Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

Once we had kids, my hubby and I decided we would like to host vegan Thanksgiving celebrations at our house each year. This was our third year. Our vegan lifestyle is important to us and we feel strongly about teaching those values to our children much like others do with theirs.

Since our kids are little, we have done our celebrations potluck style. Once they are older, we know they will likely be interested in helping cook each year. Our son loves to help in the kitchen and is twice as likely to try something new if he has helped to prepare it.

This year we made a mushroom walnut loaf, stuffing, pecan pie truffles, and a chocolate peanut butter pie. The pie was for the kids, since they can't eat whole nuts yet. This was our second year making the pecan pie truffles and we had requests for them this year. The recipe was published in Veg News last year, and is now available through their online holiday recipe compilation.

Our family brought mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole topped with Dandies marshmallows, squash casserole, and fruit salad with a blueberry yogurt topping. We had meant to make green beans, but the responsibility for cooking them was mixed up. It didn't matter in the end though, as we had more than enough food. There were leftovers for four days.

Next year we will probably start some traditions with the kids regarding our vegan feast. If you have any ideas, please send them our way. Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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