I have to start this off by admitting that I am guilty of cooking most of my meals in a microwave and have set off a plethora of smoke detectors in my day. The fact that I managed to cook 5 different dishes without any of them burning to a crisp is a miracle made possible by the friendsgiving gods.
Surprisingly it was really fun to cook all of this food! I wanted to make some classic Thanksgiving staples to challenge my cooking abilities and show y’all that you can eat vegan during the holidays without resorting to chewing sticks and leaves in the backyard.
Ahhh. Two Buck Chuck. (It actually totals out to be around three dollars but who cares amiright?) My wine selection for my company was lackluster, but luckily I warned my guests in advance to bring better beverages if they so desired.
- VEGAN STUFFING:
I cheated a little bit with the stuffing and purchased this stuffing mix from Whole Foods! However I did gussy it up a little bit more than the recipe on the back of the package with fresh celery, carrot, onion, and a bucket of garlic and herbs.
I honestly think this was the crowd favorite and my personal favorite as well.
- ROASTED LEMON AND GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
These were so good! Brussels Sprouts might be my favorite vegetable so I might be a little biased.
- ROASTED DIJON RAINBOW CARROTS:
These were so good and really beautiful to look at! I got a little frantic towards the end trying to finish everything before company arrived so here are the rest of the pictures. I whipped up some really great mashed potatoes and gravy as well. AAALL VEGAN.
- THE MVP OF THE NIGHT:
Okay. These were insane. I did not bake these from scratch so get that crazy idea out of your head right now. I bought these canned cinnamon rolls from Trader Joe’s after seeing a lot of great reviews on the interweb. I baked the pumpkin cinnamon rolls and the classic, and I could cry they tasted so amazing. Vegan Trader Joe’s finds for the win.
I think Friendsgiving was a success. I hope that if you are trying to plan out what to make for the holidays this post helped inspire you! I found all of the recipes off Pinterest! I was happy that my non-vegan friends liked what I made and my carnivorous roommates and boyfriend have happily polished off the leftovers in the last few days.
I’m planning to make a few more holiday recipe posts in the future so keep your eyes peeled.