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Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

When you are a vegan or vegetarian, Thanksgiving is probably one of the issues you've been asked about... "So, like, you don't eat turkey... even on Thanksgiving?" "Why no, friend! I don't eat Turkeys any day!" 

Though, just because we're veg-heads doesn't mean we want to double up on the vegetable side dishes. We love good, stick-to-your-ribs food, too! We want something besides the leftover mashed potatoes (though, admittedly I do love me some mashed potatoes!)

So for this Top 10 Tuesday, I'm sharing a few recipes that kick the pants off leftover steamed carrots at Thanksvegan...er, Thanksgiving. 

(This is also where I tell you I have some *amazing* Thanksgiving recipes in my cookbook—faux turkey, Thanksgiving gravy, two types of stuffing, cornbread...the works! But alas, the book is still on a boat from China.)

However, since we are embarking on the holiday season (and I'm in the mood to give as such), I'll be sharing my recipe for fat-free vegan pumpkin pie here on the blog tomorrow!

In the meantime:

Top 10 Tuesday: Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

I always like to start Thanksgiving with a seasonal soup, such as Acorn Squash & Apple SoupCelery Root Soup or Curried Sweet Potato Soup. (I like to serve African Kale & Yam Soup closer to Christmas/Kwanzaa, but it will complement your Thanksgiving menu as well).

For the main event, I like to serve a variety of foods, but in years past I've also served just one large dish with a side or two. For example, my extended family is Italian and, as such, we always ate lasagna on Thanksgiving rather than turkey or ham. So, if I'm in the mood to honor my familial traditions, I'll make vegetable lasagna or lasagna rolls. And if I'm honoring Scott's Southern traditions, I make pot pie, but with seasonal veggies.

Still, perhaps my favorite menu is mock meatloaf (or try: hippie loaf), mashed potatoes (this year: cauliflower mashed potatoes), brown gravy, cranberry sauce, maple-cornbread biscuits and maple-glazed vegetables

Then I end the meal with my fat-free pumpkin pie (recipe tomorrow!) or pumpkin-raisin oatmeal cookies for the kids.

If you are going to a Thanksgiving meal, my skillet green bean casserole is a vegan version of the traditional green bean casserole and can serve as a hearty meal if you have no other options. Sweet potato biscuits are also a great crowd-pleaser!

Hello from St. Maarten!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Just a quick post to let you know that we made it! 

This is the view from our front patio where I had breakfast (bananas, oats and coconut milk yogurt) this morning. We're still settling in, but I'll post pictures of the island and our new condo soon. 

The flight down was fine. Jet Blue far exceeded our expectations and proved to be a very dog (and vegan!) friendly airline. Here the pugs are at the gate before the flight. 

Aside from some initial barking at the engine, Quaid slept like an angel (if I was to bet either dog would misbehave, it would have been Quaid, king of temper tantrums!) Lily Bean, my usually cool, zen and chill pug, however, was the misfit. She whimpered for the first 30 minutes, something we've never heard her do, but I'm inclined to think she was having separation anxiety from her brother.

Sigh, but we're all here...we made it! Yahoo!

Good-bye America!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Today, Scott, the pugs & I all become ex-pats.

In the four years I've had this blog, we've moved to two new homes. We moved from Boston to Los Angeles and then from Los Angeles to New York City. Both adventures across America were spectacular and now we're on to our third home... 

Only this time we're leaving our home country altogether and relocating to St. Maarten, a French/Dutch island in the Caribbean. I guess after we've lived on both sides of America, the only place left to go was outside! 

(Quaid is ready!)

We loaded all our Earthly belongings into a storage pod last week (it's surreal to see your entire life packed up into one big container!) and this afternoon we fly to our new home.

Four giant suitcases, three laptops, 2 dogs and 1 husband. Oy vey. I'm going to be a hot mess at the airport!

(Essentials! a.k.a. ingredients I probably can't get on the island so I'm taking with me! p.s. Under those two bags of vegan marshmallows I have a 3lb bag of nutritional yeast!)

This move is, without the question, the hardest yet. Each move has been sad but this one is almost gut-wrenching. We've loved living in New York City and we've enjoyed the good company of many friends. Plus, the vegan food is off the hook here. Where else in the world will I have not one by two vegan ice cream parlors?

Still, we're excited. Living in the tropics will be the experience of a lifetime---an opportunity you don't turn down, no matter how scary, sad and emotional the relocation could be. (Plus I'm salivating just thinking about all the cheap, year-round tropical fruit!) 

So, with a humble conclusion:

New York--and America, it's not good-bye, but, I'll see you later. 

au revoir.