Even though Thanksgiving is tomorrow, Matt and I spent this past weekend at his parents’ home in Springfield, Missouri for an early T-Day feast. You may remember (as I related a few months ago) that Matt’s mom went vegan this past spring to help her with her diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health issues. She’s still going strong! And as a result, the Crawley Thanksgiving dinner was the most vegan-friendly T-Day meal I’ve ever had. Since I’m not a big fan of comfort food, Thanksgiving dishes have never been much of a draw for me, but this year was a bit of a game-changer.
The cranberry-apple relish on the left is vegan, and though the rest of the family ate their vegetable crudités with non-vegan ranch dressing, Matt, his mom, and I ate ours with vegan spinach hummus (below)! We even had vegan, gluten-free Mary’s Gone Crackers to munch on.
Although there was a turkey for the rest of the family, Matt’s mom made the mashed potatoes AND the stuffing vegan by using Earth Balance and rice milk, and the bowl of “butter” set out to go with the [whole-wheat] rolls was (shh) Earth Balance too!
The center of our vegan feast was a Tofurkey roast, my first ever. It was filled with wild rice and whole wheat bread crumb stuffing and came with a savory vegan gravy on the side. I thought I wouldn’t like it (because I never liked real turkey), but I loved it! It just tasted like especially-salty seitan. We all liked it, actually; even Matt’s non-veg brother. I guess I’m now a Tofurkey convert!
Dessert was equally special, because Matt’s sister-in-law Bobbi had taken extra-great care of us. She made the cherry pie AND sweet potato pie vegan this year by using [whole-grain!] butter-free crusts and employing some creative sweeteners like sorghum syrup. How cool is that?!
The Tofurkey feast also came with a vegan dessert: an Amy’s chocolate loaf cake. And on top of all that, Matt’s brother and sister-in-law even thought to pick us up a can of Soyatoo Rice Whip “whipped cream” for our treats.
I was just blown away by how thoughtful Matt’s family was, not to mention how much I enjoyed this dinner. I think it’s the first Thanksgiving meal I’ve ever had that I can truly rave about loving!
QUESTION: Will your Thanksgiving dinner be veg-friendly? What favorite T-Day dishes are you serving?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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