November 02, 2011
My husband and I switched to a vegan diet last spring (read my blog about it: "Going Vegan"). We have traditionally hosted my family’s Thanksgiving dinner at our house. This year, we have been discussing how to satisfy the wants and needs of my family’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner and our new vegan diet. I have decided to buy a pre-cooked turkey from our grocery store. Whatever is left of it, I’ll send home with everyone. Mashed potatoes are no problem using soy milk and no butter. As long as I have some gravy for the family, they should be happy.
I’ll have a family member make a salad. Someone else can bring green beans (we can eat them as long as there is no bacon in them or they’re not creamed). There is a sweet potato recipe that I traditionally make that I am going to experiment making without eggs and using soy milk. My brother makes a family favorite of oyster dressing (I’ll miss that one). He also makes a traditional dressing for the "married into the family" folks. One of my nieces has gotten to be quite the dessert queen. I’ll see about giving her the challenge of making something with no eggs or dairy along with the usual family favorites of pumpkin pie and sour cream raisin pie. My husband suggested that he and I eat a pizza from a local pizza parlor that we found that makes a veggie pizza with a vegan mozzarella cheese.
Whatever we have to eat, the whole idea is getting to spend time with family and that never changes, whatever is on the menu.
Blue Ridge Branch