Thanksgiving roundup

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.

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Tofurky platter.

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!

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Awesome stuffing

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.

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Pumpkin pie with 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!

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Mini apple pie with coconut ice cream

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.

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The full spread.

I’m already planning the Christmas dinner menu!

 

 

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