5 Plant-Based Dishes to Try
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by Mary Atwater, YSC Associate Marketing & Communication Manager | Dec 7, 2017
This year for Thanksgiving, my family agreed to a plant-based (vegan) meal. In the course of 90 seconds, I hit a range of emotions from delighted to full panic. What was I going to make?! Making a turkey-less Thanksgiving for meat-lovers seemed like mission impossible. Thankfully, I had a handful of go-to recipes and found easy-to-make recipes in the New York Times’ Cooking section. I hope you and your family love these 5 recipes (and one honorable mention) and you find my tips (and failures) helpful. If not, I blame mercury retrograde.
1. Butternut Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions and Shiitake Bacon.
I adapted a recipe by vegan superstar, Chef Chloe Coscarelli and added my favorite topper, shiitake bacon! This recipe works as an appetizer or part of the main meal. I took Chloe’s advice and made the butternut squash topping in advance– you can make your butternut and shiitake toppings up to 3 days in advance and keep it refrigerated.
2. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa Stuffing
This is a dish that is easily customized to fit your preferences. Don’t like cranberries? Switch it out with another dried fruit, like apricots. Add in more veggies or remove them if needed. This recipes can also work with portobello mushrooms, like this recipe.
One tip: Rinse quinoa before cooking to help remove the outer coating that can give a bitter taste.
3. Autumn Salad and Brussel Sprouts with Walnuts
4. Vegan Chocolate-Pumpkin Bread Pudding
What’s a meal without dessert! This bread pudding was so indulgent you won’t even miss the eggs or dairy! If you forgot to pick up day-old (read: stale) bread, don’t worry! Slice the bread and leave it out overnight. If you are like me and in a rush, turn the oven on 350* and let toast for 15-20 minutes–but frequently check on the bread to make sure it doesn’t get too brown. Do not do what I did: turn on the broiler setting and forget about the bread. Whoops
The recipe itself is fool-proof… except for when you accidentally burned the bread… and this Chef Chloe recipe was just as good as a brunch-time snack.
5. Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make everything I wanted to make, but this instant pot mac & cheese recipe is so cheesy you won’t believe there’s no dairy!