White Bean Soup with Kale and Wild Rice

A warm, nourishing, white bean soup with kale and wild rice. We love the lightly creamy vegan base of the soup that’s made with almond milk, cashews, and miso.

White Bean Soup with Kale and Wild Rice

It’s T minus three days to Thanksgiving, so I’m assuming if you’re here, you’re in one of two camps: 1. You’re looking for a last minute addition to your holiday menu, or 2. You’re kind of like me and you’re still mapping out what you’re going to make. There’s also a third possibility – you don’t celebrate American Thanksgiving, and you would just love a delicious cozy Monday night dinner. This yummy white bean soup with kale covers all of those bases!

This recipe is a sort of non-traditional spin on a classic autumnal wild rice soup. For the record, that’s the first time that I’ve ever used the word “autumnal,” but it’s also the first time that I’ve ever posted a recipe with wild rice(?!) so there are firsts for everything today!

White Bean Soup with Kale and Wild Rice

We’re partnering with Le Creuset on this post to show you how to #gatherwithcolor this holiday season. When I think of Le Creuset, I think of the joy of simmering soups and stews in a classic, strong, cast iron Dutch Oven – which is the best product for this recipe since it has the ability to maintain heat and is great for a one-pot meal. It’s the kind of cookware that’s been passed down for generations and generations of Thanksgiving-makers. While I have some really old pieces that have stood the test of time, I feel like sometimes you need some old and some new. So I’m loving my new Marseille colored Dutch Oven – it’s a fun pop of color, and it just makes me happy to look at while cooking!

White Bean Soup with Kale and Wild Rice

This white bean soup is packed with veggies and herbs, including carrots, mushrooms, celery, kale, rosemary, and thyme. The lightly creamy base is made with almond milk, blended cashews, miso paste, and a touch of Dijon mustard.

This is also a perfect make-ahead meal, which I tested by bringing it over to my sister’s house last night for a family Sunday dinner. Just take the whole pot and simmer it on the stove to reheat. Don’t forget the crusty bread!

Roasted Delicata Squash & Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce

Roasted Delicata Squash & Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce with Tangy Red Cabbage

Happy Saturday!

I’m popping in today to share one more fall squash recipe that would make for a tasty Thanksgiving side dish (or a tasty any-dinner side dish if you don’t celebrate T-giving!).

This one is a little bit different for me because I haven’t been a big fan of blue cheese. That is, until a few weeks ago, when Jack and I shared a squash dish with blue cheese at the Publican (here in Chicago) that I was completely enamored with. The pairing of sweet roasted squash with tangy cabbage, pops of sweet currants, and a base of a creamy, lightly funky, blue cheese sauce was so delicious that I was inspired to make my own version at home. And here it is!

Roasted Delicata Squash & Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce with Tangy Red Cabbage

If you haven’t tried delicata squash – now is your moment. I love it because its small size makes it easy to cut. The skin, once roasted, is tender and delicious, so there’s no need to peel it.
   Roasted Delicata Squash & Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce with Tangy Red Cabbage

Roast the squash until it’s golden. While it roasts, make the creamy blue cheese sauce and marinate the cabbage with the currants in a bit of apple cider vinegar. Once the squash is done, it’s time to assemble! I just love the way the red cabbage pops against the squash – in color and in flavor. Both the sauce and the cabbage can be made in advance so this is pretty quick and easy to make.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Many Ways

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Many Ways

Earlier this fall, I started making a list of my potential Thanksgiving blog recipes. One of the items on that list was called “Brussels Sprouts TBD.” As every other recipe got named, resolved, tested, and put in the works, “Brussels Sprouts TBD” remained on the list just like that. I love love love Brussels sprouts at this time of year, but I just couldn’t settle on one idea or flavor combination… then it hit me – I’ll post many ideas! And you can choose!

Any of these simple combinations would make for a delicious, last minute holiday side dish. Each recipe starts with roasting the sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper… and then the fun flavor elements get added. Easy peasy. Here we go:

Spicy Peanut Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Peanut
Just like it sounds – the sprouts are roasted and then doused in a tangy/spicy peanut sauce. Sprinkle crushed peanuts over the top and add sliced Thai chilis to wake everyone up at the T-giving table!

Shiitake Bacon & Brussels Sprouts

Shiitake Bacon & Brussels
People always like bacon with their Brussels sprouts, so I thought – shiitake bacon! These are drizzled with a light, tangy sesame sauce and topped with sesame seeds and microgreens.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Tahini, Feta & Pomegranate

Tahini, Feta & Pomegranate
I don’t often pick favorites in these situations, but I’m going to this time. This one is my favorite! The sprouts are drizzled with lemon tahini sauce and topped with feta, hazelnuts, and pomegranate. A perfect combination of creamy, tangy flavors with a pop of pom.

Lemon-Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Lemon-Thyme Parmesan
This is a classic combination, but that doesn’t make it any less special. Obviously, I love lemon on (just about) everything. In this recipe, the salty Parmesan and herbaceous thyme leaves bring out the lemony brightness of these sprouts. Yum, yum.

