Ready to change up turkey’s starring role? Invite veggies to be the special guest with this plant-based Thanksgiving inspiration. We’ve got you covered! There is something for everyone–whether you are planning to prepare a full, plant-based meal or incorporate some new plant-based recipes into your traditional menu.
Eating plant-based this holiday season doesn’t need to be another stressful thing on your plate. Cooking vegan…plant-based…for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner can be simple, delicious and elegant with flavorful recipes that perfectly complement your menu.
It’s no secret that eating plant-based is a great way to improve not only your health, but also the environment. Top nutritionists have long touted the benefits of cutting back on meat, dairy and animal products.
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Try these delectable plant-based Thanksgiving recipes this year, and let us know how you and your guests enjoyed it!
“CRAB” CAKES WITH HEARTS OF PALM
SERVES: 4 to 6
• 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed (save liquid)
• 2 14-ounce cans hearts of palm, drained
• 4 tbsp reserved garbanzo bean liquid
• 2 ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
• 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 1 tsp dijon mustard
• ½ cup green onion, sliced
• 2 tsp kelp granules
• 1 tbsp dried parsley
• 1 ½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning
• 1 tsp granulated garlic
• 1 cup breadcrumbs
• Lightly pulse the garbanzo beans and hearts of palm (look for a crab-like consistency–do not pulse until it is a hummus) in a food processor or mash the ingredients with a fork.
• In a large bowl, whisk the reserved garbanzo bean liquid until you see a light foam. Add the vegan mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and all the dry seasonings to the bean liquid and whisk to combine.
• Add the breadcrumbs, green onion, hearts of palm and garbanzo bean mixture to the liquid and mix by hand until combined.
• Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
• Form the mixture into approximately 3-inch patties and place on a sheet pan (we usually do it on a dry sheet pan, but you can also spray with a light coat of oil if you desire a crispier edge). Leave at least 1 inch between the patties to make sure they are heated evenly.
• Heat for 20 minutes, then take them out and flip each one. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
• Serve on greens with your choice of sauce.
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• 4 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and patted dry (about 3 lbs.)
• 1½ cups chopped fresh cremini mushrooms (4 ounces)
• ½ cup chopped onion
• 2 stalks celery, sliced (½ cup)
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 15-ounce. cans no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
• 2 cups ½-inch whole wheat bread cubes, dried (see tip in intro)
• ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1½ tsp poultry seasoning
• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• ¼ to ⅓ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
• Pierce sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Place in a 3-quart. rectangular baking dish, and bake about 45 minutes or until just tender when pierced with a knife. Let stand until cool enough to handle.
• Meanwhile, for stuffing, in a large nonstick skillet cook mushrooms, onion, celery and garlic over medium 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 tbsp. at a time, as needed to prevent sticking.
• In a food processor combine mushroom mixture and chickpeas; pulse until chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Add bread cubes, parsley, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with broth, tossing just until moistened.
• Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Using a sharp knife, score around potato flesh, leaving a ¼-inch shell and being careful not to cut through skin. Score in a crisscross to make ½-inch cubes.
• Gently scoop cubes out with a spoon. If necessary, cut any large pieces in half to make smaller cubes. Add cubes to the stuffing mixture in bowl; gently fold to combine.
• Arrange potato skin shells in the baking dish and spoon stuffing into shells.
• Bake, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until browned and heated through.
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Serves: 8 – 10
• Tender Olive Oil Pastry Crust, fitted into a 9-inch pie pan and refrigerated.
• ¼ cup pure maple syrup, grade A or dark amber
• 2 tsp molasses, barley malt, or date syrup or coconut nectar
• 1 ½ cups raw pecan halves
• 2 tsp dark whole cane sugar or coconut sugar
• 1 12.5-ounce box of firm silken tofu
• 2 cups pumpkin puree or 1 (15-ounce) can organic pumpkin purée
• ¼ cup dark whole cane sugar
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp ground ginger
• ½ tsp ground nutmeg
• ¼ tsp ground cloves
• ¼ tsp salt
• ¼ cup pure maple syrup, grade A or dark amber, divided
• 1 tsp arrowroot
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• Position a rack in the lowest section of the oven and another rack in the middle, and preheat to 375 degrees.
• To make the filling, strain the water out of the box of tofu. Add the tofu and pumpkin to a food processor and process until creamy.
• Clean the sides of the processor bowl with a spatula, and add the sugar, spices, salt, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and the vanilla. Process a minute until thoroughly mixed.
• Combine the arrowroot and remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup in a small bowl. Stir with a fork until the arrowroot is dissolved. Add to the pumpkin mixture and process for about a minute.
• Bake the pie: Remove the pie dough (fitted into the pan) from the refrigerator and place the pie pan on a sheet pan. • Pour the filling into the crust. Bake on the lower rack for 20 minutes.
• Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Move the pie to the upper rack and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling looks darker and has a sheen. The filling will have cracked and the center will jiggle when the pie is moved. A knife inserted into a crack near the center will come out almost clean and feel hot.The filling will firm as the pie cools.
• Cool the pie to room temperature on a footed wire rack. Cover with parchment paper and refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours.
• Candied walnut topping: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• Mix the maple syrup and molasses in a medium bowl. Add the pecans and toss until well coated. Spread the pecans on the prepared sheet in an even layer and bake for 10 minutes.
• Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the dark whole cane or coconut sugar.
• Bake 4 minutes and stir.
• Bake 3 or 4 minutes longer, until the sugar is melted and bubbling.
• Set the baking sheet on a rack and allow the nuts to cool to room temperature.
• Store the nuts until they are needed for the pie, in a tightly covered container, at room temperature.