Build Your Own Salad Station
When I was a child eager to help with preparing Thanks Giving diner, my folks would give me the task of making the salad. In a large bowl I would mix cheese and berries and greens and nuts.
Take some of the edge off yourself this year and leave the cheese and other ingredients out of the salad bowl so that guests can prepare it themselves. It’s a quick way to give the vegan in your life some options.
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
I have made this dish for dinner before and I followed the recipe here. I’d like to add that flavor and crunch are two things I love when eating just about anything, so sprinkling fried onions on top takes this dish (and many recipes) a notch up.
And no, it doesn’t make the dish too onion-y by placing more onion on top the onion. It makes it all the better. Trust me.
Don’t Interview Them About Being Vegan
Honestly, this bit of advice is more for your own sake rather than theirs. Probing someone about their dietary choices, especially political ones, can lead you into a charged discussion. While I love the vegans in my life and have a diet (not the temporary idea of a diet but one’s long term eating lifestyle) very close to theirs, veganism is just as much a political stance as it is a diet.
Quite a few vegans talk about their life style as if it is superior to all others (and there’s quite a bit of science backing up the benefits of being vegan), and it can put a little tension in the air. So as always, follow the age-old dinner table discussion rules of refraining from talking about religion and politics. Plus, as someone with my own dietary regime, it can be a bit annoying to have my lifestyle constantly under analysis and scrutiny by those around me.
Everyone looks forward to the food on Thanksgiving. However, vegans and others with dietary restrictions can find this day particularly dull. Be a great host, friend, or acquaintance by having some vegan options at the dinner table this year. You might come to find you want to incorporate more vegan meals in your household year-round.
Lilith is a blogger with an emphasis in writing and reflecting upon social agendas that effect black women. When not at her computer writing she is more than likely still at her computer, programming. On the rare occasion that Lilith isn’t at her laptop you can attempt to find her exploring the Chicago food scene or attending workshops in creative writing.
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