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So it's almost Thanksgiving for those of us in the U.S... which typically involves a lot of dead turkey's ☹️ and dairy products, and those awful awkward or tense dinner table conversations.

Perhaps due to COVID some of us are having a solo Thanksgiving or small gatherings, so maybe we'll get a break from those judgmental side-eyes and rude carnist comments.

What are ya'll cooking/eating for Thanksgiving?

Does your family usually make those offhand comments and how do you deal with it?

I'm having a solo feast, or maybe with 1 or 2 friends. I always buy a Gardein roast and most years I cook sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc. This year I'm cooking my roast and getting vegan sides catered from this little vegan market near me!

So it's almost Thanksgiving for those of us in the U.S... which typically involves a lot of dead turkey's ☹️ and dairy products, and those awful awkward or tense dinner table conversations. Perhaps due to COVID some of us are having a solo Thanksgiving or small gatherings, so maybe we'll get a break from those judgmental side-eyes and rude carnist comments. What are ya'll cooking/eating for Thanksgiving? Does your family usually make those offhand comments and how do you deal with it? I'm having a solo feast, or maybe with 1 or 2 friends. I always buy a Gardein roast and most years I cook sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc. This year I'm cooking my roast and getting vegan sides catered from this little vegan market near me!

10 comments

[–] margerydaw 7 points (+7|-0)

I bought a Tofurky vegan feast, mostly for the chocolate cake that comes with it. 😂

I’m also currently cooking my test batch pumpkin pie using this recipe: https://www.noracooks.com/vegan-pumpkin-pie/. I’ll let you all know how it turns out!

[–] Kiranerys 7 points (+7|-0)

Full disclosure I'm vegetarian, not vegan, but the recipe I make for a main dish is vegan- mushroom bourguignon. I'm also making roasted potatoes (in olive oil), a roasted onion and green bean dish, and roasted acorn squash with maple syrup. Cranberry sauce, etc.

My brothers like to complain that I don't make traditional Thanksgiving food but to be honest, I don't care for traditional Thanksgiving food much 😜. My mother is very supportive and always has been- before I wrested cooking duties from her she would make vegetarian stuffing, using a different spoon, and stuff it into Portobello caps for me. We both agree that if my brothers want to complain about a free meal, they can blow it out their ass! My family isn't perfect by any means but my mom kind of rules on this front. She likes to try new food and I think this is an easy way for her to do it.

I'm Canadian so we had our Thanksgiving last month. I am the only vegan in my family and my mom prepares the dinner. I brought a vegan roast from a local company, store-bought vegan gravy, and a homemade apple pie. My mom always keeps some of the potatoes separate and I add my own Earth Balance and non-dairy milk. The roasted vegetables were vegan anyway. It's pretty easy. I've made elabourate vegan holiday dishes in the past and it can be fun, but sometimes I prefer the lazy store-bought method.

My family are respectful and have never made any negative comments. That's something to be thankful for.

[–] frankincense 4 points (+4|-0)

I make the greatest vegetarian stuffing! Not sure if Better Than Bullion Not Chicken is vegan. But it's better than Stove Top. I also make a Field Roast roast and a nice porchini mushroom gravy. Everything else is just vegetarian, not vegan.

Pretty sure Better than Bullion is vegan b/c I think I have some in my fridge haha Making your own stuffing is great; I've made my own with bread sat out for a while, celery, apples, onion, etc!

[–] toukaaa 4 points (+4|-0)

My family is celebrating twice (once at my grandparents' house and then again at our house) so if this seems like a lot of food for one person that's because it is, but on my menu is: lentil soup, baked sweet potatoes with vegan butter and cinnamon, chickpea pot pie, mashed potatoes and onion gravy, and sheet pan roasted acorn squash and brussel sprouts. I'm the sole vegan so I just handle my own meals and do my best to keep the conversation miles away from my life choices. I'm sure y'all can relate.

[–] cupcakes_and_shiraz 3 points (+3|-0) Edited

I usually have my uncles over, but because of COVID, I'm doing a solo thanksgiving. I am not a big thanksgiving food person (though I do like cranberry sauce), so not cooking anything this year, just doing rice and pigeon peas w/vegetarian empanadas and a sweet potato pie.

My gf, my sister and I are vegans. My family has accepted what we make and eat and will even replace their meals or sides with things we make so I feel pretty lucky.

I'm actually making vegan tamales, rice, and beans. My sister is going the traditional route and making mashed potatoes and a deconstructed green bean casserole. My gf is making a pumpkin pie. I'm sure we'll have lots of leftovers.

[–] crapsackworld 2 points (+2|-0)

My SO and I usually do a solo Thanksgiving. This will be our third Thanksgiving as vegans. I miss my parents so much but they're both elderly and I don't want to risk covid transmission, or traveling. We were going to have my best friend and her boyfriend over but cancelled because we live in an area that's under a 4 week lockdown and transmission rates are going bonkers around here, and we all just decided it'll be safer to have a pause in seeing each other. We're going to do a second Thanksgiving in December to make up for not being able to get together (and that one will be vegan, too- my best friend is definitely supportive and herself eats mostly WFPB, and her boyfriend is a vegetarian who is vegan-curious haha. I just don't eat with people who aren't vegan anymore- even pre-pandemic- since I have a small and understanding social group and live in a VERY vegan friendly city where friends are cool with just going to a vegan restaurant if we meet up. The last time I had to watch someone eat meat it was at work, almost 10 months ago! It's been great.)

I don't let people into my house who make rude comments about veganism. I'm an introvert, and my home is the one place where I can have boundaries and feel relaxed. And I'm lucky enough that my SO and I live on our own, with no roommates. My mom is 100% pro vegan and has actually changed how she eats in the past 3 years. My dad is cool with it, too, and likes healthy food so he likes hearing me talk about what I like cooking- since we're mostly WFPB. Both of them are almost 80 so I don't expect to "get them" to become vegan, but I have seen how my change has influenced them to make changes, as well. And it's nice that they're supportive. My mom teased me that she was surprised it took me so long to become vegan, because I was absolutely obsessed with Secret of NIMH when I was a kid haha. All my friends are cool. They'll ask questions sometimes and I like to talk about veganism so I enjoy giving them answers or having friendly discussions/debates. My co-workers were rude about it, but hey I got laid off in March due to Covid shutdowns so that's not a problem anymore.

My SO and I absolutely love the Trader Joe's vegan roast!!! So we're making one of those, along with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, mac 'n "cheeze" (homemade cashew cheese, might fuck around and add sriracha and panko and bake it too- not sure yet), roasted butternut squash, and because it's been an extra rough year I want to make extra desert- a blackberry cobbler and pumpkin pie (tried the recipe last year & it turned out awesome- silken tofu is the way to go!) Also there will be fancy booze ordered from a local woman-owned distillery that delivers cocktail makings. (We're getting the bourbon chai!) Usually we'll cook stuff together while we drink & listen to music, it's all very relaxing. I honestly love Thanksgiving. It was my favorite holiday as a kid because I just got to lie around and read and eat all day. My adult Thanksgiving is the same, except add in a run in the morning (we're doing the virtual Tofurky trot this year) and booze throughout the day.

[–] babayaga 2 points (+2|-0)

I'm doing solo this year, and ordered a Yeah Dawg vegan/gf "holiday roast" (they usually just make vegan hotdogs). My family is tolerant of me being plant-based, but my mom usually pressures me to "try" some turkey. So, it'll be bit of a relief to be on my own this year. I'll probably make some mashed potatoes using the minimalist baker recipe, some cranberry sauce (have a couple bags of cranberries in my freezer), and some peas or green beans.