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Thanksgiving roll with vegan gravy & cranberry sauce

Thanksgiving artwork via Pinehurst Resort.

I’m ba-aaaaack! My neighbour tried this recipe out and I fell in love with it. Just had to share. Oh, by the way, you can freeze it and eat it again and again he told me. And you will want to!

By Instagram @bestofvegan via @https://www.instagram.com/livinlaveganlife/ (for you non-Grammers, you can view online as well as your phone).

Thanksgiving roll with vegan gravy & cranberry sauce

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Thanksgiving Roll w/ Vegan Gravy & Cranberry Sauce by @livinlaveganlife 🧡 . Serves: 6 Ingredients: Thanksgiving Roll: 1 sheet of vegan puff pastry 2 cups of chickpeas 2 cups of quinoa 1 cup of corn 1 stem of green onion 1/2 celery, chopped 1 tsp of garlic powder 2 tsp of smoked paprika powder 1/2 tsp of cumin powder 1/2 tsp of cayenne 1/2 tsp of dried parsley 1 tbs of liquid aminos 2 tbs of olive oil 1/2 cup of panko crumbs 3 carrots Salt/Pepper to taste 2 tbs of almond milk 1/2 tbs of sesame seeds Vegan Gravy: 3 cups of vegetable broth 1 stick of fresh rosemary 3 leaves of fresh sage 2 sticks of fresh thyme 1 tsp of garlic powder 2 tbs of liquid aminos 1 stalk of green onion 2 tbs of olive oil 8 tsp of corn starch 8 tsp of water Cranberry Sauce: 3 cups of cranberries 1 cup of water Juice of 1 lemon Zest of 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup of sugar Instructions: Thanksgiving Roll: Unthaw your puff pasty dough. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a food processor, add chickpeas and green onion. Pulse until chickpeas and green onion are well combined. Add pulsed chickpeas and green onion to a mixing bowl. To the mixing bowl, add corn, celery, quinoa. Mix well. Add spices, olive oil and liquid aminos. Mix until combined. If not salty enough to your taste, you can add more salt or liquid aminos. Add panko crumbs and mix well. Peel and vertically cut your carrots into quarters (in other words, keep them long) Once your puff pastry is unthawed, you want to roll out the dough to make it thinner and even. Evenly spread the filling, and leave 1/2 an inch all around the dough to make it easier to roll. Lay carrots across the sheet, and then add a little bit more filling on top of the carrots to make it easier to roll. Start rolling and folding away (like sushi). Make sure your roll is compact. Pinch, twist, and push the ends of the roll to close up the roll. With a brush, gently go over your roll with some almond milk. Gently, with a knife, diagonally go over the top of the roll. Sprinkle sesame seeds over your roll, and place it over a baking sheet. Bake for 50- 60 minutes. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Enjoy! Continued in the comments below ⬇️

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SERVES 6

Ingredients

Thanksgiving Roll:
1 sheet of vegan puff pastry
2 cups of chickpeas
2 cups of quinoa
1 cup of corn
1 stem of green onion
1/2 celery, chopped
1 tsp of garlic powder
2 tsp of smoked paprika powder
1/2 tsp of cumin powder
1/2 tsp of cayenne
1/2 tsp of dried parsley
1 tbs of liquid aminos
2 tbs of olive oil
1/2 cup of panko crumbs
3 carrots
Salt/Pepper to taste
2 tbs of almond milk
1/2 tbs of sesame seeds

Vegan Gravy:
3 cups of vegetable broth
1 stick of fresh rosemary
3 leaves of fresh sage
2 sticks of fresh thyme
1 tsp of garlic powder
2 tbs of liquid aminos
1 stalk of green onion
2 tbs of olive oil
8 tsp of corn starch
8 tsp of water

Cranberry Sauce:
3 cups of cranberries
1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup of sugar


See you next week! Love, Patsy ♥ ♥ ♥

17 spooky vegan recipes perfect for Halloween

Image from Gretchen's Vegan Bakery. Click to visit site for how to make these delicious sugar cookies.
By Gretchen’s Vegan Bakery. Click to learn how to make these delicious sugar cookies or watch video below!

Hello everyone. I know it’s not Thursday but I couldn’t wait to share this with you. All total, I reference more than 17 because I added a few of my personal faves which I have made myself and they are fab-u-lous.

There are 17 spookily cute ideas over at ChooseVeg.com. I picked my two favourites below with links to everything else.

Veggie Loaf Coffin and Mashed Potato Ghosts

Veggie Loaf Coffin and Mashed Potato Ghosts. Via ChooseVeg.com.
Veggie Loaf Coffin and Mashed Potato Ghosts. Via ChooseVeg.com. Click image to go there!

The recipe for this is from WingItVegan.com. Here’s what she writes:

Make your favorite veggieloaf recipe but instead of baking it in a loaf pan, shape it into little coffins (with your hands), bake them and draw a ketchup cross on top of them. You can use this recipe if you don’t already have a favorite veggieloaf. You can shape the mashed potato ghosts with a spoon like these ghosts from last year’s Halloweegan, or you could always use a pastry bag or Ziploc bag to squeeze them onto the plate. They have little ketchup eyes and mouths that I drew with a toothpick.

Look at these fellas from ForkandBeans.com. Aren’t they a scream?

