I love preparing a big meal for my family. We don’t travel for the holidays so it’s just me, the husband, and the kids. But I still like to prepare a lot of food. I tend to stick to the same menu but I like to try one thing new each year.
I am obviously not a fan of prepackaged food. The only item that comes in a box for Thanksgiving is the tofurky. Everyone likes them, and while I would love to try making my own stuffed seitan roast, at this point I’m fine going the tofurky route. Everything else, though, I make an effort to prepare from scratch.
A couple of years ago, I found a vegan stuffing mix at our natural foods store. This year, however, I wanted to skip the packaged stuff and prep my own. It’s never been a main side around here (I tend to be the only person who would really eat stuffing), but this year it was a mega hit!
I used this recipe from Savvy Vegetarian. I baked a batch of bread the night before to use in the stuffing, and was honestly surprised at how easy it came together. I guess I had it in my head that it was somehow more complicated. This recipe will definitely be part of our usual holiday menu from now on!
Each year I make pumpkin pie. In previous years, I have used a recipe that calls for silken tofu, but I try to avoid soy products now (it doesn’t agree with my husband). This is a great recipe found at Fat Free Vegan. I prepped the pie crust using my usual pastry recipe. Of course, pumpkin pie requires whipped cream, so I use this recipe to make Coconut Whipped Cream.
I like to give family member options so I always prep two different desserts. In addition to the pumpkin pie, I also prepared mini apple pies. I ended up with more apple pie filling than pie crust, so I baked the remainder in a baking dish, and served with So Delicious Coconut ice cream. This was Kyriandra’s favorite!
The rest of our meal was pretty standard fare – I like to stick with what I know everyone loves. Lots of mashed potatoes, corn, steamed broccoli, and skillet corn bread. We’ve got enough left over to get us through the next couple of days.
I’m already planning the Christmas dinner menu!