• Thanksgiving Advice?

    Profile photo of babybear93c

    Over a year ago

    OK. So I’m giving this vegan thing another try. I pretty much failed miserably the first time, but I’ve done more research, picked up cookbooks, and actually went shopping for food. In short– I feel better prepared.

    But what I’m not prepared for is this years Thanksgiving. My boyfriend and I go to both his family and my family’s Thanksgiving meal. I’m afraid that I’m going to show up and not be able to eat anything there. They put meat in everything. Last year there was even bacon in the green beans! Needless to say I don’t want to be embarrassed or left out or hungry. So what is a baby vegan to do during the holidays?

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  • Profile photo of teatowls

    Over a year ago

    Tell them in advance and ask if they’ll do anything special if they say no just take something of your own.

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  • Profile photo of VeganCaramel

    Over a year ago

    Also, if you “don’t like” tofu, 1) how many times have you had it properly cooked? 2) Are you against pre-made soy products? 3) Have you ever tried seitan, tempeh, tvp? Cheese substitutes made with nuts or nutritional yeast?

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  • Profile photo of VeganCaramel

    Over a year ago

    Bring your own food! Bring plenty of steamed veggies, make some mashed potatoes and vegan gravy, make your own stuffing, bring some bread rolls. You can never expect someone else’s family to go completely out of their way unless they’ve told you that they’ll enjoy trying to accommodate you. Some of my ex significant others parents couldn’t care less what I ate, some really enjoyed the “challenge” of making vegan food (although if you can, try to instruct them well or else they might pick up cheesecake and say “this is vegan, right?”)

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  • Profile photo of babybear93c

    Over a year ago

    @ChangeStartsNow— Well, I thought of that, but I’m not sure what I can fix that feels “Thanksgivingy.” I really hate tofu and most of the vegan holiday recipies I keep coming across use tofu.

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  • Profile photo of ChangeStartsNow

    Over a year ago

    First off, warn them ahead of time. Give them a chance to prepare.

    And whether they’re willing to help you or not, bring your own dish! Bring something, or maybe a few things, to eat yourself and share with them.

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