So it was just me, my mama and daddy, my me-maw, and Paul. I really meant to get pictures of everyone, but I was so full that I forgot. Thankfully, Paul at least convinced me to get off my over-stuffed butt and take this pic of us. I'm wearing my "Save a Turkey, Eat Tofu" shirt that I used to wear every Thanksgiving for years. I retired it a couple years ago, because I realized every Thanksgiving picture from every year has me wearing the same thing. But I figured it was time to bring it back. Also, Paul realized later that he's wearing the same shirt he wore last year. Oh well.
There are no pictures of my parents or me-maw. But of course, like a good food blogger, I didn't forget the food photos. Every year, I have some sort of vegan roast. I try to mix it up between Tofurky, Gardein, and Field Roast. This year, I went with Tofurky because it was on sale. And who doesn't love a classic Tofurky?
My mama makes all the side dishes vegan, so I can eat them, too. Her Vegan Dressin' is basically the best thing on Earth. Everyone looks forward to my mama's dressin' every year. I'm so glad she sent me home with almost a whole pan for leftovers!
By the way, if you're reading this and you're not from the South, you should know that dressin' and stuffing are two different things. Down here, we eat dressin' made with cornbread instead of stuffing made with torn bits of stale bread. It tends to be more moist than stuffing. I love stuffing too, but on Thanksgiving, the dressin' is the most essential part of the Southern meal.
Hash Brown Casserole is a Thanksgiving staple for us. My mama makes it vegan with Daiya cheddar, homemade non-dairy cream of celery soup, and Earth Balance. She usually adds cornflakes on top, but this year, she mixed things up with some french fried onions.
You gotta have Buttered Corn (made with Earth Balance) and Green Beans too.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce, for eating alongside the Tofurky, is a must. Mama used to always buy the canned stuff, but for the past several years, she's been making it from scratch. This year, she added a little cinnamon.
And Dinner Rolls. Gotta have dinner rolls!
Our salad varies from year to year. This year, mama made this amazing Marinated Coleslaw! It's crazy flavorful and sort of tangy, sweet, and sour all at the same time.
Here's my plate (minus the salad, which I put on a separate plate)! I had a bit too much food stuffed on here, and I'm still full at 8 p.m. (we ate at 1 p.m.). But isn't overindulging, like, the whole point of Thanksgiving?
Despite being super full, I somehow found room for dessert. Mama made this Chocolate Coconut Pecan Pie. I had a tiny slice, but I brought some home, and I can't wait to try it with a dollop of CocoWhip on top for breakfast!