For the rest of this month I am going to try out different Thanksgiving recipes. That means I get to eat Thanksgiving dinner all month long and you might find some vegan or gluten-free recipes that will suit you and your family for the holiday meal. Additionally, this Friday I will be writing a post on eating vegan among non-vegans for Thanksgiving Dinner. If you have any specific questions, helpful hints, or experiences please share them in the comment section below so that we can help our vegan and gluten-free communities eat AWESOME this year.

This Tempeh Bacon and Apple Stuffed Sweet Potato would make a great meat substitution or a delicious potato side for any Thanksgiving meal. For me, it made a fantastic Election Day dinner that Jason and I enjoyed as we watched the votes come in.

Vegan Bacon and Apple Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
serves 4

1 small white onion, chopped
1 apple, red variety, chopped
8 strips of tempeh bacon
1/4 cup pecans
1 tbsp fresh sage, minced
1/8 tsp nutmeg
salt and pepper
1 tbsp oil

4 medium sweet potatoes
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. With a fork poke holes in the sweet potatoes, wrap them individually in tin foil, and bake for about 60 minutes, until tender. When cooked, removed from oven, unwrap and cut a slit lengthwise down the middle. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile heat a large cast iron skillet with 2 tbsp oil. Cook tempeh bacon according to package. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add chopped onion and saute until translucent, about five minutes. Add chopped apple, sage, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Cook until apples are tender, about more five minutes. Cut tempeh bacon and add to apple mixture with the pecans, stir to fold in and remove from heat.

Once potatoes are cool, gently remove the flesh with a spoon carefully keeping the potato intact. Place flesh in a large bowl and add vegan cream cheese, salt and pepper. With a hand mixer whip the potatoes so that they are airy and creamy. Scoop the mashed sweet potatoes back into potatoes skins and evenly spoon bacon/apple mixture on top.

Serve warm.

Do you have any specific dietary issues you are dealing with for the Thanksgiving holiday? Any recipes you are looking to veganize or make gluten-free?

If so, leave a comment below and I will make sure to add in some helpful ideas over the next couple weeks.