Posts Tagged ‘vegan Thanksgiving’
Baked Carrots

This Thanksgiving, I want to try something a little different. Usually, my Look at how delicious that broth is!Thanksgiving is made up of creamy casseroles and sugar-laden side-dishes. It would be easy for me to veganize those dishes and call it a day. But, knowing that the average American consumes something north of 3000 calories on Thanksgiving, I’m going to go another way. Sure, I’m still going to serve up the sweet potato casserole (with reduced fat and sugar), and I’ll probably even go with the string bean and mushroom casserole with french fried onions. However, I’m also actively seeking out side dishes that feature  fall vegetables paired with delicious spices.

So, instead of taking some carrots out of a can and slathering them in butter and brown sugar, I decided to find a savory side dish that would give the root vegetables all the credit they deserve.

Just Like Mom Used to Make

Cream of mushroom soup: anyone from my generation knows that there are many different

Mine is brown because I used soy sauce in the gravy. You shouldn't do that and I shouldn't have either.

things one can do with a can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup.  You can pour it over chicken for a fancy dinner dish, you can use it in a chicken pot pie, and sometimes, if it’s a major holiday, you can mix it with string beans and bake it into a casserole.

Which brings me to an interesting conversation I had the other day. Allegedly, in the midwestern states, a casserole is a dish that is always made with Ritz crackers and Jello. What I call a casserole is referred to as a “hot dish”.  I would appreciate it greatly if anyone out there could shed some light on this for me. A quick google search did turn up some evidence in favor of this assertion, but I would really love it if someone actually from the mid-west could corroborate.

Anyway, this is the first of my Thanksgiving posts. During the month of November, we will be test-driving recipes for the end of the month. Hopefully we’ll be able to scare up enough people to actually host a Thanksgiving dinner, but if not, at least there will be plenty of seasonal fun for us and plenty of ideas for you.