Thanksgiving is upon us! And since I've gotten several inquiries about what I'm cooking - vegan-wise - I thought I'd write a quick post about it. It's not too difficult melding a meat-eater with a vegan for a fun meal, especially if the meat eater isn't too picky about side dishes and desserts. Here is what I'm cooking today and tomorrow:
Exclusively for Mike:
- turkey thighs
For me (vegan) and Mike:
- stuffed acorn squash with apples, leeks, mushrooms and walnuts (my "main")
- chestnut stuffing
- roasted asparagus and cauliflower
- mashed potatoes
- corn in some version (Mike's request)
- double-layer pumpkin cheesecake
- chocolate-pecan pudding pie
That's it! The turkey will be rotisserized and gravy made the traditional way. I won't eat either one of them; they're for Mike.
My main dish will be the stuffed acorn squash. I got the recipe from a book Heidi Swanson reviewed on her 101cookbooks website, Big Sur Bakery Cookbook that I checked out of the library. I've never made it before, but the ingredients are right up my alley, so I have my fingers crossed.
The chestnut stuffing has all kinds of fun ingredients in it and today I need to roast the chestnuts in preparation. The recipe came from the Vegetarian Times, November - December issue. The picture they show looks beautiful.
I totally lost my recipe for the vegan pumpkin pie I wanted to try; there is no telling where it is since I have recipes all over the place. But I found a good substitution - double-layer pumpkin cheesecake from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen. Check it out. I'm making my own crust from graham crackers, walnuts, Earth Balance and a touch of agave or sugar. No gluten folks can switch out the graham cracker crust with something else I'd think or go crust-less altogether.
The other dessert, Chocolate-Pecan Pudding Pie also came from the November-December issue of Vegetarian Times. It's got almonds, pecans, banana, maple syrup, coconut, dates and all kinds of good stuff in it. It's not gluten-free though, but seeing as it only includes half a cup of whole wheat pastry flour, I'm sure it could be made so very easily.
Don't ask me why I'm making two desserts; I guess because I rarely bake and it's fun... and I don't usually have sweets lying about.
Mashed potatoes are easy to make vegan as are the rest of the items on the list - and they taste just as good; even Mike says so. I'm looking forward to seeing how everything turns out. It will be a fun day tomorrow.
Today I'm making at least one of the desserts, roasting the chestnuts and other prep work. Then I'd really like to finish Margo's blanket. I'm attaching all the pieces now and could finish it today. By Friday for sure! Then I start on Brooke's blanket. Brooke is Mike's new granddaughter. I sure wish I could post a picture of the blanket; it's looking real purty! After Christmas I will.
Right now I need to check in with some online friends and then get busy!