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vegan thanksgiving take out in LA area for 2013

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Margaret Santa Monica Oct 19, 2013 05:26 PM

any ideas? college kid is bringing her norwegian boyfriend home and wants a "traditional" meal, but half of us don't eat meat, and a third of us are vegan. am we going to have to cook this thing? i can't find a restaurant with even an adaptable veg menu. any help appreciated!

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    Miri1 Oct 19, 2013 10:35 PM

    Check out Native Foods in Culver City or Westwood.they may have something.

    If you do decide to cook it yourself, a vegan feast is pretty easy to put together. I've done it many times. Make a big hearty grain salad with loads of chopped veggies like carrots, celery, bell peppers, whatever. Add toasted nuts, almonds work great here, and dred cranberries. I usually add some chopped scallion, lemon juice an maybe a little light olive oil. Quinoa is great, but so is wild rice. Bean salad would be good, too. As woud a big green salad with fruits and nuts.

    Sides are easy. Roasted brussels sprouts, potatoes, other roots. Easy and delicious. Or roast broccoli, cauliflower etc. Roasted cubes of butternut squash. Or roasted halved acorn squash wih some nutty r grain filling. Baked sweet potatoes with maple syrup, cunnamon, maybe earth balance. Homemade cranberry sauce is a cinch too.

    Main course? Who needs it with all the other stuff? But you can do a nut loaf, baked tofu, a myriad of seitan and tempeh dishes to fill in where you need it.

    Stuffing! Dry bread, sauteed veggies, vegge broth, sesoning...loads f recipes online.

    Don't forget the mashed potatoes. My personal favorite, next to cranberry sauce. Mash with earth balance, soy r almond milk and veggie broth. Yummy!

    And dessert...pumpkin pie, baked apples, cobblers, omg, so many goodies out there.

    Most f all, have fun. Don't freak if things arent perfect. If you forget something, forget about it. Enjoy your family. They are what counts.

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      maudies5 Oct 19, 2013 11:44 PM

      Great advice. Glad to see you are not an advocate of tofu turkey.

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        Margaret Santa Monica Oct 20, 2013 11:04 AM

        This is amazing. Thanks so much. You make is sound easy. I do have a good butternut coconut milk soup... but I too dread the tofurky!

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          Margaret Santa Monica Oct 20, 2013 11:27 AM

          You're right! Native Foods does have a holiday menu - at least, pie, gravy and a "Wellington." Will investigate, thanks for the tip!

        2. westsidegal Oct 20, 2013 08:41 AM

          Mirit's menu sounds beyond wonderful.
          (i always like to garnish the roasted vegetables with caramelized sliced shallots and pan roasted sliced almonds)
          if you want to supplement with some take out i'd investigate what Cafe Gratitude has to offer.

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            Margaret Santa Monica Oct 20, 2013 11:05 AM

            Yes, I've been trying to find any "holiday menus" at traditional vegan spots but have had no luck thus far...!

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            schrutefarms Oct 21, 2013 08:46 PM

            You might want to look online at Doomies, on Fountain/Vine, never been but it is supposed to be vegan comfort food (chicken fried steak, etc). Heard it's great.

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              schrutefarms Oct 21, 2013 08:54 PM

              I just went to their menu, after realizing hat I was recommending a place that I had no knowledge about. I was under the impression that it was a vegan place, but they seemed to have an awful lot of meat on the menu, with a lot of vegan/veggie offerings...so I'm not sure that is what you are going after. Maybe Whole Foods?

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                happybaker Oct 21, 2013 08:59 PM

                Form what I've read online, Doomie's is vegan. All the "meat" is meat substitute.

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                  schrutefarms Oct 21, 2013 11:00 PM

                  Huh. That's what I had heard. But when I went to their menu, the desriptions were of beef and chicken. Usually a vegan place will say soy "beef" patty or seitan "chicken" fingers etc. And they gave you the "option" of vegan cheese. So I'm confused. Is it a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, or is it a regular place with vegan/veggie options?

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                    Margaret Santa Monica Oct 27, 2013 08:07 PM

                    Some all-vegan restaurants use "meat" words to describe their substitute meat dishes. I agree, it's confusing!

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              will47 Oct 28, 2013 10:23 AM

              As far as take-out, Real Food Daily has a vegan thanksgiving dinner which can be ordered. It's really pretty good, though haven't had it for years. A little pricey, but worth checking out, and they've got a few locations to choose from. I believe you typically pick it up the day before.

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