This past Thanksgiving, my husband and I hosted my mother and brother for the day. We had planned a fabulously traditional meal and spent quite a few hours working on it. But it was a relaxed, joyful cooking experience. And yes, it was vegan (except for the turkey, but that was all on my husband).
While the hubs catered to the turkey, mom and I began prep for the rest of the meal. We spent a good few hours in the kitchen together, something I absolutely cherish. We were on no time restraints, since there were only the four of us, which meant if we ate late, it didn’t matter. There was something so serene about sharing my kitchen with my mom after sharing hers while growing up.
In short, it was a day I know I will look back on with a full heart for the rest of my life.
With the holidays quickly approaching (Christmas is NEXT WEEK you guys!), I wanted to share a bit about what we made on Thanksgiving and what we’re planning to bring to various Christmas gathering.
Our Thanksgiving menu, gluten-free and vegan, consisted of the following:
Spinach and strawberry salad with walnuts and lemon poppy seed dressing
Mashed potatoes (made with almond milk and EarthBalance vegan butter)
Stuffing/dressing. I have my mom’s recipe and I use a gluten-free meat substitute. I think this was the best stuffing I’ve ever had. And I’m a stuffing connoisseur.
Gravy. You have to try this recipe; it’s so rich and delicious!
Green bean casserole. I was very pleased with how this turned out, since green bean casserole is another favorite of mine.
Veggie pot pie (that was my main course since the others had turkey)
Coming up for Christmas, we have a few potlucks and, having the special dietary restrictions we do, I’ll be making main courses to bring. Here’s what’s on the menu:
Vegan lasagna. Made it for the first time last week and it’s already a favorite. I will definitely be posting the recipe on here soon.
Jackfruit BBQ sandwiches. Apparently the jackfruit acts like pulled pork. I will be testing this recipe this week just to make sure it’s as delicious as all the hype claims.
Tempeh pate. A delicious appetizer to share that’s super simple to make.
Vegan chili cheese dip. Now a go-to for my party arsenal.
And now that I’ve made my mouth water talking about all this delicious food, I’m off to go eat!