A Gluten-Free, Vegan Thanksgiving (Holiday) Menu with a Little Help from My Friends

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This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Allergy-Free Wednesdays.

“I get by with a little help from my friends.” Yes, that’s a line from the famous song that John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned in their Beatles days. I love that song. Just thinking about the song and the words make me happy, and I can’t help but sing along whenever I hear it. It has such simple lyrics (like many Beatles tunes), but yet shares a powerful and prevailing message. Recently, I gave a presentation to our local vegetarian group. I was asked to develop a gluten-free, vegan menu for this event. At first, I was a bit flummoxed. Holy moly, I thought, prepare a whole meal for these folks? But, no, the group organizers didn’t expect me to prepare a whole meal … thank goodness. They simply wanted me to share a gluten-free, vegan menu plan with them; make a dish or two myself perhaps (okay, I ended up making six, but who’s counting?); and also have a few of their members make some of the recipes on my menu as well. Now that I could do! So I looked at some of my favorite vegan recipes here on gfe, but I also looked to other blogger friends who could supply some gluten-free, vegan recipes.

I’m sharing the resulting menu with you today. Of course, it includes a few “bonus” recipes, too—ones that either I ran out of time and did not get to make, or other worthy ones that have just popped up on the interwebs in the last few days. It is really hard for me to stop adding recipes when so many good ones are out there! Anyway, at the vegetarian group meeting, we shared this awesome meal (and more gluten-free, vegan dishes) right before I gave my presentation. Everyone loved it! Sorry that there are no photos from the actual luncheon, but many thanks to my blogger friends who have allowed me to share the photos of their recipes today! You’ll notice that many of these recipes are naturally gluten free and vegan; no special ingredients are needed because as always the focus is on real food here at gfe. And please don’t hurriedly click away if you don’t happen to be vegan; everyone can enjoy these recipes.

Starters …

Kathi’s Great Salad from me here at gfe—I keep telling folks to try this salad because all who do become converts, even if they start out not liking salad. Seriously … it’s that good! Folks debate whether it’s the combination of ingredients or dressing—or both?—that make this salad so appealing.

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Kathi’s Great Salad from gfe

Sprouted Lentil Salad from Dr. Vikki at HealthNow Medical CenterAs Dr. Vikki notes, the eggs must be omitted and Vegenaise must be used for the vegan version. Follow the link to see the photo. This salad is chock full of goodness and looks amazing! I’ve never had sprouted lentils before, but I’d like to try them.

Sprouted Lentil Salad from Dr. Vikki Petersen at HealthNOW

Sprouted Lentil Salad from Dr. Vikki Petersen at HealthNOW

Moroccan Spicy Tomato Soup from Ricki at Diet, Dessert and DogsWhat a quick and easy soup this is to make! And a crowd pleaser, too! I’ve included it in the “Starters” category, but it could easily be an entrée. I added a cup of tomato juice and used my immersion blender near the end of cooking so this soup would be less chunky. I used Ricki’s secret ingredient—peanut butter (I know … I’m such a spoiler!)—but I would like to use almond butter instead next time. (Note:  That’s how Ricki says that she makes this soup now, but she states that you do have to adjust the other ingredients, namely the amount of tomatoes, to get the right balance with almond butter as the recipe is written for peanut butter.)

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Moroccan Spicy Tomato Soup from Diet, Dessert and Dogs

Zucchini Socca with Caramelized Onions from Beth of Tasty Yummies (shared at Healthful Pursuit)—Be honest now … Beth had most of you at Caramelized Onions, right? And that factor does make this socca extra delicious, but socca of any kind is an easy and special treat for anyone. Beth has definitely taken socca up a notch with her zucchini and caramelized onion version though, providing not only a great-tasting socca, but also a beautiful savory treat!

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Zucchini Socca with Caramelized Onions from Tasty Yummies


Mains …

Faux Pulled Pork (aka Jackfruit Barbecue) from Johnna over at In Johnna’s KitchenThis is one of those recipes that you have to make and sample to believe! Young Green Jackfruit purchased from your local Asian or international market is the star of this recipe. It’s sort of a star in disguise though as once it’s combined with the barbecue mixture, slow cooked for several hours, and shredded, it’s a dead ringer for the classic barbecue. Serve on your favorite gluten-free vegan bun; your guests will love you!

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Faux Pulled Pork from In Johnna’s Kitchen

Vegan “Meat”balls from Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs—Shared on the VegNews site (see a photo there). I sooo want to make these meatballs and had planned to, but the oven-baked method for brown rice did not work for me and I didn’t have time to make more brown rice to create these clearly amazing meatballs. Meatballs are one of my favorites though, so I will be making these soon.

Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Pasta with Smoky Cream Sauce also from Johnna of In Johnna’s Kitchen—Johnna created this recipe after eating a similar dish at Mario Batali’s Otto restaurant in New York City. She states that her version is quite a bit different than Otto’s, but it still sounds fantastic and like another “must make” to me given the heavenly ingredients. The name alone makes one salivate.

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Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Pasta with Smoky Cream Sauce from In Johnna’s Kitchen

Lentil “Meat” Loaf also from Beth at Tasty Yummies (shared at Healthful Pursuit)—As I reminded the folks making the recipes, the oats used in this lentil loaf must be certified gluten-free. Most of us who are gluten free are aware that mainstream gluten-free oats contain gluten, but the message bears repeating. The helpful group member who made this well-liked recipe said that she preferred it with a bit more barbecue sauce.

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Lentil Meatloaf from Tasty Yummies

Sides …

Surprise (Tortilla Chip) Stuffing from me here at gfeAdditional seasonings and ingredients (e.g., onions, mushrooms, chestnuts, cranberries, apples) are a must for the vegan version of this super easy stuffing. And, yes, it really is made from tortilla chips!

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Surprise Tortilla Chip Stuffing from gluten free easily

Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger from Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen–I can’t even begin to tell you how much I and others love this recipe! Some folks are a bit leery when they see fresh ginger root in the ingredients, but this combo works and all greatly enjoy this recipe, even some very skeptical folks. My mom has been requesting it for all our family meals since I first made it last Thanksgiving, and I’m very happy to oblige. This year she even picked up the green beans for me when she was at the grocery store!

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Roasted Green Beans with Red Pepper, Garlic, and Ginger from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Breads …

Sweet Potato Biscuits from me at gfe—Note that I used a little less oil and also less sugar for the batch I made for the meeting. Feel free to adjust those to personal preferences, but these Sweet Potato Biscuits are a lovely side of sweetness in biscuit form. I heard one mom at the vegetarian group offering her young son one of these biscuits. He was not interested until she told him they were sweet, then he gobbled one down!

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Sweet Potato Biscuits from gluten free easily

Brazilian Un-Cheese Rolls from me at gfe—This is the recipe that saves the day when you have a small amount of leftover hummus that you just don’t know how you are going to use, because that’s the secret ingredient in these delicious rolls. You can also use this recipe to make excellent sandwich rolls. You simply place more batter on your baking sheet and use a spoon to spread it out to the size roll you want, and then bake. FYI:  A vegan version of my Blackened Black Bean Burger is great sandwiched between two of these and Johnna’s (In Johnna’s Kitchen) Faux Pulled Pork (shown further down in this post) is also yummy on these rolls!

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Brazilian Un-Cheese Rolls from gluten free easily

If you are looking for gluten-free, loaf bread recipes, check out my Top 20 Gluten-Free Bread Recipe Roundup because it includes six vegan recipes! Here’s one example—from Ali at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen—shown below.

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Farmhouse Seed Bread from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Desserts …

Flourless, Egg-Free Nut Butter (or Sunbutter) Cookies with a Secret Ingredient from me at gfe—Long-time readers know I love flourless recipes. They allow you not to worry about all the different kinds of gluten-free flours and flour mixes, plus they let you taste the real essence of the cookie. The secret ingredient—and only a small amount of it—provides the binding in this recipe. This is another ingredient, like the aforementioned hummus, which we usually have just a little bit left of, so this recipe saves you from wasting food. Now that’s a great rationale for making cookies! This recipe is sure to appeal to the kiddos at your holiday table who are not as keen on pie.

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Secret Ingredient Flourless Nut Butter Cookies from gluten free easily

Crustless Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie from here at gfe—A small amount of gluten-free flour mix added to the other ingredients allows this traditional holiday pie to “stand on its own,” so to speak. If you decide you must have a crust, feel free to use this No Roll, Never Fail, Press-In Pie Crust, but I still suggest adding the gluten-free flour mix to the pie recipe for that extra bit of substance as flax “eggs” are used in this recipe.

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie from gluten free easily

Creamy Chocolate Chip Macaroons from Stacy and Matt of Paleo Parents—Just from reading the ingredients in these macarooons, one knows that these are a divine treat! Note that this recipe does require Coconut Cream Concentrate from Tropical Traditions. Also, a few of the Paleo Parents readers who made this recipe said they preferred less salt in this macaroons than the original stated, so you might want to start with less and taste your cookie dough before adding more.

