Thanksgiving was flippin’ awesome. Why? Because it was just me and Jeremy.
I’m not trying to dog on my family here but you know how it is when you host dinner. It is stressful! The cooking, the pretty placement of stuff and the clean up… and then the worrying that everyone enjoys their meal. I hate it.
For the last few years, Jeremy and I have played host to my parents on Thanksgiving. It started the year my dad had heart surgery and then last year we just decided to make it a tradition. We go to my in-laws the following Saturday for a Thanksgiving makeup.
The first year we hosted Thanksgiving, I was a vegetarian and Jeremy was not. I bought a Tofurkey and Jeremy made stuffed turkey breasts. I found out later (the following year) that my parents weren’t crazy about most of the meal. Ouch.
The second year, I was a vegetarian still and Jeremy was not. And because our oven sucks, Jeremy figured that we could purchase most of the items pre-made from Whole Foods. It was worth the money and time. So that’s what we did (especially since my mom requested a “real turkey” that year).
This year, however, both of us are vegetarians. My mom still isn’t happy about MY turn as a vegetarian but was almost angry that I “turned” Jeremy. According to her, we are no longer fun to eat with anymore.
My gramps was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He lives out in Utah and my dad talked about going out to see him as he gets moved into a nursing home. That was the story my folks gave me about not coming over for Thanksgiving (and this was all kind of last minute).
Then I found out they weren’t going to Utah. I assumed this meant they were coming over but then my mom said, “no thanks” and made a comment about us being vegetarians. Ouch.
But you know what? It totally worked out. I enjoyed my holiday with just my husband and if I could finagle EVERY major holiday like this, I totally would. Jeremy is a great cook and we share the same affinity for foods and flavors (although he likes things a little spicier than I do).
I bring you our Thanksgiving meal:
I made a Vegan pumpkin pie (the non-tofu kind):
We had a ton of veggies from CSA as well as just stuff we randomly grabbed from the grocery store. We realized we were on the verge of making TOO much food (is there such a thing?) and decided to write down what we’d make that day vs. what we’d save for another night.
Dinner! Roasted acorn squash (with maple syrup), roasted brussels sprouts, mashed sweet and red potatoes (Jeremy doesn’t like sweet potatoes but this combo worked out really nicely) and the bowl contains a vegetarian goulash that Jeremy made up. It contained red potatoes, roasted tomatoes, chickpeas and tofu. So good.
See – being a vegetarian does not mean eating boring and bland food. Although I know a lot of people will argue that brussels sprouts are disgusting.