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    1 dish Thanksgiving meal

    Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:56 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    My vegan girlfriend is coming to my family Thanksgiving (very NOT vegan) and I'd like to make a (preferably) 1-dish meal that can serve as an entree for her and a side for others if they'd like to eat it. Any suggestions?

    One time I made a green bean casserole that went over well...
    Wish I Could Cook
    Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:21 pm Groupie
    That's so sweet of you to make a special main dish! How about this: Mini Vegan Wellingtons. It's written to make little pockets for the lunch box. But I would recommend making one long roll, then cutting it into slices. It will make an impressive presentation and I know she and everyone else will love it. (Anything wrapped in puff pastry is top notch in my book!)

    Or here are a couple others that I really like:
    Vegan Quiche With Mushrooms and Shallots and a Herb Crust
    Quinoa Loaf With Mushrooms and Peas

    And hopefully a few other sides on the table can be veganized. Like using olive oil in place of butter, and soymilk in place of cow's milk.

    Here's an easy idea -- bake or boil or roast some potatoes. Because I'm sure the traditional mashed potatoes will be full of butter. icon_smile.gif
    Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:39 pm
    Forum Host
    I have made this as entree for vegetarians, side dish for everyone else, and it went over really well, Mixed Grain Mushroom Casserole - I make it as a meatless main dish for myself.

    This is another recipe I like a lot, and a friend of mine served it as a vegetarian main dish at a bridal shower, it also went over really well and is also a great side dish - Peach-Cucumber-Barley Salad
    Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:02 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Thanks all, these are exactly what I was looking for.

    I think we're going with the Vegan Beef Wellingtons since it's easy to share and pass around. We actually have the Vegan Lunch Box cookbook it's from and never noticed it in there!
    Wish I Could Cook
    Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:44 pm Groupie
    Hope you enjoy it!

    I'm making an entirely vegan dinner for thanksgiving and I think that I'm also going to use that recipe for the main. The list of hot sides and cold salads is long. Always a challenge to whittle it down when I love all of them...
    Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:56 am
    Forum Host
    This was printed in our local newspaper. I *have not* tried it.

    Cashew Nut Roast With Herb Stuffing

    For the roast:

    1 cup margarine

    2 large onions, finely chopped

    3 cups unroasted cashews

    1½ cups white bread, crusts removed

    3 large cloves garlic

    1 cup water or vegetable stock

    Salt and pepper


    2 tablespoons lemon juice

    For the stuffing:

    3 cups bread crumbs

    1 cup margarine

    2 small onions, grated

    1/2 teaspoon each thyme and marjoram

    3 tablespoons parsley, chopped

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    Line a 1-pound loaf pan with a long strip of greased, nonstick paper. Melt margarine in a medium saucepan; add chopped onions and saute until tender.

    Remove from heat. Grind cashews in a food processor with the bread and garlic and add to sauteed onions, along with water or stock, salt, pepper, nutmeg and lemon juice. Set aside.

    Mix all stuffing ingredients together.

    Put half the cashew mixture into the prepared pan, top with stuffing, then spoon the remaining nut mixture on top. Dot with margarine.

    Stand the pan in another pan to catch drippings and bake for about 30 minutes until firm and lightly browned (cover roast with foil if it gets too brown). Cool for a minute or two, then slip a knife around the sides, turn roast out and strip off the paper.

    Yield: 8 servings.
    Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:34 am
    Forum Host
    YUM, all these suggestions sound soo good! yummy.gif
    Emily, let us know how your dinner goes over, Im sure your girlfriend is going to be impressed and moved by your being so considerate! icon_biggrin.gif

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