It’s almost here – my very favorite holiday of the whole year. Not surprisingly, it’s the one that is all about FOOD – Thanksgiving! We’ll be traveling for Thanksgiving this year – splitting the week between Indiana and Ohio so we can see both of our families. We are really excited (although I hear there is snow there??).
I was chatting with a friend the other day about holiday plans, and said that as much as I love heading home for Thanksgiving, I was a little sad we wouldn’t be cooking any of our favorite seasonal recipes. A few hours later, I was doing our weekly shopping in Whole Foods – surrounded with Thanksgiving signage everywhere – when it dawned on me that I could absolutely still cook those recipes.
And so yesterday, I spent the whole day cooking. I cranked up the music, dusted off my apron, and chopped and diced to my heart’s delight. We had a few of our vegetarian friends over for the ultimate veggie feast, and it was everything I hoped it would be.
It’s funny how much people freak out about serving vegetarians at Thanksgiving. Does anyone really care about the turkey? That said, it is always nice to feel considered and thought of when loved ones are cooking for you.
And whether you are vegetarian, you are serving vegetarians, or you love turkey and are just looking for some tasty new veggie dishes to add to your menu this year – here are some of our family’s favorite recipes that we’ve been cooking for years and years now.
- Vegan Field Roast & Mushroom Stuffing
- Sourdough Stuffing with Fennel & Capers
- Vegan Coconut Sweet Potato Casserole
- Butternut Squash & Cranberry Maple Millet
- Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes & Vegan Gravy
- Festive Kale Salad with Wheatberries & Tempeh
- Cranberry Orange Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts
- Cinnamon Cider Brussels Sprouts with Apples & Pears
- Orange Root Vegetable Farro Salad
- Roasted Vegetable & Mushroom Hash
- Cranberry Orange Lentil Quinoa Loaf
- Roasted Butternut Squash Quick Bread
- Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream
A lot of the grain and veggie dishes have added proteins like tempeh or quinoa in them, but if you are looking for a strictly protein dish – that lentil quinoa loaf is our absolutely favorite. We also really like the holiday roast options that are available from Field Roast!
I’ll probably be quiet here while we’re enjoying friends and family, and I hope you’ll be off enjoying your holiday week too! I have a lot of fun posts planned for December, and I’ll be ready to dig in as soon as we get back.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Safe travels, happy holidays, and Go Seahawks!