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November 25, 2019
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Turning leftovers into a new meal is one of my most efficient and creative meal planning strategies! I didn’t always enjoy eating leftovers but once I learned a few tricks for turning last night’s dinner into some new and delicious meal, I was hooked! And guess what? It works for holiday meals too!

Thanksgiving leftover makeovers are where it’s at! Transform your Thanksgiving meal into a whole new feast that won’t taste like leftovers at all! How about one of these:

Scrambles

Casseroles

Bowls

Fritters / Cakes 

Gratins 

Wraps (forget the sandwich!)

Pies

Salads

Cookies

Breads

A quick Google search for any of these meal ideas with “Thanksgiving Leftovers” will pull up an abundance of meal options. Below are 10 Thanksgiving leftover makeover recipes that I’ve rounded up to save you the trouble!

Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover

Thanksgiving Leftover Poutine by Sweet Simple Vegan

Homemade fries smothered with gravy, stuffing and whatever else you’ve got leftover is like Thanksgiving nachos!

Shepherd’s Pie by The Veg Life

Combine your Thanksgiving favorites into a savory pie crust for a fun way to dish out leftovers.

Mashed Potato Cakes by The Veg Life

I love making fritters and “cakes” with almost anything but leftover mashed potatoes is at the top of my list.

Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover

Cranberry Sauce Bread by Oh My Veggies

Leftover cranberry sauce is a great condiment for cereals, oatmeal, pancakes and yogurt with granola, but it’s also genius as a mix in to a sweet breakfast bread.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin by Yup It’s Vegan

A gratin works with any vegetable but is especially delicious with my favorite, Brussels sprouts.

Stuffing Cupcakes by Chow Vegan

This is a great project with the kids – and what fun to eat!

Leftover Wrap by This Savory Vegan

Forget the Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich and wrap it up instead! I think a burrito would work great too!

Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover

Thanksgiving Bowl by I Love Vegan

I haven’t met a vegan that doesn’t love a bowl. Add in a holiday and it’s a match made in heaven!

Spinach Salad with Roasted Fall Vegetables by Well Vegan 

Need some inspiration for the extra veggies? A salad is always a great pick. Tossed with spinach, arugula or some other zesty green is sure to change things up…especially when drizzled with a tasty dressing.

Tofu Scramble by Well Vegan

Transform a simple and traditional tofu scramble with your Thanksgiving leftovers for a creative and inventive brunch main the next day.

Sweet Potato Cookies by Go Dairy Free

I love a good breakfast cookie! This recipe is an efficient and genius way to use up the leftover sweet potato casserole.

Thanksgiving Leftover Makeover

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Casserole by Oh She Glows

Can anyone ever have too much pumpkin pie? Just in case, here’s a yummy recipe to take your leftover pie to the next level in a casserole that will make you feel like you’re have dessert for breakfast!

Which one of these Thanksgiving leftover makeover recipes is your favorite? Plan for leftovers in your meal plan by mapping it out in my 7 Day Meal Planner. Download it free here.

Thanksgiving leftover makeover

 


November 18, 2019
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to host…and I get all the cooking (and cleaning and decorating…) done without breaking a sweat! So what’s my magic secret to Thanksgiving meal prep so you’re not wiped out by the time the big day rolls around? Read on!

My goal is to always have everything done about a half hour before guests arrive so I can pour myself a glass of wine and take in an attitude of gratitude (vs overwhelm). My Thanksgiving meal prep plan includes a few tips:

Break up all of your work into bite-sized tasks and schedule them in your calendar

I start by making a giant to-do list of EVERYTHING I need to get done for the big day. That includes the cooking, but also the grocery shopping, making (or ordering centerpieces), confirming the guests, cleaning the house, and all the other things that go into the day. Then, I break down each of those tasks further if I can, (such as dividing up the menu and the meal prep for each recipe), and I schedule a time for each task into my calendar over the course of one to three weeks, depending on how many tasks I need to get done and how much time I have available.

