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Thanksgiving Side Dishes- Vegan

As promised, I have reworked some of my favorite side dishes to be healthier and vegan. It really isn't difficult and I know you will love them. I can particularly recommend the Jansson's Temptation. It is a show stopper.

Jansson’s Temptation 

This is a dish that I first tried in Sweden at a traditional Swedish Christmas table. Leading up to Christmas, restaurants and homes all over Sweden create these amazing tables filled with food of every description; however, this is one dish that you will find on almost every one.

It is rich, indulgent and just fabulous as a side dish.


2 ¼ lbs. of potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced. This is the perfect time to get out the mandoline. I particularly like Yukon Gold for this recipe
2 Large onions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. of Earth Balance
5 oz chopped Porcini Mushrooms or Shitake Mushrooms
13.5oz. of Silk creamer
2 Tbsp. of breadcrumbs

In a shallow oven proof-baking dish, arrange alternating layers of potatoes, onions, mushrooms and Earth Balance. 

After completing the layering, pour the cream over the dish, and then sprinkle the breadcrumbs over and cover with aluminum foil and put into the preheated 350-degree oven for 35 minutes.

Then remove the foil, and continue cooking and browning for 10 additional minutes. Allow to set uncovered for 5 to 10 min. and serve.

Frangelico Sweet Potatoes

This is the quickest sweet potato/yam recipe I've ever devised, and it will get raves from the family. It's so easy; you probably won't want to tell how you did it!

You should make it from fresh sweet potatoes or yams. Just peel them, and then boil them until just a bit away from being tender, and follow recipe as usual.

This works very well being made the day before and then just heat it up the next day.


5 lbs  Yams, peeled cut into large pieces and boiled until just a bit away from being tender.
5 Tbsp Earth Balance
1 can of pineapple, in natural juice, cut into 1 inch pieces
¼ tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
2 Tbsp light brown sugar

After yams are done remove them from the water with a slotted spoon. This will keep them from breaking apart.

Combine all of your ingredients in a saucepan and slowly bring them up to a soft boil and then pour over yams and then sprinkle the brown sugar over them and bake covered in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes, then uncover and finish off for another 10-15 minutes until they have a nice glaze.


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