I love Thanksgiving and always have. As a kid I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and would help my mom in the kitchen. She was from the UK so I imagine the day was as foreign to her as lettuce on a sandwich but I’ll tell you, she rocked a wicked-good Turkey Dinner.
There are many traditional aspects of the day that I enjoy; the annual Turkey Trot is in its 16th year, I’ll be watching the Macy’s Parade, football, logging many hours in the kitchen, yelling at my family to help me clean up before company comes, and then spend the day with family and friends eating and hanging out.
In addition to the traditional, this Thanksgiving will be my first as a plant-based eater. So no turkey or ham (or traditional stuffing) for me. I’ll make many of the favorites for my family so there’s no panic at the disco and a complete revolt at the table. But I will also branch out and make some (hopefully) delicious recipes that are plant-based and that I think my family will also enjoy.
I’m making a curried butternut squash soup, a lovely arugula salad with apples and almonds and a rustic wild rice and cauliflower stuffing. I(If they turn out I’ll share the recipes). As far as a main dish, I know there are plenty of meatless options but I can’t quite wrap my taste-buds around a Tofurkey or a meatless loaf. I figure there’s no sense in forcing something just so it “looks” like a turkey. You know? Besides, I don’t think my family is quite ready for it. Baby steps.
So while there’s some extra prep work and cooking involved I’m looking forward to a lovely meal. And pie. Pie is my favorite. (BTW, I’m still looking for a good vegan pie, if anyone has a recommendation.)
In addition to my first Plant-Based Thanksgiving it’s also my first holiday without my parents. In full disclosure, as we come closer to the holidays it makes me sad and a bit weepy. But I know that when I sit down to my dinner they’re with me in spirit (also on separate bookshelves in my living room) and no doubt wondering what the Hell is on my plate. And that gives me a weird sense of comfort and makes me smile.
Here’s wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. No matter what you’re eating.
Now go run!