This will be my first Thanksgiving as a veggie (that's what I like to call it). Any suggestions for dinner/meal plans? I would love to be able to bring a dish to my family's dinner and/or host my own Veggie dinner. Any suggestions/recipes/links would be appreciated :) Oh...and I'm open to Vegan ideas too!
I had roasted stuff acorn squash last thanksgiving and it was so good (http://happyveganface.blogspot.com/2009/10/acorn-squash-lickety-split.html) You can basically stuff it with anything you want, I went or blend of wild rice, cranberries, and chestnuts. It's also really great to bring a bunch of small stuffed squashes and place one on each person's plate. Makes for a great presentation ;)
Beverly - I actually debated a stuffed acorn squash - thanks for the link!
Mary - your menu looks great! I'm in Canada so your "test" dates will be during my Thanksgiving (Oct 8-10)! I will check in though to see how they went & if I could use them for that weekend or another time.
Let's both be thankful this holiday for not having a carcass on our table & for feeling as amazing before the meal as after! :)
My husband cooks the turkey in the family and I make sure all of the other dishes are vegan. No one knows that everything is vegan and they still get thier dead animal. I never have to touch it.
My suggestion to MoniDew would be to do what I do for Thanksgiving and tell the family they need to be in charge of the turkey, but you will handle all of the other cooking, then maybe for another holiday (New Years, St. Patricks Day, Valentines Day?) invite everyone over for what would be your ideal Thanksgiving. Next year when you are planning for 2012 Thanksgiving you may find that the family may be more open minded at having a kind Thanksgiving.
@MoniDew How awful! Honestly, I feel like the holiday is the least of your concerns when those family members are so disrepectful and hurtful!
If what you want is to have a happy and peaceful thanksgiving, perhaps it is time for someone else to host the meal and you can bring a few of your own dishes? It's not fair for your to have to do all the work and not be appreciated like you clearly deserve!
I usually prepare the meals when my family gets together, but this is my first holiday as a vegan. So I am making a whole series of lovely vegan things, without soy products since my brother is allergic. I told my parents that if they want turkey (or any other meat) they can make it, but I won't be touching that. They are totally okay with it!