For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of friends, family, and food. For vegans like me, the food part can be a bit complicated—after all, the star of the meal is supposed to be a dead bird!
Nevertheless, with a little planning and preparation, vegans can enjoy Thanksgiving with the best of them.
Help with the cooking.
Don’t expect someone else to do all the work in accommodating you AND whoever else is coming for dinner. Not hosting yourself? Offer to prepare a veg-friendly side or meat alternative. Sam at It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken has some awesome options, like these “8 Traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas Sides Made Vegan.”
It’s not that hard to replicate your favorite family recipe—almond milk and egg replacers and Earth Balance exist for a reason! Many times, it’s the traditional methods that require these things, and a simple substitute is barely noticeable.
For the “meat and potatoes” portion of the feast, there are plenty of meat-free options available, if you want to substitute it (some people prefer to fill up on veggies and the like instead, and that’s totally okay too!): check out Tofurky for everything from deli slices to Holiday roast!
Be prepared for the comments.
And don’t let them bother you. Dad, Aunt Martha, and Uncle Joe might not understand your reasons for not partaking of the “normal” food. You’ll likely hear “oh, just eat it!” a few times. It’s okay. Take a deep breath and eat your non-guilt.
Remember the “True” Thanksgiving.
You know when Christmas comes to town and people get all huffy about commercialization and the true meaning of Christmas? Do that for Thanksgiving. There’s more to it than food and heading to Target two hours before they open.
If you still need some inspiration, be sure to check out this AMAZING Vegan Thanksgiving rap! Most importantly, remember that I’m thankful for you all 🙂