Delegate what you can and give assignments

While you’re cooking, have your partner or kids set the table. Assign another family member the task of making place cards (this is a great job for kids!) and get some help by having your partner do the grocery shopping. (I build my Thanksgiving shopping into my weekly trip to the store but I add in an extra trip 2 days before for all the produce and send my husband to do that shopping!)

Take some help from the store where no one will notice

Holiday entertaining is the perfect time to include a few “homemade-ish” items to your menu. Dips, for example, are easy and delicious to buy at the store. I also utilize the vegan frozen pie crusts at Whole Foods and spend my time and energy on a decadent filling instead.

 

When it comes to my actual Thanksgiving meal prep plan, here’s how I break it all down: 

3-4 weeks in advance:

  • Plan the menu, confirm guests (and anything they are contributing to the meal)

2 weeks in advance:

  • Plan and purchase supplies for centerpieces; dinnerware, etc.
  • Place any special food orders

1 week in advance: 

  • Make the shopping list and shop for everything but produce
  • Make place cards (if using)

3 days ahead: 

  • Shop for produce
  • Make centerpieces (if not floral)

2 days ahead: 

  • Shop for produce
  • Start cooking: Dressing, dips and desserts

1 day ahead: 

  • Continue cooking: Sides (such as mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing and mac ‘n cheese)
  • Make centerpieces (if floral)
  • Set the table (take out all serving platters and utensils)
  • Pick up any ordered food items

Morning of: 

  • Finish the cooking:
  • Salads and veggies that can’t be made in advance

 

I use my Meal Planner to map all this out and add it to my Erin Condren planner so it’s easily outlined for me. For ideas on what cook, check out What to Cook for a Plant-based Thanksgiving and tell me below what your biggest challenge is when it comes to Thanksgiving meal prep.

Thanksgiving meal prep


November 4, 2019
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You don’t need a bird to celebrate Thanksgiving, but you do need a menu of mouthwatering dishes and a plan for sharing them if you’re hosting a plant-based Thanksgiving. I’m hosting this year, but even when I’m not, I make a plant-based feast and bring it to my destination!

I have observed that non vegans have a strong emotional connection to their Thanksgiving foods so although you can veganize mashed potatoes, stuffing and many other traditional dishes with an easy swap of vegan butter, milk, etc., many will be resistant. So, I plan ahead to make sure there is a bounty of food for me to eat, which usually means I travel with my own plant-based Thanksgiving!

When it comes to deciding what to cook for a plant-based Thanksgiving (whether you’re hosting or not), I recommend checking off this short to-do list first:

1. Set expectations: Let your guests know what you plan to cook and ask if there is anything missing that they’d like to add to the menu.

2. Set ground rules and compromises about the non vegan foods on your table. (For example, there will be a turkey at my feast, but my brother-in-law is cooking and bringing it so it won’t be in my kitchen or oven.)

3. Make sure your menu includes delicious foods (that you’ve tried and approved in advance!) so that your guests are only talking about how good it tastes (vs that it’s vegan). Good food is good food!

To help with #3 above, let’s talk about what to cook. My go-to cookbooks for any holiday menu planning are:

The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

The Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas

The Super Fun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Below are over a dozen ideas to inspire and help you plan your plant-based Thanksgiving menu.

Plant-based Thanksgiving

Mains

For a cruelty-free “turkey” main attraction, try one of these faux turkey roasts: 

Gardein Savory Stuffed Turkey

Gardein Holiday Roast

Field Roast Celebration Roast

Tofurky Holiday Roast

Trader Joe’s Vegan Turkey

The Herbivorous Butcher Stuffed Turkey Roast (This is the vegan turkey I’m feasting on this year. In select areas, you can order from your local Whole Foods. Otherwise, The Herbivorous Butcher ships nationwide.

If a faux turkey, isn’t your thing, try one of these stunning main attractions.

