American Thanksgiving

My in-laws came for Thanksgiving.  My husband’s family has their own traditions, so I decided to do a traditional (sans turkey) American Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night.  I spent Monday evening stressing over what to make.  I looked through Veganomicon and Vegan World Fusion, but H would veto my suggestions or I’d happily be making the list of ingredients only to find out that the last ingredient is something that can only be found in a liberal city.  I gave up.

On Wednesday afternoon, I was ready to call it off.  I would just show them delicious vegan food on Thursday morning for brunch.  Besides, I had 2 hours to cook dinner and that was not enough time.  However, I spent my lunch break googling vegan versions of classic Thanksgiving classics.  I printed out the recipes and made a grocery list.  Time would be tight, but this might be doable.

Main dish: Tofu stuffed with rice and mushroom dressing

Sides:  The best vegan green bean casserole

Sweet potato casserole (I subbed marshmallows for the pecan topping.  It was disgustingly sweet, but so is the original, so I suppose that’s a success)

Cranberry sauce

Dessert: my mom’s apple crisp with vegan margarine, of course.

Apple Crisp from “More with Less Cookbook”

Serves 6
375 Degrees
35 Minutes

Preheat oven to 375
Combine and put in greased casserole:

3 c sliced or chopped apples
1 T. flour
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 T. water

Cut together with pastry blender:
½ cup rolled oats
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup margarine
1/3 cup brown sugar

Sprinkle on top of casserole mixture. Bake 35 minutes.

Fortunately, I was able to leave work a little early and my SIL’s flight was delayed.   I timed everything pretty well.  I had considered making vanilla ice cream, but I was lucky to get the apple crisp made, which only happened because H cut the apples for me.

It was a great success.  Everything tasted amazing (with the exception of the sweet potato casserole which is just a disgusting dish no matter how it is prepared).  My in-laws often ask H what we eat.  Before tonight, I think they though we just ate salads and sides.  As amazing as a plate full of mashed potatoes sounds, I’m glad they got to see and taste good vegan food.

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