Special Occasions and Entertaining

Root Vegetable Hash Browns

Root vegetable hash browns

Ordinary potato hash browns are given an interesting twist with the addition of root vegetables — with a choice from among sweet potato, golden beets, turnips, parsnips, etc. Do try the optional tart apple — it adds a delightful flavor. This goes hand-in-hand with tofu scrambles, but you can use it as a cold-weather side dish with bean dishes.

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Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie

Easy vegan pumpkin pie

I find that the smooth, sweet butternut puree tastes just as good as sugar pumpkin in the classic pumpkin pie (vegan style)—perhaps even better! Once you’ve got the squash or pumpkin baked, which I do ahead of time, making this nourishing pie is a snap. It contains no eggs or dairy, of course, but no one will notice the difference. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.

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Chard with Brussels Sprouts and Red Peppers

Brussels sprouts with chard

Halves of Brussels sprouts look pretty mingled with any variety of chard, and they taste wonderful together, too. Substitute kale, collards, escarole, or broccoli rabe, depending on what’s available. Recipe from Wild About Greens. Photos by Susan Voisin. more→

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Walnut-Apple Stuffing

Walnut-Apple Stuffing recipe

If your Thanksgiving company includes eaters of mixed persuasions, vegetarians and vegan guests won’t want to eat stuffing that’s been cooked in the bird. Of course, you need not wait for special occasions to make this. Everyone loves stuffing! Of course, you can use a gluten-free bread if need be. The sweet apple and red onion contrast nicely with the herbal notes. more→

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hint of Chocolate

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake with a hint of chocolate

Here’s a vegan cheesecake-like version of pumpkin pie that offers a subtle chocolate twist with each bite. What a perfect way to finish a Thanksgiving dinner! Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Coconut Butternut Squash Soup with a Garnish of Greens

Coconut butternut squash soup

Once you’ve got the butternut squash baked, this autumnal soup comes together quickly. The mellow flavors of coconut milk, kale, and red onions synergies delectably with the squash, and look gorgeous together as well. It’s a fantastic first course for a Thanksgiving dinner, but it need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Tempeh Stew with Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, and Shiitakes

Tempeh, Brussels Sprouts, and Sweet Potato stew

Just about any type of tempeh—soy, quinoa, sesame, wild rice—works well in this stew, which tastes even better the next day. Cranberry-Orange Sauce is a perfect accompaniment. Contributed by Leslie Cerier, from Going Wild in the Kitchen: The Fresh and Sassy Tastes of Vegetarian Cooking*. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes with Groovy Onion Gravy

vegan mashed potatoes with onion gravy

Have a funky holiday with these mashed potatoes and gravy, a must-have on the dinner table during the holidays. Try some of the variations for both recipes and make it even more fun! Contributed by Beverly Lynn Bennett, from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living*. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.

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