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Vegan Bytes #71- 10 Fun Alternatives to Traditional Tofurky Thanksgivings
November 11, 2014
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Food Spotlight: 10 Tantalizing Vegan Thanksgiving Alternatives
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10 Tantalizing Alternatives to Traditional Tofurkythe traditional vegan meat, potatoes, and green bean casseroles as much as the next non meat-eater, but sometimes it's fun to venture outside the box with some feisty alternatives. Here are my 10 favorite takes on Thanksgiving food that feature traditional flavors in different ways to help you spice up your plate.
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Delicious Vegan Alternatives to Tofurky:
1. I love my curried butternut squash soup as an alternative to the regular roasted squash side dish.
2. How about ravioli with sweet potatoes and sage from Nava Atlas instead of sweet potato casserole?
3. Yum to the idea of dehydrating some garlicky green beans for a pre-Thanksgiving snack to crunch on while watching football. If you have a dehydrator, set it to between 125 and 135 degrees F for 6-8 hours. You can also cook them in the oven on the same setting, but it might take a few hours longer. So much more fun than green bean casserole!
4. Gnocchi is made from potatoes, and mashed potatoes are a traditional Thankgiving side dish. So try a gnocchi with a sage butter like in my new favorite Italian cookbook by Chloe Coscarelli.
5. I have a nice, free recipe for a Seitan Roast with Cashews and Cranberry Stuffing. It's more on the traditional side, but since it's homemade it's an alternative to store bought. ;)
6. I haven't made one exactly like this, but I'm imagining a cranberry kanten using the basic recipe from Alicia Silverstone in The Kind Diet as an amazing alternative to the cranberry goop we all usually eat.
7. Chloe's pecan bars vs. pecan pie (are you on a first name basis with Ms. Coscarelli in your kitchen too?) These bars are out of this world, and her cookbook is a major staple in my house.
8. Colleen Patrick Goudreau's pumpkin bread. I typically cut the sugar down in the recipe to 1/4 of what she calls for and think it's just as delicious.
9. I love the idea of mini apple pop tarts made with the same ingredients you use to make apple pie. Instead of putting the rolled pie crust into the pie pan, roll it flat and put the pie filling on top (I'd chop the pie filling into smaller chunks so it doesn't stick up as much,) and then cover the dough and filling with another layer of pie crust. Cut everything into rectangles, stab each piece a few times with a fork, and bake it at 350. Sounds delicious. I have to try it and report back.
My favorite recipe for apple pie filling also comes from Colleen's Joy of Vegan Baking, and I use my pie crust recipe.
10. Monkey bread is always in season, right? You can add a 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon of cloves to the cinnamon in my favorite recipe (mine!) to give it more of a spicy, Thanksgiving flair.
What alternatives to the traditional do you make for the holidays? Share with us here.
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Vegan Brownies Made with Beets
You could spice these up with some pumpkin glaze for another take on Thanksgiving food. Check out my favorite brownie recipe made with beets.
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