We started a tradition, well before over-hauling our diet to plant-based, to make Thanksgiving about our family. Our experience of Thanksgiving, in the traditional sense; big family sitting around a mountain of food, was both stressful and exhausting. About 8 years ago, we decided that Thanksgiving was a great time to take vacations and focus on us…the extra days off of work, a time to relax, an excuse to get away. We went on a few vacations where sometimes we found ourselves eating convenience store food as our holiday meal. No biggie, we were in it for the fun not the food.
Well, the days of grand vacations are over as we have upgraded to a new home and our son’s hockey schedule consumes our free time. We still make Thanksgiving about us and keep the focus on fun and not food. We take that day to celebrate our family of 3, where we don’t have to stress over family and what we need to “make”. We now take mini-vacations that are usually part of a hockey tournament. We plan the meal like any other. We are usually in a hotel for Thanksgiving so we bring food from home and give thanks to be together.
We usually host a small meal for our parents in our home before Thanksgiving. Last year, we made a 100% vegan Thanksgiving dinner and the in-laws were impressed with the meatless meal. Thanksgiving may be one of the easier meals to make vegan as most of the side dishes are some sort of fruit or vegetable. Also, you may find you can navigate an omnivore Thanksgiving table fairly easily while still eating plant-based.
If you are hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner, we have created the perfect Guide to the Holidays, which you can download here.
If you are a guest at an omnivore Thanksgiving here are some tips to help you stay stress-free and enjoy the time with your family.
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