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Oct 11, 2009 03:14 PM

Vegan Thanksgiving ideas?

We are hosting T-day this year, including several vegan family members. I have some good side dishes planned, but need help with an elegant vegan main dish that I can make ahead (since I will also be making turkey and ham for the omnivores). Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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    1. How about some sort of vegan harvest stew served in a pumpkin shell? That would have the visual appeal and make a lovely centerpiece.

      1. I just hosted a lacto-vegetarian thanksgiving and this was our menu -trying to stay seasonal (easily made vegan) Everyone liked it but I would remove the acorn squash and just serve the stuffing solo as a rice dish - too much squash flavor all around.
        Potato leek soup, wild mushroom tart, wild rice stuffed acorn squash, warm spinach salad with sweet potatoes, red cabbage with apples, cranberries, tofu pumpkin pie, rubarb-strawberry custard.

        1. We make savory pumpkin pie as the main dish. Sides generally include wild rice pilaf, greens, etc. We made cranberry relish one year. Sweet potato/ pecan/ cranberry bread (ExtraVeganza by Laura Matthias) can be dessert (or breakfast). My sister and brother-in-law own a CSA so we incorporate whatever fruit and veggies they bring. They often bring apple pie. The omnivores always try what we bring and often ask for the recipes.

          1. I recently made a butternut squash lazagna and we loved it. I didn't follow a recipe just layered lazagna noodles, roasted butternut sq, ricotta - hmmmmm, do vegans completely stay away from dairy??? If so, there has to be a great soy sub.

            this was part of my inspiration but didn't want all the heaviness:

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