Updated: May 20, 2020
This is my first official FULL vegan Thanksgiving. When you decide to go vegan, there is a transition period. My first year being "vegan" ended up being more pescatarian in practice. I had removed meat but I had kept seafood. The next step was removing the seafood and cutting out cheese and dairy. On my second Thanksgiving, still transitioning to vegan, I made a few side dishes for myself and the family to try. Now in my third year and finally a full fledged vegan, I have a better understanding of what I want to cook, how to cook it and how to turn some of my favorite Thanksgiving staples into a vegan meal.
If you have considered going vegan or just want to include plant-based options into your diet, check out my replacement guide to help you transition your foods to vegan friendly options.
1. Vegan Stuffing
2. Roasted Portabella Mushrooms Caps topped with Stuffing
3. Mashed Potatoes
4. Roasted Carrots
5. Sweet Potato Casserole
6. Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Vegan Stuffing mix - Arnold Premium Seasoned Cubed Stuffing
4 tablespoons of butter - Earth Balance
1 cup of diced onion
1 cup of diced celery
2 cups of vegetable broth
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - for coating casserole dish
Note: Read the ingredients before purchasing your stuffing mix. Many stuffing mixes include chicken or turkey broth as an ingredient for seasoning, which means the stuffing is not vegan.
Medium sized Pot
Most stuffing boxes include directions on the back of the box but I'll also include them down below for your convenience.
1. Melt vegan butter in a medium sized pot over medium heat.
2. Add your diced onion and celery: cook for 5 minutes
3. Add vegetable broth: bring to a boil
4. Coat a casserole dish with olive oil
5. Add stuffing cubes to a large casserole dish and pour broth mixture over the stuffing: mix well
5. Cover your casserole dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes
6. Remove foil and bake until the top is lightly browned and crisped: about 10 minutes
Roasted Portabella Mushroom Caps
Portabella Mushrooms Caps
Go to the grocery store, buy portabella mushroom caps and roast in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
Add a scoop of the stuffing on top of the mushrooms and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until stuffing is golden
Another simple one is roasted carrots. Grab a bag of carrots and a well oiled roasting pan and pop the carrots into the oven at 350 degrees F for about an hour. Turn the carrots every 15-20 minutes.
Note: There are a bunch of options when it comes to roasted vegetables. You could also roast green beans or brussels sprouts. You could roast acorn squash . You could also sauté spinach in a pan or steam broccoli.
Optional: Serving bowl - the whole mixture can be made and served in one pot if you want to cut down on dishes.
1. One of the coolest tricks I have learned with potatoes is to cut them in half and then cut shallow slices like you were going to cut the halved potatoes into quarters. When you boil the potatoes these cuts will make the skins super easy to remove.
2. I boiled the potatoes for 45 minutes. Your potatoes could take more or less time depending on size. The smaller the potatoes, the quick the potatoes cook. The tell tale sign of when your potatoes are done is when they are "fork tender" which means a fork easily pokes into the potatoes
3. After you've boiled the potatoes, drain the water and allow the potatoes to cool before removing the skin.
4. Use a fork or an electric masher to break up the potatoes
5. Add vegan butter and almond milk SLOWLY. There is no exact measurement. The best part about cooking is the taste testing so taste test as you add ingredients. You can always add more but you can not take it out once it is added. Slowly add small amounts of vegan butter and almond milk until your potatoes are a smooth consistency.
Note: I noticed extra water separated out of the potatoes later in the night. This is normal since there are no milk starches to hold this liquid in the mixture.
Sweet Potato Casserole
by: Nora Cooks
9 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes
1 cup full fat coconut milk (from a can)
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Butter Pecan Topping
2/3 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons earth balance vegan butter: softened to room temperature
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans
As I mentioned earlier, one of the coolest tricks I have learned with potatoes is to cut them in half and then cut shallow slices like you were going to cut the halved potatoes into quarters. When you boil the potatoes these cuts will make the skins super easy to remove.
Boil the sweet potatoes for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. The smaller you cut the potatoes, the quicker the potatoes cook.
Drain, then add them back to the pot or a large bowl.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease the casserole dish.
To the large pot or bowl with the cooked sweet potatoes, add the coconut milk, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and mash with a potato masher.
Continue to mash or stir with a spoon until well combined.
Spread the potato mixture in the prepared dish, and smooth it out evenly with a spatula.
Make the topping: In a medium bowl, stir all the topping ingredients, except the pecans, together with a spoon. Use your hands if necessary until moist crumbs form. Now mix in the pecans.
Evenly sprinkle the topping on the sweet potato filling and bake for 35-45 minutes, until bubbly on the edges and the topping is golden brown. Serve immediately!
Note: The casserole is best serve right away, or the crunchy topping will soften. You could prep earlier by making the filling, spreading it in the pan, cover and chill until you are ready to bake it. Then simply make and add the topping, and bake until done.
Check out the original recipe post by Nora Cooks through the link: here.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
For the crust:
I found Keebler mini crusts and full sized crusts are accidentally vegan. Read the ingredients as they are subject to change. Another option is the Enjoy life graham crackers crunched up and mixed with vegan butter to form the pie crust.
For the filling:
2 & 3/4 cups pumpkin puree (1 & 1/2 15-ounce cans yield 2 3/4 cups)
1/4 cup maple
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp sea salt
Mixing bowl or blender
Add all pie ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Pour the pumpkin pie filling into the crust and bake for 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes to allow the pie filling to set up.
Slice and serve with vegan, dairy free almond whipped cream by Reddi Whip. Add a little sprinkle of cinnamon for garnish. Enjoy!
I hope you guys enjoyed this vegan Thanksgiving dinner! Now you can enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving staples during the holiday season!
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