Or yams? Or pumpkin?
At our house, it’s a meat-free Thanksgiving.
Even though I haven’t eaten any meat or poultry of any kind since 1971, I used to continue to roast a turkey for Thanksgiving for my son and guests up until a few years ago when I learned about the horrors of factory farming.
Now I tell everyone if they want to eat meat, they can do it someplace else. I haven’t lost anyone yet, so I guess the food I do serve is tasty enough to keep ’em coming!
Here’s our Thanksgiving dinner menu:
- Lentil-Walnut loaf (full of protein)
- Kugel (click on it for the recipe)
- Mashed potatoes with vegan gravy
- Roasted yams
- Apple and Pumpkin Pie
Challah just out of the oven. Mmmmmm.
Angel Boy and DIL have gone back to their own lives and my tugboat man and I didn’t have many leftovers because we packed them up with the kids — all except for the roasted yams.
I’m a frugal and thrifty gal when I’m not shopping, really I am. Honest. I swear. For reals.
Here’s what I did with them and it was soo easy!
I used my tried and true recipe for banana bread but replaced the bananas with mashed up yams (you could use sweet potatoes or pumpkin too, of course).
Look how moist and yummy it looks along with oatmeal raisin cookies.
So simple; one bowl; you don’t need to bring out the big mixer for this one.
Leftover Sweet Potato (or Yam or Pumpkin) Bread
2 cups flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat)
1 cup sugar (brown and white)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
Mashed yam/sweet potato, about a cup
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2-3 TBS milk (or plain, unflavored yogurt)
1 tsp. vanilla (optional: 1 TBS pure maple syrup)
1/3 chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
Mix oil, eggs, vanilla, milk. Add sugar(s) and mix well.
Add mashed yam and mix well. I use a fork; it’s so easy!
Add flour combined with other dry ingredients and nuts. Mix well.
Turn into a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for about fifty minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
When cool, I make a little glaze with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 TBS orange juice. It adds a nice sheen to the top of the loaf.
Super delicious with an afternoon cuppa. My fave is ginger tea. Enjoy!
- This Flowchart Shows You If You’re Eating a Yam or a Sweet Potato (jeremiahtillman.wordpress.com)
Food. It’s the tie that binds, isn’t it 🙂
I can’t begin to cook/bake as good as my mom, but I come pretty close. I was going to open a bakery once, but alas, like most things I think of, it involved too much actual work plus I’d have to get up at an unholy hour. Hub was almost a complete vegetarian when we met (very strange for a tough merchant mariner) but he quickly got on board and is now wanting to take it a step further to complete veganism. Without eggs/milk, it’d be tough for me to find enough substitutes for baking, I think, and recreate all the recipes I love to make.
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 7:37 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Makes me hungry again!
Try it! I hope you are enjoying a happy and healthy holiday season!
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 7:55 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Why yes I do have leftover sweet potatoes. Definitely trying this loaf. 🙂 I also want to try the lentil- walnut one too. I made a chocolate brownie sort of thing last night with almond butter, dates, black beans, eggs, a little bit of flour, and I think that was about it. It’s actually pretty good. Not sweet, more like a chocolate loaf but a nice snack, heated with a little coconut ice cream and it was great. The black beans I got from you. xo
Hey, that sounds delicious! Almond butter, dates, chocy, how can you go wrong? I’m doing something crazy decadent today; making my mom’s chocy fudge. No corn syrup, stirring it for an hour non stop. Really the best thing ever. Will have pics/post. Too bad my new camera’s not here yet!!
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 8:33 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
You could so do a cooking blog – with awesome pics. And a shopping blog – with awesome pics. And a help the animals blog – not sure how you’d get pics for that, but you could still do it. Looking forward to the fudge recipe! Have fun.
I’ve really got to figure this stuff out. It’s all so different, topics, etc. Oh well. Life is learning, right? I’m just dying to talk hub into going to Hawaii for NYEve. I’ll keep you updated LOL
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Now that would be awesome. And yes, life is learning. I have to remind a few people of that (including myself) of that every single day. Whatever you do, and however you do it, it’ll be great. I’m confident about that.
My prob is that I start things and never finish them. I’ll have to work on that!
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
I think that just means you haven’t figured things out yet. 🙂
Ha ha, I never get far enough to figure it out!
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Like what exactly you want to be doing maybe.
But I just don’t know!!! I really don’t like to do anything but be me and shop and bake and read. And none of that for people so I could make $$$. Very frustrating for hub ha ha
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Well, your passion shows when you talk about that stuff. Just do more of it. Think about how you – as an expert shopper or baker or reader – could help someone like me (for instance) who is none of those things. It’s all in the details. And the things you take for granted about any one of them – like stuff you just figure people should know about – they don’t don’t have a clue. That’s where you can help. Tap into that. Then you are off to the races. Putting together outfits. Where to get the best stuff – shoes, clothes, bags, etc. How to dress like a million bucks without spending a million bucks. That kind of stuff. I’d want to read it.
You are such a nice friend! Thank you. That’s food for thought (ha ha). I gotta go stir the fudge, but I will be thinking!
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Sounds good. 🙂
Seriously they should ban factory farming. I enjoy meat but I do my best to buy from local farms where animals are humanely treated. And aren’t pumped full of junk. Fortunately our co-op also provides locally sourced meat. Cruelty does not have to be part of the diet. We also cook a lot of vegetarian meals for the family as my sister doesn’t eat meat. There are so many possibilities for dishes.
So true, cruelty does not have to be part of the meal. I know my son wanted me to get some humanely sourced meat, but I just couldn’t do it. I don’t even want it in my oven anymore. Oh well. He can cook it himself if he wants to. A few meatless meals aren’t going to hurt him! Hope your holidays are shaping up to be happy!
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Your house your rules! And it sounds like he survived just fine. :). Holidays are in full swing now! Tree on Saturday. Hope you are enjoying yours as well. 🙂
I’m just happy to have my best buddy home. It would be a lonely place without him. Can’t wait to see pix of your tree!
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Not the same without your other half is it. I’ll take pics of the tree. 🙂
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
That really looks good,R! But we never have leftover ones.I’ll just have to buy more.
I am 10 years behind in technology and my PC has been ill.I am back online now and will be trying to play catch-up with my fave bloggers…at the holidays,with grandkids, etc….I will be around. Hope all is good in Tugland.
Can’t wait to hear what you think of the recipe and how you tweak it your way. Glad you are OK, hope your holidays are happy and healthy. Hub is here so I’m a happy girl!
On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Wow meat free for over 40 years! I’m so impressed!
Now you’re making me feel VERY old! LOL I had a boyfriend who wanted to go meatless, and I stayed that way even tho he and I broke up. That was about the only “good” that came out of that relationship.
On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 3:26 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
People come into our lives for a reason, right? ♥ P.S. You are NOT old! xo
You are always so uplifting!
On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 5:56 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Awesome! I just had my 10th vegetarian Thanksgiving. These dishes you fixed look very tasty!
Congrats on #10 years meat-free! I’ll post the recipe for the lentil nut loaf, it was a winner!
On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:38 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo
Made my mouth water! Yummy!
Try it and let me know how you like it, it’s so easy!
On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo