New veggie here and going into the holiday season what do I do? This will be my first Thanksgiving without a turkey, suggestions? Also, I have family that is coming for Christmas and will have them staying at my house for about a week. Any suggestions for dealing with non-veggie company? Thank
I'm having the same problem! My family will be coming for Thanksgiving, and my husband, who has ben EXTREMEMLY supportive, has expressed his desire for a 'real' turkey :( Not sure what to do about that. Anyway, on pg. 124 of her book she lists the menue she had for her 2007 Thanksgiving. Maybe you could take some of the foods from that and make them. I think I might use this opportunity, since I will be doing the cooking, to introduce people to the wonderful world of veganism, and show them what great food they can eat! Good luck, hope I helped.
I am not sure how many people are in your household, but would it be possible to convince your husband to get a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey? Or something similar? I know breaking traditions is difficult but really it is good to make new traditions and change up :)
Vegetarian times magazine is featuring a wonderful vegan holiday spread this month. you might check out their website. if your hubby really wants a turkey, maybe he can pre-order a free range prepared one from somewhere local and keep it separate from the other food?
Great question Carrie! I'm having a similar issue! My boyfriend and I are preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my parents. I asked to do this because I knew I could sneak delicious vegan food in there without their notice lol, and I love my parents and want to treat them! :) My boyfriend and parents, however, are meat and dairy lovers, and my boyfriend already isn't too happy that I want to "veganize" most of the meals. He and my parents insisted on having a turkey, so he's buying a local free-range one that he is in charge of preparing. If I remember correctly, most of my family's favorite vegetable meals can be made vegan by just using oil instead of butter, but I can't label anything "vegan" or they will think it is somehow weird. Oh the joys of holidays! haha I think getting meat-eaters to give up their turkey might be too big a deal for them. Gentle coaxing may work for some, but if you fight too hard, your family members may dismiss veganism even more! I just told my boyfriend that I will be vegan at Thanksgiving and I would appreciate his support if a dish can easily be made vegan. I told him if he wants to prepare non-vegan things he can, and we can work together on everything except the turkey. This will be my first vegan Thanksgiving! Wish me luck!! Also, good luck to everyone else!
Great ideas, my husband is actually on board with going veggie. There is just the two of us so every day cooking isn't a problem. But my house guests (which include two kids, one is 12 the other 14) are junkfood-a-holics. Not just with the meat and dairy, we are talking don't drink anything other than soda, milk, etc. I have to feed them for a week, I would prefer not to have the "bad" foods in my house at all. I would love to introduce them to our way of eating but I don't want to freak them out. For some reason some people are very closed minded about eating vegitarian, they immediately turn their nose up to the idea of even trying something new before you even tell them all the different foods there are to try. How do I deal with house guests for a week? .... still freaking out.