Posting from the Droid again.
I’ve had a lot of time to think over the last few days. Sitting in a car for hours can get boring, but it certainly gives you time to be contemplative.
One thing I’ve been thinking about is Thanksgiving and food. In my family it’s not unusual for several family members to avoid meat. My sister is vegan, my brother is vegetarian, and my mom and I don’t eat much meat either (I’ve been eating more recently but that’s a story for a different time).
What about veggies who have meat eating families? How do they handle Thanksgiving? Here’s what I would do…
-Offer to bring a Tofurkey. I’ve had one every year for the last 5 years or so and now everyone (meat people included) looks forward to having a piece. We especially enjoy the veggies that bake with it. You can get just the Tofurkey for about $10 on its own, or you can get the feast for a little more.
-Double up on the veggie dishes. It’s not difficult to find enough food; you might just have to eat more in volume to get enough (always fine with me).
-Bring an extra veggie dish if you don’t think there will be enough there.
-Don’t bring your own separate food (that is just for you). The holiday is about spending time and sharing with your family… not being anal and making people feel guilty and/or awkward.
-Don’t make a big deal about it. I usually don’t even tell people that I don’t really eat meat because I don’t want them to feel stressed (or make something special that I don’t like).
-Don’t feel bad and don’t take crap for it. Your choice is your choice and you shouldn’t have to justify it to anyone. Be strong in your convictions. I am so serious about this.
My favorite Thanksgiving veggie dishes are: veggified scalloped potatoes, any and all squash, sweet potatoes (my dad makes awesome whipped ones), green beans, Brussels sprouts with pureed chestnuts, and cranberry sauce.
Bottom line: it’s not that difficult to be a veg-head on Thanksgiving, so go for it!
How do you eat on Thanksgiving? What’s your favorite dish?