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Last week I hosted my 11th Annual TOFURKY THANKSGIVING DINNER PARTY with the help of my mom & sis. 85% of the buffet was meat-free, dairy-free, & white sugar-free, (yet still flavor-FULL) including the Tofurky roast, yams, mac & cheese, collard greens, and stuffing. Its so simple to "veganize" your favorite holiday recipes and stay healthy during the so-called flu season. If you'd like any of my vegan Thanksgiving recipes, shoot me an email, and I'll hook you up!
Whenever I tell someone I’m a vegan vegetarian they respond with, “OK, but you eat chicken, right?” No, I reply. I don’t eat animal products. I’m a vegetarian. They say “Oh, but you eat fish at least, right?” NO! I’m a vegetarian. I eat VEGE-tation. Defeated they then ask,“Umph, then what DO you eat?” So here are examples of what I may eat in a day:
BREAKFAST – an organic fruit & juice smoothie (no ice cream, yogurt, or chemical powders added. I use bananas to make it creamy & sweeter) – or a bowl of naturally sweetened cereal w/ vanilla almond milk – or tofu scramble w/ veggie bacon & naturally sweetened waffles w/ REAL maple syrup (not maple flavored corn syrup)
LUNCH – an avocado sandwich on gluten-free bread w/ plenty of organic lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, & sprouts w/ a bag of kettle chips – or a large fresh salad of lots of chopped organic produce w/ homemade vinaigrette dressing or non-dairy Goddess dressing – or a Portobello mushroom burger...
Thanksgiving is this week, and as you know, I don't eat turkey. And after years of going to other people's gatherings and being offered a plate of iceberg lettuce for dinner, I decided I'd better cook my own grub. So in 2005, I started hosting an annual vegan Thanksgiving buffet at my house, to which hippies and meat-eaters show up and enjoy!
An easy way to "veganize" YOUR favorite holiday dish is to simply substitute all the meat and dairy ingredients for alternatives like soy meat, vanilla almond milk, and Daiya cheese. Try it. It's a delicious way to stay in shape during the holidays!
(pictured above: my smothered Tofurky with mixed potatoes, BBQ chik-un, maple candied yams, vegan mac&cheese, stir fried collard greens, and warm dinner rolls)
"EAT CLEAN WITH TANJAREEN"