Vegan Thanksgiving and the Popularity of the Mashed Potato – [A Crueltyfree, Glutenfree Celebration]

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My plan was to shoot a photo of ALL the food (of which, there was plenty) and write a blog post featuring numerous photos and descriptions of the perfect vegan Thanksgiving (known in the vegan circles as Thankliving). Best laid plans.

As soon as the foil was taken off the food, the kids swooped in like hungry vultures and started to devour everything! I couldn’t grab my camera fast enough as I watched all these dishes begin to evaporate. I did get a photo of my mashed potatoes (since I took it before we left the house). I think this is a sign of just how great vegan food is (and how raising kids vegan is more than viable).

I’m pretty sure I am going to leave out some food items but here is the short list of what we had on-hand. No one left hungry.

  • Celebration Roast – Stuffed with corn bread stuffing. The perfect centerpiece to the table.
  • Mashed potatoes –  Clearly the most popular dish (in spite of the fact it broke the “no nightshades” rule).
  • Chipotle scalloped sweet potatoes – Sweet and hot and orange. What more would you want in a food?
  • Cranberries –  Had to have them. The sweet and tarty nature of this balances so well against the savory foods.
  • Penne Alfredo –  My old stand-by. Creamy and full of basil. I think I need to start calling this “pesto Alfredo.”
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts –  I love Brussels spouts. They are like tiny cabbages (which is actually what they are). Whenever I eat them, I fell like a giant.
  • Noodle Kugel – perfect addition to the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah mash up. Will have this the next time this happens in another 20,000 years.
  • Kale salad (of course) –  This is always a great dish to bring to any vegan dinner. Vegans love kale. All hail kale.
  • Gravy – ’nuff said.
  • Four different pies and ice “cream” for dessert – Apple and butternut squash pies and two flavors of ice cream (one that featured Gimme! Coffee).

Back to the gravy. I made four quarts of my delicious gravy (recipe here)  and realized two things as I had plenty left over. 1) Non-animal gravy doesn’t harden into a disgusting lump of fat the day after. It stays smooth and edible, as is; 2) leftover gravy blended with rice makes the most amazing Thanksgiving-themed risotto. Going to add that to my repertoire.

There is truly a reason to celebrate when you know you are eating with a group of 15 or more who all share the same passion for compassion.

Don’t go hungry. Go vegan.

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