance and veggie stock to moisten it... everyone loved it. We also had lemon and green onion rice, roasted butternut squash w. maple syrup, yams and roasted veggies (carrots, parsnips, potatoes, onions, with oil, thyme and rosemary). I replaced the butter with whipped Earth Balance and no one noticed hehe. I also made a vegan pumpkin pie and an apple pie.... which I found recipes for on the web. Sorry I don't know what you could serve as a vegan main though ... as I just ate sidedishes... but it was still heavenly.
Anna! That sounds like a fantastic meal! Minus the bird. Sorry you had to do that. :( But I completely understand, I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, and our families are rural farm folk. I'll totally copy your meal ideas!
I appricate the responses. I'm looking for something that will please my husband and my mom. I don't want to cook ham or turkey for them if I don't have to but I know a meal os side dishes won't fly. I have already been asked if we can have real pumpkin pie with real whipped topping. I told them I'd buy that for them and myself some nice fresh raw pumpkin treats I have a recipe for. And since both of them are working Thanksgiving, I'm the cook.
We go to our favorite vegan restaurant every year for Thanksgiving so I'm no help with exact recipes, but you should go out and get Terry Walter's cookbook Clean Food - its a wonderful book that's not even billed as vegan, but is. she divides the recipes into the seasons, and I was just looking through the autumn and winter sections yesterday and kept thinking over and over "THAT would be perfect for thanksgiving!" - and I have yet to make anything from that book that is complicated or that a non-vegan did not love - very little tofu, a ton of veggies!
I gotta tell ya - even before going vegan I've had some amazing vegan pumpkin pie. You could probably get away with that (instead of 'real' pumpkin pie - what is vegan - fake?) and they's never know, and still give them the whipped topping.
Here are some sites I found, they have links for entrees as well as sides. The last link is just tips.
Ann- I will definately look for that book, it sounds like a good one. Thank you for the suggestion.
Hazel- Its not that they think what I eat is fake. As it has been explained to me its a consistancy and taste issue. I'm working on them bot one bite at a time. Thank you for the links, I want everyone to be happy at this time of year. :)
I haven't made vegan thanksgiving yet, I hope maybe I can get a chance to this year. There are some great recipes available online, as well as in the kind diet. Theres thanksgiving tofu turkey in the book and she posted recipes form last years thanksgiving on the main blog.
Vegetarian times always posts great recipes.
also, compassionate cooks has recipes packs you can buy online