This week is Thanksgiving, and with all of the family and friends coming in to town, or going out of town, I though I would share with you some of my favorite recipes. This post will take you from brunch through to the final sweet. I will even include for you some of my favorite products for a tasty main course. I hope you all enjoy your holiday with family and friends, because I know I will be! And I cannot wait to dig into some of these dishes.
I know you are going to be eating a lot today, but might I suggest an easy brunch for your morning. This can be enjoyed by the family that has come in the day before, or is traveling from out of town. The best time to enjoy this is while watching the parade. And to make it even better the adults can enjoy mimosas with their brunch, while the kids enjoy the orange juice.
My Savory Vegan Quiche is the perfect item for brunch. To make it easier, you can cheat and buy frozen crust, or you can make this into mini quiches, by using frozen mini-fillo cups. This can also be made a day in advance and reheated in the oven before serving in the morning. Accompany the dish with fresh fruit and get extra fancy with a mimosa.
One of my favorite brunch recipes is my Nutty Orange Coffee Cake. This recipe is super delicious, and is perfect for an easy brunch. The dough can be made in advance, or you can use ready-made vegan biscuit dough. If using ready made dough, do this recipe in a Bundt pan. Place about 3/4 tsp. cream cheese in the center and fold dough over and seal. Dip in melted butter, and dredge in sugar mixture. Place in the curves of the Bundt pan. Drizzle any remaining butter over the biscuits and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Invert when done, and drizzle with orange glaze.
This Cowboy Breakfast Bake, is probably more for the children, but I promise the adults will love it too. Plus it has every piece of a good breakfast, protein, starch, “eggs” and “cheese.”
Saving the best for last. My French Toast Casserole is by far the most decadent and the children will love it. I recommend serving this with a fruit salad. And I might limit the little ones to one piece, or they might start bouncing off the walls. This isn’t the healthiest of the options, but it really is tasty. This is to be made a day in advance, and baked the day of serving. But I promise it is easy to put together.
I really only have one snack recommendation for the day and that is my Vegan Stuffed Mushroom recipe. I promise, these will be a show stopper and people will be gobbling them up. I also recommend having a fruit and cheese tray, or a vegetable and dip tray so that people can munch on things while cooking and drinking. My favorite brand for vegan cheese is Miyoko’s Kitchen, and I highly invest trying it.
The Best Sides:
Sides at Thanksgiving, who doesn’t love them? Honestly, I could just eat off the sides for Thanksgiving, and ignore the main event and be completely okay with my decision.
You cannot go wrong with these Garlic and Chive Smashed Potatoes! And keeping the skin on, is probably one of my favorite things about this recipe!
Do you agree that Green Bean Casserole is the best part of Thanksgiving? This recipe is super simple and delicious.
This Sausage Stuffing is a family recipe, and it is simply to die for! Make this and I promise it won’t last the night!
Thanksgiving is a very carb heavy meal, and if you are looking to cut back on the carbs, look no further than this Mashed Cauliflower recipe.
Okay, so you want to switch it up, might I suggest some of the following sides?
These Sauteed Mushrooms in a Red Whine Sauce will be the perfect addition to you meal! If you are a fan of mushrooms I would recommend doubling this recipe, because it is simply to die for.
Brussels Sprouts definitely belong on the Thanksgiving table. But I recommend kicking them up a notch with my Truffle Sprouts with Sun Dried Tomatoes! I mean who doesn’t love truffle flavor?
If you are someone who enjoys soup, I highly recommend adding one to your thanksgiving menu.
My Chipotle Pumpkin Soup would be the perfect addition to your table this year. The soup can be made a week in advance and frozen.
This Corn Chowder might seem like more of a summery dish, but it goes great with the cornbread I know you are going to be serving.
The Main Event:
As promised I will share with you some of my favorite products. My family usually picks to “roasts.” You can also try and make your own, but sometimes I just want to take it easy, especially with I go all out with the sides and dessert. I absolutely love the Gardein Holiday Roast and the Field Roast Celebration Roast.
One could argue that dessert is the actual main event. I mean one can never have to many pies, and one can never go wrong with a pie.
I know, I know, you don’t think cupcakes belong at Thanksgiving. But let me tell you, these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes are so tasty, and it will satisfy your guests who aren’t to keen on pie.
These Maple Balsamic Spiced Pecans, are perfecting for munching on, or as gifts for your guests. But I like to use them in a pie crust!
Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin pie, well let me tell you, this Decadent Pumpkin Pie won’t last the night!
Pie Pie Me Oh My! This Deep Dish Apple Pie is amazing, and for all your apple pie loving family, this is definitely the pie for them!
And finally we have a Bourbon Pecan Pie, and I promise, it will leave your guests wanting more!
Finishing it up:
No matter who is coming for dinner, or how much food you are making, remember to be thankful. Thanksgiving only happens once a year, and sometimes it is the only time you get to see certain family and friends. Remember to make the most of your time together, and if things get awkward and uncomfortable, I recommend stocking up on the wine!