Vegan Thanksgiving – A Huge Success

Vegan Thanksgiving
Vegan Thanksgiving

We hope you all wound up having a pleasant holiday however you celebrated (if you celebrated).  Our day was very enjoyable.  I'd love to say I was a big help to Jane, however, she did most of the work.  In my defense, she had the week off, whereas I worked until late Wednesday afternoon.  Not to mention the fact that I'm usually not allowed in the kitchen (I'm too much of a slob).

Our meal was wonderful.  Our planned menu consisted of the following:

Vegan Meat
Vegan Meat

We had a few minor changes.  Jane opted not to make the gravy as the Tofurky comes with premade gravy and she was running behind.  She will be making it tomorrow when we run out of the Tofurky Gravy.  The other item that was missing from our table was the Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage.  Jane made it on Wednesday, but it was buried in the back of the fridge and she forgot to take it out and reheat it.  Oops.  Neither one of us noticed until today.  Luckily that's one of those dishes that tastes better after it marinates a bit.

Jane did cook both the Celebration Roast and the Tofurky so we could have a side-by-side taste test.  The results:  she prefered the Celebration Roast, and I prefered the Tofurky.  But the roast is growing on me with each subsequent meal.

Vegan TDay Plate
Vegan TDay Plate

As for the rest, Jane added a banana to the mashed sweet potatoes, as suggested by the Food Network.  She thought it tasted more like the sweetened, marshmallow laden version we've had in the past.  Next year we're probably going back to the plain mashed sweet potatoes, but these are good too.  Jane also surprised me with mashed cauliflower, which I love!!!  The brussels sprouts were delicious as usual.  Typically, I don't care for green beans. I eat them, but they're boring, or smothered in a sauce which renders them unidentifiable.  This recipe was really good, and it works as a cold salad as well as heated up.  The stuffing was fantastic.  It's based on a recipe we used to make in our omni days, from Gourmet magazine, and it totally works as a vegan dish.  And there was the cranberry orange dish.  There wasn't enough room on my plate to fit in all that vegan goodness!

We've had this meal four times now (lunch and dinner yesterday and today), and so far everything has been wonderful.  To those non-vegans out there who can't imagine that a vegan Thanksgiving could taste good, I say, look at this feast and tell me it doesn't look absolutely amazing!


  1. well, I did cook the turkey and I also ate it, honestly I have been a vegetarian for 7 months, trying to loose 50 pounds, but I just lost about 20 and I’m kind of dissapointed, because I have been faithfull to it, ’till thanksgiving,and I promise myself I would go back to vegan and I am, I just don’t know what else to do to loose weight, i eat veetables , fruits and whole grains,i drink water and cinnamon tea with honey all the time and I’m not loosing anymore, what can I do???Help please!!!!!!!!!!I’m 34 and have 3 small kids under 6.maybe you get an idea.

  2. Lovely spread – everything looks so appetizing! My husband likes the Field Roast and I like Tofurky – Looks like we’ll be celebrating with one of each for years to come…

    Enjoy your leftovers – mine are already all gone

  3. HI, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love new blog buddies. Your Thanksgiving looks great! My daughter made a Tofurky this year and brought me some. I have to say I love it! I have been vegan for a little over 2 years and this was my first time trying it. So good! I love the idea of banana in sweet potatoes. A perfect natural sweetner. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Hi Yvonne,
    Glad to hear it. Perhaps you’ve convinced a few people to eat the occasional vegan meal…

    Hi Patty,
    First, simply going vegan isn’t necessarily going to result in weight loss. For most of us, we do see a drop because we are eating less calorie dense foods. But there are some highly caloric vegan meals out there too. You have to take an honest look at what you are eating. Does your fruit consist of apple pie or cobbler, or is it whole apples? Are your veggies steamed or roasted? Or are they more often french fries or mashed potatoes? Or smothered in vegan sour cream or margarine?
    Jane & I both lost weight quickly and effortlessly when we started eating vegan, but once Jane started baking again, and making more substantial meals, I gained back a few pounds.
    Basically, it’s the same formula for vegans and omnis. Calories in must be less than calories out in order to lose weight.
    Jane always says you hit plateaus going up or down in weight and suggests trying to incorporate a bit of exercise into your day for a bit to shock your metabolism into gear. (But I know how hard that can be!)
    Finally, if you are really trying and not seeing results, perhaps you should go see your doctor. There may be an underlying medical reason why you aren’t losing the weight.

    Hi Bea,
    Thanks. Perhaps next year we should swap spouses 😉 Oops, maybe I should check with Jane first.

    Hi earthmother,
    I’m impressed. A raw Thanksgiving. I’m happy to hear your dishes were a success. It’s the best kind of promotion for a vegan/raw diet!

    Hi Sheree,
    I love the Tofurky too. Jane, not so much. She’s completely addicted to the Celebration Roast. I think she wants to make a trip to the Field Roast headquarters and tell them how much she loves them (okay, that’s an exaggeration).
    As for the banana. Yes, it pairs wonderfully well with the sweet potatoes. I hope you enjoy.

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