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Macaroni and Gravy

I hope you are not tired of seeing all my leftover makeover dishes from Thanksgiving.

What can I say?

I did make too much food, although I tried not to.

It’s never easy to make food just for two people.

This macaroni and mushroom walnut gravy turned out great!

I even added cranberry sauce (and nutty Parm) at the end.

Yes, the gravy and cranberry sauce do go well.

V-Meat Cheese Croquette

Another leftover makeover.

Yes, these were made with leftover mashed potatoes.

I’m surprised by how many dishes you can make out of mashed potatoes!

If you make croquettes from scratch, it does take some time, but when you already have mashed potatoes, the process is so quick and easy.

The Panko bread crumbs make them perfectly crispy!

Inside you will find homemade vegan cheddar and chopped vegan roast meat.

Potato Mochi Dango

I loved the potato Mochi cakes that I made a few days ago so much that I made them again.

This time I made them smaller.

Beautiful color!

I hope you can tell how crispy they are outside.

They were skewered like the snack called “Mitarashi” mochi balls which are a popular Japanese snack.

They were covered with thick shiny glaze just like “Mitarashi.”

So good!!

Roast Cranberry Cheddar Panini

Another leftover makeover!

You can probably identify many things from our Thanksgiving dinner.

Roast slices, cranberry mustard, cheddar cheese, and baguette.

Everything is, of course, vegan, and homemade except for cranberry mustard (store-bought cranberry sauce was mixed with Dijon mustard).

My husband requested a panini today, and he really liked this.

Potato Mochi Cakes

I tried not to make too much food for Thanksgiving dinner.

But I did end up with a lot of mashed potatoes (and a few other things).

Here is my leftover makeover project 1.

It’s called potato mochi cakes.

A Japanese snack.

These are super easy to make and so tasty!

The Teriyaki glazed cakes are so addictive!

I couldn’t stop eating!!

Hoso-Maki Sushi Rolls

I make sushi rolls all the time, but I think this was my first time making “hoso-maki” or the “slim” version of sushi rolls!

For hoso-maki you usually just put one thing, and that is why I ended up with five rolls.

Cucumber. Persimmon. Turmeric tofu. Avocado. Natto.

Supposed to make six.

I already had a plan, for the other one with beets.

I ran out of rice, and it was a tough decision to leave beets out.

Well, next time.

Thanksgiving Roast Sandwich

I think it’s obligatory to make a sandwich with leftover Thanksgiving food.

Mashed potatoes, mushroom stuffed roast, gravy, cranberry sauce, nutty Parm, spinach, and mayo/mustard.

Enjoying the low-key weekend.

2019 Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is the main dish of this year.

Mushroom stuffed vegan roast.

Isn’t it beautiful?

This homemade roast was so good!! (so much better than store-bought ones.)

Glazed Satsuma sweet potatoes with black sesames.

Sauteed broccolini with crushed red pepper.

Corn bread.

Kale persimmon salad.

Salad is traditionally a part of Thanksgiving dinner, but I still like to have fresh vegetables.

Also on the table were garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom walnut gravy, and mandarin cranberries.

My husband and I are spending the day with the family at his mother’s house.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and hanging out.

We are planning to bring some of these dishes so that we will have something to eat, but I heard my mother-in-law is also modifying some of her recipes to make a few dishes vegan for us, which I very much appreciate.

Plant-Based Mushroom Stuffed Roast

This is my first vegan roast, and I couldn’t be happier with the result!

I used this recipe.

I followed the recipe mostly.

Since I was putting a lot of effort (it was not difficult to make, but I was mentally quite invested), I decided to double the recipe and made two roasts.

So glad I did that!

Great flavor and texture.

I made this for Thanksgiving, but this will be a great main dish for any dinner party.


You and Me Onigiri Bento

You and Me Onigiri rice balls went into a Bento box this time.

This is one of my favorite ways to cook Kabocha.

This has two boxes, but one box contains enough food for me.