Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Giving Thanks without Turkey?

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Thanksgiving, a time for giving thanks and being grateful for all we have, is (as well all know) celebrated around a big meal with family and friends. For many vegans, including myself, thanksgiving dinner can be a frustrating meal especially when you are sharing it with those close to you, most of which who are not vegan.

In past years I would bring a couple side dishes, usually plant-based or maybe a rice dish, but it was never the same as enjoying everything available at the dinner table.   However, I do believe one can still enjoy and celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones without having to sacrifice a turkey or any other animal product for that matter.

To help give me a few ideas of what I could make this year in contribution to Thanksgiving dinner I did some research on-line and found a few very delicious recipes, most of which come from one of my all-time favourite food blogs: Fat Free Vegan.

So if turkey is not on the menu for you this year, why not try Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf instead or Mushroom, Lentil, and Wild Rice Timbales (this, I just might have to make). Other "traditional" Thanksgiving dish alternatives include Green Onion Mashed potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Vegan Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Kale Salad, and finally, we can't forget, the pie.  In this case, a Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake.

I personally have never been a fan of pumpkin pie but this year, I think I might try making this one. Yum!


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