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Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 29, 2013

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:

Seitan Roast

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:

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!

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    Thanks so much!

    I avoided all other breads, so I was okay with the seitan - but not great. I've made sure that I haven't eaten the seitan too often, and it hasn't been too bad...but next time, I'm going with a gluten-free seitan recipe:
    1597 days ago
    awesome pictures!
    1601 days ago
    Your recipes are always so good. My wife and I have enjoyed many of them. We have a mixed household when the kids are home together... he's vegan, she's a carnivore. Interesting mealtimes so we can relate.
    1602 days ago
    Glad to hear you had a good Thanksgiving, and that your food turned out well!
    1603 days ago
  • DR1939
    We have a lactose-intolerant among our guests. I always make at least one milk-free appetizer and her mother brings her mashed potatoes and one dessert that is milk-free. Everything else works for her. She has to skip a few of the desserts but there are plenty so it's not a problem.
    1603 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    It all looks and sounds wonderful.

    You were able to tolerate the seitan roast in spite of your gluten sensitivity?
    1603 days ago
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