Wondering how to celebrate Thanksgiving on a raw vegan diet? Here are a few fall-themed raw food suggestions for a raw vegan menu for your Thanksgiving, Christmas or other holidays. Even if you're not eating raw vegan, but you just want some super light and healthy Thanksgiving ideas, read on.
As a starter, try a savory raw vegan soup. A creamy raw vegan mushroom soup or a fresh raw vegan corn chowder can be warmed just a touch before serving. Another starter idea? Try these stuffed mushrooms with a herbed walnut pate. These yummy little mushrooms would also work as a Thanksgiving side dish, or even an entree, if you used large mushrooms, such as portobello, to stuff.
Certainly, salads don't have to be a part of your raw Thanksgiving menu, but if you want to serve a salad, there's no need for it to be boring. Try a beet green and fresh herb salad with basil and parsley in a fresh vinaigrette.
The Main Dish:
No, you won't be eating turkey for Thanksgiving as a raw vegan, but neither will you be eating tryptophan, growth hormones or cholesterol! For a centerpiece at your raw holiday table, try this savory sprouted quinoa pilaf made with a medley of vegetables marinated in a balsamic blend and seasoned with the fresh fall herbs central to any Thanksgiving meal.
No Thanksgiving table is complete without stuffing! Or dressing, depending on where you're from. Try out this incredible raw vegan stuffing recipe, made from all the traditional thanksgiving herbs - thyme, sage, and rosemary - and filled with celery and sunflower seeds for crunch. This raw stuffing will be a welcome addition to your raw food Thanksgiving meal, year after year after year.
Raw Vegan Side Dishes:
For a side dish for your raw food Thanksgiving, try this mashed potato substitute of raw vegan mashed potatoes made from mashed cauliflower and parsnips instead of potatoes, topped off, of course, with a raw vegan food gravy made from mushrooms. Yum! When celebrating a raw vegan food Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday, you can enjoy a raw cranberry sauce made from fresh cranberries and dates to sweeten them up.
Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas:
What Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without pumpkin pie? Try this raw spiced pear cobbler with nutmeg, cinnamon, and dates. Not feeling traditional? Try another one of these raw food dessert recipes.
More tips for staying raw and keeping the peace at Thanksgiving:
If you're surrounded by people with a very different diet than yours, it can be a bit difficult to share a holiday table without feeling at least a little bit odd and socially ostracized at best. Check out how to be the perfect vegan Thanksgiving guest for suggestions.
Have a wonderful, healthy and raw Thanksgiving!