I was a little surprised but I was able to remain completely Vegan this Thanksgiving Day. I did cook non-vegan for some of my children and one of their guests.
So what did we eat???
Butternut Squash-Bartlett Pear Soup This had an interesting taste with the pears. It was pretty good.
Garlic Crock Pot Greens I made this with collard greens and great white northern beans. It was my favorite dish tonight. I was not able to find “herbes de Provence” so I ended up just using a spicy herb mix.
Slow-Roasted Green Beans with Sage This dish also came out wonderful!
Fluffy Mashed Potatoes Note the almond milk is unsweetened which is important. This tasted just like regular mashed potatoes! I was surprised how good it was.
Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf We totally overcooked this – our fault. Good taste and texture.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes I should have sauteed the onions first – my daughter thought it was too strong. I loved it! She also made her sweet potato recipe which is basically to just add some coconut oil to cooked sweet potatoes – very good too.
My daughter also adapted a Better Homes and Garden apple pie recipe (which is almost Vegan already) and made her own crust using Earth Balance Buttery Spread in lieu of butter (reduce salt in crust ingredients) and brushed top with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. She also used organic sugar and flour. It was awesome! I was very tempted to grab the redi-whip can and spray some on but restrained myself making this my first 100% Vegan Thanksgiving! It is possible and to be honest it was extremely satisfying.
One key lesson I learned was using fresh herbs can make a tremendous difference in how good the food all tasted. We also tried limiting salt as much as possible and this had no impact on the success of the meal.
Non-vegan we also made regular mashed potatoes, turkey breast, stuffed shells, baked ziti, garlic Italian bread, and dinner rolls for the children that wanted a traditional menu but they did try some of the vegan choices too. I’m not sure I will ever make regular mashed potatoes again as everyone loved the vegan version! Also made a stuffing mix from the health food aisle and that was kept Vegan too.
I can’t wait to hit the leftovers tomorrow!!!