By: Elizabeth Toy
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Do you have a game plan?
Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, mac and cheese, glazed carrots, pecan pie, candied yams, cornbread, and dressing. With all the delicious, classic Thanksgiving dishes, no doubt you’ll be on your feet, hovering between the oven and the stove all day.
But the more time you spend in the kitchen, the less you’ll have with your family and friends. So why not pre-prep a few dishes? Not everything needs to be prepared from start to finish on Thanksgiving Day, so plan a little, pace yourself, and make the most of the time you get to visit with your loved ones.
Here’s a Thanksgiving favorite of mine that can be made a day in advance. In fact, I recommmend it because some dishes taste even better after a day of allowing the flavors to meld together.
Want to give yourself even more time? Make and freeze your dressing up to a week before. Freezing the dressing will keep its freshness without compromising its taste or your time manning (or “womanning”) the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
Simple Vegan Dressing
- 1 loaf or 10 cups of white or wheat stale vegan sandwich bread, cubed into 1-inch pieces
- 1-1/2 cup Onion, Diced
- 1-1/2 cups Celery, Diced
- 1/2 cup Parsley, Chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon Sage, minced
- 1/2 tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, Finely Minced
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) Vegan Margarine (i.e. Earth Balance)
- 3 cups Vegetable Broth
- Salt And Pepper
- Cut bread into 1-inch cubes and lay on sheet pans. Cover with a dish towel and dry for a day or until they’re crisp. If you’re in a hurry, oven dry the bread at 200°F for 15 minutes.
- Melt the margarine in a large pan. Saute the onions and celery for 3-4 minutes or until tender and translucent. Add the herbs, salt, and pepper and stir for a minute or until herbs are fragrant, then add the vegetable broth and stir to mix.
- Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and slowly ladle in the broth mixture, tossing in between ladles until the dressing reaches the desired moisture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the dressing into a casserole dish and bake for 25 minutes at 375°F until crisp on top.
- Serve hot with your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
Looking for an easy and hearty ready-made meal to come home to? Make the best detox crockpot lentil soup here.
Do you have any make-ahead recipes for Thanksgiving? Share with us in the comments!