Silly Apple Bites

Silly Apple Bites. From Fork and Beans. Click to visit recipe.
Silly Apple Bites. From Fork and Beans. Click to visit recipe.

There’s loads more. 17 altogether although the url says 13. Ooooh, unlucky number?

Visit ChooseVeg.com to see all 17 spookily cute ideas »

I found a couple more I could not resist sharing!

Frankenstein Toast

Vegan Frankenstein avocado toast from Vegan Chow Down. Click to visit recipe.
Vegan Frankenstein avocado toast from Olivia Lin at Vegan Chow Down. Click to visit recipe.

How about some vegan Frankenstein avocado toast? Olivia Lin writes:

I don’t mind that my Frankenstein toast doesn’t have perfectly smooth green skin– it has some little lumps and bumps because I just smushed my avocado with the back of a spoon quickly and spread it on…I think that’s the beauty of Frankenstein, he doesn’t have to be perfect! (Keep smushing and smashing if you want a smoother consistency.)

Oh, the hair is made with seawood. Go there to learn more »

Vegan Halloween Sugar Cookies

Watch Gretchen make these darling vegan sugar cookies. Turn down/off sound before clicking!

Oh She Glows

Looking for no bake ideas? Head on over to OhSheGlows.com »

Halloween and Horses

This is a fun look costume and the horse does not seem to mind the headpiece. Know your horse and dress him up accordingly.
This is a fun Halloween costume and the horse does not seem to mind the headpiece. Know your horse and dress him up accordingly.

People who love their horses want to include them in everything they do, especially during holidays.

Halloween can be a bit tricky because you must put together a costume that does not hamper a horse’s movement, distract him or make him uncomfortable in any way.

Note: We are not happy about the chain bit. We know why they are used but . . . just saying.

• Check out our Halloween and Horses post for great advice and inspiration »

See you back here soon. ♥ ♥ ♥

Two super vegan recipes and more for St. Patrick’s Day

ST. PATRICK’S DAY — Hello, it’s Vivian. Let’s let out a long, lengthy sigh and think of something good. Food is good. Vegan food is better than good. Vegan food is divine.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and few dishes are as Irish as colcannon.

I am of Scottish descent, hence the Grant, born in England which makes me English, transplanted in America (don’t know what that makes me — an immigant? uh, oh. But I  did arrive with American citizenship thanks to my Dad), and married an Irishman, which is where the Farrell comes from.

I have spent many years in England and Ireland, mostly England  — down south some, but most of all up north in Liverpool which is often called the capitol of Ireland because there are so many Irish. Colcannon is a common dish, eaten  by just about everyone.

Colcannon is what you would call a working class dish. It is usually made from mash and boiled cabbage leftover from an earlier mean (mash being the common word for mashed potatoes).

The recipe we are about see is made from scratch substituting kale for the cabbage.

Vegan Kale Colcannon. Recipe and image by The Full Helping. Click image to visit their website.
Vegan Kale Colcannon. Recipe and image by The Full Helping. Click image to visit their website.

VEGAN KALE COLCANNON
Recipe Link »

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • ¾ cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance or melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups washed and finely diced kale, tightly packed

Instructions (reinterpreted by Vivian)

  • Make mashed potatoes using the potatoes, unsweetened milk and Earth Balance or any non-dairy butter and season to taste with the salt, pepper and garlic powder. I typically go light on the garlic powder. The dish tastes just fine without it.
  • Lightly steam the kale until slightly tender. Resist overcooking.
  • Gently add the steamed kale to the mashed potatoes using a wooden spoon (my preference).
  • Store it for several days in airtight container. We never have any left!

Oh She Glows has a lovely list of recipes for vegan drinks, sweets, a delish Shepherd’s Pie and more for St. Patrick’s Day.

How about some vegan Irish ‘Lamb’ Stew at One Green Planet? (wish lamb weren’t in the title; makes me feel squeamish). Or some vegan Hearty Stout Mixed Vegetable Stew also at OGP (that’s better).

How about something sweet?

Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting. From One Green Planet. Click image to visit recipe at OGP>
Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting. From One Green Planet. Click image to visit recipe at OGP>

Be the star of your St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations by creating the above.

VEGAN CHOCOLATE STOUT CUPCAKES WITH IRISH CREAM FROSTING
Soy free and vegan. Also from One Green Planet. Go there now »

It requires parchment paper. Why do I never seem to have parchment paper?

Ingredients

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

1 1/2 c. organic whole wheat pastry flour
1 c. organic sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder, aluminum-free
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/3 c. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. vinegar
1 c. vegan Stout*

Irish Cream Frosting

1 c. organic non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
1/4 c. homemade Irish Cream (ingredients below)
4 c. vegan powdered sugar

Copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream (made vegan)

2/3 c. Irish whiskey
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract
10 medjool dates, pitted
3 c. almond milk, or other type of non-dairy milk

• Go here for directions »

* Guiness is not vegan. It is purified using fish bladders. Here’s a list of vegan Stouts. Check out Barnivore for a list of all the vegan beer you could ever ask for.

Erin go Bragh!

Erin Go Bragh is the anglicisation of an Irish language phrase, Éirinn go Brách, and is used to express allegiance to Ireland (and said all day long on St. Patrick’s Day).

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