Hello dear ones. Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving at our house without homemade fruit salad. It is something I look so forward to.
I love cranberries and decided to add them this year to our family recipe, but somehow it didn’t taste the way I expected when I did a test run. So I thought, okay, find a recipe that you know works. I found one at Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures.
Cranberry Fruit Salad
1 – [ 16 oz. package ] frozen cranberries (or fresh)
1 cup water
½ cup organic maple syrup (+/-) *
1 teaspoon allspice *
2 teaspoons cinnamon *
¼ teaspoon clove *
1 gala apple, peeled, chopped into small pieces (or similarly flavored apple) *
1 cup (+/-) mandarin oranges, fresh or canned – liquid drained (no sugar added) *
1 cup (+/-) pineapple tidbits, fresh or canned – liquid drained (no sugar added) *
1 cup (+/-) walnuts, toasted and chopped
Alternative Ingredients: Pecans, toasted and chopped (in place of walnuts) Pear, peeled, chopped into small pieces (in place of the apple)
Go here for how to put the whole thing together. Please note: You will have to scroll for a very long time before you get to the recipe, so don’t give up. It’s there. The site is monetized but not to the degree I bailed out like I usually do. Over monetized sites make me feel crazy, as you know.
I am serving this cranberry fruit salad along with my Granny’s traditional fruit salad which has coconut and mini marshmallows. Yummmm! I get my vegan marshmallows at Dandies, a super company. Thrive Market has them. You can get them on Amazon too. Stock up cause there’s loads you can do with them.
Why’s Thankgiving so late?
Does it seem to you like Thanksgiving should be this week? I was wondering about it and did a little search to find out if it’s just me, or if there’s something up that passed me by. I found an article by Country Living, Here’s Why Thanksgiving Is So Late This Year.
Country Living says:
“As it turns out, there’s a reason the holiday is arriving a little on the tardier side—and it’s downright historic. In fact, the story dates all the way back to 1939 when Franklin Roosevelt decided to shake up the tradition a bit in the name of capitalism.
“Thanksgiving had been celebrated on the last Thursday of the month since the time of Abraham Lincoln. But, according to TIME, during 1939, the calendar had been unusual, as the month started on a Wednesday, so there were five Thursdays as opposed to four.
“To restore some order, Roosevelt moved the national holiday to the second-to-last Thursday of the month (a change that many were unhappy with). Instead of focusing on the negative, Roosevelt attempted to justify his decision with a pro-shopping response: merchants would now have a holiday further from Christmas to allow for more shopping time. In a way, this birthed the consumer craze known as Black Friday nearly 80 years ago.
“The following year (1940), the change stuck as the second-to-last Thursday (Nov. 21) was declared the official Thanksgiving Day. In 1941, he reportedly admitted that the switch was a mistake, but because the calendars were already printed with the third Thursday as Thanksgiving Day, it was too late to go back.
“As 1941 ended, Roosevelt made the final permanent change, as he signed a bill making Thanksgiving Day fall on the fourth Thursday of November, regardless of if it is the last Thursday of the month or not.
” . . . this year, the month of November begins on a Friday, which means the fourth Thursday of the month falls on Nov. 28—it’s the first time Thanksgiving has been this late since 2013.”
Did you know all of this went on? I had no idea. It never crossed my mind. Do you remember it being late like this in 2013? I don’t. Not sure what that is a sign of.
Anyway, I doublechecked this year’s date one more time for my husband who is totally off balance because of it!
According to Calendarpedia.com, Thanksgiving is for sure on November 28th this year. Thanksgiving won’t be on the 28th again until 2024, or 1837 days from this year’s. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if turkey was totally off the menu by then? I can dream.
Vegan Pumpkin Crumble
Oh, if you are looking for some new or extra recipe ideas, especially if you are newly vegan, Monkey and Me have loads of suggestions, like the one pictured above. Click to see their recipe.
Here’s more from them. You can make your whole vegan Thanksgiving dinner with these options!
I love veggie loafs and nut roasts but the nutty ones most during the holidays.
