Updated 09:00 PM EST, Tue, Dec 01, 2020

Thanksgiving 2014 Date & Calendar: 10 Easy Vegan Recipes

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Being a vegetarian is especially hard when Thanksgiving is coming up. With the holiday revolving around turkey and meaty recipes, it's particularly frustrating to maintain one's vegan diet. Thankfully, the vegan recipes we have compiled below prove that vegetarians don't have to be left out during Thanksgiving. They are not only delicious; they would also keep your weight and healthy eating habits in check.

1. Pecan-Oatmeal Stuffing Bites

This recipe provided by Press Herald is not only vegan, but is also gluten free. It combines pecans and oats which complement each other in taste and according to the article, the flavor goes with "the traditional tastes of this food-centric holiday" by using a "sautéed mixture of onions, celery and carrots plus traditional harvest herbs."

The dominant flavor in the stuffing bites would be the fresh sage, with a hint of herbs, onion, garlic, and the other vegetables in the dish. The stuffing bites can be served with vegan or plant-based gravy, but can also work as an appetizer. For the full recipe, refer to Press Herald's report.

2. Brussels Sprout and Kale Slaw with Herbs and Peanuts

This recipe from NPR comes with a warning should your guests have peanut allergy. The main ingredients of the dish are composed of Brussels sprouts and obviously, peanuts. Cilantro and kale also add flavor to the dish. According to NPR, Brussels sprouts usually have a bad reputation during Thanksgiving because it's often badly cooked. But the recipe avoids that by taking "a pound of Brussels sprouts and shred them into, essentially, very thin pieces."

3. Cauliflower, Red Onion, and Chestnut Tart

According to Martha Stewart, this tart, made decadent by a blue cheese dechamel, is "rich enough that you'll need only a small piece to feel satisfied." It can be served as either an appetizer or side dish. It can also be eaten for lunch or for a light dinner with green salad. Interested? Check out the full recipe on the website.

4. Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna

This vegan Thanksgiving dish is worth the extra effort when it comes to making a homemade lasagna. Martha Stewart said, "The sheets, which are layered between the sage and butternut squash filling, encompass the lasagna once it's assembled." You can also add amaretti cookies which are usually sold in Italian markets to add a sweet flavor to the dish.

5. Roasted-Parsnip Bread Pudding

This bread pudding recipe serves as a substitute for the traditional stuffing. Martha Stewart claims that the "parsnips give an earthy dimension to this bread pudding, which melds cubes of brioche, grated cheese, and thyme." The rich flavor of the dish can be associated to the cream and Parmesan cheese mixed in the meal.

6. Warm Quinoa, Spinach, and Shiitake Salad

Another recipe from Martha Stewart, this warm and meatless salad owes its chewy and rich texture from the protein-rich quinoa and broiled shiitake mushrooms. The spinach and the feta cheese also make the dish more special to the taste. The full recipe of the meal can be obtained from the cooking website.

7. Harvest Galette

This tasty vegetable tart is once more a creation from Martha Stewart. The meal could serve as the main Thanksgiving meal or cut into small sizes and serve as an appetizer. According to the website, "Honey-glazed roasted delicate squash and caramelized onions are spread over a rich ricotta filling and supported by flaky pastry."

8. Roasted Cauliflower and Manchego Hand Pies

Manchego cheese placed in the crust is the main contributor for this pie's tastiness. Roasted hazelnuts, fresh rosemary, and lemon zest also mix with the flavor of the roasted cauliflower filling. Get the full recipe of the dish here.

9. Sweet Potato Cannelloni

The cannelloni, made from sweet potato slices "rolled around a mixture of mashed sweet potato, cottage cheese, and diced apple," can be a substitute for the traditional pasta. For additional flavor, add grated Parmesan cheese and toasted walnuts on the top. You can check out how the meal is made here.

10. Twice-Baked Butternut Squash

Another creation from Martha Stewart could serve as a main dish or a side dish. According to the website, "the baked butternut squash halves are scooped out and the flesh is mashed with sour cream, paprika, and chives. The mixture is mounded back into the squash skins and baked with a crisp breadcrumb topping." Serve the baked squash accompanied by a handful or mache or other salad green vegetables so that it would look more appetizing.

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