We survived our first meatless Thanksgiving and I have to say, it all went very well. At the very least, I didn't feel horribly gluttonous after the meal, and not because there was a shortage of food, but more because it seemed healthier. We had tons of leftovers, but somehow the meal just felt more manageable. Turkeys are so enormous, and though I realize the holiday is all about excess and gluttony, that doesn't mean you have to take part, right?
Either way, we felt better for embracing just a tiny bit of restraint, and made up for the lack of meat by making a praline pumpkin pie Never had that before, but it sure turned out nicely, especially with ice cream. The kids were very involved in all aspects of the meal, and it's always great to get them into the fold, even if raises the stress level in the kitchen. Not only do they have fun, but it's good for them to realize that cooking good, healthy meals is not rocket science. Anyone can do it, it's boils down to making a choice.
I will admit this, however: I sort of miss having the killer leftover turkey/stuffing/cranberry sauce sandwich, loaded, of course, with mayonnaise. You can't beat it.
Until the next time, thanks for reading.