Vegan Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

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Vegan Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

This Vegan Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner is a delectable tribute to the flavors of Thanksgiving, and the best part is that you can enjoy it any day of the week. It's a complete feast including a crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside stuffing, tofu bites that are seasoned to taste like turkey, perfectly roasted potatoes and carrots, and garlicky green beans. The best part? It's easy to prepare, and it all bakes together on a sheet pan! Perfect for serving 4 (or 2 people if you want leftovers). 
My Notes:
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Meal Type: Dinner
Special: Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Seasonal (Cold Weather)
Tool: Oven
Ingredient: Carrots, Potatoes, Tofu
Servings: 4
Ingredients
For the Stuffing:
  • 2 rib(s) celery chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 clove(s) garlic minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup(s) vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup(s) vegan culinary cream (such as oat or soy cream) (or sub full-fat coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) vegan butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) powdered sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 8.5 oz sourdough (gluten-free bread if preferred), cut into 1 inch cubes
For the Turkey-Seasoned Tofu:
For the Potatoes and Carrots:
  • 12 oz baby potatoes halved and larger ones quartered
  • 2 large carrots (9.7oz/ 275g) peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 2 clove(s) garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon(s) dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) black pepper
For the Green Beans:
  • 9 oz green beans ends trimmed
  • 2 clove(s) garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon(s) olive oil
  • 1 pinch(es) salt and pepper
Instructions
  • To press the tofu: Prepare the tofu by draining it, and then pressing it for 15 to 30 minutes. I love using my Tofuture tofu press, but you can also follow these instructions for a DIY tofu pressing method. Pressing the tofu squeezes excess water out so that the tofu can suck up more of the marinade and become more flavourful. 
  • Preheat Your Oven: to 400℉ (200℃). Lightly grease a large baking sheet that is at minimum 11" x 17" in size (or two smaller baking sheets, if preferred).
  • For the Stuffing: In a large bowl mix all of the stuffing ingredients except for the bread. Mix to combine. Then lastly add the bread cubes and gently toss to coat the bread cubes in the mixture. Set aside for 10 - 15 minutes to absorb the flavors while you prepare the tofu and vegetables.
  • For the tofu: Once pressed, in a medium bowl, add all of the tofu ingredients except for the tofu. Mix to combine. Then tear the block of tofu into bite-sized pieces. (Tearing the tofu gives texture much more similar to turkey, and the rough texture grips the sauce better). Add the tofu bites to the bowl with the seasonings, and gently fold it using a spatula to coat. Set aside.
  • For the potatoes and carrots: to a medium bowl add the potatoes, carrots, and all of the seasonings. Toss to evenly coat.
  • Arrange the sheet pan and Bake: take your sheet pan, and on 1/4 of the pan, place all of the stuffing, using a spatula or back or a spoon to pack it into a rectangle shape. Just about the stuffing, add the tofu so that it takes another 1/4 of the sheet pan. Spread the carrots and potatoes across the remaining 1/2 of the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • For the Green Beans: While the sheet pan is baking, prepare the green beans. Add them to the same bowl the potatoes and carrots were in. Add the garlic, oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat in the remaining spices from the potatoes and carrots.
  • Finish Baking: After the sheet pan has baked for 20 minutes, remove it from the oven. Use a spatula to push the carrots and potatoes so they take up 1/4 of the sheet pan. In the remaining 1/4 of the sheet pan, add the green beans. Return to the oven and cook for another 15 - 20 minutes until the green beans are tender, the potatoes and carrots are tender all the way through when pierced with a fork, and the stuffing is lightly browned. Note that the tofu will be tender and juicy fresh out of the oven, and will get tougher and chewier as it cools (I enjoy both textures)! Serve as is or with your favorite sauce such as mushroom gravy or cranberry sauce.
Notes
Make Ahead: Morning of, or a few hours before, prepare everything in advance, so that when it's time for dinner, you can simply place all the items on the sheet pan and pop it into the oven following the baking directions. 
Gluten-free: for gluten-free, use a gluten-free bread, and substitute the soy sauce for a gluten-free soy sauce such as tamari.
Oil-free: for oil-free, use a good non-stick pan or line it with parchment paper. For the stuffing substitute the vegan butter for 2 extra tablespoons of vegan culinary cream. For the tofu, substitute the oil for 2 tablespoons vegetable broth or aquafaba. For the potatoes, carrots, and green beans, substitute the oil for vegetable broth or aquafaba.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 serving (recipe makes 4 servings) | Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1555mg | Potassium: 989mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 6507IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 7mg
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