Vegan Thanksgiving Must Have Menu!
Planning a vegan Thanksgiving can seem intimidating if you go into it without any planning. After all, you want to please not only yourself but all your vegan and non-vegan guests. Ideally, no one should even notice there is no meat or dairy in your menu, it is all so good. There is plenty of room for creativity in a vegan Thanksgiving menu. Just remember the basic courses you need, and plan your menu around them. Here are some ideas to get you started.
No Thanksgiving menu is complete without a good appetizer. It gives your guests a chance to much and talks while they are waiting for the main course to appear. A good vegan option is a dip. A creamy dip with potato or corn chips, or raw veggies, is excellent. Just blend silken tofu (or cashews with water) along with slow roasted garlic, topi it with caramelized onions, and you’re good to go.
Every good Thanksgiving has a tasty salad. Use the flavors of the season to make yours a stand-out. A bed of fresh lettuce topped with cranberries, pecans, and chopped Brussels sprouts is an excellent choice. Use olive oil and lemon juice for dressing.
The Main Course
There is no reason to miss turkey when you have a hearty vegan “meatloaf” as your table’s centerpiece. Buy a premade one at a good vegan food Hollywood joint, or make your own with vegan “ground beef” and the seasonings of your choice. Adding a good vegan gravy is a plus.
Every good Thanksgiving meal has a potato dish. Do vegan mashed potatoes, or get creative with sliced, roasted potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
You’ve got to have at least one vegetable dish at Thanksgiving. A common one is Brussels sprouts, but you can also go with green beans or carrots.
The Cranberry Sauce
Make your own, or buy it pre-made. Either way, if it’s Thanksgiving, you’ve got to serve it.