Gardein Turkey Cutlets

Stuffed Acorn Squash

“Meat”loaf

Mini Pot Pies 

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sides

Traditional favorites can easily be veganized with easy swaps such as dairy-free butter, mayo, and milk.

Mashed potatoes 

Green Bean Casserole 

Sweet Sweet Potato Casserole

A quick Google search will also yield a plethora of options for vegan versions of old favorites, such as mac ‘n cheese and stuffing.

Don’t forget soups! A butternut squash bisque, and a pumpkin or potato leek soups are all festive choices for a plant-based Thanksgiving meal.

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Veggies

When non vegans think of a plant-based Thanksgiving, vegetables and salads are probably the first thing that comes to mind when what will be on the menu. However, as you can see from the list above, there are lots more options for what to eat…but since we’re talking veggies, how about a few of these?

Roasted Root Vegetables

Garlicky Green Beans 

Brussels Sprouts

Herb Roasted Potatoes and Butternut Squash

Stuffed sweet potatoes: https://www.worldofvegan.com/stuffed-sweet-potatoes/

 

Salads that incorporate the produce of the season, such as kale, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, apples, pomegranates and cranberries are also a great choice.

Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Kale Harvest Grains Salad

plant-based Thanksgiving

Desserts

When it comes to a sweet ending, what’s Thanksgiving without pie? (Did you know you can purchase pre-made vegan pie crusts at Whole Foods in the frozen section?) If pie’s not your thing, how about one of these festive treats:

Dairy-free Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse

Pumpkin Bread with dairy-free ice cream

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls

For more plant-based Thanksgiving recipes, check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board with over 100 recipes. What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods? Share what you’re planning to cook in the comments below.

plant-based Thanksgiving

Cover image: Cadry’s Kitchen


November 18, 2018
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Ever since I was a kid, I loved the “production” of it all: the special occasion dresses my twin sister and I were given to wear; the beautiful, huge table decorated to the nines; and of course, the food. So. Much. Food. And it wasn’t just the eating of the food that day. It was the days of prep before. My mom’s homemade pies were an event in themselves. I couldn’t wait until I was an adult and could host Thanksgiving for my family.

With three sets of parents to rotate amongst each year, I haven’t had the opportunity to host my own Thanksgiving but I typically make almost the entire meal (if not all of it) every year. Part of it is my type A, need to control the menu personality. (Yes, guilty as charged.) Plus, I love to cook. It wouldn’t feel like a holiday to me if I wasn’t in my happy place, cooking in the kitchen with Maroon 5 playing in the background and a glass of wine alongside me. I truly get so much joy from preparing all the dishes I contribute to the festive meal. However, there’s another part: I have a non vegan family. Not just in my immediate family, but also in my extended family.

So, I take charge of the menu and make sure that there is lots of food for me (and my vegetarian daughter, Gaby) to eat. So, what does this vegan feed her non vegan family for Thanksgiving?

The Main Affair

Since we always have Thanksgiving at a non vegan household, someone else always makes a turkey. (Side note: Team Dreyer adopts a turkey each year from Farm Sanctuary. This year, we adopted Spunky. You can adopt one too here.) I have served a couple of different vegan options for me and Gaby over the years. (This will be her third Thanksgiving as a vegetarian. She made that choice on her own, without any pressure from moi and I’m so proud of her.) There are three un-turkeys that you can’t go wrong with: The FieldRoast Celebration Roast, a Tofurky, or Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Stuffed Roast. I make my own gravy (and stuffing) and it’s heaven.

I have also served Gardein’s Turkey Cutlets with my gravy and they hit the spot. Gardein also has a Savory Stuffed Turk’y and Holiday Roast that I have never tried. Lots to choose from!

 

Some other options include my Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf and Three Layer Vegan Holiday Meatloaf, both featuring Beyond Meat. These are hit with non vegans too and they feature some of the sides also on the Thanksgiving Table.

The Sides

Mashed Potatoes

What’s Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes? My recipe is free of dairy but full of flavor and my non vegan family enjoys them just as much!

