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?
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?
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?”)