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It was a little awkward, to say the least.
But it is about family. Ours is just a little… off-kilter. Too much emphasis on food, too little on bonding and actually talking. For example: 4 meats. Strangers staying too. Did I mention my dad’s side is super Asian?
I mean Thanksgiving for us is just an excuse to cook loads of Western food. Which I’m fine with.
It’s just that being vegan makes it a little harder – but I made some good things nonetheless. While I’m glad it’s over, it was good to see my siblings again.
Oh, and I stuffed myself silly – with relatively healthy foods.
Cheezy Brown Rice Casserole, before baking
After baking: This was delicious! I made a ridiculous amount by overestimating how much brown rice I made, but it’s all disappeared into several happy bellies.
Sweet potato fries, pre-baked. Heavenly. The pie in the back is my brother’s, non-vegan. Stuffing below, non-vegan.
Sprouted quinoa stuffing for my stuffed pumpkin – I added some veggies, leftover brown rice, sun-dried tomatoes, curry paste and cheeze sauce.
The main entrée – Stuffed Kabocha! This delicious beauty was stuffed with my curry quinoa stuffing from above – I ate an entire pumpkin’s worth of stuffing. Such good belly food.
Besides the fact that I love kabocha, this dish was so fun and almost too pretty to eat! I got lots of oohs and ahhs for this. And it’s a really flexible dish – you can use whatever pumpkin/winter squash and any stuffing you want. I just loved how the outside kabocha was also edible, it really made me smile.
My plate: Brown rice casserole at top and roasted veggie medley on bottom.
The rated R remains of my feast (look, a fork-holder!)
Dessert: Chocolate Pumpkin PB Cups! YUM. I cannot stress how delicious these were – they were delicious, I made 20 and literally ate 10. No one else was interested in these when there were 5 pies to sample… sad face.
I’ll be posting a recipe for some of these in the future, so stay tuned!