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Plant-based Thanksgiving Menu for 2-4

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I can’t leave out our planty friends, this Thanksgiving! These are some of my favorite plant-forward Thanksgiving recipes that together make up the most delicious plant-based Thanksgiving menu. Even better- this menu is designed for a smaller crowd (2-4), which many of us need this year, right? It’s easily doubled or tripled for more!Chef’s Note: This is not 100% plant-based/vegan, there is some cheese, butter and eggs- all of which are easily eliminated substituted if you would like to make this menu entirely plant-based.

Menu:

What you’ll need:

Fresh:

  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1 small onion or 1 large shallot
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 8-oz box mushrooms
  • 1 bunch fresh sage
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 cups (1 16-oz clamshell) mixed greens
  • 1 pear, sliced thin
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • Goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 eggs (or egg substitute)

Dry:

  • Avocado or olive oil, as needed
  • 1 cup wild rice blend
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • Maple syrup
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Grainy dijon mustard
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Sweet potato puree (pumpkin works here, too)
  • Tahini
  • Blanched almond flour
  • Arrowroot flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Cumin
  • Sea salt
  • Vanilla extract

Additionally (for cheese board):

  • 2-3 x cheeses
  • 1 x nuts
  • 1 x dried fruit
  • 1 x spread

Prep Plan

1 day ahead:

  • Make Sweet Potato Pecan Loaf
  • Make Cashew Cream
  • Optional: roast squash ahead of time (stuff and reheat day of)
  • Cook wild rice
  • Prepare Rosemary Hummus

Day of:

  • 1 hour before: Prepare squash (and/or reheat just before serving)
  • Prepare stuffing while squash is cooking
  • Prepare salad
  • Prepare salad dressing
  • Prepare cheese board
  • Toss salad before serving
  • Ice loaf before sitting down

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