November 5th, 2010

Thanksgiving In An Hour

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Why in the world would someone even need to make Thanksgiving in an hour? I don’t really know. Maybe at the last minute you decided you don’t really hate your family? In any case, if Rachel Ray thinks you need to make Thanksgiving in an hour, then who am I to argue?

So here’s the game plan and menu. We’re going to do 5 dishes:

3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Broccoli

Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Savory Mushroom Gravy

Chickpea Cutlets

And before you protest that there is no stuffing, the Chickpea Cutlets do taste a bit like stuffing, especially if you add extra sage, so I think it’s ok. Of course, you can always skip the mashed potatoes and make stuffing instead.

I accomplished all of this well within an hour, so I think most people will be able to as well. Of course, if your kitchen is a disorganized mess and if you don’t have all the right pots and pans, don’t expect magic to happen. But with a reasonably well organized and stocked kitchen you should be good to go!

Let’s count backwards, shall we?


Place cranberries in a sauce pot, add 3/4 cup of water, cover and bring to a boil.


Gather all of your ingredients and equipment, down to the measuring cups and spoons.


Put potatoes in another pot and bring to a boil.


Prep everything for the gravy. Get the onions going while you prep the mushrooms and other ingredients. Preheat oven for broccoli.


Remove cranberry sauce from heat and add the agave. Put sauce in a bowl and place in the freezer. Stir every few minutes to get it to cool as fast as possible.


Prep broccoli and get it in the oven.


Prepare chickpea cutlets.


Cook chickpea cutlets. You should use 2 pans here so that it’s fastest.

At this point you’ve got about 20 minutes left. In that time you need to stir the gravy, drain the potatoes, stir the cranberry sauce and remember to flip the cutlets and broccoli. But essentially all your hard work is done and all you have to do is not forget about any of the dishes you’re making. You should even have some time to get some dishes done!


Remove broccoli from the oven, transfer to a platter. Place gravy in a server. (Don’t forget to stir the cranberry sauce!) Mash the potatoes.


Transfer cutlets to a serving plate. Transfer cranberry sauce to a serving bowl.


Serve everything! Happy Vegan Thanksgiving!

Gather all of your ingredients and equipment

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