Well, it's done and I'm so full it's really ridiculous. I need to change out of these jeans and into some sweatpants stat! Things went very well. I did cook all day but I was able to keep it all under control and didn't stress out one bit.
I showed you yesterday what the pie and butternut gratin looked like. And now for the pics of the rest. Please excuse the poor lighting. They were all taken at different times of day.
The awesome tofu veg loaf. This was fantastic with orange herb gravy which you can see on the left. Gravy recipe is at the end of this post. Loaf recipe is here.
Dijon glazed carrots. This was a last minute addition and I wish I would have made a bigger dish of it. It was delicious. A hint of spice from the mustard and sweet from brown sugar melded beautifully in a "buttery" sauce. Recipe to be found here. (Replace the butter with Earth Balance margarine!)
Green Bean Casserole. Enough said. Recipe is here.
And my plate. Starting at top left: Loaf with gravy, butternut gratin and stuffing, mash and gravy, glazed carrots, green bean casserole and cranberry with mandarins.
Food, food glorious food! This was a great 2nd vegan Thanksgiving for me, Can't wait for next year!
Here's the recipe for the gravy. This year I made it a little better by adding a few TB of Earth Balance and a tsp. of miso paste to it. I swear I can't stay away from the miso! This is optional of course. If you don't have it, it's ok. The gravy will still taste great without it.
Orange Herb Gravy
2 cups vegetable broth
1 TB soy sauce (or more)
1/2 tsp fresh parsley, minced
1/2 tsp fresh snipped rosemary
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
2 TB cornstarch mixed with 2 TB water
2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
2 TB (or more) frozen orange juice concentrate (like Minute Maid etc..)
2 TB Earth Balance * (new addition)
1 tsp miso paste * (new addition and optional)
Bring the veggie broth to a boil in a medium pot or skillet. Add the soy sauce and herbs. Reduce heat to simmer, then add the cornstarch/water mixture, stirring or whisking constantly to thicken. Allow to simmer for a few minutes until thick. Then add nutritional yeast and orange juice concentrate and stir until the concentrate melts. You may add more if you want a tangier, citrusy flavor. *Add the Earth Balance and miso and stir until both are dissolved into the gravy. Simmer a little longer until gravy is hot. Season with more salt or soy sauce if desired.