Being vegan or vegetarian is hardly considered an “alternative” way of eating these days. It has become mainstream to see a meatless meal (even meat eaters are happily finding their way to delicious vegan products and recipes), and vegan restaurants can be found almost anywhere, but Thanksgiving and Christmas still seem to revolve around meat. With the focus of most Thanksgiving dinners being the turkey and/or ham, it can be abstract for meat eaters to understand a Thanksgiving dinner without it’s centerpiece. There are some very impressive vegan and vegetarian options (and tofurkey is NOT one of them!!) for a gorgeous, if not “traditional” Thanksgiving feast! Even if you don’t consider yourself to be vegan or vegetarian, these are some recipes that I bet will make your menu year after year!
“These acorn squash rings are roasted, topped with a pat of butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and filled with a hearty stuffing of quinoa, kale, dried cherries, apples, onions, walnuts, and sage, it’s the perfect comforting vegetarian meal in itself.”
“Comfort food preferences are as personal as it gets, and my ultimate comfort food is gnocchi. For me, comfort not only comes in those pillows of soft baked potato but in the making of the dish as well -– the mixing, rolling, cutting, and shaping, which is a choreography that’s intrinsically cathartic. I didn’t grow up eating this style of gnocchi as we were quite the traditionalists, but for the last few years this Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Brown Butter Sauce has been a cold weather staple. ”
“These wraps make the perfect vegan entrée for Thanksgiving, and also for any time of year! The flavors are so autumnal and warm and perfect, you’ll want to make these all the time (and you totally should).”
“This is a great alternative for people on gluten free and grain free diets.
It is also great for people like me who just happen to love quinoa.”
“This makes them the perfect dish for Thanksgiving, as they don’t take time away from cooking other things. Or, you can bring them to a Thanksgiving dinner you’re attending and they might even steal the attention away fro the turkey. ”
“Pumpkin chili with black beans and garbanzo beans – healthy, delicious, vegetarian chili recipe, and a great alternative to a regular chili! Cozy stew – perfect for those cold days in the Fall.”
“The quinoa stuffing is so freaking delish that you could easily eat it on its own, with or without the squash.”
“The sweet potatoes get just the right amount of crispness from a visit in the oven and help to sop up the goodness below. It’s very hearty, peak-winter fare to see us through it all.”
“Amazing, creamy mashed potatoes are still possible while being completely dairy free and these are here to prove it! ”
For the stuffing waffles?
Farro Salad with toasted pecans & dried Cherries (has cheese)
“This sophisticated side dish is sure to stand out on your dinner table. Made from tender farro grain, this light side brings plenty of fresh fall flavors to your menu. Packed with sweet dried cherries, sharp chopped scallions, fresh parsley, tangy lemon juice, crunchy toasted pecans, and crumbly feta cheese, the farro salad recipe is completed by a drizzle of olive oil that unites the multiple flavors into one side dish you won’t be able to stop scooping.”
***Please note: We do not endorse this, or any other food lifestyle, diet or program. We simply love food, and want to give our customers ideas on all sorts of food lifestyle, recipes & choices they might be interested in. Please contact your doctor before following this or any diet, lifestyle or food program to get information & recommendation for your specific needs.