By Sara Novak, Planet Green
Just because you don’t partake in the consumption of animal products, doesn’t mean that you should be left out of the enjoyment of this quintessential foodie holiday. With so many flavorful and completely delicious plant-based recipes out there, Thanksgiving is as much fun for vegans as it is for meat-eaters. And even if you’re not a vegan and you just want to up your consumption of vegetables, these recipes are the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving feast. Also, be sure to check out more recipes in a Bird-Free Thanksgiving Feast.
1. Emeril’s Tuscan Bean Soup
This bean soup is a hearty way to start off this vegan feast. The recipe offers parmesan cheese as an option which you would obviously omit as it doesn’t have a whole lot of impact on the recipe. The rustic nature of this recipe lends itself to the perfect vegan harvest dinner. You could also gut small pumpkins and cut their tops off to use them as bowls for some added festive flair. Other vegan soup options include Turkish Lentil Soup or White Bean Soup with Greens and Rosemary.
2. Homemade Focaccia
Pair your soup with homemade focaccia. It’s simple to make and once you learn how, you’ll never return to the store bought variety again. It’s crusty on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. The flavor of rosemary and a pinch of salt meld perfectly with the earthy olive oil coating.
Next: Baked Autumn Squash with Savory Stuffing
3. Baked Autumn Squash with Savory Stuffing
4. Beekman Farm 1802: Sicilian Glazed Carrots
Sweet and spicy, these heirloom carrots make a visually stunning vegan side. The guys from Beekman Farm show us how to display seasonal carrots front and center in their recipe for Sicilian Glazed Carrots.
Next: Mushroom Grits and Yam and Chard Fritters
5. Emeril’s Shiitakes and Chanterelles with Stone-Ground Grits
Emeril’s Shiitakes and Chanterelles with Stone-Ground Grits is a hearty and delectable fall treat, perfect to serve as a Thanksgiving side or main course. This is a true testament to the fact that you don’t need meat to make a “meaty” harvest meal.
6. Garnet Yam and Chard Fritters
Fritters don’t have to be unhealthy, take for example my Garnet Yam and Chard Fritters. Skillet frying with some high quality oil can be healthy. This dish is loaded with nutrients. Yams are a source of Vitamin C, B6, potassium, and iron. Chard provides 300 percent of the RDA of Vitamin K as well as calcium, Vitamin A, C, and E.
Next: The Finale! Pumpkin Cheesecake with Hemp
7. Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake with Hemp
Coming from a variety of the Cannabis plant that contains the lowest amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient contained in Marijuana, hemp seeds are fast becoming one of the most popular healing foods out there and a great option for vegans. With more protein than milk or eggs, hemp contains tons of omega 3 and 6 essential fats. And it makes a mean vegan cheesecake. This recipes contains honey, which many vegans don’t eat. You could substitute with agave.
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
3/4 cup shelled hemp seed
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup raw honey
16 oz firm tofu
1 cup canned organic pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Arrow root
1 organic graham cracker crust
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a blender, puree shelled hemp seeds with water until smooth.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend.
4. Pour mixture into graham cracker pie shell, and bake for about 30 minutes.
5. Optional: Top with vegan whipped cream.