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The Procrastinator’s Guide to a Vegan Thanksgiving

MeetTheShannonsVeganThanksgivingSo today is my first day with my repaired laptop. I have my photos back and the ability to edit photos. You could say we have our blog back (it’s OK to say that)… just in time for one of the USA’s most beloved food tradition: Thanksgiving! 

Some of us (me) might have fallen behind on our lives this fall (I did). Maybe you started school, a new job, had a baby, flew across the Atlantic solo, were trapped on a door after an iceberg sunk your cruise ship – you know the usual excuses and Thanksgiving seemed like this roasted cinnamon and sage dusted oasis in the future – not something that is a week away. YES. IT IS ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. Maybe you haven’t even fired up your search engine yet to find the prefect collection of recipes and inspiration to wow even your most carnivorous friends and family (like me). You probably wanted to but life can be distracting. So we collected all our Thanksgiving-ish recipes into one big ol’ cheat sheet to save you time and as always lots of these recipes involve using some of the same ingredients in different ways so you can reuse the ingredients in multiple recipes. We tried to think outside the box a bit too to offer something different than just dolled up holiday roasts and green bean casseroles – but those are in there too. We also encourage you to explore the Thanksgiving section of our book Betty Goes Vegan – there’s some really good stuff in there like Sweet Potato Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling and Peking Tofurky. To help with the details you can also check out this site on vegan beer, wine and liqueur suggestions to serve with your fabulous turkey-friendly spread!

There’s no time to waste – so let’s get started!

The Holiday Roasts and Main Courses

Apple, Sage & Molasses Vegan Holiday Roast
Roasted Rosemary & Dark Beer Tofurky
Citrus & Garlic Basted Holiday Roast
Tempeh Sausage & Artichoke Lasagna
Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
Cajun Deep Fried Tofurky 
Herb de Provence Roasted Tofurky
Beer Can Tofurky
Vegan Sausage & Spinach Pesto Lasagna Rolls
Smoky Hungarian Holiday Roast and Vegetables
Skillet Fried Cauliflower Drummies
Manicotti with a Kalamata Olive Pesto Tofu and Tofu Ricotta Filling
Cornbread & Vegan Bacon-Stuffed Pork Chops


Stuffing, Gravy & Cranberry Sauce

Mother-In-Law Stuffing (Italian Inspired) 
Pomegranate & Cranberry Sauce
Okra Giblet Gravy (the gravy that comes with most vegan holiday roasts hack)


The Sidekicks

Saffron Butternut Squash Risotto 
White & Green Beans (deconstructed green bean casserole)
Brussels Sprouts in Sriracha Lime Sauce
Garlic Cheesy Biscuits
Vegan Carrot & Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Classic Green Bean Casserole
Candied Orange Sweet Potatoes
Macaroni & Sheese Cups
Beer-Battered Green Beans
Vegan Risotto alla Milanese with Peas
Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms
Asparagus with Dijon-Maple Sauce
Kale & Kalamata Olive Tapenade
Smokey Vegan Bacon, Spinach & Kale Mac with Butternut Squash Cheese



Roasted Tomato & Fennel Bisque
Creole Spiced Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup with Vegan Parmesan Croutons
Double Corn Chowder
Chimichurri Carrot Soup
Cauliflower & Leek Au Gratin Soup

Pies and Desserts

The Sweet Potato Pie
Mini Pumpkin Pleasecakes (Cheesecake)
Red Fruit Salad
Salted Caramel Apple Whoopie Pies
Mini Pumpkin Spice Donuts with an Apple Glaze
Pear & Cranberry Cobbler
No time for baking? We’ve found vegan pumpkin pies at Whole Foods every year since 2006!


Thanksgiving for The Smaller Party

Happy Thanksgiving Day Salad!
The Fakesgiving Feast Dogs
Mini Pumpkin Pleasecakes (Cheesecake)
Sesame & Soy Marinated Mushroom “Steaks”
Belgian Vegan Sweet Potato Stoemp with Sausages
Fettuccine with Wild Mushrooms & Artichoke Hearts



(Pilgrim from “Rock On!”)

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