For me, Thanksgiving has always been more about the family table, those familiar smells, flavors, memories, that specialness that unequivocally identifies Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, whatever that IT is that gets you and yours together to celebrate. Remarkable or slightly overcooked, it’s those magical few hours where we’re given the opportunity to step away from the chaos and truly live in an afternoon of gratitude and togetherness. From my table to yours, I hope these (my) top-ten plant based and vegan Thanksgiving recipes find their ways onto your plates, into your family traditions, so you can shine your holiday brightest. sending all of my love and light, x
Pumpkin Cashew ‘Cream Cheese’ Muesli Muffins •• The: what to eat when the clock strikes Thanksgiving morning and you’re already in the mood for pie, but are trying to maintain some semblance of holiday healthful to get you through the day. Inspired by those cream cheese filled, white sugar and white flour packed Starbucks delights, this naturally sweetened, delectably moist, and sinfully nourishing alternative is packed to the brim with warming autumn spices, luscious pumpkin, creamy cashew filling, and unsweetened Swiss-style Bircher Muesli.
Coconut Pumpkin Pie Porridge •• Sticking with the simplicity and whimsy of my childhood breakfast bowl, but elevating it to new autumnal heights, I bring you my Coconut Pumpkin Pie Porridge – for those of us who could (can) eat pumpkin pie for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, but are trying to keep THIS tight.
Roasted Rainbow Roots •• Finding a comfort in their rich tones and almost overcast personalities, it’s those autumnal produce that not only provide a depth of flavor, but the essential nutrients to keep us healthful and healthy during the cooler months. Made with a rainbow of butternut squash, beets, carrots, and parsnips roasted in a bright cider vinegar and herb sauce, these tender and enchantingly sweet vegan roasted root vegetables are just the vibrant pop of autumnal color to elevate your holiday table.
Shaved Cauliflower and Red Cabbage Salad •• A simple, delicate, and virtuously healthful salad made with crunchy walnuts, fresh lemon juice, and cruciferous cauliflower and cabbage. I serve my shaved salad topped with a few extra squeezes of lemon and thick slices of ripe avocado.
Roasted Brussels and Kale Caesar Salad •• Made with crispy baguette croutons, creamy, creamy tahini and dijon mustard based caesar dressing, sweet bartlett pears, and nourishing brussels roasted to near perfection, this simple seasonal salad is not one to be missed.
Corny Cornbread Stuffing •• Made with a sweet yellow corn, coconut sugar, and yellow cornmeal cornbread, transformed with those traditional holiday herbs like fresh sage, rosemary, and thyme, this bread casserole is moist on the inside, crispy crisp on the outside, without ever stepping foot in a turkey.
Creamy Pumpkin Mac N’ Cashew Cheese •• Taking our traditional conceptions of Macaroni and elevating them to new unprocessed, healthful, and autumnally seasonal heights, this simple vegan Mac is made with a silky and rich cashew sauce base, B-vitamin and protein rich nutritional yeast, and basil and sage. Paired with the warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg and the natural sweetness of the aptly neon orange pumpkin, say hello to not-so-stick-to-your ribs comfort.
Gatherer’s Pie •• That mealtime pièce de résistance; an overtly cozy, yet rich and special feeling vegetable main made with rustic and earthy mushrooms, simultaneously simmered and charred roots, Worcestershire, and rye. Think deep bowl meal devoured in your baggiest long-johns in the company of a rom-com and/or equally as cotton clad companions.
Upside-Down Pear Pudding Pie •• Enormously rich, while remaining so inherently nourishing in the soul kind of way, this naturally sweetened pudding pie is made with a sticky and sweet covering of ripe Seckel pears simmered in pomegranate molasses and pulpy orange juice. That kind of sink-your-spoon-into-it saturnalia of seasonal proportions.
Chocolate Chip Coconut Freezer Pie •• The game changer. Made with a chocolate granola, walnut, medjool date, and orange zest crust, piled high with an almost frozen pudding like coconut cream, orange, and dark chocolate filling, the point goes to team Plant Based. Not that any one is keeping score.