For a girl who has a Thanksgiving-scented candle in her apartment year-round, you can probably guess my enthusiasm level this time of year. But when my meat-loving family starts putting bacon bits and sausage slices in all of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes, I find myself dodging half of the contents of my plate. #vegetarianproblems
Solution: a vegetarian Thanksgiving feast brought to us by Kale and Caramel. Founder Lily Diamond uses the power of plants to create seven delicious dishes that will fuel your entire Thanksgiving feast, from protein to potatoes to pie. For more plant-based recipes (and even some beauty products), check out Lily’s latest cookbook, … and get cookin’.
1. Shaved Kale, Fennel, and Asian Pear Salad
I know salad is probably the last thing you think to eat on Thanksgiving, but bear with us. This combination of fresh kale, sautéed fennel, and sliced pear drizzled with mustard-maple vinaigrette is the ideal light bite to tide you over until mealtime.
2. Brown Butter Citrus Yams With Toasted Walnuts
Who said we had to wait until dessert to satisfy our sweet tooth? This recipe checks all the boxes by combining apricots, sweet potatoes, orange, and maple syrup topped with a layer of toasted and spiced walnuts. You’re gonna want to keep this dish at your end of the table.
3. Rosemary Chèvre Mashed Potatoes
Jazz up your mashed potatoes this year with a killer combination. Bring in rosemary, chèvre, garlic, and sour cream, and you’ll honestly wonder what you were doing all those Thanksgivings without it.
4. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are quickly becoming a T-day staple. Swap the typical bacon bits for pomegranate seeds, feta crumbles, and shaved mint for a healthy, meat-free side. Did we mention they are glazed with balsamic?
5. Herb-Crusted Tofu With Shiitake Mushroom Gravy
We’re not talking about Tofurky, but we are talking about a tofu dish that’s the ideal replacement for the turkey. Coat each tofu filet with the cornmeal and a spiced “breading,” and in just 20 minutes, you’ll have a crispy, gluten-free meal. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself drenching everything on your plate in the mushroom gravy… it’s that good.
6. Fennel-Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Say goodbye to store-bought sauce. Ready in just 10 minutes, this spice-infused cranberry sauce made with fresh cranberries, water, sugar, and orange zest is sure to be a family favorite.
7. Gingersnap Chocolate Cream Pie
If you saved room, grab a spoon and dig into this decadent homemade chocolate pie. With a gingersnap nutmeg crust; filling made with nut milk, chia seeds, and two types of chocolate; bourbon-soaked roasted pecans; and a vegan whipped cream, one slice of this will send you right into that food coma we’re all headed for.
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