Monday, November 19, 2012

This Thanksgiving, I've got you absolutely covered!

Thank God for Twitter and fit finger muscles!  All of last week I was scoping the twitter feed for Bangin' Bird Food Thanksgiving recipes and my my myyyyyy look what we have here.  Listen, no worries, no stress.  I gotchu!  There are so many recipes to choose from that I might have actually made this challenge harder for you.  I'll try my best to give you an overview of each so that you can quickly round up your favorites and get it crackin' in the kitchen!  It's gonna be a beautiful and bangin' holiday! 

Photo Credit: Hdwallpapes

Option # 1:  Lunch Box Bunch Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for 2012.
This one has a HUGE variety!!!  It includes, appetizers, entrees, sides, soups, salads, beverages and even breakfasts.  If you are looking to throw down for a crowd of bangin' bird food eaters, this is the one for you.  These recipes are absolutely approved for NON-bangin' bird food eaters as well.  Share the plant love!  Here is a spread I would try using just a few of the recipes featured and assuming I was feeding the boatload of people in my family: 

Beverage: Ginger Juice Shooters
Entree 1: Toasty Pumpkin Chickpea Fritters
Entree 2: BBQ Hasselback Tofu
Side 1: Baked Vegan Sweet Potatoes
Side 2: Vegan Mac and Cheeze
Side 3: Vegan Stuffing
Dessert 1:  Chocolate Epiphany
Dessert 2:   Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Salad/Veggies 1: Fully Loaded Kale Salad
Salas/Veggies 2: Roasted Beet Salad

Check out the rest here.

Photo Credit: SHAPE Magazine

Option #2:  SHAPE Magazine Veganizes Thanksgiving
I was too excited to see SHAPE magazine feature a whole spread on veganized Thanksgiving dishes.  The word is really getting out and plant-based diets are seriously growing in popularity.  It's just a beautiful thing.  If you are looking for some simple but delicious sides and lighter recipes, this might work for you.  This has sides, salads and appetizers and they look pretty-fool proof, perfect for stress-free Thanksgiving cooking.

Photo Credit: FOK

Option #3: A Happy Herbivore Thanksgiving
Forks Over Knives has been featuring plant-filled Thanksgiving Spreads since last year after the documentary was released.  They were so forward thinking knowing Thanksgiving had the potential to be a serious challenge for folks recently switching to the new plant life.  This is great option if you are cooking for smaller amounts of people. Here is one by the author of Happy Herbivore, Lindsay Nixon.  Here's the line-up:

  • Butternut Soup
  • Hippie Loaf
  • Thanksgiving Gravy
  • Dirty Mashed Potatoes
  • Harvest Cornbread
  • Dijon-herbed Green Beans
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Pumpkin Sage Pasta

Photo Credit: FOK

Option #4:  Plant-Based Thanksgiving by Chef Del Sroufe
Here is another spread by FOK's from Chef Del Sroufe.  Dude has skills and is the author of the Forks Over Knives Cookbook that accompanies the documentary.  He is also the owner of a plant-based catering service in Columbus, Ohio that's going strong.  Do your thing Del Sroufe!  This is another great option if you are cooking smaller amounts of people.  Here are the featured recipes:

  • Chestnut Soup
  • Autumn Mixed Greens Salad
  • Cranberry Orange Biscotti
  • Delicata Squash Boats with Cauliflower Bechamel
  • Cauliflower Bechamel
  • Whole Grain Vegan Stuffing with Pecans and Currants
  • No Bake Cranberry Pear Tart

Photo Credit: FOK

Option #5: Thanksgiving with the Plant-Based Dietitian
This is the third one from FOK.   This spread came from the woman known as the Plant-Based Dietitian, Julieanna Hever.  She has such a bubbly and fun personality and I expect that her dishes will be just the same.  This is also great for even smaller parties.  Here is what she offered for last year's Thanksgiving:

  • Fall Harvest Chowder
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Tempeh Italiano
  • Kale Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
  • Berry Apple Relish
  • Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Option #6: A Holiday Menu with the Chef and the Dietitian
Here is spread from the Plant-Based Dietition, once again, but now she's part of a power duo with vegan chef, Chef AJ.   The recipes look soooo incredibly delicious and hearty.  This is great for a small party as well.  Here is what they have:

  • Hearty Lentil Loaf
  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Tuna Pate
  • Spinach Waldorf
  • Reduce Fat Hail To The Kale Dressing
  • Almost Instant Pumpkin Pudding
  • Holiday Nog
  • Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Photo Credit: VegNews

Option #7:  VegNews Magazine Vegan Thanksgiving Sides
If you have your main dishes already set and you're just looking for sides and a dessert to seal the deal, check out these recipes from three master vegan cooks, Nava Atlas, Allyson Kramer and Ayinde Howell and dessert by Betsy DiJulio.  It looks pretty promising that there probably won't be any remnants of these dishes at the end of the night.  Here they are:

  • Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Coconut Butternut Squash Soup (My sister just made her own version of this yesterday.  Speechless.  Sooo good!)
  • Herbed Creamed Collards
  • A decadent Flourless Cake with Whipped Cream

Photo Credit: Pinterst

Option #8: Holiday Favorites from VegNews
Our next option is coming once again from VegNews. You have so much to choose from with this one.  The fact that they are holiday favorites also gives them a higher rating on the full-proof scale.  I would suggest these for a first-time plant-filled Thanksgiving. 

Option #9:  Vegan Thanksgiving with the Sweetest Vegan
Here are some recipes from the southern belle known as the Sweetest Vegan.  She has the chirpiest personality and makes a cooking show good entertainment and really fun.  I'm actually cracking up most of the time I'm watching the show. Check out the link to her Vegan Thanksgiving playlist.

My people, I hope I was able to make your Thanksgiving a little more easy, exciting and just plain delicious. It doesn't even matter if you eat bangin' bird food all day or just once in a while, all of these recipes are table worthy and will make your Thanksgiving happy and healthy.  

Thank you for reading! My people, I appreciate you all so much.  Have the most bangin' Thanksgiving. Ciao!

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