A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

Happy holidays! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week already? Where did the year go??

What are you all thankful for? I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my health and I’m also thankful for my decision to go vegan nearly 8 years ago.

I remember my very first vegan Thanksgiving. It was so depressing because I had just learned some disappointing truths about food, as I was studying at Bauman College getting my Nutrition Educator certification at the time. I had no idea what to eat as everything seemed wrong. Flash forward to this Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more excited!! There are SO many wonderful options for the holidays, so fear not; even if it’s your first vegan holiday! You got this!

You may be wondering what I’ll be having for Thanksgiving, and I’m happy to share! This year, we will be joining some family for an intimate gathering of vegan and non-vegan festive foods. Our host is vegan-friendly, and will be preparing some yummy options for us including mac ‘n’ cheese, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and more! It’s always such a treat when I can go somewhere for the holidays and not have to bring an entire meal for myself!

I will be contributing some additional dishes though, using some delicious recipes I’ve collected. I love experimenting with new recipes and sharing them with family and friends.

My menu includes the following:

First, our protein will come from a delicious lentil loaf, and I’ll be trying The Simple Veganista’s Ultimate Lentil Loaf.

(that’s her photo below, not mine, but isn’t it lovely?)

Secondly, I’ll be making a butternut squash casserole from Oh She Glows.

For dessert, I wanted to share this decadent sweet potato chocolate pudding, which is also from Oh She Glows, as I made this last week on a whim, and LOVED it!! It’s from her newer cookbook, Oh She Glows Everyday.

(this is my photo)

I’m tellin’ ya–you wouldn’t even know there were sweet potatoes in there, and when you top it with some coconut whipped cream, OMG. Which reminds me, Trader Joe’s just brought in their own coconut whipped cream!!! Get it while you can!!!

If you need more recipes, here are some excellent links with tons to choose from:

Oh She Glows: http://ohsheglows.com/categories/recipes-2/holiday/holiday-thanksgiving/

Minimalist Baker: https://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-thanksgiving-recipe-roundup/

Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/101-vegan-thanksgiving-recipes?utm_term=.hyz5DZNMg#.wunkQxYXv

Please consider leaving turkeys off your plate, as there are obviously so many other delicious cruelty-free choices!

Wild Turkey

Consider some of these amazing facts about turkeys:

  • Turkeys are intelligent and form strong social bonds with their family and flock mates, sometimes traveling in the wild with groups of 200 or more.
  • Turkeys are very affectionate; rather similar to dogs.
  • Individual turkeys have unique voices. This is how turkeys recognise each other.
  • Three hundred million turkeys are killed in the U.S. each year, many for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Give thanks to all the goodness in your life, even if you only acknowledge one thing!

If you want personalized help going plant based, please reach out! I’m passionate about changing the world; one meal at a time! The future is vegan!!