Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for many things, but one of them was the chance to celebrate our first Vegan Thanksgiving. Although we’d been vegetarian for years, we committed to being vegan in January 2010, so this was our first vegan Thanksgiving.
Sunnie made delicious brussel sprouts, one of our favorite dishes (she’ll post the recipe soon), while I made mashed sweet potatoes and chocolate mousse. The kitties helped out in their own way, which largely entails begging for food.
Although my family are omnis, my mom made a yummy vegan black bean, rice, and avocado salad:
So we are also thankful that our family is more aware of how good and simple vegan food can be and are accommodating when we get together. So while they had their turkey, more than half the dishes the family had this year were vegan!
Sunnie’s brussel sprouts were awesome, just like always!
I went a little overboard and toasting the top of the sweet potatoes, and they burned slightly, but the toastiness actually made it better!
This was my first time making chocolate mousse, using silken tofu. Yummy, but we’re going to cut down on the amount of soy milk next time so it’s a little thicker.
I also gave my dad the China Study and a short article on fighting type 2 diabetes with a vegan diet. It helps to be able to point to President Clinton as an example. It’s just my first nudge to him, but I’m going to sit down with him sometime soon and talk about it. His diabetes and heart disease have been a part of our lives since I was young, and I’m trying to walk the line between being pushy vegan-boy, and letting him know that this is something he can commit to so his health can improve! He was on the Atkins diet for years, so it’ll be a big switch, but something I really hope he’ll consider.
All in all, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you did as well!
What did you have for Thanksgiving this year?