Since I started cooking vegetarian meals for Raul @rj_c , holiday menus always stumped me. Our first ThanksGiving, I made him an eggplant lasagna. As we started expanding our vegetarian menu, I found a soy based dinner roll and a mycoprotein dinner roll, with several side dishes.
Photo by hapatxn
This year Raul is trying to avoid cheese and heading towards veganism. So our menu will not include too many dishes with dairy products. One reference that I will use as I did last year was the New York Times Well Blog to give me fresh ideas to cook delicious dishes.
With the birth of our daughter Daniela, we will be having our first family ThanksGiving dinner. I am excited to eat with her and cook some Sweet Potato Circles with cinnamon, making some type of legume, and making her favorite Banana Bread Muffins. I will be using Chia Seeds in our food since it will give us an extra boost of calcium and protein.
The only thing I wish I could get my hands on are collard greens! We can’t get them anywhere in Puerto Rico unless you grow them but I don’t even think they sell the seeds here. I have tried unsuccessfully to have someone send them to me from the states but they would have to be frozen and by the time they get here, they might not be edible.
I asked a couple of our friends what vegetable sides/dishes they would be making for ThanksGiving and they said:
Ivan: Mashed cauliflower, buttered corn with garlic, pecan pie and one of those tofurky deals.
Ana: Yo hice Butternut Squash soup unos dias atras, creo que la voy a hacer para thanksgiving porque quedo super rica. (I made Butternut Squash soup a couple of days ago, and I think I am making it for Thanksgiving because it came out super yummy.)
When I finalize my menu, I hope that we all eat healthy and hearty. I’ll also include some recipes with a post-Thanksgiving picture and update.
Thanks to those who have written for us on Veglatino such as contributors: Ana, Ivan, Deborah, Sandra, Chenille, and Pamela. Along with Raul we want to thank you for taking the time to write for us on Veglatino.