Favorite Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Favorite Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Does anyone else feel like Thanksgiving is SO early this year?! Five minutes ago it was summer, then the leaves were falling, then we had a bit of snow last week(!), so needless to say, it’s suddenly holiday season! Whether you’re hosting the big meal or you’ve been assigned to bring a salad or side dish, here are a few recipe ideas. This is a short list of recipes that are my favorites right now. There are also tons more listed under the Thanksgiving tab of our recipe index.

Start the meal off with this Butternut Squash Hummus. In my opinion, this is the best fall dip. It’s creamy, it’s squashy, and it’s nicely spiced with cumin and coriander. Make it extra fancy (and extra delicious) by sprinkling it with feta cheese and pomegranates.

Butternut Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates

Stuffing is always my favorite part of the meal. Here are two versions that I love because they pack a decent amount of vegetables in between the bread. This Kale & Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing is rich with celery, rosemary, a touch of balsamic vinegar, cranberries, and savory sage leaves. An umami-tastic stuffing.

Kale & Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing

Stuffing option number two is this Butternut Squash & Leek Stuffing that I made last year. I love it because it’s so colorful from the squash, herbs, and little purple cipollini onions.

Butternut Squash & Leek Stuffing

For mashed potatoes, I have three choices depending on your potato preferences:

Cauliflower Parsnip Mash with Roasted Garlic is a non-traditional mash because, well, it’s not actually made with potatoes. I just love the nutty, earthy, complex flavors from the parsnips and the roasted garlic.

Cauliflower Parsnip Mash w/ Roasted Garlic

For a more traditional mash, make these Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. Cauliflower subs in for half of the potatoes, making them smooth, fluffy, and light.

Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Then, of coarse, there are these Kale & Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes that I posted the other day. This recipe makes a “rustic” mash, which is my way of saying that it’s a no-peel dish with a wonderful chunky texture and lots of flavor.

Kale & Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

For a veggie main course (or a nice side dish) try this Acorn Squash with Chickpeas & Chimchurri. The bright flavors here are anything but traditional, but it’s such a cozy and delicious stuffed squash recipe.

Acorn Squash with Chickpeas and Chimichurri

Keep the vegetable side dishes simple – you’re cooking enough already! These Simple Roasted Beets with Citrus will brighten up the whole meal while keeping your grocery list short.

Simple Roasted Beets with Citrus

If you’ve been assigned the salad, this colorful Fall Farro Salad with Halloumi & Pomegrantaes is sure to impress.

Fall Farro Salad w/ Halloumi & Pomegranates

Or for a quicker easy-to-bring salad, make this Shredded Brussels Sprout & Cranberry Salad. It’s so tasty with so few ingredients. You can even buy the bag of pre-shredded Brussels sprouts – I won’t tell.

Shredded Brussels Sprout & Cranberry Salad

For dessert, I’m obsessed with this Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Pudding. To me, it tastes like the best pumpkin pie filling ever – the freshly roasted squash brings such wonderful natural sweetness.

Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Pudding

Last but not least – maybe you’re having an intimate Thanksgiving just for two? For so many years, Jack and I stayed home in lieu of dealing with crowded airports. I’d always keep our dinner simple but festive by making butternut squash risotto… but you could spice things up by making this Butternut Squash Pasta with Chili Oil, Feta & Mint.

Butternut Squash Pasta with Chili Oil, Feta & Mint

For more Thanksgiving recipes, check out our recipe index and click “Thanksgiving” on the right sidebar!

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

These rustic vegan mashed potatoes are made with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, scallions, and kale. A delicious, easy vegetarian holiday side dish!

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving is next week, but I’ve been eating mashed potatoes for a while now because blogging life means eating holiday recipes early! I first made these vegan mashed potatoes for a family dinner a few weeks ago and while I was in the kitchen mashing stuff in a bowl, my brother-in-law came over and asked “what’s in the mashed potatoes?” I said “potatoes”… and he said ” no, I mean, what’s the “potato”…is it cauliflower…is it parsnips? He knows me so well.

It dawned on me how rarely I make actual potatoes, but we’re changing that today – this Thanksgiving our potatoes are potatoes! We’re also adding a bunch of kale to them because, well… I’m still me.

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes ingredients

These potatoes are not your creamy whipped cloud potato – if you’re craving that style of mash, go make this recipe. Today’s recipe is more of a rustic mash with garlic, scallions, and rosemary. The skins of the potatoes are left on which makes for a wonderful texture and also ease of cooking. This whole recipe comes together in about 20 minutes and requires no peeling.

There’s nearly a whole bunch of kale in this recipe, but no one will realize it, because it cooks down and mixes in to the potatoes so well.

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Instead of butter or sour cream, I use good amount of olive oil, which adds such a delicious flavor and creamy texture. It also makes this recipe vegan without having to use any type of vegan butter substitute. I just love olive oil so much.

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

mmm… look at all of that kale!

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

For more holiday recipes, check out the holiday section of our recipe index!