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A Yumyum Thanksgiving

A whole, easy Thanksgiving dinner!


  • Seitan Roulade with Chestnut Stuffing


  • 2 c vital wheat gluten, (1 box of Arrowhead Mills brand)
  • ¼ c nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 1/3 c warm vegetable broth

Chestnut Stuffing:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 shallots, chopped finely
  • 10 cremini mushrooms, chopped (1 C after chopping)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 box Trader Joes Prepared Chestnuts (about 1 1/4 C, chopped)
  • 7 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped marjoram
  • 5 c cubed bread, (for homemade, see note)
  • 1/2 to 1 C warm vegetable broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Broiled Haricots Verts with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes:

  • 2-3 pints grape tomatoes
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Broiled Green Beans:

  • 16 oz haricots verts (or regular green beans)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 pinch sugar

Mushroom Gravy:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c chopped cremini mushrooms (measured after chopping)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 stem fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Black pepper
  • 3 tbsp Earth Balance Margarine
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 c vegetable broth

Tangerine Cranberry Sauce:

  • 1 16 oz bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c sugar
  • Juice from 1 tangerine (about 1/3 C)
  • Zest from 1 tangerine
  • Soymilk, for thinning
  • Fluffy Mashed Potatoes



  1. Mix gluten, yeast, and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Add the vegetable stock and gently mix with your hands until all of the dry mixture is moistened. You should have a soft, squishy, wet dough. Knead a few times, and agitate the dough by squeezing and pressing it.

  2. Dump the dough out onto a large cutting board and use your fingers to press it out to a 12×18? rectangle. If the dough is too springy, let rest for 15 minutes before rolling it out. Cut the dough into quarters.

  3. Heat a large, non-stick skillet over high heat with some olive oil. Briefly pan-fry the seitan pieces until just barely golden brown on both sides. This gives color, flavor, and kick-starts the cooking process so your pieces will be easier to handle.

  4. Set aside until you’re ready to roll up the roulades. Make the stuffing.

Chestnut Stuffing:

  1. Note: If making your own bread, take ½ of a 1 pound loaf of sourdough and slice into cubes. I leave the crust on! Spread out the bread on a baking sheet and bake at 300º F for 30 minutes, tossing half-way through.

  2. In a large, deep skillet, heat oil and saute shallots until beginning to color. Add mushrooms and carrots and cook until softened. Add herbs and chestnuts. Add bread and toss. Add broth ½ C at a time until stuffing is softened but not overly soggy. Season with salt and pepper. If not using for roulades, place stuffing in an oiled casserole dish and bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. If using for roulades, set aside to cool.

  3. Place stuffing on top of a piece of seitan, covering the whole surface. Roll up the seitan, stretching it to make as tight a roll as possible. Let the roll rest on the seam.

  4. With kitchen twine or any cotton string you have, tie up the roulade so that it doesn’t unroll.

  5. Repeat for the three other sheets of seitan. Place the tied roulades on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Lightly brush with olive oil. Bake at 350º for 30-40 minutes, turning half-way through, until golden brown.

  6. Let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing. Remove strings before serving!

Slow Roasted Tomatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.

  2. Coat tomatoes in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Place on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Bake for 40-60 minutes until very soft and beginning to color. Can be made a day in advance.

Broiled Green Beans:

  1. Coat green beans in oil, and season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Place them on a baking sheet covered in foil.

  2. Broil beans (just a few inches from the heating element of your oven) for 4-6 minutes or until softened and slightly browned. Toss with warm slow-roasted tomatoes and serve.

Mushroom Gravy:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet and add mushrooms, salt, and herbs. Cook for 4-5 minutes until softened and add vinegar. Stir well.

  2. Add a few grinds fresh black pepper and remove mushrooms from pan. Don’t clean out the pan! Turn the heat down to low. Add margarine and flour and whisk until a paste (or roux) forms.

  3. Slowly add vegetable broth, whisking all the time, until mixture is smooth. Turn the heat back up and whisk until the mixture thickens into a gravy.

  4. Add soymilk in small splashes if gravy becomes too thick. Season with salt and more pepper to taste.

Tangerine Cranberry Sauce:

  1. Heat all the above ingredients over medium high heat in a sauce pan. Stir occasionally.

  2. The cranberries will pop, and after 10-15 minutes of cooking the sauce will thicken and no longer be watery. Refrigerate and serve when needed. Garnish with fresh slices of tangerine if desired.

  1. I also serve fluffy mashed potatoes.

Tip: Here’s how you can save time by preparing parts of this meal ahead of time:

Anytime before:

  1. -Make vegetable stock, refrigerate for 1 week or freeze

One or Two Days Before:

  1. -Make bread cubes for stuffing

  2. -Make seitan, roll it out, pan fry it

  3. -Make the stuffing

  4. -Roll up the roulades, cover in plastic wrap, refrigerate

  5. -Make the cranberry sauce

  6. -Slow roast the tomatoes

The Day Of:

  1. -Bake the roulades (40 Minutes)

  2. -Broil the green beans (4-6 minutes)

  3. -Make the gravy (10-15 minutes)

  4. -Make the mashed potatoes (15-20 Minutes)

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