A month of planning. A notebook’s worth of lists and schedules. Disbelief, nervous chuckles, and a bit of wholehearted support from family and friends. Lots and lots of web surfing. The food co-op, the farmer’s market, and an all-out raid on our parent’s linen closets and china cabinets. All culminating in one enormous meal.
That’s right. The world said it couldn’t be done. The relatives plaintively asked, “What, no turkey?” The friends feared we would feed them scary meat substitutes. But in spite of all these things we persevered. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you… The ultimate vegan, gluten-free Thanksgiving.
Blue corn muffins with green chiles
Pumpkin soup with coconut cream
Butternut squash and celeriac gratin with walnut-thyme streusel
Chard with pine nuts and raisins
Banana, sweet potato, and pomegranate casserole
Mashed potatoes with shallots and shitake mushroom gravy
Canned cranberry sauce (gotta have it!)
Mushroom strudel *not GF
Poached pears in spiced red wine syrup
Chocolate mousse with whipped cream and fruit preserves
Ginger cookies *not GF
Pumpkin pie from Crave baking *not vegan
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
The ultimate vegan, gluten-free Thanksgiving deserves lots of documentation, so I’ll be writing a series of posts about what we made, how we made it, and what we thought of each dish. I know there are people out there who, like me, desperately want some main dish other than the same old stuffed squash to serve at their vegan, gluten-free holiday meal, so hopefully I can add to the growing body of inspiration out there on the web. It’s tricky with holiday recipes, especially main dishes, and especially things that are “taking the place” of something traditional, like turkey or stuffing. I feel like there’s less wiggle room for making anything less than a showstopper under these circumstances, so it’s good to have as much information as possible before choosing and preparing your dish. So keep your eyes on this space for more updates to come!
Other sources of inspiration:
- This year’s clever and delicious menu from A Foodie’s Fall From Grace (no recipes, only great inspirations)
- A huge round-up of Thanksgiving recipes that are various combinations of vegan, GF, diabetic-friendly, etc. at BlogHer
- Sample GF Thanksgiving menus (with recipes) including a vegetarian/mostly vegan menu at Gluten-Free Bay
- Sea, of the blog Book of Yum and one of the undisputed Queens of vegetarian GF blogging, shares her Thanksgiving menu and a recipe (which looks yummy even if it is for stuffed squash)
- An article at VegFamily (that I found after we planned our Thanksgiving!) that outlines a similar game plan to what we used in “Creating a Vegan Holiday Feast for Meat Eaters.”