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11/12/14 8:50 P

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So much great advice. Thank you. Well, as I said I am not vegan yet (considering it), and my family doesn't know about my decision to go that way just yet either. I may end up talking about it on the phone on Friday. I think that is a great idea with the German food, I am also from the praries in Canada, and grew up on perigees, farmer sausage, cabbage borcht soup, etc
I will be sure to check out all those links you posted too.


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11/12/14 7:23 P

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If you live in Canada, Tofurky brand makes a roast, and you should be able to buy it at Loblaws in the hippie food frozen section, with the vegan and gluten free things. I haven't had their roast but their hickory smoked sandwich slices are to die for- seriously! There's also a recipe here on spark people for Coach Nicole's lentil loaf which I haven't tried yet, but it looks like it could work for a meal like this.

You also don't have to go full on vegan with this meal- you can always cook vegetarian or pescatarian too. I live out in the prairies- cabbage rolls and perogies are an absolute must out here, as are the mashed potatoes. My family is German and my boyfriend's is Polish, but by cooking Ukranian style dishes, your dishes are automatically vegetarian. If your family is like my family and insistent on meat, you can always compliment a veggie main with a local, ethically caught and sustainable breed of fish. Honestly, someone you know will have a tasty and significantly less time consuming recipe for fish!

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11/12/14 6:02 P

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MELLYBEANS0919 by hosting are you going to cook? I know if it were me cooking it would be vegetarian and no meat cause I don't have a clue how to cook meat and have no plans on learning...lol

The point is if your doing the cooking...cook what you want and if you don't eat meat then don't cook it. There are alot of very yummy veggie recipes that everyone likes. And just don't make a big deal out of it..cause your family already knows how you eat (I think that what you said)

Don't worry about if your vegan or not just try your best and have a great time.

Just remember that Christmas is also about being with the family (so who cares what the food is so long as your with family)

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Hey Ruth are you talking about wham? (yum) The dinner roast is also yummy (just got some today)

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I have been adding Thanksgiving recipes hear (on my eat to live team) and I bet these recipe will work great for Christmas.

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http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe
/pumpkin-pie-vegan/ This one just came up on One Green Plant and it sounds good. Will work for the American Thanksgiving too.

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BONIDALE, good suggestion, that makes things easier. I was thinking of making some kind of potato dish myself, I love sweet potatoes and I saw a recipe for a good sweet potato casserole. Ooh mushroom gravy sounds good! Do you have a recipe idea for the vegan pumpkin pie?

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Simply do what I do. Eat everything but the turkey. In my opinion, tofurkey is not that great-tasting. Mashed potatoes ( milk and butter) might be problematic, so take your own and if you take mushroom gravy, you can pile it on. Vegetable dishes are usually vegan and so are salads. Avoid the ones with mayo. Also, you can make a vegan pumpkin pie that no one will know is vegan. Lots of great recipes.

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Thanks RUTHEY. Unfortunately I don't have a TJ near me, I am in Canada. That sounds really good though, although I've never had "fake" meat before. I am a bit cautious to try the vegan burgers/hot dogs at the store.

I'll be sure to check out Christmas recipes online. I am not sure if I want to dump this on my family though at this time of the season, or wait till after Christmas when I don't have to worry about holiday traditions and all that jazz. I am not sure if they would be understanding and supportive. Also, I am not exactly vegan just yet emoticon

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There are a lot of recipes on the internet for Vegan Thanksgiving and Christmas menus.

I usually buy a Trader Joe's Stuffed Un-Turkey Roast that comes with it's own vegan gravy. It was under 10.00 last year. It only serves 6-8 people, depending on how much is served in each serving. I recently found a recipe for a stuffed seitan roast that I'm going to try this year. It is time consuming, but only as much as making the stuffing and stuffing a turkey.

The local Adventist Bookstore in Auburn, WA carries a fake ham roll for under $20.00. It's good and may come in a "food service" size. Some of their food items do. If you are interested in checking it out, google Adventist Books and call the one in your area.

I hope this helps a little.

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Hello! Once again I come to you for advice. emoticon

I will be hosting Christmas this year. I will mention I never make Christmas dinner as I am not a cook and always allow my mom to make it. This year however I want to certainly have no dairy. I have been feeling so good without and now knowing how it is made I am not wanting to start back up. I also am, as you know from my other thread, trying to transition to vegan, although, right now it seems so overwhelming and scary. I am not sure if I can do it. My point is: should I wait, if I want to go vegan, till after Christmas so it's easier on all of us? I did eat chicken yesterday in a sandwich and it felt kind of strange for me. I guess I could skip the meat portion of the meal? I don't want to make it a big deal and upset my family who is very into traditions, food included.
I know I could also make some vegan dishes, but as a newbie to cooking and will be to veganism, it's pretty overwhelming as I said. I know you posted links before, I have looked at them, I will continue to do research and find recipes.
I also know in the end eating eggs isn't the best thing either, but for now I will continue to. That will be the last thing I let go of I think.

Thanks.

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