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Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up: Main Courses

By Chef Linda

Thanksgiving is the most anticipated food holiday of the year. We plan, we shop, we prep, and we anticipate enjoying a meal that satisfies our need for gratitude, togetherness, and comfort.

In honor of World Vegan Month, when we acknowledge the benefits of veganism for the animals, the planet, and our bodies, we are kicking off a month-long celebration of Thanksgiving recipes to inspire you to create a vegan holiday table this year. Each week, we’ll focus on one course of the meal and do a round-up of recipes we’ve created over the years. This week, we’ll start with the main course first.

More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving draws our attention to the centerpiece of the meal–we want something festive, creative, and that has a “wow-factor”–which is why we believe there’s no better time to showcase a compassionate approach to this revered main course. Sharing a plant-based main course that covers all of those bases AND that tastes scrumptious will surely make the right impression on everyone gathered at your table.

Depending on what you consider delectable, how much time you have, and the number of people you’re serving, we have some creative, delicious options for you. And if you’re looking for a simple, store-bought approach, Chef Sara has rounded up four delicious options that are sure to satisfy everyone (Tofurkey has come a long way, baby!).

And if you’re looking for suggestions for side dishes and desserts, we’ve got that, too!

Polenta and Butternut Squash Lasagna

poletna and butternut squash lasagnaNothing says “I love you” like lasagna and when it’s made with seasonal ingredients like squash and fresh pesto, it couldn’t be more perfect for a luscious holiday entreé. When we made this in Compassionate Cuisine Thanksgiving class, participants vowed to make this dish front and center of their holiday feast.

 

 

 

Seitan Roulade with Oyster Mushroom and Farro Stuffing

Rich Vegan Gravy over Seitan RouladeYes, you can buy some wonderful pre-made holiday roasts, but make this and your guests will be talking about it for years to come. It starts with a simple batch of homemade seitan that’s so much easier than you would think and it gets stuffed with a flavorful, toothsome filling. This is a showpiece you will be proud to share!

 

 

 

 

Meatless Meatloaf Wellington

meatless meatloaf wellingtonAlways a favorite in our classes and on our own tables, this hearty lentil meatloaf gets wrapped up in flaky puff pastry and baked to perfection. The tastes and textures are familiar and comforting to eaters of all kinds. And you can make and freeze it in advance so all you need to do on Thanksgiving morning is pop it in the oven.

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pot Pie

 

Oh, how we love these wonderfully luscious and crispy individual pot pies! The seasonal filling is made with winter squash and surrounded by a golden, creamy sauce. Topped with puff pastry, you can hardly go wrong with these as your holiday main course. Make individual servings for something fun or one big casserole to dine family-style.

 

 

Whether you choose one of these recipes or search for others, there is no shortage of fantastic options around which to build a memorable meal this holiday season.

 

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