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No Beast Feast: A Vegan Holiday Dinner

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Do you get a little sad when "The Grinch carves the Roast Beast"?

Do you cringe when when they chop off the head of the "Chinese Turkey" at the end of "A Christmas Story"?

Do you think Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving dinner of popcorn and toast sounds pretty good?

If so, I think you will enjoy the No Beast Feast:

Tofurkey with Gravy
Apple Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Medley
Christmas Coleslaw

And for Dessert:
Pumpkin Apple Bread Pudding.

So clean out the root cellar, and get cooking!





 
 
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Step 1: Soy Butter

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Okay, first thing is to make some soy butter:

You'll need:
1/2 C Soy Milk
1C vegetable oil
2tsp Lemon Juice
And a blender.

Put the soy milk in the blender, and turn it on. Pour the oil in slowly. When it's thick, add the lemon juice.

Done!
(it's sort of a cross between sourcream and butter. We use it in two recipes for the feast.)


Step 2: Christmas Coleslaw

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You don't normally think of coleslaw when you think of x-mas dinner, but here's why I made it.
- I had some cabbage to use up, and I don't like cooked cabbage that much
- I like salad with dinner, but good lettuce is hard to find in the winter.
- It's red and green, very x-masy.

The crisp, cold, and tangy coleslaw goes well with this dinner.

You'll need.
Some cabbage. (Say 1/2 a head red and 1 small head green)
1/2 C Cider vinegar, (or red wine vinegar)
1/2 of the soy butter (see step 1)
2 tsp sugar
1- 2T Spicy Mustard
Kohlrabi or celeric if you have it
salt and pepper.

Shred the cabbage, put it in a big bowl. Julienne the Kohlrabi and/or celeric, and add it to the cabbage.
Add the vinegar, soy butter, sugar, mustard, and salt and pepper.
toss it all up, cover it and put it in the fridge for a few hours.

Nicky357479 months ago
I realize that this an older post, but my family and I make a Christmas Slaw too. I guess that I thought we were the only ones. :P
TP_inc9 months ago
your kids are deprived
squawkamole3 years ago
Trader Joe's is where I get them , even good cold!
wertyleigh3 years ago
Just a random note; Rutabagas are also known as Swedes in much of England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. >.>

I had to google to find out that the heck a Rutabaga was. -blushs-
Momma_Bear4 years ago
 This stuff sounds wicked good.  Do you eat the pumpkin that the pudding is baked in?
yup. it's really good.
axegrrl3 years ago
The pumpkin from the garden *just now* finished ripening...three weeks after Halloween! I've been trying to figure out how to use it for Thanksgiving, and now I know -- thanks!
that's great! Our were ready way too early this year. They ripened in August, and were almost too squishy to make jack o lanterns at halloween.
Turpis3 years ago
Never understood why vegans try to replicate non vegan dishes. There are so many delicious meals which are innately vegan to begin with. Eating meat/animal by-products is itself a tradition so whats wrong with having some Indian fare if you are already bucking one tradition?

My brother and I planned a sideboard of veggie dishes for his GF. Except it was an alternate history meal where the sub-continent Indians actually inhabited north america
steamed artichoke hearts are a wonderful meat substitute. ^-^
PKM5 years ago
This actually sounds remarkably good as a committed carnivore.. I might try some of that pineapple/soy/maple/onion marinade anyway, it sounds delicious. I can probably live without egg substitute (what exactly is egg subtitute?) but I can't argue with the mashed medley.
bettbee PKM5 years ago
The egg substitute is probably a product called EnerG Egg Replacer, found at health food stores and stores like Whole Foods. It's a powder you mix with water in a certain ratio and add to things that will be baked. Where the leavening aspect of eggs isn't the required property, you can also use applesauce or blenderized silken tofu for the eggs.
domestic_engineer (author)  PKM5 years ago
egg substitute is weird. i think it's just soy and flour, but it works. we started using it just to try it, but it's really handy for when you run out of eggs.

you can also use ground flax in place of eggs. that's really good in cakes and cookies. the flax gives a yummy nutty flavor. (3T boiling water + 1T flax seed = 1 egg)

Its easier to use Soft Tofu all blended up (i think 1/4 cup = 1 egg) becasue has more of an egg texture, so it makes the stuff stick together, and serves the same purpose as eggs would.

My mom has an anaphylactic allergy to Eggs, andwhenevr she makes things that use eggs she uses tofu, and it tastes exactly the same as it would with eggs. Cept with pancakes, cuz yo can taste the egg in pancakes an i hate that =P so it tastes better in pancakes.
jls247125 years ago
I was searching for BBQ tofu and summer ideas and stumbled across this Instructable. Thank you soooo much. I can't wait to try the pumpkin bread this fall. And I'm definitely going to spice up the Tofurkey this Thanksgiving with your recipe. Thanks for taking the time to share this great holiday idea with us. Peace, jance.
basjan5 years ago
I like the idea of vegan meals, it looks great.
I've never seen a recipe like this for soy butter, but I'm really excited to try it. Have you ever made it will almond or rice milk? Could you use it as a condiment to replace store bought soy butter or is better just as an ingredient in other recipes?
domestic_engineer (author)  tofuttibreak5 years ago
I've only tried soy milk, but i'm sure any kind will work. I tried it on toast, and it wasn't very good. Maybe with some salt. It's more like sour cream than butter. It's really good on potatoes, or french fries. I like your screen name. Mmmmmmmm...... toffuti.
ItsTheHobbs5 years ago
AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! It's like a nightmare!!!!!! (for me at least, I require meat)
cheezstake5 years ago
I saw your first picture and thought, "Hey that's our holiday meal!" We have the tofurkey in the freezer ready for Christmas. We've been meat free for over two years now and have never felt better. I will try your stuffing recipe this Christmas. THANKS!!
Looks good! And I have to admit eating vegan/vegetarian on the holidays is much easier on your body. I had a veggie Thanksgiving with friends and a traditional one as well. You're less likely to pass out in a chair somewhere with your pants unbuttoned without all the meat. :P