VegNews reported on this year’s advent of Vegan MoFo before the fated month of innovative vegan food blog posts, and now we find ourselves more than halfway through MoFo, just on the cusp of Thanksgiving. If hours spent perusing vegan blogs have told us anything, it’s that MoFoers know how to do Thanksgiving! Innumerable bloggers have posted Thanksgiving-related content—from meat cakes to taquitos to tarts, and we’ve been paying attention.
The Thanksgiving MoFo madness arguably got going after VegNews Editor-At-Large Laura Hooper Beck issued a challenge on Vegansaurus to reproduce a Thanksgiving “cake” that included turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and marshmallows. Vegan Good Things, Vegan Sugar and Spice, and Mo Betta Vegan were among those who responded, creating towering works of art including ingredients such as vegan marshmallows, Tofurky, mashed sweet potatoes, seitan, cranberry sauce, and more. These structures of one-stop Thanksgiving delight must be seen to be believed!
With her mind keenly focused on potential Thanksgiving menus, Mo, from Mo Betta Vegan, recently came up with her own potential Thanksgiving feast, including Seitan En Croute, mac and cheeze, collard and sausage stuffing, baked tofu, and cashew gravy. MoFo founder herself Isa Chandra Moskowitz posted an invaluable Thanksgiving-in-an-hour menu on her Post Punk Kitchen blog complete with chickpea cutlets, Three-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Broccoli, Savory Mushroom Gravy, and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes.
Kim Garr of C’est La Vegan also prepared a list of Thanksgiving potentials, including the downright drool-worthy Pepper-Crusted Cashew Goat Cheese, Cauliflower Bisque with Buttered Breadcrumbs, Green Bean Casserole, Holiday Nut Roast, and Pumpkin Patch Cheesecake.
“I love participating in Vegan MoFo because while it’s definitely a challenge, it’s also a great shot in the arm for the blog, and forces me to stay on top of posting everyday,” she says. “It also feels like a special event since so many people participate,” says Garr, who also runs the C’est La V online bakeshop that produces vegan baked goods and also provides vegan catering. Garr’s dream Thanksgiving spread is classic, but perfect, including mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, and biscuits, but she also says that “actually I think my dream would be for all of it to magically appear while I sit back and relax, and then for the dishes to be magically washed afterwards.” Garr chose her blog spread after starting the tradition of hosting an all-vegan Thanksgiving.
“In the three years of hosting we’ve only had one other vegan at the table. The fact that our non-vegan friends love the food and have favorites that they request is the highest compliment to me. So when putting together the Thanksgiving post, I wanted to include my favorite dishes, along with the ones that seem to be favorites with our guests. Then I tried to include some of things I often serve at parties that are also big hits with non-vegans, mainly in the appetizer section of the post. I also chose to feature a couple things that aren’t traditionally associated with the holiday (like Chocolate Chip Date Cake), but that are really tasty, and would make a nice addition alongside the usual Thanksgiving suspects.”
For stunning side dishes, try the Brussels Sprouts Hash from Vegan Soul Power, Mashed Acorn Squash from Veggiegirl Health Counseling, and Green Bean Casserole from Etsy Vegan. Centerpieces abound with Robin Robertson’s Thanksgiving Meat Pie, Thanksgiving taquitos, Roasted Vegetable Tart, and Holiday Ham. A VegNews favorite is Terry Hope Romero’s cornbread stuffing, perfect for dressing roasted winter squash.
When dessert time rolls around (finally!), try a sweet digestif in the form of Limoncello, or just dig straight into the Vanilla Pumpkin Pie. Whichever way you play it, have a happy Thanksgiving, and spend your Buy Nothing Day reading what promises to be a multitude of vegan bloggers recounting their own delicious Thanksgivings via the Vegan MoFo google feed over at Vegan MoFo Headquarters International.