I’ve spent the past week scouring the web, pushing google into overdrive, trying to find recipes to create an appealing alternative to our normal holiday fare.
There is just a bit of extra pressure because of how highly Dave holds turkey in regard. You know- just a tad.
But I’ve decided not to stress about it. Or at least I keep telling myself that I’m not stressing… ha.
I’ve finally come up with what I am going to make. Two days before Thanksgiving isn’t too bad right??
Our old annual menu looked like this:
Brined, Roasted Turkey
Mash Potatoes with Gravy (made from turkey drippings)
Stuffing (made from white bread with eggs and butter)
(All of which were NOT made with ‘healthy’ ingredient choices- think lots of butter, sugar, and cream)
Our menu this year looks like this:
Pistachio and Sweet Pea Torte with Roasted-Tomato Aïoli (from “Vegan For the Holidays” by Zel Allen
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy (Animal FREE)
Stuffing (egg-less, butter-less, and from whole-wheat bread)
You’ll notice that I decided to make the same side dishes (it just wouldn’t be the same without them!). They are exactly alike in name- but the recipes themselves are a complete 180° from the traditional.
Each recipe that I chose is SUPER healthful and 100% animal product free.
I also made the executive decision to knix the rolls and the pineapple casserole (I haven’t figured out how to veganize/healthify that yet…). So the feast will be a bit smaller this year, but that’s okay. Dave and I are the only people that will probably actually eat it. Scarlett will most likely refuse. And Hunter will probably eat just a few nibbles of what he can.
And in case you guys want to start bringing a little nutrition to your holiday table too, you can check out the links below. Each one offers an array of options.
- Oh She Glows
- Veg Kitchen
- Plant Powered Kitchen by Dreena Burton
- The Post Punk Kitchen
- Detoxinista (Vegan AND Paleo)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOLKS!