• 20Nov

    Thanksgiving, my third favorite holiday.

    I’m craving real/traditional comfort foods for this, my second vegan, Thanksgiving. So, while I can easily “cheat” and have the non-vegan (but mostly vegetarian) versions of these foods, I’m making my own. I think this will be easier than last year’s meal of the traveling Tofurkey with sides.

    Vegan Stuffing

    I’m using a “Yankee” recipe that calls for sliced bread instead of the typical Southern cornbread dressing. I’m making it one notch healthier with whole grain bread. Maybe next year, I’ll make a vegan cornbread stuffing.

    Vegan Green Bean Shoe Peg Corn Casserole

    This is my mom’s standard side dish for the holidays. I’ve made it for various potluck dinners over the years and I’ve always tweaked it to my own tastes. This year, I had to make the “Cream of” soup since I can’t buy a vegan version of it. The soup alone is yummy. It’s also quite thick with a nice texture. I think it will do quite well in the recipe.

    Mashed Garlic Faux-tatoes

    Mashed potatoes are the dog-diggity-bomb and I do allow myself an occasional cheat when we are out to dinner, but I can’t eat these for Thanksgiving (two meals) and leftovers for a few days without risking feeling ill from all that dairy I’m not used to. And, I want the “faux”-tatoes so they are less carby since I tend to eat more of these for holiday weekends. I’m going to modify the recipe to add mashed cauliflower just to give it more good veggies. I’m not going to tell anyone that these aren’t potatoes and see if they notice.

    The Recipes

    Vegan Stuffing

    3/4 cup vegan margarine
    1 cup onion, chopped
    2 cup celery, chopped
    2 tsp salt
    1 tsp pepper
    3 tsp sage
    3 tsp thyme
    1 tsp marjoram
    1 tsp rosemary
    1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped
    2 Tbs red wine vinegar
    16 cup bread cubes
    2 cup vegetable stock

    Preheat oven to 350
    Melt margarine, saute onion and celery until golden.
    Add spices, herbs, and vinegar. Mix well and remove from heat.
    Combine bread cubes with onion mixture. Mix well.
    Toss with half the stock. Check consistency. Stuffing should be moist but not soggy. Add more stock as needed. Taste. Adjust seasonings.
    Grease the casserole pan, add stuffing, cover, and bake for 45 minutes.

    Vegan Cream of ___ Soup

    (This is an ingredient for the green-bean casserole. I made it, today.)

    1 large onion, chopped
    4 cup water
    3 potatoes, peeled and diced
    1 Tbs soy sauce
    2 cup ___ veggie (spinach, mushrooms, celery)
    5 cloves garlic, peeled
    1 tsp pepper
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    1 c hot soy milk (this weakened the taste and didn’t add much to the texture. I’ll leave it out next time.)

    Boil and then simmer onion, potatoes, water, and soy sauce about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender
    Add ___ veggie, garlic, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook for 2 more minutes
    Purée the soup, (stir in the soy milk), adjust seasonings (I had to add a lot of salt to make this stand on it’s own, but in recipes, that won’t matter).

    Green Bean Shoe Peg Corn Casserole

    1 can shoe peg corn
    1 can French style green beans
    2/3 can cream of ___ veggie soup (make ahead of time)
    (1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese – omit)
    1/2 cup vegan sour cream
    1/2 cup chopped onions (I’ll use 1/4 cup)
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Topping:
    1 “stick” vegan margarine, melted
    1 stack (36) Ritz crackers, crumbled

    Directions:
    Mix together all ingredients and pour into greased casserole dish.
    Mix together topping ingredients and place on top of casserole.
    Bake at 350º for 45 minutes.

    Mashed Garlic Fauxtatoes

    2 pounds turnips, peeled and cut into chunks
    (add 1 pound of cauliflower)
    8 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
    2 Tbs vegan margarine
    2 Tbs horseradish
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
    3 Tbs fresh chives, chopped

    Bring to a boil and then simmer the turnips and garlic (about 15 minutes) until the turnips are quite soft.
    Drain well.
    Mash the turnips.
    Add the vegan margarine, horseradish, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Adjust margarine and seasonings as necessary.
    Top with chives.

  • 16Nov

    For part of our 2011 celebration of thanks, I just purchased my first ever “tofurkey” with trimmings. We’ll see how I can handle two holiday meals in Bryan, followed immediately by another two in Paris.

    It’s hard enough to get to both Thanksgivings with some kind of contribution to the meals. Now, I’ll bring my own entire meal.

    I wish I could “just eat sides”. That would be LANDS easier. Or, if I could have a weekend of allowed cheats….that would be easier, too. However, it’s not that simple. Sides will be laced with butter and/or cheeses and/or creamy sauces. After no meat/diary for several months, it’s quite likely that eating items that rich will make me sick. The only things I know for sure that I can eat will be tossed salad (BYO dressing of course) and whatever rolls my grandmother prepares (because she’ll leave butter off of one for me). Everything else at the Luza semi-potluck will be a crap shoot. Everything my grandmother will prepare will have a dairy protein in it.

    So, our plan is that Emil is contributing a dessert to the meal at his mom’s. My grandmother has offered to buy me whatever I want and let me cook it when we get there (delaying the meal by another 20-30 minutes). So, I’m going to cook up the tofurkey and trimmings (like a vegan gravy!) and make a couple of sides for my meal in Bryan. Then, in Paris, I’ll have the leftover tofurkey and some different sides I make at her house.

    So, I’m off to research thanksgiving-worthy vegan side dishes that will make ahead and reheat well. Then, I have to figure out how I can transport it without making a giant mess.

    It should be interesting to say the least.

  • 26Nov

    thankful for:

    • Emil and especially the many ways he shows his love for me
    • Sosta and especially that she is still with us and extra especially that she seems to feel just fine
    • Purrrrrl and especially that she helps me take care of Sosta
    • Turtleor and especially his cute expressions
    • both sides of our family and especially their understanding that we couldn’t make it to Thanksgiving this year
    • reasonable health and especially that I seem to be fighting this cold well
    • Netflix and especially the instant queue
    • our move to Austin and especially that this town has the kind of personality that suits us
    • Weenie’s Warriors #AwTwX and especially the wonderful impact it has in helping me set and meet goals for As You Wish
    • Twitter and especially that it connects me to people who inspire, challenge, and support me
    • humor and wit and especially the ability to appreciate those characteristics in others
    • our cute little Scion xD and especially its very quiet ride
    • and many, many of the little things in life…