Hope you all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!
We had a vegan feast! Special thanks to Angela at Oh She Glows for all of her inspiration.
I totally altered the recipe! Take note, Trader Joe’s. Changes are happening!
The night before Thanksgiving, I prepared carrot soup that is just awesome. Here is the link to the recipe. It was divine! I just kept it in the fridge overnight and then reheated it on the stove while the rest of the meal was in the oven! Worked out great. I served it with some crescent rolls. Yeah, that’s right, they’re vegan.
I did prepare a lot of the food in advance so that all I had to do was put it in the oven on Thursday. I made:
This Ain’t Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole (OMG – even if it is not Thanksgiving, you need to make this!).
Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf (this would have been phenomenal, had I not forgotten the flour! My sister kept calling it the “Lentil Pudding”)
Acorn Squash with brown sugar and butter (this was an adaptation from Pioneer Woman – I just used Earth Balance instead of dairy butter). Here is a picture before they went in the oven:
The next morning, I watched the parade with the kids, drank loads of coffee and relaxed. It was nice to have so much prepared the night before. I had also set the table and gotten the serving dishes all ready to go. I should have taken more pictures! Late morning, I peeled and sliced the potatoes and put them in water on the stove. Once the guests arrived, I cooked them and whipped them up with some Earth Balance and some vegan “sour supreme” – a great vegan sour cream! Salt and pepper and they were ready to roll! I also made the stuffing (super easy – just sautéed some mushrooms and then threw in some veggie broth and the stuffing cubes!).
Once people started arriving, we opened the wine and I served what will now be my “signature appetizer”. It is so good, it deserves its own post. It is a puffed pastry pizza with baby portabello mushrooms and a garlic aoli. OMG. I die.
I steamed the carrots and the green beans and then we were ready to go! The soup was served with the rolls (did I mention it was delicious!). And then we served all of the main dishes.
Dessert was EPIC. My sister brought carrot cake and a chocolate peanut butter bomb cake from Vegan Treats Bakery. I am still dreaming about them! Feel like drooling? Check out their latest menu.
Everyone had a blast and enjoyed the food. I was so grateful that everyone could be there with us and celebrate. Hope you all had a wonderful day too, filled with fun, food, festivities and family!!!
Oh, and guess who decided to make a reappearance on Friday morning! Meet “Elfie”! I have a feeling you are going to be seeing him a lot around here!