My plant based Thanksgiving

 

This year I’m hosting Thanksgiving 4 times.

While this may seem like a bit much to you (and probably most anybody), I’m thrilled. Like, so thrilled I can’t stop talking about it.

I’m practically at the point for hosting Thanksgiving for anyone. 

Just realized after making all those plans, 4 meals in 2 weeks, that Thanksgiving is my favorite menu. 

What other holiday has such a specific meal plan? Everyone has things they cook for Hanukah or Christmas or Easter, but there is always some variation on something traditional.
Thanksgiving on the other hand, everyone’s more or less on the same page. 

And my page for Thanksgiving is a 100% plant based one (which I’ve realized totally alleviates so much stress around the cooking.  Once you take the turkey off the menu, it’s so much more manageable. And frees up oodles of oven space.)

My first Thanksgiving of the season was a gathering of Boulder ladies for Friends-giving, a Thanksgiving celebration hosted for and by friends. 

  Isn't this table setting so inviting? As soon as I made the table, I couldn't wait for my friends to show up.

 

Isn't this table setting so inviting? As soon as I made the table, I couldn't wait for my friends to show up.

Along with hosting one Thanksgiving, you may get heart palpitations hosting more than one OR one for friends? 

What do you serve?

How do you make sure everyone’s got something to eat?

How do you accommodate all the different food situations people have?

How does the host not get overwhelmed?

Do I have enough plates? Where will everyone sit?

Clearly, before you host any party, Thanksgiving or not, make sure you’ve either got the space for everyone or can create it. Then, and only then, can you move onto the menu, my favorite part of the day. 

I believe there’s a loose formula, if you will, that you can follow to coordinate a menu that makes everyone’s mouths and hearts sing. 

A successful Thanksgiving Day Formula : 


A potato dish (white or sweet) + roasted veggies + soup + a roast (more on this in a moment) + (2-3) more veggies dishes, ideally with something green and leafy + stuffing + cranberry sauce = A most delicious Thanksgiving


For a few years now, I’ve had a good line up of my go to recipes and menu. You can imagine, I’m always prowling for new recipes and in fact, just came across a couple I’m debating adding to the mix. 

Below is a combination of recipes that I’ve used for the past few years and will be  making an appearance at one of my four Thanksgivings this year. 

Please note that these are all vegan recipes, meaning no dairy, no cheese, no butter, no eggs, no animal bits, parts or liquids in any of the dishes.

Know this : don’t tell anyone that the recipes are vegan. Just trust me on this one. Make the food, serve the food and then sit back and wait for people to request the recipes. 

Also, if you’ve got a recipe that calls for eggs, butter or cheese, here’s a good place to check out some substitutions. http://greatist.com/health/healthy-baking-recipe-substitutions-infographic

Not all substitutions are vegan so just double check before you swap.

When in doubt, always google it or ask me. 

My Thanksgiving day, plant based menu with Recipes (Click on the name for the link.)


Spiced Carrot Soup
Butternut Squash Soup  


Stuffing 


Roasted veggies

Sweet potato casserole 
Whipped Sweet Potatoes


Brussel Sprouts dish
Rice with Squash and Pecans
Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Vegan lentil shepard’s pie
Stuffed Roasted Onions

No bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
Coconut Creme Pie
Pumpkin Pie

What are some of your favorites for Thanksgiving? What makes an appearance on your table?  

Post a note in the comments below. 

Hugs,
Johanna