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5 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes Welcome at Any Table

Inspired by Farm Sanctuary, a farm animal protection organization, chef Chloe Coscarelli created these vegan Thanksgiving recipes.

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Quick Biscuits with Whipped Maple Butter

Quick Biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface

3/4 cup soy, almond or rice milk

1/2 cup vegan margarine, plus extra for brushing

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

Whipped Maple “Butter”

1 cup vegan margarine, at room temperature

1/4 cup maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. You can make the dough by hand or using a food processor.

2. By hand: Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add margarine and cut it roughly into flour using a pastry cutter, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal with a few larger margarine lumps. Work quickly so the margarine does not melt. Add nondairy milk and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Do not overwork.

3. Food processor: Combine flour, baking powder and salt in the food processor and pulse for about 5 seconds until ingredients are combined. Add margarine and pulse in the food processor until mixture is the texture of coarse meal with a few larger margarine lumps. Work quickly so the margarine does not melt. Add nondairy milk and pulse a few times until just combined. Do not overwork.

4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat into an oblong shape, about 1 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch floured cookie or biscuit cutter, cut the biscuits out and place them on a baking sheet. Brush the tops lightly with melted margarine and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden. Remove biscuits from oven immediately and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

5. Make the maple “butter.” In a mixing bowl, using a whisk or electric mixer, whip margarine with maple syrup until light and fluffy. Refrigerate until serving.

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Country ‘Meatloaf’ With Golden Gravy

Country ‘Meatloaf’
2 large carrots, diced

2 cups diced celery

1 large onion, diced

8 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons dried basil

2 teaspoons dried parsley

2 (8-ounce) packages tempeh

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 cup cooked brown rice, warm

1/2 cup bread crumbs

3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Golden Gravy

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 large onion, roughly chopped

1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes

1/2 cup flour

2 cups water

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For assembly (Country ‘Meatloaf’):

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 10-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan.

2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large deep-sided skillet and sauté onion, carrots and celery until soft, about 15 minutes. If vegetables begin to stick, add a little bit of water to the skillet. Stir in garlic, thyme, basil and parsley. Let cook a few more minutes. Crumble the tempeh into the skillet and add soy sauce and
broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

3. Add warm brown rice and bread crumbs to the bowl and mix thoroughly with a large spoon. The more you mix it and mash it, the better it will hold together when you bake it. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Transfer the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and pack it down very firmly using the back of a spoon. Cover the top of the loaf pan with foil. Bake for 45 minutes, covered, then remove foil, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before unmolding. Run a knife around the edges of the cooked loaf to loosen, then flip onto a serving plate to unmold. Slice and serve.

Chef’s note: Recipe can be halved to serve 3 to 4 people. If halving, bake in an 8-by-4-by-3-inch loaf pan for 30 minutes covered, then 15 more minutes uncovered.

For assembly (Golden Gravy):

1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat and sauté onion until soft. Add nutritional yeast and flour, and stir for about 1 minute. Add water, soy sauce, thyme and garlic powder. Continue to cook, whisking continuously, until mixture is very thick. Transfer gravy to a blender and purée until smooth. Adjust seasonings, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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Coconut Mashed Yams With Currants

3 large garnet or other yams, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

1 cup canned coconut milk, mixed well before measuring

1/3 cup maple syrup or packed brown sugar

1/3 cup currants, soaked in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes and drained

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Place yam pieces in a large pot and cover with cold water. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and return to pot.

2. Add coconut milk, maple syrup, salt and spices, and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste. Add more coconut milk for a creamier texture and more maple syrup for a sweeter flavor. Mix in currants and serve.

Yield: 6 servings

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Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Toasted Hazelnuts

1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts

1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon (or 10 grinds) black pepper

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped (optional) 

Preheat oven to 375 °F.
To prepare the Brussels sprouts, remove any yellow or brown outer leaves, cut off the stems, and cut in half.

In a large bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt, and pepper together. Once all of the Brussels sprouts are coated in oil, spread them in a 9-by-13-inch (or larger) baking dish or sheet tray to roast. Place in oven. (You may want to line your sheet tray with foil for easy cleanup because the caramelizing process leaves a sticky residue.)

After 15 minutes, stir the Brussels sprouts with a spatula or large spoon to even out the browning. After 30 minutes, stir in the maple syrup.

Continue to roast the Brussels sprouts for about 15 more minutes or until they are fork-tender (about 45 minutes total).

Toss the roasted Brussels sprouts with the hazelnuts and devour!

Yield: 6 servings.

Note: Steps 1 through 4 can be done a day in advance. Store Brussels sprouts covered in the refrigerator, and finish with Steps 5 and 6 right before serving.

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Pumpkin Tiramisu

For the Pumpkin Crème:

1/3 cup cornstarch or arrowroot

1/4 cup water
3/4 cup canned coconut milk, mixed well before measuring

1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée

3/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Vanilla Cake:

3 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten-free all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum)

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups soy, almond or rice milk

1 cup canola oil

1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla or almond extract

For the espresso soak:

1/2 cup amaretto

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons instant espreso

For assembly:

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (dairy-free), ground in a food processor or finely chopped

1. To make the Pumpkin Crème: In a small bowl, thoroughly mix cornstarch and water with a whisk or fork and set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together coconut milk, pumpkin purée, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and salt, and heat over medium heat until it just begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Slowly drizzle cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, whisking continuously. Cook until the mixture becomes very thick, about 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Pour the crème into a bowl and let cool about 15 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap so that the plastic wrap is touching the top of the crème. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

3. To make the Vanilla Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease three 8- or 9-inch round cake pans or one 9-by-13-inch pan and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together nondairy milk, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not overmix.

5. Fill each prepared cake pan evenly with batter. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out mostly clean, with a few crumbs clinging to it. Rotate the cakes halfway through the baking time. Cool the cakes completely before assembly.
6. To make the Espresso Soak: In a small bowl, whisk amaretto, water and espresso until espresso dissolves.

7. To assemble: In a large bowl or trifle dish, place one layer of cake (trim to fit) at the bottom and drizzle it with the Espresso Soak. Spread a layer of Pumpkin Crème on top and generously sprinkle with ground chocolate. Repeat this process for 2 more layers until all components are used up. You could also cut the cake into mini rounds for individual servings in mini trifle dishes or ramekins.

Yield: 1 (8-inch) trifle or 6 to 8 mini-trifles.

Reader's Digest
Originally Published in Reader's Digest

Perri O. Blumberg
A former food editor at Reader's Digest, Perri Blumberg is a writer and editor based in New York City. After attending Columbia University, where she received a BA in psychology, she went on to study food at a health-supportive culinary school. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, Men's Journal, Country Living, and on Mind, Body, Green, among others.

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