It’s going on almost a full year of following a strict vegan diet. As we approached the holidays I wondered how I would do having a Thanksgiving meal with family without the traditional bird. Luckily for me Mrs. Greenfoodie, my partner in all things including my vegan diet adventure had it all planned out for us. Our plan for the holidays was to go down to my in-laws house in NJ for the big day. Mrs. G-Foodie was going to make a few of our dishes before we left the house the day before. Our main course was this recipe from No Meat Athlete. She also made some mashed potatoes and cauliflower, which is basically her mashed potatoes and celeriac recipe except with cauliflower instead of celeriac. She also made Dr. Weil’s eggplant-walnut spread to have as an appetizer. So off we went to visit with a cooler full of dishes and several growlers full of craft beer.
My mother-in-law is a fabulous cook in fact we have enjoyed many holiday meals at their house. Would I miss her cooking by sticking to only the dishes that we had brought with us? As it turned out my mother and sister-in-law were so very supportive of our desire to avoid animal products. We had vegan versions of squash, sweet potato and apple bake, apple pie, poppy seed strudel and a green bean and walnut stir fry. So we were not limited to the three dishes we took along after all. My sister-in-law was also kind enough to make her Pennsylvania Dutch style cream corn using soy milk instead of dairy. It was delicious! You know what? I didn’t miss having turkey at all. In fact, there wasn’t a single thing I was lacking. The down side is that I found out that it is still very possible to overeat vegan diet or not.
I am very thankful for many things in my life. My family, friends, my health and my love for the bicycle. There has been many times when I have said out loud how one of the single best decisions I have made was to switch to a plant based diet. I have never been leaner and fitter in my whole life. For that I am very thankful!