Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is a holiday about gratitude, which is such an awesome thing. It's amazing how reflecting on the things we are grateful for amplifies their presence in our awareness - just the feeling of gratitude makes me feel more expansive and less contracted. Of course, Thanksgiving Day is usually spent with my family, so my vegan pals and I decided to do an early Thanksgiving potluck so that we could cook up some autumnal delights and celebrate our excellent friendships together. It was really a perfect day.
Such a beautiful seasonal spread!
Josh made these amazing Spice-Rubbed Tofus with a Bourbon Reduction Sauce (not pictured). Man, these babies were GOOD, and the sauce was totally magical. Even though I was stuffed, I went back for a few more of these tofus. Tofu is pretty amazing - how it can be transformed from such a neutral blah to such a glorious flavor vehicle.
Sophia & Max brought along a big dish of Brussels Sprouts with mustard and caramelized onions that were so delicious. Brussels are so tasty, and no Thanksgiving celebration is complete without them!
I made the Caramelized Onions, Butternut Squash and Chestnuts Casserole from Veganomicon. Honestly, I thought it was just okay. I tried to spruce it up a little, but the whole thing seemed just a little bland and underwhelming for me. The other pals liked it, but I think that if I ever make it again, I'll look for some way to zip up the flavors a bit more.
Ms.A made the Autumn Fatoush from Vegan Eats World. Holy Wow, Batman! This salad was super great! It's a massaged kale salad with whole wheat pita bread crisps and big chunks of roasted sweet potatoes. It was super super good, and I'm definitely planning on making it again - soon! Such a great combo of flavors, colors, and nutrition - and fully flavor-packed.
Here's my whole plate of delicious vegan bounty. Another reason I love doing a vegan pals Thanksgiving party is that I can eat every single thing on offer! What a great feeling!
Why, YES, there was dessert. Don't be silly!
ColdandSleepy made her amazing Pumpkin Caramel Dip with sliced apples and pears for dipping. I loved the little pear turkey she made! So cute. This dip was really super good - pumpkiny and caramelly without being too super sweet at all. We all nibbled at it like crazy, and still there was a ton left over afterwards for them to keep noshing on.