“What’s the plan’s for Thanksgiving” they asked me.
If only I could copy and paste the virtual looks I received when I told my meat loving family that I was providing a vegan Thanksgiving dinner.
“So we’re having Tofurky” they said? “No, we’re having real food. Whole foods” I replied. Well we did have tofurky gravy, but that remained a secret until now.
I headed over to Pomme where I picked up everything I needed to make this beautiful meal on short notice. I was planning on also including butternut squash, but I thought I’d keep it simple and not overwhelm my family too much.
Vegan Thanksgiving at the Smallsens Menu
Stuffed Acorn Squashed paired with warm Kabocha and Shaved Carrot salad
Acorn Squash – Prep
1 pre-washed squash/2 people. Cut squash in half, horizontally. Remove seeds. Place on baking sheet, brush olive oil on top of squash. Sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper. Bake in pre-heated oven for 40 mins at 400°. Remove from heat.
Lentil Stuffing – Prep
1 cup rinsed lentils. Boil on medium heat for 30 minutes.
Sauté crumbled Okanagan Rawsome beet crisp pieces (1cm), chopped onion, carrot, corn, cranberries, celery, and herbs of your choice (I used sage and thyme) with olive oil.
Combine in a medium sized bowl the lentils and sauté mix. Add chopped apples, stir.
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Lightly stuff the cooked acorn squash. Garnish with dairy-free parmesan. Bake for 15 minutes at 400°.
Remove from heat, garnish with crispy sage and mushroom gravy when ready to serve.
Roasted Kabocha Squash and Shaved Carrot Salad
Preheat oven to 400°. Rinse kabocha, cut stem section off, and slice kabocha in half, vertically.
Slice kabocha in thin vertical slices. Toss in olive oil, coarse salt and pepper.
Place single layer on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and repeat additional rounds depending on your desired amount.
Toss with micro greens, shaved heirloom carrots, roasted garlic, pomegranate seeds and dairy free feta cheese. I finished with Hillary’s Apple Fennel Dressing.
What are some of your go-to Thanksgiving recipes? Let me know in the comments below.