Thanksgiving, the Vegan Way
By: Ireland Lee

For those living a vegan lifestyle, the holiday season, including Thanksgiving, can present certain difficulties. This is especially true when the majority of one's family does not follow a vegan diet. Finding recipes that cater to everyone's dietary needs can be a challenge. However, whether you follow a vegan diet due to dietary restrictions or ethical/moral values, there are plenty of delicious, quick and easy recipes that will satisfy all. Check out this list of recipes that will please everyone!

Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes
This recipe is a dairy-free twist on the classic mashed potatoes. It includes the same traditional ingredients, but replaces dairy products with non-dairy options.

• 8 medium Potatoes
• 2 tbsp Vegan Butter
• 1 cup Non-Dairy Milk (Add more as needed)
• Tea Zone Seasoning Powder
1. Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. You can peel the potatoes before boiling or leave the skins on, depending on your preference.
2. Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until they are tender and can be easily pierced with a fork.
3. Drain the water and add non-dairy butter, non-dairy milk, and seasoning to the pot.
4. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency.
5. Taste and adjust the amount of non-dairy milk and butter to achieve your desired flavor and texture.

Candied Yams

If you're looking for a recipe that goes beyond the classic mashed potatoes, consider making candied yams! This traditional Thanksgiving side dish is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth, much like cranberry sauce. It's made with sweet potatoes, which are a delicious and nutritious alternative to regular potatoes.

• 2 lbs Sweet Potatoes
• 2 tbsp Vegan Butter
• ¼ cup Non-Dairy Milk (Add more as needed)
• 2 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar Sauce
• 2 tbsp Wildflower Honey

1. Peel and dice sweet potatoes into small cubes.
2. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a pot and cover them with water.
3. Boil the sweet potatoes for 20-25 minutes, or until they are tender enough to be easily mashed with a fork.
4. Drain the water and add non-dairy butter, non-dairy milk, and your preferred seasonings to the pot.
5. Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher to your desired consistency.
6. Adjust the amount of non-dairy milk and butter to reach your desired texture and flavor.
7. If you like, you can top the candied yams with vegan marshmallows or drizzle with Marshmallow Syrup for added sweetness. This step is optional.

Agave Glazed Carrots

Roasted carrots are a delicious and vegan-friendly dish that is commonly served at Thanksgiving. However, if you're looking for a new twist on this classic dish, consider making agave glazed carrots! This sweet and savory dish is a great addition to any holiday menu, and provides a vegan option that you may not have considered before.

• 1 tbsp Vegan Butter
• 3 cups Baby Carrots
• 2 tbsp Agave Syrup
• 2 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar Sauce
• ½ tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
• 2 tsp Lemon Juice

1. Melt vegan butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add in the carrots, agave syrup, and brown sugar sauce, and stir to coat the carrots evenly.
3. Cover the saucepan and cook the carrots for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are fork-tender.
4. Add thyme and lemon juice to the saucepan, and stir to combine the flavors.
5. Serve the glazed carrots hot and enjoy!

Breaded and Fried Tofu

Looking for a vegan alternative to traditional holiday meats like turkey or ham? Try making breaded and fried tofu! This delicious and protein-rich dish is a satisfying replacement that will impress even non-vegan guests.

• 12 oz Firm Tofu, cubed
• 3-6 tbsp Tea Zone Seasoned Frying Powder
• 1-2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Drain the tofu and cut it into bite-sized cubes.
2. Heat up some oil in a frying pan on the stovetop.
3. Coat the tofu cubes with a breading powder of your choice.
4. Add the breaded tofu to the hot frying pan and cook until each side is golden brown and crispy.
5. Remove the fried tofu from the pan with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
6. Serve the breaded and fried tofu hot and enjoy!

Cranberry Sauce

Looking for a reason to upgrade from store-bought cranberry sauce to a homemade version? Look no further! Making your own cranberry sauce is easier than you might think and yields a fresher, more flavorful result. Don't be intimidated by the idea of making it from scratch – we've got you covered with a simple recipe that will make you wonder why you ever bought the canned stuff in the first place.

• 4 cups Fresh Cranberries
• ½ cup Maison Routin Cranberry Syrup
• ½ cup Water

1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine 4 cups of fresh cranberries, 1/2 cup of 1883 Maison Routin Cranberry Syrup, and 1/2 cup of water.
2. Simmer the mixture over medium heat until the cranberries begin to burst and the liquid thickens slightly, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the cranberry sauce cool to room temperature.
4. Transfer the cranberry sauce to a serving dish and refrigerate until ready to serve.
5. Enjoy your homemade cranberry sauce as a delicious addition to your holiday meal!

Vegan Stuffing

Looking for a delicious vegan stuffing recipe that doesn't sacrifice flavor? You're in luck! This recipe is perfect for those who want to enjoy all the Thanksgiving classics without the use of butter or broth.

• 1 yellow Onion
• 4 ribs Celery
Tea Zone Seasoning Powder
• 2-3 cups Vegetable Broth
1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C).
2. Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
3. Remove the bread cubes from the oven and set them aside.
4. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F (180C).
5. Lightly grease a casserole dish with cooking spray.
5. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté the onions and celery until they start to caramelize. Add the seasoning and stir, then remove from heat.
6. Add the toasted bread cubes and 2 cups of broth to the pot, and mix well. Add more broth as needed until the bread is moist but not soggy.
7. Transfer the stuffing mixture to the greased casserole dish, cover it with foil, and bake for 25 minutes.
8. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.

If you're ever unsure about what to bring to Thanksgiving or worried about being able to eat something once you get there, these recipes are a great option for you and your family. Not only are they vegan-friendly, but they're also delicious and easy to make. Share these recipes with your loved ones and enjoy a happy and inclusive Thanksgiving feast!



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