A Very Vegan Turkey Day: Hold the Meat!


Main Dish - Option 2: Nate's Meatless Meatballs
For the vegan and vegetarian little ones that prefer something a little simpler, a bowl of spaghetti paired with Nate's Meatless Meatballs is nearly effortless. In savory mushroom, zesty Italian and classic flavors, they take a minute in the microwave to heat. With 100 calories or less per serving, the adults may join the kids' table for the flavorful food.

Side Dish - Sweet Potato Pancakes
Hanukkah doesn't start until December 8, but the HUNGRY YouTube channel created a recipe that outdoes the traditional Turkey Day staple of mashed potatoes. Sweeter than the average spud, the batter bakes a batch of 12 to 14 pancakes.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 ¼ cup soy, almond or rice milk
¾ cup mashed cooked sweet potato, cooled (about 1 small sweet potato)
½ cup mini chocolate chips, dairy free
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
Canola oil, for pan

1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together nondairy milk, sweet potato puree, and maple syrup. Add the liquid to the flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix; the batter should have some lumps.
3. Lightly oil a large nonstick skillet or griddle and heat over medium heat.
4. Pour ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet.
5. Let cook for about 2 minutes until bubbles appear in the center of the pancake.
6. Flip, and let cook on the other side until lightly browned and cooked through, about 3 more minutes.
7. These pancakes will need to cook slightly longer than your average pancake since the sweet potato adds extra moisture.
8. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.
9. If the batter becomes too thick, add a little more nondairy milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Side Dish - Pears Baked in Red Wine alla Piemontese
Trek back to yester-year with a retro recipe fit for the men of Madison Avenue. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook features food and drink ideas that date back to the 1960s, with a guide to New York's restaurants, bars and kitchens. This item first appeared on the Barbetta (321 West 46th Street) menu in 1962 and would have been the perfect pick for Don's date with Bethany Van Nuys (if she had any dietary restrictions).

6 ripe Bose pears
2 cups red wine
¼ cup sugar
6 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
¼ cup lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Wash and dry pears.
3. Place pears in a baking pan that accommodates 6 pears (lay them flat).
4. In a small bowl, pour the red wine and add sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick and lemon juice.
5. Stir until sugar dissolves
6. Pour mixture into the baking pan and place in oven.
7. Turn pears after 5 minutes and brush with liquid in pan.
8. Bake for about 1 hour (depending on size and ripeness of pears), continuing to brush the pears every 10 minutes. Pears should be slightly crinkly.
9. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
10. Serve with extra red wine sauce.

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