A holiday rich in tradition, stuffing, pumpkin pie, childhood memories, and family drama is being celebrated in a new (and improved?) way. It’s Thanksgiving, with a twist. Invite your friends for a more casual, less traditional version of Thanksgiving and you have “Friendsgiving”! I hosted my Vegan Friendsgiving last week and it was full of laughter, love and vegan dishes inspired by the good ol’ traditional favorites. Even my non-Vegan friends were loving these 7 Friendsgiving Dishes that are an absolute must to put on your menu.
Friendsgiving is a new way to celebrate Thanksgiving twice and double up on the festivities, once with friends and then with family. And for those who are stuck on the other side of the country from their families, your holiday blues will disappear after a night of good friends and holiday tastes! So, Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s time to get your cooking A-game on! What’s on your menu? Below are my top 7 Friendsgiving dishes for some Thanksgiving feast inspiration.
Fun tip: Add a place card and pens to each table setting so your guests can write down what they are grateful for…read aloud at the table or save to read the morning after your guests leave for a special treat for the host!
7 Friendsgiving Dishes: New Vegan Traditions
1. Roasted Acorn Squash
These gorgeous Vegan Roasted Acorn Squash are stuffed with so many veggies, yet taste like the sweet comfort of home. Quick and so easy to make, these beauties are an absolutely delicious addition to your Friendsgiving! The squash and cranberry combo is so so good and loaded with nutrition! When these roasted squash halves start bubbling and producing the aroma of the holidays, you know they’re ready to devour.
2. Roasted Rosemary Sage Potatoes and Rainbow Carrots
Try my Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and add sage and rainbow carrots for a holiday flair…yum yum!
3. Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash
Cook and Prep Time: 30 minutes
5 medium beets, peeled and cut into thin strands
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 T fresh sage, chopped
3 T fresh thyme, chopped
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add beets and butternut squash to a foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with coconut oil and a dash of salt and pepper.
Roast for 50 minutes.
In a large pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat and add sage, thyme, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. Cook for 5 minutes until boiling. Reduce heat to low and stir until mixture turns into a glaze.
Toss roasted beets and butternut squash into glaze. Combine well.
Serve warm or cold.
4. Vegan Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmigiana
For a non-traditional Thanksgiving dish, try an Italian theme…you just may make it your own tradition! I love to make vegan tamales or Vegan Eggplant Parmigiana for the holidays!
5. Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
This warm bubbly comfort dessert is the perfect ending to a Thanksgiving feast. My Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp is so yummy you would never know it’s healthy!
Cook and Prep Time: 50 minutes
6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 T natural maple syrup or agave nectar
2 t pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 T gluten-free flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
1 t lemon zest
1 T fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup almond meal
2 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar or coconut sugar
pinch of sea salt
3 T coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8×8 baking dish with vegan butter.
Combine apples, and all apple mixture ingredients in a large bowl.
Transfer apple mixture to buttered baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients (it is easier to use your hands to combine) until crumbly.
Top the apple mixture with the crumble and bake for 50 minutes, until the golden and bubbly.
Let rest for 15 minutes and serve with coconut yogurt or nice cream!
6. Vegan Pumpkin Nice Cream
Need a little ice cream with your apple pie? This is the absolute best kind of ice cream…nice cream! It’s creamy, sweet and tastes just like pumpkin pie…and it’s soooo good for you! All you need is some pumpkin, bananas, almond butter, dates, and pumpkin pie spice!
Cook and Prep Time: 15 minutes
2 frozen bananas
2 T almond butter
3 T pumpkin puree
1/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t pumpkin pie spice
Blood orange, sliced
Blend all ingredients together. I like to use my Vitamix. And voila! Pumpkin Nice Cream!
If you will be eating this later, pour into a freezer safe container. Let thaw for 5 minutes and spoon into dishes when you are ready to eat! I like to garnish with cranberry sauce and a slice of blood orange.
7. Raw Pumpkin Bliss Bars
These delightful raw pumpkin bars taste just like pumpkin pie and are vegan and gluten-free…enjoy all the indulgence without the guilt!
These 7 Friendsgiving Dishes are full of traditional tastes without the dairy, butter, and meat. What are you making this Friendsgiving?
Mama on the Glow