Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians out there! This is a holiday full of family, food, and festivities. For most Canadians, this holiday consists of Turkey, Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie. Well, since this is my first Thanksgiving as a vegan, I decided to meal prep like crazy and not miss out on any of the fun. Whoever says vegans can’t eat anything, really needs to read this post.
On Sunday night my family was invited to a family friends house for Thanksgiving dinner. My mom asked me if I wanted to go, or stay home. Of course I’d want to go! Just because I eat differently than most people, doesn’t mean I am suddenly anti-social and can’t go out anywhere! So for my Thanksgiving, I made a bunch of healthy vegan food that would keep my full all weekend:
1. Chocolate Cake
2. Cauliflower Curry
3. Mac n Cheese
4. Cinnamon Apple Crumble Muffins
5. Ice-Cream Sundae
On Sunday morning, I did a bunch of meal prep and was in the kitchen for what felt like forever. First I made mac n cheese, then baked it. Second, I made cauliflower curry. Then I made Cinnamon Apple Crumble Muffins (the recipe from my cook book), and once everything was made, I packed it all up in tupperware containers to bring with me to the dinner that night.
The dinner went superb! My mom stopped on the way there to get some sweet potatoes, and I brought a little container with almond milk and coconut oil in it, so once I got there, I microwaved them and made mashed potatoes.
Then once the table was set and everyone was sitting down, I microwaved my mac n cheese and cauliflower curry and added it to my plate, along with the mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and hummus + veggies.
My plate was full and everything was so delicious. And it was so good, I had seconds. And when everyone else was full, I could still eat more, because all my food was whole and healthy, and I find I can always eat more now that my diet consists of these foods. (although after 2 plate fulls, I was beyond stuffed)
For dessert, our host baked cherry pie, pumpkin pie, and brownies. Good thing I thought ahead and came prepared, so I had a slice of my chocolate cake and a muffin I made. But luckily she told me her cherry pie didn’t contain any dairy or egg, so I had a little slice of that and it was amazing. (She’s such an amazing baker)
Overall, Thanksgiving was a success. Eating healthy isn’t hard or time consuming, and being a vegan isn’t restricting or hard at all! You just have to know what you’re doing and plan ahead. It’s that easy. This lifestyle is only as easy or hard as you make it. If you say, “well, I can’t eat anything there so I’m not gunna go,” you’re going to be upset and have a hard time living this way. But if you’re open to new ideas and are ready to be prepared and plan ahead with an open and positive mind, you will thrive!
I will post the recipes in this blog post sometime this week, so keep an eye out for the following: mac n cheese, cauliflower curry, and chocolate cake.
Have a great week everyone, and remember these tips for your next family dinner or holiday.