Thanksgiving was always a fun time in my home growing up, with even more people outside of our immediate family of 6 congregating in our home for the day. We had many traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and home cooked whole food was always a part of my life, especially on holidays. Being vegetarian/vegan doesn’t mean you can’t have a traditional Thanksgiving. And having a bunch of kids doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious, hearty home-cooked whole food meal!
With two family weddings in five months, we opted to stay home for the holiday this year. It was just our family of 6, but we had a wonderful day filled with delicious food and fun times together! I kept it simple, using traditional family dishes and modifying them to fit our vegetarian/vegan diet combination we have going on in our home. I prepped the day before Thanksgiving and cooked the day of. We also squeezed in a morning triathlon in our neighborhood because it is so nice to exercise before eating a big meal! It is possible to do without losing your mind! It takes a little organization and preferably some small helping hands!
Want to know more about how I handle Thanksgiving with a large family? Interested in preparing and cooking your own meal next year? Need to stay on a budget? Want a Special Meal that is still fairly healthy (holidays are definitely a time to deviate from your strict eating regimen if you have one)? Be on the lookout for the first of many e-books I have coming out in my new series – Whole Food Holidays: Keeping It Simple. Here is a snapshot of some of our dishes this year.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!