Time to play catch-up on the old bloggity blog. I know you guys have missed me! Truth is, I have been thinking a while about firing up the old blog-engine to share our vegan junk with people. I get a lot of questions from friends, family members, random strangers at the grocery store….all about how we live. They want to know what the heck we eat, & I thought that it would be easier to direct people to one place for answers. I also get a lot of curious minds interested in how we manage our growing toddler’s menu, as well as how I eat as a growing pregnant lady. I love finding and sharing new recipes, and this seems like the simplest way to do it.
I am going to do a test-run by blogging about Thanksgiving. This will be our second year as vegan Thanksgiving-ers and I am a little braver & more comfortable with animal-free ingredients now.
Here’s a look at our menu:
- Baby Spinach & Radicchio salad with Pears, Pecans, & Poppyseed Dressing
- Apple-Infused Rosemary Sage Mashed Potatoes
- Mushroom Gravy
- Creamed Corn Casserole (gotta have it!)
- Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans
- Orange-Spiced Cranberry Sauce
- Sourdough Stuffing with Vegan Sausage Stuffed in Whole Roasted Onions (this will be our main course)
- Whole Wheat Orange Rolls with a Sugary Glaze (vegan-izing my momma’s old recipe)
- Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Bars
Can you tell we like pecans? Um, and carbs?? We try to eat a bit more balanced and “lighter” the rest of the year, but I am a food-crazy pregnant lady right now so our menu is “hearty”, as my sister politely calls it. I am considering the addition of a Pumpkin-Shallot Soup to the menu as well, but I’m trying not to over-do it so I may save that recipe for next year. It would be difficult to transport soup to my in-laws on a bumpy 40 minute car ride without spilling/giving me a panic attack anyway 🙂
I will be kicking off Thanksgiving week on Monday with the Cranberry Sauce since it keeps so well in the fridge & I like serving it cold anyway. My hope is to prepare a few menu items each day and reheat them on Thanksgiving morning so that I can relax a little and enjoy time with my family. Each night after I make a recipe, I plan to post about it and tell you all how it went.
From there, I want to start sharing more of our day-to-day eating and lifestyle habits as vegans. How we keep within a small grocery budget, how we convince our toddler to eat kale, and our favorite go-to family recipes are the types of topics I’d like to address. Hope you join us!