November is known for family get together events, dining out with friends and festive holiday parties. November is also World Vegan Month. It's not surprising that people from backgrounds as diverse as the universe itself are searching for menus to treat their vegan and non-vegan friends and relatives with.
The Rise of Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
Clearly, vegan Thanksgiving recipes are gaining in popularity. A commitment to better personal and community health is driving the interest. Vegetarian Times reports that there are approximately 7.3 million vegetarians in the United States, and a total of 22.8 million Americans who adhere to a variation of a vegetarian diet.
Culinary arts schools are incorporating vegan recipes, including easy Thanksgiving recipes, into their culinary arts program. Graduates of these types of programs have the opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge to work as chefs, caterers that specialize with vegan recipes, hotel and restaurant managers, and organizational culinary arts specialists.
They may also be exposed to techniques on how to use vegetables, seasonings, tofu, rice, autumn harvest ingredients, spices, and pieces of bread like dinner rolls and cornbread to prepare mouthwatering vegan Thanksgiving recipes. It's these types of recipes that help vegans enjoy one of the country's top major holidays as much as their meat-eating counterparts.
A Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Your Guests Are Sure To Love
Corn casserole, spicy lentils laid across a bed of roasted seasoned potatoes, butternut squash soup, stuffed peppers and mushrooms, and sautéed green beans are just a start. Ingredients at the heart of these vegan Thanksgiving recipes are staples found in traditional holiday menus.
Stuffed Bell Pepper with Mushrooms and Rice
You Will Need:
- 2-4 Bell peppers (if you like things spicy, try red peppers)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 1 tsp Ginger
- 1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 Lemons
- 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
**Note: Feel free to substitute broccoli for spinach if you're a broccoli lover!
- Boil a pot of water.
- Boil two to four cleaned bell peppers in the water until the peppers are soft.
- Don't overcook the peppers.
- In a separate pan, sauté the garlic cloves in one tablespoon of margarine or butter for a few minutes.
- Toss in rice, mushrooms, spinach or broccoli, and ginger.
- Cook for three to five minutes.
- Stuff the ingredients inside the bell peppers and bake for five minutes in an oven set at 350 degrees.
- Top with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Place the peppers back in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes, until all of the ingredients are tender and brown.
Vegan Thanksgiving recipes that may delight guests who haven't subscribed to a completely vegan diet include butternut macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, spicy collard greens, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh salad, and squash. However, it's vegan dessert recipes that your guests may find hardest to turn away from. There's sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, cherry cheesecake, bread pudding, and pecan pie.
Dorsey Culinary Academy instructors are prepared to teach their students how to prepare tasty dishes such as easy Thanksgiving recipes and vegan recipes that you can enjoy year round. Equipment and the learning approach at Dorsey can put students, including committed vegans, at ease in the kitchen.
If you’re interested in a more traditional Thanksgiving meal – Check out our other post on how to put a healthy spin on your Thanksgiving side dishes and our very own tips on how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.
The Culinary Arts program at Dorsey Schools
Are you looking to take your skills in the kitchen to the next level and train for a new career? If so, consider the Culinary Arts program at Dorsey Schools. The program has been carefully designed to provide students with a well-rounded approach to their culinary training. Students in Dorsey’s Culinary Arts program will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics including nutrition and healthy cooking. The program strives to expose students to a variety of skills and aspects of the culinary industry to assist them in maximizing their prospects in pursuing entry-level job opportunities upon graduation. The Culinary Arts program is offered at the Dorsey Schools Roseville, MI campus (a branch campus of Madison Heights) and the Dorsey Schools Waterford-Pontiac, MI campus (a branch campus of Madison Heights).
Ready to take the next step? Give Dorsey Schools a call at 888-422-1188 or click here to request information.
Reviewed and edited 12/6/17