Wondering what I cook my non vegan family for Thanksgiving? From the main event and pies, to everything in between, read on for my Thanksgiving menu.

Stuffing

My mom made a traditional stuffing with celery, carrot, onions and raisins my whole life. Now that I get to make what I want, I go sourdough all the way and I ditched the raisins. This. Is. So. Good.

I have changed it up in the past and made a vegan cornbread and used Lightlife’s Fakin’ Bacon for a vegan bacon cornbread stuffing that was amazing, if I do say so myself!

Mac ‘n Cheese

I added this side to my table last year. I think my craving came about as an excuse to eat all of the gluttonous foods I deprive myself of the rest of the year! Because I was cooking so many other things, I went with Daiya’s box mix and it was amazing!

This year, I’m making this recipe from Pamela Salzman. I’m making it my own by adding a mixture of nutritional yeast and Panko breadcrumb on top.

The Veg

Everyone has their favorites, but my family seems to gravitate to Brussels sprouts and green beans.

Brussels Sprouts

My husband always wants Brussels sprouts. My daughter, Alex loves this salad so I can please both of them with this one dish!

Sometimes, I’ll purchase the shredded Brussels sprouts from Trader Joes, toss them with a lemon-dijon mustard vinaigrette and top with avocado.

Another easy and flavorful way to serve them: Halve Brussels and spread on a baking sheet. Toss with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 35o degrees for about 30 minutes. Remove from the pan and place in a serving bowl with pomegranate seeds and roasted hazelnuts.

Wondering what I cook my non vegan family for Thanksgiving? From the main event and pies, to everything in between, read on for my Thanksgiving menu.

Green Beans

My easy, go-to recipe for green beans is to blanch them for 3 minutes and then transfer them to a saute pan with several tablespoons of Earth Balance butter and thinly sliced garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Done and delicious!

This year, I’m making a Winter Chopped Salad: greens, fennel, beets, celery, walnuts and Kite Hill almond ricotta cheese. If it’s a hit, I’ll post it on my website! 🙂

Rolls

Maybe we should call Thanksgiving “Carbsgiving”! I keep things simple with the crescent rolls from Trader Joe’s. They are delicious as is, with just a touch of Miyoko’s European Style Butter or Earth Balance, but I get a little fancy for Thanksgiving. I roll each piece of dough into rosettes and place them together on a cookie sheet before brushing them with melted Earth Balance. Once they are baked, you have a beautiful presentation that everyone can just pull apart and eat.

The Pies

I’m not a baker. But, I challenge myself for Thanksgiving. I was never a fan of pumpkin pie but this Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hint of Chocolate by Nava Atlas is EVERYTHING. I’ve made it every year for at least the last 5 years. I use a frozen vegan pie crust from Whole Foods to simplify things.

For other pie options, check out my Pies Pinterest board.

I top both of them with So Delicious Coco Whip. It’s kind of a must.

That’s what I feed my non vegan family for Thanksgiving! And although I’m all about the food, I look forward most to the moments when we are all around the table together sharing what we are most grateful for each year (but it wouldn’t be possible without all that great food – hahaha).

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!


November 20, 2017
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Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Thanksgiving is just days away! If you haven’t already started, it’s time to finalize your menu!! In case you need some help, I have rounded up some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes that would be tasty additions on your holiday table. Whether you’re looking for a main dish, savory side, or sweet treat, I have a few options below to consider for your holiday menu.

I’ll be doing my shopping Monday night and taking the day off Wednesday to cook all day. We’re spending the holiday with my parents this year, and then having a second Thanksgiving the next day with my parents so I will be making lots of extras to ensure I have leftovers to share.

