Holiday cooking memories

Holiday cooking memories

It’s Thanksgiving & I will admit that I am missing the buzz & preparation of this holiday!  However I know that although we are not preparing a feast this year, even here in Sweden we plan to, in coming years, celebrate this holiday as we usually do- with a beautiful, diverse spread of delicious dishes.  Now that we are in Sweden I also look forward to opening our homes to friends who also spent years celebrating this holiday as well as those for whom the Thanksgiving feast is a novelty.

I started celebrating Thanksgiving with entirely vegan preparations in 2014.  I not only enjoy this holiday for the culinary focus but I love the flavors & identity of Autumn cooking & the produce of the season. I’m excited to pay a little tribute to this day with these food memories & to look forward to making more Thanksgiving memories in the kitchen & with family & friends. Included below are photos from recent Christmas & Thanksgiving meals.

My first Vegan Thanksgiving

Portobello mushrooms stuffed with Minnesota wild rice, shallots, tomatoes & topped with crispy sage

Gardein Holiday Roast

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (Recipe: Minimalist Baker)

Cranberry Jelly

Tomatoes & parsley with olive oil & sea salt

A close up of the Gardein Holiday Roast- one of many delicious vegan roasts available at grocery stores in the USA

In the USA, there are many great vegan roasts options available at grocery stores- Field Roast Grain Meat Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute (pictured above & below) is one of my favorites.


Butternut Squash Purée

I call this ‘my beloved creamy, sweet (with a touch of salty) Butternut Squash Purée recipe, view here

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash Purée & Field Roast Grain Meat Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute & Grape Tomatoes

Ingredients spread for Christmas dinner 2014

Christmas 2014

Macadamia Nut, Basil & Olive Oil Spread

Arugula with Grape Tomatoes, Grapeseed Oil & Sea Salt

Grilled Asparagus

Minnesota Wild Rice with American Parsley & Shallots

Steamed Brussel Sprouts drizzled with Hazelnut Oil

Gardein Holiday Roast with Cranberry, Kale & Wild Rice Stuffing

Pacific Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Sea Salt, Black Pepper & Earth Balance Buttery Spread

Basil Leaves

Close up of a pecan pie I made one holiday recently.  There are many fantastic recipes online for vegan pies & if you want to include vegan desserts in your holiday spread but aren’t up for baking, there are increasingly more & more bakeries specializing in dairy free & vegan desserts where you can order up a pie (or two) for the holidays & simply pick up!

For those seeking to make their holiday spreads more vegan friendly, or for vegans looking for tips to navigate this holiday season when dinner parties & gatherings might not have many vegan options, I hope you enjoy this piece I wrote that was published in the Holiday 2015 issue of Vegan Health & Fitness magazine.  It includes tips for those hosting vegan family & friends (or who are simply interested in how to include more vegan options at their holiday dinner) as well as ideas for vegans during the holiday season & recipe references from a number of food bloggers & chefs.

Happy Holidays from our home to yours!

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