Vegan Thanksgiving?

I'm having friends for Thanksgiving who are vegan, so I want to be sure to include some elegant vegan side-dishes among our usual butter- and cream-laden traditional dishes. Any suggestions?



Bold V. November 3, 2012
First of all, you are so kind to accommodate your vegan guests! As a vegan myself, I appreciate any vegan dish that someone goes out of there way to make for me! Very thoughtful of you.
Mashed potatoes and gravy is super easy to make vegan and really tasty!
For the potatoes just substitute the butter for Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread and the milk for plain almond or soy milk. Adding sautéed garlic and some thinly chopped kale makes it super devine!
You can make gravy using mushrooms, flour, earth balance, and some spices.
I made cornmeal crusted Brussels Sprouts last year. They turned out crazy good! Non-vegans loved them as well as non-Brussels Sprout lovers.
You can find the recipe here:
Good Luck!
Cheers and yummy food.
Lost_in_NYC November 3, 2012
Some random ideas: Quinoa pilaf, spicy spinach-mint rice w/carrots and corn, mixed lentil and rice salad, or a mixed-bean salad with a tangy dressing.
SKK November 3, 2012
Vegan is really not hard to make. Look at what is available rather than what to avoid. Vegetables, nuts, fruits, seeds, potatoes (without milk, cheese, dairy). The suggestions above are wonderful! I recommend you make something you will enjoy eating with your vegan friends. If you love the recipe, they will too and be honored to share it with you.
Anitalectric November 2, 2012
I like the heartiness of these stuffed portabellos from the Vegetarian Times Thanksgiving cookbook:

As a vegan, it's always nice to have something that can pass as a main and not have just sides, although those are so yummy, too! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
AntoniaJames November 1, 2012
I made the most delicious vegan winter squash recently -- roasted an unpeeled, halved butternut squash, cut side down; once roasted, I scooped out the sweet soft insides and put them in a bowl with some cashew "cream" (made by soaking 1/2 cup of cashews in water for about several hours, draining, then blending at high speed with a couple tablespoons of water), a pinch of salt, a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and a few grinds of Malabar pepper.
I'll be making these roasted sweet potatoes this year for Thanksgiving:
Another good side would be this:
I'll be serving these Brussels Sprouts at some point over this Thanksgiving weekend, too, without the parmesan: (I like these with balsamic vinegar, somewhat reduced, instead of sherry vinegar.)
drbabs October 28, 2012
Check out this blog post:
ATG117 October 28, 2012
I love the sheperd's pie idea. And so that your guest doesn't feel singled out, I would aim for a vegan soup and salad, of which there are many delicious options. As for a main substitute, I would go for something with either chickpeas or lentils--hearty and perfect for fall. You can search for either of these ingredients here to see what strikes your fancy, but two ideas that come to mind are:

In full disclosure, I have not made the latter yet. I nonetheless think you can easily substitute your own spice blend for the berbers if need be (see headnotes to get an idea of what it's made of). And if you wanted to swap the yams for butternut squash or sweet potatoes, that would probably work too.

If you don't go with butternut squash elsewhere, this may be great too:
Brette W. October 28, 2012
Here's a vegan shepherd's pie dish:
This is delicious and can easily be made vegan:
And also:
AntoniaJames November 1, 2012
I made the vegan Shepherd's Pie last weekend, and it was delicious (though I made a few changes, which are noted in my comments to that recipe). I'm not sure I'd describe it as elegant, but it would be a great choice. ;o)
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