A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

Holy vegan Thanksgiving potlucks, Batman!

This year I had the joy of participating in not one but TWO vegan Thanksgiving potlucks. For the first one, I co-hosted with my friend JL from JL Goes Vegan for the Colorado Springs Vegan and Vegetarian Meetup Group. Before devouring this amazing vegan food…

…we read ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving to the kids…

JL and Alison reading Thanksgiving book to kids

JL and Alison reading Thanksgiving book to kids

You can enjoy the book by watching the following YouTube video.

I made three of my go-to dishes for this potluck, although one isn’t a traditional Thanksgiving dish, including butternut squash risotto, pumpkin bread and green beans and almonds (which I wrote about in last year’s Thanksgiving blog post here).

My husband and I have left turkey off our plates for 5 years now, and you couldn’t pay me all the money in the world to go back to eating these sentient creatures. During my turkey-eating days, the sides were always my favorite dishes anyway, and I now can’t stand the thought of killing these birds simply for my own pleasure. It makes me shudder just thinking about my past life, my pre-vegan days. In fact, I’ve now made it a tradition to adopt a turkey instead of eat one for Thanksgiving. This year I adopted Elsa from Farm Sanctuary for my nephew, seeing as he’s an animal lover just like his aunt!

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For the second vegan Thanksgiving potluck, which was hosted by the very gracious organizers of the Vegan Society of Colorado Springs, I made the green beans and almonds and pumpkin bread again – they are both always a hit, so I couldn’t resist.

I also tried my hand at making a vegan sweet potato casserole for the first time. I got the recipe from Vegan Outreach’s new blog, which took me to this awesome website named Decor Fix. It was a super easy recipe and turned out amazing, if I may say so myself. People told me that they went up for seconds of it even though they didn’t have room in their stomach! If you even think about substituting the coconut milk or the coconut oil with something else, think again – those two ingredients are what made this dish so delicious.

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Look at this vegan spread!

It was a very vegan Thanksgiving, and I was so thankful to be surrounded by good company and amazing food for our first Thanksgiving in our new city. I hope everyone else had a Happy Tofurky Day, as well! 🙂

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