Saturday, November 27, 2010


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Ours was great! Wednesday night I made some skillet corn bread from Veganomicon to go in a stuffing recipe that I decided to make for myself to take to our family Thanksgiving get together. The cornbread turned out great. I just happened to be looking at my Veganomicon cookbook the other night and came across a lot of recipes that I want to make. The cornbread happen to be one of them. I've had this cookbook for several months, but haven't made much from it yet. That is sooo about to change.

Thursday morning I got up with the intent to lounge around and catch up on some blogs while my stuffing cooked, but it didn't work out that way. I found a wild rice cornbread stuffing recipe on line that really sounded good. I always love dressing on thanksgiving, so I was actually sad that I was going miss that. I had thought about making a veggie pot pie, but when I came across this recipe, I knew this was what I needed to make. Here's the recipe with a few changes that I made.

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 onion, chopped

1 rib celery, chopped fine

1/2 apple, chopped

1 teaspoon sage

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

3 cups pre-cooked vegan cornbread

1/2 cup pre-cooked wild rice

2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped fine

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

1/8 teaspoon thyme

1/8 teaspoon rosemary

1/8 teaspoon oregano

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons parsley

1 cup vegetable broth

Add the first 7 ingredients to a sauce pan and saute for approximately 15 minutes or until the apples and celery begin to soften. Meanwhile, crumble precooked cornbread into a large bowl. Add wild rice, walnuts, dried cranberries, sea salt and the other spices. Mix in sauteed mixture, stirring well. Add vegetable broth and mix well. Place in an oiled casserole dish and bake at 350. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, uncover and bake another 20 minutes.

My dish to bring for Thanksgiving dinner was a big salad, so I took a salad and my stuffing. A few people tried my stuffing. The ones who tried it really liked it. I have to say that it was totally awesome. I actually think that I prefer it over the southern dressing that I have been accustomed to eating my entire life.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I had planned on doing a lot of relaxing and blogging, but some way the weekend seems to be getting away from me. Where does the time go?



  1. That stuffing sounds deliciously packed with goodies and goodness. What a good idea. The stuffing is one my favorite parts of the traditional TG meal too! Your salad looks really yummy too! Sounds like you came up with a great vegan Thanksgiving combo! I bet everyone else was secretly jealous! :)

    Oh, and I totally know what you mean about the time this weekend; I had so many things on my list, but haven't gotten to many of them...I don't know what happened to all the time.

    Oh, well, enjoy the remaining weekend! :)

  2. um...kinda embarrassed over here...everytime i would come see what was going on over here, there would be like three or four new posts....i didnt realize i wasnt a follower! or i might have been but i deleted it on accident?

    good for you bringing a great side dish!! and good for the people that tried it!!thanks for posting a picture and for the recipe.

  3. so how did your very first vegan thanksgiving go? i know it was hard for my family to except at first. they really knew so little bout it...they jsut noticed everything i WASNT eating!lol way to put yourself pun the chopping block!!better us than fluffy animals:)please let us know how it was with your family!:)ttysoon michelle


  4. I think that I have never eaten cornbread....

  5. I know what u mean...I thought it was going to be so easy to blog every night on vacation and keep up with everyone else, as well...not so. I'm glad you had success with the dishes you brought!

  6. I agree with dirtyduck and am curious as to how everything went for you. I know that I have had some bad experiences with that kinda situation. My dad is totally supportive but my mom (theyre divorced) and her family did nothing but mock me for becoming a vegetarian and even more so a vegan. I used to celebrate Thanksgiving with her years ago and she would always lie to me about what had meat in it or not. She even gave me food cooked with chicken broth then lied to me about it when I tasted the chicken! To top that off when Johann and I moved to France and we had a get together with that side of the family, there was not a single thing I could eat! It was around my birthday and the cake wasnt even vegan. I was told just to deal with it and eat it. Nice huh? (I dont talk to her anymore for many reasons, so thats not really my problem anymore) But, thats why I was so excited to host my own vegan Thanksgiving. Too bad you live so far away because I would have loved to have you over to enjoy the meal! :)

  7. Oh, I'm so glad you brought dishes that you really love! See, some of those curious relatives will just keep "tasting" your dishes over the years, until they're finally brave enough to bring a dish to accomodate you, and then voila! - you'll suddenly have several dishes to choose from! Hopefully? Yes!

  8. Sounds like your first vegan Thanksgiving went well. This is a tough holiday since it revolves around food, and not the healthiest variety at that.

    The weekend got away from me as well. I didn't have the computer on hardly at all since Wednesday. Life needs to come first. ;-)

    enjoy what little is left of your weekend,

  9. Your stuffing recipe has practically the same ingredients I used for mine, except mine had sourdough bread instead of cornbread. The cornbread you made looks so good I think I'd have a hard time not just eating it on the spot, and I imagine the stuffing was delicious. Food-centric holidays are the hardest to celebrate with omnivore family members. Eventually it gets easier as everyone gets more comfortable with the wide variety of delicious vegan food that's available, and as they learn how easy it is to make food that everyone can share.