Mabon is the second of our fall harvest festivals and the foods available at this time of year are fresh and abundant. Oftentimes referred to as the “Pagan Thanksgiving” this is a wonderful time to cook up a harvest feast for family, friends, or neighbors.
Traditional foods of the season include breads and grains, autumn vegetables such as onions, potatoes, pumpkin, and squash, fruits such as apples, grapes, pears, and pomegranates, as well as mulled wines and cider.
Part of my tradition includes living in harmony with and practicing kindness towards all living things. Plant-based cooking becomes fun and creative when find some recipes that you love and make use of fresh, seasonal foods. The Seasonal Food Guide can help you locate what produce is available in the U.S during different months of the year. Fall is overflowing with abundant choices.
Try these out for putting together a delicious holiday menu:
Put together an Autumn Charcuterie Board with this abundant list of food ideas from Gina Fontana of Healthy Little Vittles. With over 30 options to spark your creativity, you are sure to create a gorgeous, crowd-pleasing platter.
If you are looking for a healthy “centerpiece” to build your meal around, try this amazing Tahini Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Lemony Herb Oil from One Green Planet. It levels up the idea of roasted cauliflower with a gorgeous combination of spicy flavors.
This easy recipe for Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and White Beans over at the Live In Kitchen is a delicious flavor combination of sweet and savory that also leaves room for you to experiment with creative ingredient swaps.
For a no-fuss option that you can “set and forget”, try this Slow Cooker Wild Rice recipe courtesy of Ginny at Vegan in the Freezer. Grains, nuts, and veggies all combine for a simple and delicious side.
Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with these healthier options:
Find the perfect fall dessert over at Food52 with their Vegan Apple Crisp recipe. It features caramelized apples with a crispy, pecan-oat topping and can even be enjoyed for breakfast.
Jeanine and Jack have a recipe for Tahini Cookies that are lightly sweet and filled with fall flavor. They only take a handful of ingredients to make and can be mixed up in one bowl for a quick Mabon treat.
For a show stopping dessert, bake up this heavenly double-layered Apple Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream. It combines fresh apples, cinnamon, all-spice, ginger, molasses and brown sugar with a fluffy maple buttercream frosting for a pure fall flavor explosion.
No celebration is complete without a festive selection of drinks. Mabon is renowned for delicious mead and ciders. These are my favorites:
For step-by-step, easy directions on how to make Slow-Cooker Mulled Cider, head on over to The Kitchn website. It’s a great foundational recipe and you can customize it with your favorite spices.
Find a Traditional, No-Nonsense Mulled Mead Recipe over at the Men of Mead blog. Plus, get a fun tip on how to make it like a traditional Viking if you’re feeling adventurous!