Thanksgiving is a time for joy and laughter. It’s a time for families to gather around food, giving thanks to the blessings they’ve received in their lives. The most common dishes surrounding this holiday are: turkey, glazed spiral-cut ham, buttery mashed potatoes, gravy (with turkey drippings), candied yams, and herb-filled dressing. Oh… and don’t forget the pumpkin pie with whipped topping!
To most people, this sounds great; it’s what many Americans have grown to love about the gluttonous holiday. But for vegans, it’s a culinary nightmare! And it often makes for some pretty awkward feelings/conversations around the dinner table. If it’s your first vegan thanksgiving, don’t worry; we can get through this “Turkey Day” together.
My “Turkey Day” Picks
As you can imagine, I receive lots of questions throughout the week regarding plant-based foods and general nutrition. But over the past two weeks I’ve received more questions than ever, and they were mostly concerning Thanksgiving meal ideas. I understand your confusion, especially if you have a family who’s depending on you to cook. So, let’s look at some options together!
Anna, a vegan friend of mine (and triathlete) recently posted an article with 40+ Vegan Thanksgiving Meal Ideas. It’s an extensive list that offers soups/salads, main dishes, gravies, cranberry sauces, bread, and (of course) dessert. I thought I’d pick a couple of things to make, which I will be taking to my family Thanksgiving dinner this year. Check them out and let me know what you think!