A Vegan Thanksgiving – Recipes and More

With Thanksgiving (US) around the corner, many vegans are starting to sweat. “What am I going to make for my non-vegan family?”, “What can I bring for dessert that I could actually EAT?!” Well, fear no more. If you’re making a meal at YOUR place, you’re going to knock everyone’s socks off! How do I know? Because I have an arsenal for you…a collection of tried and true AMAZING recipes from some of my FAVORITE vegan chefs.

I’m going to start out with a tried and true family recipe. This is simple to make, delicious to eat and reasonably healthy as far as desserts go. It has been a favorite in our family for years, and I bet it will become one in yours if you try it!

This is a recipe I “veganized”, and it turned out great. In fact, most vegan desserts are surprisingly easy to make – many of your favorites can be made with alternative ingredients (e.g. soy/almond milk for milk; ground flax/chia + water instead of eggs; vegetable oil/Earth Balance instead of butter). The animal products are SO unnecessary, and the lack of them fill this dessert with that much more VEGAN LOVE. 🙂

apple crumble smAPPLE BERRY CRUMBLE

5 cups sliced apples
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp flour
Mix together and place in oiled baking dish.

TOPPING
Mix together –
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp grated orange rind
1/4 – 1/2 cup softened earth balance buttery spread – work in until crumbly
2/3 cup chopped hazelnuts (or other nuts of your choice)
Mix everything and place on top of fruit in baking dish.

Bake 350* 45 – 50 minutes

Next I’m going to turn to Dreena Burton. If you know me at all, you would have known this was coming. Dreena is one of my GO-TO chefs. You can rely on pretty much any Dreena recipe to be delicious, exciting, different – and healthy too. So, check out these recipe compilations on her blog (The Festive Chickpea Tart is a personal family favorite):

http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/vegan-thanksgiving-christmas-recipes/
http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/healthy-vegan-thanksgiving-recipes/

Next up, again, it won’t be much of a surprise to those who know me that my second suggestion is from Ohsheglows – Angela Liddon. Angela is another source of reliably amazing recipes…and looking at her blog alone will have your mouth watering and your cooking fingers twitching! Another compilation:

http://ohsheglows.com/categories/recipes-2/holiday/holiday-thanksgiving/

Whether you’re a guest or a host/ess, these recipes should give you a great start in making something that everyone will rave over – vegan or not.

And finally, one more thing I would like to share, as it feels very fitting on Thanksgiving, is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s wonderfully fitting Thanksgiving blessing. Instead of eating animals on this holiday that is all about being thankful for what is around us, it is becoming a tradition in our household to read this blessing around our dinner table to remind ourselves of how much we can learn from animals, and to be thankful that we share our planet with such an abundance of wonderful creatures.
A Prayer for Humans on Behalf of Animals

My hope is that we can navigate through this world and our lives with the grace and integrity of those who need our protection. May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats; may we have the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens and the sassiness of the roosters. May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle, and the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys. May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits. May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family of the geese, the adaptability and affability of the ducks. May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys.

My hope is that we learn from the animals what it is we need to become better people.

~Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

To find out more about Colleen and her work, visit CompassionateCooks.com

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