2014 – Year of the Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner At Our Home!


Vegan Thanksgiving 2014Granted, my photography isn’t anything to brag about. But today’s dinner was! It has been more than two years since I decided to limit my intake of meat and meat products to no more than 5% of my diet as a result of reading Campbell & Campbell’s The China Study. This was the first year our family (my husband and I this year) held a totally vegan Thanksgiving Dinner.

Based on one of the sites from an earlier post, I decided to use the link from Oh! She Glows! (http://ohsheglows.com/2013/11/26/3-course-vegan-and-gluten-free-holiday-menu-step-by-step/) because she offered a three-course meal which sounded pretty good.

Starting with the shopping list, the entire meal cost us less than $ 46. Only one item (Arrowroot) proved to be challenging to find – finally found the last one in the store! Interestingly, one of my friends called earlier this week bemoaning the cost of Thanksgiving ingredients – she was kidding and said she handed her paycheck over to the grocery cashier! One of my students who works at the local grocery admitted customers are ringing up $ 300 – $ 400 of food for Thanksgiving.

The site recommended making a number of dishes ahead of time. Instead I decided to make everything Thanksgiving Day. Starting around 9:00 a.m., the entire meal was complete and on our table for two before 1:30 p.m. I do not feel exhausted by the experience – am glad I have a food processor so I didn’t have to chop everything by hand!

The 2014 Vegan meal started with my husband, Bob. Because it was going to be the two of us this year, I suggested we could grab a traditional cooked Thanksgiving meal and eat it on Thursday. Impressively, he suggested the vegan option – saying he feels so much better when he eats vegan meals.

Keeping his suggestion in mind, knowing my husband is not particularly enthusiastic about drastic changes, and he is unafraid of letting me know his opinion, I was somewhat hesitant, albeit, excited to create this vegan meal.

Well, we ate the meal, and the conclusion is: IT WAS WONDERFUL! We feel full, not stuffed. Each dish was tasty with a variety of flavors. For a ‘convenience’ cook like me, the meal was straight-forward to make.

We plan to replicate the meal when all the kids come home for Christmas – it will be our Christmas Eve dinner with a Traditional American Meal for Christmas Day. I look forward to the response from our adult children!

P.S. I am thankful for each and every one of you – hope you had a pleasant day!


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