Thanksgiving is the second most popular holiday next to Christmas.
What better time to celebrate delicious, nutritious and of course cruelty-free food than Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving was meant to celebrate the harvest of the year that just passed. As cultures evolved, it has become so much more than that.
For those that have recently become vegans, or have switched to a plant-based diet, it might be a time of stress trying to figure out what to eat at family gatherings.
Don’t worry, there’s a solution for everything!
If this is your first gathering since you’ve made the switch, try letting your host know about the change in your diet. In most cases, they would be able to make you a dish that is vegan. You could also ask them to set food aside for you before adding any non-vegan ingredients to it.
For example at our family Thanksgiving, I asked our host if she could set some salad on the side before adding the feta cheese to it. She also went ahead and put a ton of steamed vegetables on the side for me before adding the meat and cheese to them.
You’d be surprised how accommodating your family can be at times. But you’ll never know if you don’t ask.
If you just don’t want to discuss it with them yet or don’t want to be put on the spot about answering questions like ‘I knew a vegan once and they turned yellow’, then just make your own dish and take it with you.
This way you can also spark a conversation about your new lifestyle and why being a vegan is great.
Don’t start the conversation with “who even came up with the idea that we should kill a unique bird and stuff its behind with food.”
There is a time and a place for everything and stirring the pot on Thanksgiving isn’t one of them, especially if you’re new to veganism. But if you’re ready for all the questions and the nutritional expert remarks, then you better have studied your facts!
Regardless, most people have never tried dishes that have the label ‘vegan’ on them. So if they try your delicious meal, they will see that it is possible to be healthy AND eat delicious food!
There are a TON of absolutely mouthwatering vegan recipes that would blow them away!
I’ve compiled a few of my favorites to show you the possibilities.
If you’re only taking a small dish, eat before you go! That way if there’s nothing else to eat, you’re not left famished.
Vegan Spinach Dip – Recipe
Saffron Mashed Potatoes – Recipe
Fat-Free Vegan Gravy – Recipe
Vegan Cornbread – Recipe
Vegan Stuffing – Recipe
Delicious Vegan Biscuit – Recipe
Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Butternut Squash Bisque – Recipe
Cranberry Sauce – Recipe
Best Shredded Kale Salad – Recipe
Seitan Roast Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Mushrooms – Recipe
Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Corn – Recipe
Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf – Recipe
Vegan Tofu and Vegetable Pot Pie – Recipe
Vegan Cauliflower Pot Roast – Recipe
Cranberry Spaghetti Squash – Recipe
Vegan Maple Pecan Pie – Recipe
Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream – Recipe
Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp – Recipe
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies – Recipe
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie – Recipe
Homemade Apple Cider – Recipe
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate – Recipe
Fun fact about turkeys: did you know that a turkey’s head and throat color change based on their mood?!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and be thankful for everything in your life, cause as far as we know we only live once 😉 gobble gobble
I am a true believer in improving your health by what you do on a daily basis. I am a health advocate and believe that you can achieve any health-related goal based on your diet and daily habits. I am still relatively new (coming up on two years and counting!) to the vegan world and would love to take you with me on my journey!