Whatever you’re serving on your holiday table this year, I hope you are surrounded by your loved ones and filled with gratitude. Enjoy these Thanksgiving recipes – wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

 

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Mains:

Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf

Three Layer Vegan Holiday Meatloaf

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Sides:

Herb Roasted Potatoes & Butternut Squash

Dairy-Free Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Salads:

Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Kale Harvest Grains Salad

Start planning your holiday menu with this list of plan-based Thanksgiving recipes. From main dishes to sweet treats, enjoy my favorite dishes. #plantbased #healthyfood #healthyeating #vegan

Dessert:

Dairy Free Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse


November 13, 2017
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My excitement and anticipation for Thanksgiving is growing each day! The holiday kicks off “the season” for me, where the magic of the holidays infuses my spirit – and kitchen! I look forward to cooking seasonal family favorites this time of year, as well as creating new ones. There’s my mom’s cookie baking day, and “won ton wars” at my dad’s house. I also look forward to my havurah’s annual latke competition each year with fierce determination to bring home a trophy!

Thanksgiving is the start of it all, a welcome call to the season ahead that is full of amazing, mouth-watering food and recipes. I have already started sharing a few this month: There’s my Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf and my 3 Layer Vegan Holiday Meatloaf. I also have a delish Dairy-Free Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe, and a Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad that is a favorite at my holiday table. Yum! My tummy is ready for Thanksgiving!

Inevitably, I always make too much food. It doesn’t matter the occasion, although Thanksgiving is as good as any. My worst fear is running out of food at the table. If there aren’t leftovers, I didn’t cook enough! Thanksgiving leftovers are the inspiration behind today’s post and the recipe ideas I have rounded up. My favorite of them all is the Thanksgiving Bowl with my Quick & Easy Savory Gravy. You can throw it together with whatever you’ve got extra of from the big feast. What is your favorite recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers?

10 Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

1. Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Casserole by Oh She Glows

Let’s start with dessert! I love this creative idea for using up leftover pumpkin pie. It’s a very simple recipe to pull together, and a fun, sweet treat to start off the morning.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

2. Sweet Potato Biscuits by Home Cooking Memories

My grandma’s sweet potatoes are a mainstay on my family’s holiday menu so I love this idea for whipping up a batch of biscuits! Yum!!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

3. Gluten-free Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich by Keepin’ It Kind

This colorful sandwich stacks tempeh cutlets, green bean casserole, sweet potato bake, cranberry sauce, and gravy between gluten-free sourdough bread for a mouthwatering meal that will have you feeling stuffed all over again!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

4. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Bread by Oh My Veggies

This tasty bread is a moist and delicious alternative to eating your cranberry sauce. With just a few ingredients, you’ve got a festive loaf you can snack on for days.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

5. Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie by The Veg Life

This is a great recipe for eating up leftover veggies. Layer them with gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, and top with mashed potatoes for a savory mouthful of Thanksgiving in every bite.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

6. Vegan Thanksgiving Waffles by Hot for Food

These savory waffles are genius. I can’t wait to try this recipe the morning after Thanksgiving in my stretchy PJs!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

7. Leftover Mashed Potato Patties with Swiss Chard by the Spruce

Wilted greens and leftover mashed potatoes are the base for these yummy pancakes. Yes and yes!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

8. Vegan Thanksgiving Leftovers Wraps by This Savory Vegan

These wraps make a quick and easy lunch the next day that have all the flavors of the festive feast.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

9. Leftover Cranberry-Soy Sauce Tofu by Happy Healthy Life.com

This is such a clever recipe for using up extra cranberry sauce!

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.

10. Leftover Thanksgiving Bowl from I Love Vegan with my Quick & Easy Savory Gravy

I love my vegan bowls! This is a super easy way to eat up leftovers, or a great meal to get all the flavors of Thanksgiving even when it’s the middle of summer! My Quick & Easy Savory Gravy makes a great sauce on top!

Quick and Easy Savory Gravy

Ingredients

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan on high heat, whisk the yeast and the flour together.
  2. Whisk in the soy sauce and garlic powder and continue until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour in the broth. Whisk constantly until smooth.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer 3-5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Savor the flavors of the holiday season with this Thanksgiving Leftovers Bowl, plus a round up of plant-based recipe ideas for using holiday leftovers.


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