This weekend my good friend Claire and I hosted our very own Thanksgiving and it was spectacular! It was completely vegan and gluten-free and still completely delicious! I’m sharing all the dishes we made so you all can make some of these for your Thanksgiving dinner!
The star of our dinner was a balsamic glazed vegan “meatloaf”. Claire and I got the recipe from The Simple Vegenista and loved it! It’s made of lentils, oat flour and veggies. It’s packed with protein and fiber and unlike turkey, won’t leave you feeling sleepy after eating it! We all really enjoyed this one!
Another classic we couldn’t resist making was vegan mashed potatoes! I’ve always loved mashed potatoes and last year at my family’s Thanksgiving my aunt was kind enough to make them vegan by using almond milk and Earth Balance vegan butter. This year I was making them on my own and turned to Minimalist Baker who actually doesn’t use any non-dairy milks and instead relies on vegan butter, roasted garlic and chives to make her mashed potatoes flavorful. She called them “The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes” and I must say she is not lying when she calls them the best! They are truly amazing so try these out! I bet no one will even notice they’re dairy free 😉
While I made up the mashed potatoes, Claire made up a healthy batch of roasted butternut squash and brussel sprouts. Simply toss them with olive oil or grapeseed oil and roast in the oven at 375 until fork tender. Delicious and easy!
Claire’s green bean casserole was another stand out dish from our dinner! I had always resisted the green bean casserole at past Thanksgivings because it was so mysterious to me. But Claire told me about the healthy ingredients in Detoxinista’s recipe and I knew I had to try it! This was composed of steamed green beans, a creamy sauce made from blended parnips and mushrooms, and caramelized onions. It was amazing and totally worth having again!
Of course we couldn’t pass on the pumpkin pie! We used Oh She Glows’ recipe for gluten-free vegan pumpkin pie! The crust was sweet and a little salty and made from pecans! It was such a nice alternative to classic pie crust. We all really loved this and it was especially delicious once topped with So Delicious Dairy Free Coco Whip! I’m looking forward to making this again when I have Thanksgiving dinner again with my family on Thursday. There’s no better way to end a tasty Thanksgiving meal than a slice of pumpkin pie!
After dinner we all had a very intense game of Scattergories and Apples To Apples which was so delightful! You guys should seriously get these games to play on Thanksgiving. So fun! I am so thankful to have enjoyed such a wonderful night with my lovely friends and my sweet boyfriend! I must give a big thank you to Claire for being such a gracious co-host and for always making cooking so fun! We’ve shared so many laughs and great times spent in the kitchen!
What are all of you planning for Thanksgiving? I hope you all have as great of a celebration as I did