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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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The Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu.

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. 

vegetarian thanksgiving ideas

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 by Daily Garnish


Festive Kale Salad with Wheatberries & Tempeh by Daily Garnish


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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!

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup

Hey guys – how was your week??  I am sorry for the radio silence over here.  This week totally got away from me.  We are busy, busy getting ready to go away for Thanksgiving week, and there has been a lot going on.  I’m sad it took me this long to check in – I apologize!

I’m actually planning another post for this weekend – a recipe roundup of vegetarian Thanksgiving ideas, in case you need some!  We’ll be traveling for the holiday this year, but we’re hosting a small Friends-giving on Saturday night so that we can cook all of our favorite things.  I love this time of year so much!!

There is frost all over the ground in Seattle this morning, and this time of year I am all about the warm, hearty comfort food.  At the same time, I’m trying to keep our meals really healthy and packed with veggies and color.  This recipe is the perfect blend of health food and comfort!

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish 

Whether you are making it for your family on a rainy night in (like we did!) or serving it at a dinner party, there are plenty of ways to dress this bowl of soup up or down. 

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 2 cans lite coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 10 oz kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • salt, to taste
  • 20 leaves sage
  • baguette or bread (optional)

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish


In a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened and browning. Peel and cube the butternut squash, and add to pot with the onion. Sauté for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally over medium heat.

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish

Once there is a bit of browning on the squash, add the coconut milk, veggie broth, and spices. Stir to combine and bring heat up to a simmer.

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish

Allow soup to simmer for 20-30 minutes, so that squash can cook down and thicken the liquid, and good flavors can develop from the spices. Stir occasionally, and make sure heat is not too high — you don’t want it boiling!

One the squash is very soft and the liquid has thickened significantly, add all of your kale.

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It will look like a TON, but once you stir it into the soup it will wilt quickly! Allow kale to cook in the soup for about five minutes. Adjust any additional needed spices, and season to taste with a few big pinches of salt!

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish

If you want to make your meal a bit fancier, you can add some fried sage leaves to the top — it adds a really great, flavorful crunch to the first few bites. Heat some oil in a small pan until hot. Then carefully drop the sage leaves in and let them fry and jump around for about 30 seconds – until crispy.

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Transfer to a paper towel and then sprinkle with salt.

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Add to the tops of the soup bowls for a delicious garnish!

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish

Serve with baguette or bread for dipping – you can’t go wrong. 

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish

We’ve made this twice in the last two weeks, and both times were a big hit.  The kids love dipping bread, and surprisingly ate their entire bowls.  I always consider it a win when they are eating their greens!

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish

If you end up making this one – come back and let me know what you think!  I always love getting feedback on recipes, and I think this is a good one!

Coconut Curried Butternut Squash & Kale Soup by Daily Garnish

I’ll be back this weekend with a Thanksgiving recipe roundup – I hope everyone is looking forward to a wonderful holiday week!  Happy Friday!

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