This year our Thanksgiving was a 100% Vegan Feast! Being that we turned Vegetarian over 100 days ago (whoohoo!) & we have been constantly flirting with being as Vegan as possible, we thought we would go for it! When we first decided to go Vegan for ‘Turkey” day, I became very overwhelmed, but once my 3 men chimed in that they would do whatever they could to help out I felt much better. Making a list of what we all wanted to see on the table was our first ‘to~do’. (it wasn’t ever going to be a big meal seeing as we are only 4 people)
Vegan Thanksgiving List 2011
~Natchingka (Traditional Ukrainian Cornmeal dish)
~Meatballs (Lentil & Brown Rice)
*recipe here (I replaced the wheat germ with ground chia & the wheat flour with chickpea)
~Veggies (Carrots, Beets, etc)
~Salad with Cranberries & Walnuts
~Pumpkin Pie & Ice Cream
Once I saw that the list was pretty short & totally manageble, I really felt better (cause who’s kidding who, my kids weren’t going to jump in & make dinner)
Below are some photos & the recipe for the Traditional Ukrainian Natchingka. Enjoy!
1 sm Onion chopped fine
3 TBsp Coconut oil
1 Cup CornMeal
1tsp Sugar (I forgot to add this, but it turned out ok)
1 tsp Salt & Pepper
1/2 tsp Cinamon
3 1/2 Cups Scalded Milk (I used Vanilla Rice Milk because it’s what we had, feel free to use what you have) *Ps. scald the milk before you start anything else as it takes a while*
1/2 Cup whipping Cream (vega of course)!
2-3 Eggs (I used ground chia which worked amazingly)
Cook onion in Coconut oil until tender but not brown, add corn meal & spices. Mix to coat. Gradually pour in scalded milk & whisk until smooth. Cook until it thickens. (this is where I usually add some sort of veggies; this year I added a ton of asparagus & mushroom). Remove from heat, add in whipping cream & egg replacers. Bake in oven at 350 for 1 1/3 hours. It should come out with a slightly crispy crust.
This is it thickening & before I threw in the asparagus & mushrooms.
The boys had a great time throwing around the football outside, & I snuck around making the table as pretty as I could (most things are packed away for our move, so I couldn’t find anything festive, I ended up using BananaGrams for our names & cut out orange hearts & wrote little “thank yous” to each of my men)
Dinner was a hit! We ate it up & had 2nds & 3rds! The boys loved the Tofurky the best, But Chris & I especially loved the Lentil & Brown Rice Meatballs.
Tofurky with Carrots & Beets!
Natchingka all finished!
Callym & I taking a quick break inbetween bites!
All gone (& it really was!)
For dessert, Chris made Pumpkin pie. The crust was made with Gluten Free Sugar cookies that he broke into bites. (so smart), and we topped it off with some of the leftover Vegan Whipping Cream & some Coconut Ice Cream!
How was your ThanksGiving? What is your fav dish??