Stress-Free Thanksgiving Recipe

Are you doing a casual friendsgiving this year? Or just looking for a low-maintenance way to celebrate Turkey Day with the fam? Either way, we found a really cute recipe by Brittany of www.ilovevegan.com for a vegan (yes, we said vegan) Thanksgiving bowl that is fast, easy, and quickly made non-vegan by adding turkey, if you like. This recipe features yummy veggies, potatoes, and drizzled with pecans, and is absolutely delicious serving up the holiday feels without the fuss… here is the recipe (for 2 servings worth of T-Day goodness):

Ingredients

Sweet Roasted Squash and Carrots

-1 large carrot, peel, quarter and cut into 2" long pieces

-½ sliced medium acorn squash

-1 tbsp olive oil

-1 tbsp brown sugar

-salt, to taste

-black pepper, to taste

Roasted Garlic Broccoli

-1½ -2 cup broccoli florets

-2 cloves minced garlic

-½ tbsp olive oil

-salt, to taste

-black pepper, to taste

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

-1½ cups brussels sprouts, halved

-½ tbsp olive oil

-1 tsp brown sugar

-salt, to taste

-black pepper, to taste

Mashed Creamer Potatoes

-1½ lb bag of potatoes (Russets work)

-1 cup vegetable broth

-1 tbsp vegan butter

-¼ tsp salt

-dried thyme and oregano (just a pinch of each)

Easy Vegan Gravy

-1 tbsp vegan butter (or olive oil)

-2 tbsp flour

-¼ tsp each of onion powder, thyme, and oregano

-1 cup vegetable broth

Other

-1 can cranberry sauce

-¼ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

Roasted Veggies

1.    Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, mix carrots and acorn squash with olive oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Spread both the carrots and the squash out on your baking sheet. Next, mix halved brussels sprouts in the same bowl with brown sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper, then spread them out on the same baking sheet. Finally, mix the broccoli with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread the broccoli on the baking sheet and put baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. About halfway through the cooking time, flip and stir everything on the baking sheet and sprinkle everything with ¼ cup of chopped pecans, and top the squash with an extra sprinkle of brown sugar.

Mashed Creamer Potatoes

1.    While everything is baking, you can boil your potatoes and make your gravy. Boil the potatoes for 15 minutes (until tender) before mashing them with vegetable broth, vegan butter, salt, dried thyme and oregano.

Easy Vegan Gravy

1.    In a small saucepan, heat vegan butter over medium heat. Once hot, whisk in the flour, salt, thyme, and oregano, and mix well. Cook for 1 minute before slowly whisking in the veggie broth. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until thick, adjusting the consistency with extra vegetable broth as needed

Serve with cranberry sauce, top mashed potatoes and/or roasted veggies with gravy, and have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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