Thanksgiving at my house is usually pretty tricky. My parents and brother are solid meat-and-potatoes people. They don't want to give up Hawaiian bread beef dip (with chipped beef, mayonaise, and sour cream), turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, or fluffy white dinner rolls.
I'm a vegetarian, trying to transition to a healthy vegan diet, who has a sensitivity to gluten. We're very different, to say the least. So usually, my parents make the standard Thanksgiving fare and I bring my own.
This year, I tried a couple of new recipes, and one old standard:
This was a brand-new recipe for me, and it turned out really well! My family is NOT used to seitan - but even though they were not used to the texture, they loved the flavor. I'm hoping this one will grow on them, because I loved it and it was very festive!
Forbidden Rice with Acorn Squash
I roasted the squash whole, and used the rinds as bowls for the rice. This one was pretty good - but I think I'll be changing it next time. As much as I love acorn squash, the orange zest would be so much better with cranberries instead.
Raw Walnut and Mushroom Stuffing
I originally posted the pictures of how to make it here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
The funniest part of the night was watching the dogs watching the rest of the turkey being put away. They got a few bites each, but they were so focused and intent!