This is such a handy holiday recipe to have. It’s a BBC recipe that I have made time and again and everybody loves it.
Make sure none of your revelers are allergic to nuts. It you can’t do something “nutty” because of allergies etc, there’s loads more below. So stay with me.
The only ingredient you may not find in the veggie section at a regular supermarket in the U.S. is a leek. Don’t worry about that. You can substitute chopped onion. And you should be able to find chestnuts this time of year, if not at your local market then via Amazon.
Chestnuts are what give this loaf it’s “meaty” texture. So let’s get our 2 lb loaf pan out of the cupboard, and get busy.
300g/10½oz mixed nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans or Brazil nuts
1 vegan-friendly vegetable stock cube
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing
1 onion, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 leek, trimmed and thinly sliced (about 100g/3½oz prepared weight) *
2 carrots, coarsely grated (around 150g/5½oz prepared weight)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 tbsp cashew butter
180g/6oz cooked chestnuts, broken into small pieces
75g/2½oz dried cranberries
20g/¾oz bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 lemon, finely grated zest only
4 tbsp soya milk or nut milk
1 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Put the nuts and stock cube into a food processor and blitz on the pulse setting until chopped into small pieces, but not fully ground. If you don’t have a food processor, chop all the nuts as finely as you can.
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6/400F. Lightly oil then line the base of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking paper.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and gently fry the onion, celery, leek and carrots for 5 minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly. Add the garlic and cook for a few seconds more.
Tip into a mixing bowl and stir in the cashew nut butter. Add the chopped nuts, chestnuts, cranberries, parsley, lemon zest, almond milk and salt. Season with lots of ground black pepper and stir until thoroughly mixed.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Press down with a spoon firmly to compact the mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a further 20 minutes, or until the loaf is hot throughout and lightly browned.
Remove the tin carefully from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before loosening the edges of the loaf with a table knife and turning out onto a board or platter. Cut into thick slices and serve hot with vegan gravy.
* If you don’t have leeks or just wish to find a substitute there are several good alternatives. For 1 cup of leeks substitute:
1 cup chopped green onions (scallions)
OR – 1 cup dry yellow or white onion, chopped
OR – 1 cup chopped shallots -which are also mild and have a slightly different flavor.
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I love you so much I made a pdf of the recipe so you can print it out. Shopping list is on page 1; how to prepare it on page 2.
My dear little young’un likes to make a “sandwich” with mashed potatoes in between two slices of nut loaf, pours loads of gravy on it, and tops it all off with brussel sprouts.
Not feeling the chestnut thing? Okay. Here’s another recipe but l leave the ketchup off. It’s a Meatless Loaf with Mushrooms from veganhuggs.com. Boy oh boy is this good. Love it. Click image to see the recipe.
Can’t leave out vegan superstar chef Vegan Richa, right? This one is made with chickpeas. You know chickpeas . . . what hummus is made of. Sigh! This is melt in your mouth good. The texture and the flavors. Mega.
We’re back on the chestnut thing because I had to share this. The chestnut is for the garnish so could do something else there. You can’t miss this this soup . . . heaven! Click image to visit recipe.
Hey! I am going to refer you to Minimalist Baker’s recipe for green bean casserole in a minute.
I do it Vivian’s way. She showed me how a very long time ago when we were both in Houston, but neither of us are any good at writing recipes so I am just going to describe it to you.
For the sauce Vivian makes a roux from flour (you can use any kind) and oil, then add UNSWEETENED nut based milk, stirring it gently till it thickens to the right consistency. Then she folds in cooked green beans, and then some fresh lightly cooked mushrooms giving it all a turn with a big wooden spoon. She chops up a bunch of crispy fried onion rings and adds them in. Spoon mixture into a baking pan. Bake at 350° for about 15-20 minutes or so. You just want to heat it all through. Don’t get carried away and overcook it and make it all mushy.
Really the only thing not vegan about the traditional Thanksgiving Green Bean casserole is the dairy part of it — like milk, butter etc.