The eating season is upon us! That's what I like to call this feast of holidays between November and January. Depending on if and how you celebrate, there can be a lot of delish vegan eating going on. (Here's one of our scrumptious vegan spreads from recipes in By Any Greens Necessary.)
My own extended family in DC has been celebrating Thanksgiving together for about 60 years. We have anywhere between 50-80 relatives gathered each year. (That's a lot of cousins, I know!) I love our tradition, and for the last 30 of those years, vegan food has definitely been on the menu.
So if vegan food is all or a part of your family's Thanksgiving feast, here are some meal ideas to help make your celebration even more delish!
If you're looking for a quick-and easy, store-bought vegan main dish, check out Field Roast's new Smokey Forager's Roast or the tried-and-true Tofurkey or Gardein's Holiday Roast. (Just keep in mind they're still processed foods, so they're healthier options, not necessarily healthiest.)
Of course, making your own meals from scratch is always healthiest. So with that in mind, check out this Stuffed Sage Carnival Squash...
...and Kale and Cranberry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes...
and Hazelnut Crusted Portobello Mushrooms...
Along with 12 more vegan Thanksgiving entree ideas, made almost entirely from fresh vegetables, compiled by One Green Planet, one of my fave vegan recipe sites.
Side dishes are simple because they're often already vegan or can be easily made vegan. These are my family's own go-to recipes for the holidays (or anytime):
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Place the sweet potatoes in a baking pan and bake until cooked but still firm (not mushy), about 45 minutes. Peel the potatoes and slice into ¼-inch circles or chunks.
In a skillet, heat the coconut oil over low heat. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and agave nectar and stir. Add the sweet potatoes and sauté for about a minute.
All Hail the Kale Salad
2-3 bunches curly kale, washed and chopped or torn into small pieces
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1-2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Place the kale in a large bowl and pour the olive oil over it. Toss with salad tongs to make sure all the leaves are coated. Add in the rest of the ingredients and toss well. If possible, let marinate at room temperature for about half an hour before serving.
1 cup organic cornmeal (avoid genetically modified corn)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons raw agave nectar, to taste
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the olive oil and agave nectar. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir until well combined. Pour into an oiled 9-inch round or square baking pan. Bake for half an hour or until the top center is firm.
And check out two more must-have sides from two of the baddest vegan chefs in the business, Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Medjool Dates by Chef Ayinde Howell...
and Mac & Cheese from Chef Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel...
You can get both of these recipes by downloading the free online African American Vegan Starter Guide and going to page 26. Easy!
Check out 23 Vegan Pie Recipes That Will Have Nonvegans Drooling This Thanksgiving from Popsugar.com, including this Vegan Salted Caramel Apple Pie.
Or if you really just want to have someone else cook or at least prep the whole meal from scratch for you, check out what these 5 national vegan meal companies -- Veestro, Purple Carrot, The Herbivorous Butcher, Native Foods Cafe (14 locations nationwide), and The Cinnamon Snail (in NY and NJ) -- are offering for fully prepared or prepped vegan Thanksgiving feasts delivered right to your door or for pick up. And of course, you can also check out what your local vegan restaurants are offering for fully prepared Thanksgiving meals to go.
And finally, check out vegan comfort food cookbook queen Isa Chandra Moskowitz's brand new book, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, for more recipe ideas for the eating season.
And now I'd love to hear from you! What's your favorite vegan holiday recipe? Do you have any resources for vegan holiday meals that you'd like to share? Please let us know in the comments below.
Have a wonderful holiday, fam!