Thanksgiving naturally reminds the vast majority of Americans of Turkey. For many vegans, Tofurky has become a popular favorite on the holiday, but if you are like me: vegan, American and don’t like tofu, what in the world are you going to eat?
I’ve put together some suggestions for an all vegan Thanksgiving.
I always love starting off any big holiday meal with a soup. Some people think that is a little nutty, since they want to save room for the main course, but I find a nice spicy and refreshing soup cleanses the palate and gets your body ready for what’s to come next.
For Vegan Sweetcorn and Chili Soup recipe click here
Another spicy starter would be these tasty Thai Sweetcorn Cakes which are gluten free as well as vegan. One bite of these, you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven. I even have two BBC producers eating them on film from the day they came to test shoot me back in September. The cakes went down well, and they are perfect if you are expecting a big crowd.
Gluten Free & Vegan Pumpkin Gnocchi is a fun way to feed non-vegans who may be visiting for Thanksgiving dinner, without them feeling it’s less festive. Trust me, these little gnocchi are just as filling as anything else, so no one will be going home hungry.
Spaghetti with Chickpea Bolognese is the perfect way to get some protein into your Thanksgiving feast. My father used to cook this often when I was a kid, and it tastes even better now that I use vegan spread instead of butter–and it is healthier too! I think chick peas are delicious (I don’t know about you) and wouldn’t miss them out for such a special meal. P.S. You can substitute any kind of noodle for spaghetti, just make sure it’s vegan!
Maybe a Gluten free, macrobiotic and vegan Upside down Apple cake isn’t what your guests will be expecting for dessert, but I almost fainted when I tasted this cake for the first time–one of the most delicious desserts I have ever experienced. You may think I’m a little biased, but believe me, I’m my worst critic! For me to say this is by far the most fantastic cake I have ever made, means it tastes wonderful! And it is refined sugar free!! This will sure go down a treat with your family and friends.
Another variation of the apple pie is apple tartlet. My little apple tartlets are perfect again if you are having more than 10 people coming over, especially if the people coming over don’t want to fill up on pie. One or two tartlets should do the trick! These are a fun thing to make with your kids the night before.
Of course it isn’t Thanksgiving without Pumpkin pie. I grew up loving this dessert, and given the opportunity I would have a slice of it every night. This recipe, however, is for my Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie. I make it from scratch, and it does take some time to prepare the apple butter, I’m not going to fib ya. But the taste is well worth it.
For Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie recipe click here
There ya have it, my all vegan Thanksgiving meal! Most of the recipes are also gluten free, if not all of them. They are easily tweakable, so if you prefer rice flour to oat flour or peanut milk to oat milk, give it a try!
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