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Getting Ready for “Plants-Giving”

Another popular question for people who are plant-strong?

“Will you eat turkey today, because after all, it is Thanksgiving?”

Do you ever stretch your patience so far that you almost run out of an explanation? It shouldn’t be that hard to explain to Aunt Doris that “this plant thing” isn’t a diet, but rather a way of eating. It is my lifestyle.

On Thanksgiving Day, whether you visit friends, relatives, or eat out, the biggest food day of the year can create challenges. For many years, I have started my day with a 5K. All races have very cute names, usually, with the word “turkey” infused somewhere in the catchy title. For me, doing a 5K creates a solid foundation of good eating, plus, it gives me something to talk about at dinner when I want to avoid the “plant questions.”

Here are some easy, grab and go tips that you can use on Thanksgiving Day:

-Eat before you go. Have a salad. Slurp some soup. Fill your belly with delicious food.

-Everyone loves soup, and it seems that every Thanksgiving meal begins with one. So, tell Aunt Doris that you will make gallons of a hearty and rib-sticking good soup. I’d opt for bean soup with harvest vegetables. The soup will be knock-out popular.

– Volunteer to take a familiar dish, plant-strong style. Whether it be mashed sweets, Mighty Muffins, or a crudite platter using fat-free hummus. And make a lot of it, too, because people will be blown away that “your food” will taste so good. One year, I made a dozen, stuffed acorn squash entrees, and to be honest, everyone loved them. Use “poultry” seasonings (rosemary, thyme, sage, etc.) to create a familiar taste.

-Think of a few plant-strong desserts. Dumpster Blueberry Cobbler jumps out at me. And, making pumpkin pie is a breeze, especially if it is crustless, comes out more like a custard, but still has that same creamy, fall flavor that everyone loves.

-While everyone then begins to fall into a food coma after dinner, whip out some delicious herbal teas. Maybe a nice ginger tea. And enjoy the lovely conversations that will begin.

At the end of dinner, the food event will most likely be remembered by the people, the laughter, and how you create new memories for your friends and family.

But, you may still have some explaining to do to dear, lovely Aunt Doris.

Happy Thanksgiving.