If you followed me on my previous blog (My Bikram Yoga Life), then you might remember that I have a boyfriend who’s eating habits are different than mine. It’s not a big deal to me although sometimes it seems to be a big deal to him. He’s relaxed a bit about it over time.
A couple of weeks ago, he asked me what I wanted to do for Thanksgiving. I said I didn’t know, and he said he wasn’t really a fan of making a turkey (good – me neither). I thought about it, and then asked if he would be ok with me planning and making everything. He said he was fine with it. So I went about gathering ideas for a yummy vegan Thanksgiving without telling him it was a vegan Thanksgiving. He seems to get a little stressed if I emphasize something is vegan so I just don’t bother to point it out.
FYI: In the past, I have pointed out something was vegan in an effort to show him how delicious vegan food could be. He thought I was trying to convert him to being vegan. Created unnecessary stress.
I came up with a plan and shared it with him. I haven’t made any of these dishes before, but I’m going to so I’ll link to them here for you in case you are interested in any. I’ll do a review next week. These would also make good dishes during the holiday season in general.
As I presented the menu to him I reminded him that:
(a) I had spent a good amount of time putting thought into this and
(b) if he didn’t like it he could eat something else
The Main Dish: Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry Pear Sauce
Thoughts: I don’t really care for mushrooms. However, I have started to learn I can handle them if they are smushed up into other things. Plus, I have great confidence in Oh She Glows.
BF Thought: He said he had no idea what this would taste like so he couldn’t comment.
The Sides: The sides all come from here. Off this site, I am making green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, and biscuits and gravy.
BF Thought: “Will it be sausage gravy?” Dude, no. No, it will not. “Oh, ok.”
Dessert: Apple Crumble Bars (just use almond milk)
Thoughts: I think apple pie belongs on Thanksgiving day, but I am not a pie baker. I am a cake baker which is different. I wasn’t in the mood to attempt a pie given all this other stuff I am attempting. But crumble bars are easy and well within my skill set. It works.
BF Thought: “I want an apple pie.” So make one. “I don’t know how to bake pies. You bake.” I don’t bake pies. Your options are: (a) apple crumble bars, (b) you make a pie, or (c) you have nothing and watch me eat the bars because I am totally making them unless you whip out a pie. “The bars will work.”
I am really looking forward to putting this together, and I know the BF is going to love it. It’ll be a lot of food for just the two of us, but so what? Hopefully you see something here that you like and will want to try. Full review with pictures next week!