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Creamy Chocolate Chip Macaroons from Paleo Parents

Okay, that’s this year’s gluten-free, vegan Thanksgiving roundup; enjoy! Look for a new gluten-free, vegan version of my 50 Meals That Are GFE soon. That sheet is part of my standard presentation package and one of the vegetarian group members rightly pointed out that there were very few vegan options. This omission, of course, was not intentional. I just listed the meals that I make as a non-vegan, non-vegetarian. So once again I’ve called upon many of my favorite gluten-free, vegan blogger friends to offer you the best meal ideas and I’m compiling that printable “tip sheet” now! It will be added to my Getting Started section with my other tip sheets and I’ll blog about it when it’s done. I hope to be back with another post (or two? I might be too hopeful there) before the big day, but Happy Thanksgiving to all who will be celebrating on Thursday!

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21 Responses to “A Gluten-Free, Vegan Thanksgiving (Holiday) Menu with a Little Help from My Friends”

  1. Ricki on November 17th, 2012 6:42 pm

    What a feast, Shirley! Everything looks terrific. And thanks so much for including my soup as well. Those sweet potato rolls are just too adorable in heart shape, and I can attest to how yummy your Brazilian rolls are, too. :) Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! xo

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2012 10:55 pm

      Hey there, Ricki–Thanks! And I have you and several others to thank. :-) I was happy to include your meatballs, too, but will be even happier when I get to make them! I really appreciate your endorsement of my Brazilian Un-Cheese Rolls, too.

      Thanks so much for the Thanksgiving wishes, Ricki! I have always been jealous of your Thanksgiving in October just because I thought it got “its own time” so to speak, but then I heard the Christmas stuff starts right after …


  2. cheryl on November 17th, 2012 6:51 pm

    What a terrific list, Shirley! I will have to include this in my T-day round up next year. Bookmarking now!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2012 11:06 pm

      Hi Cheryl–Thanks so much; that would be great! That’s such a wonderful roundup. You’ve been busy with lots of Thanksgiving posts of late … I can’t keep up with you!


  3. Kristina on November 17th, 2012 8:28 pm

    I’ll take one of everything, please! okay, well TWO servings of Ricki’s soup… AND your surprise stuffing… ;)

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2012 11:17 pm

      Kristina–Hehe on the two dishes you chose seconds of! I would have thought you would have chosen desserts, but I guess that’s just me projecting myself on you. ;-) And it’s partly because I think of you as the girl of the ultimate desserts!


  4. Beverly on November 17th, 2012 8:30 pm

    Shirley, thanks so much for all of your work that went into this! It’s very much appreciated by me!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2012 11:22 pm

      Hi Beverly–Oh, you’re welcome, Beverly. Thanks again for hosting me! The gluten-free, vegan Thanksgiving was a great idea and quite a good meeting in regard to all the food shared, discussions, etc.! :-)

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, too, dear! Hugs,

  5. Kalyn on November 18th, 2012 12:27 am

    Looks like a great selection of flavors, and thanks so much for including my green beans!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2012 11:24 pm

      Hi Kalyn–I’ve been talking about (and making!) your green bean dish ever since I first made it last Thanksgiving. It was only a matter of time before I found a way to feature it here on gfe! ;-)

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, dear!

  6. amber on November 18th, 2012 2:00 am

    Everything looks mouthwatering, Shirley!!! What a great round-up of recipes. :-)

    Have a great rest of your weekend.


    • Shirley on November 19th, 2012 11:29 pm

      Hi Amber–Thanks so much, my friend!! The weekend was pretty good; hope yours was, too! :-)

      Have a fabulous Thanksgiving with your family, dear! xo,

  7. Nance on November 18th, 2012 12:04 pm

    Oh, the Great Salad! I could eat that every day of the week, and I’m not vegan, vegetarian, or on a gluten-free diet. It’s so tasty and has so many textures that it’s an instant favourite.


    • Shirley on November 19th, 2012 11:34 pm

      Nance–That’s right … you can give a firsthand review of that recipe! I appreciate you sharing exactly why it’s such a hit. :-)

      Thanks, dear. Happy Thanksgiving! Btw, Sonny is missing you … you know why. ;-)

  8. Ina Gawne on November 19th, 2012 9:25 am

    Shirley – all of that food looks sooo amazing…it has me drooling here! How delicious!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2012 11:35 pm

      Thank you, Ina. I know that you are great at using your veggies, so I consider that quite a compliment. :-)


  9. Susan on November 19th, 2012 11:44 pm

    Yum … everything looks and sounds delicious. I appreciate the focus on good health, taste, and satisfying different taste buds. I’ve got some sweet potatoes on hand, so am going to try your biscuits this week. Thanks again Shirley for all you contribute to those of us who want great GF recipes.

    • Shirley on November 20th, 2012 12:13 am

      Thank you! It’s truly wonderful to have such great readers like you! And, yes, Susan, that’s it exactly on the proper focus. :-)

      I hope you enjoy the biscuits. Just follow the directions and they should be great. ;-)


  10. Alisa on November 20th, 2012 12:20 pm

    Oh goodness, I’m almost back in the mood to cook after seeing all of these yummies!

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