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My First Vegan Thanksgiving Was Delicious!

Diane displaying her delicious vegan Thanksgiving!

Diane displaying her delicious vegan Thanksgiving!

If you’ve read about my new fiancé Colin eating duck feet and pig tails in China, you may be shocked to learn that his family is vegan!

For maximal heart health, Colin’s parents, Diane and Estes, follow the Doctor Esselstyn Diet: no meats, fish, eggs, oil (even olive oil), processed grains, milk products, or avocados, and very limited sugars and salt.

You may be gasping now, especially if you are a meat-and-oil-loving American, but here’s what’s amazing: the food Diane creates with this diet is DELICIOUS!

I had the pleasure this week of flying to Cleveland to spend my first vegan Thanksgiving with Colin’s family. And it was yummy!

Feast your eyes now on these photos of the many dishes we sampled last night. There was no turkey (and in fact no meat, oil, or processed grains), but I felt oh so full and satisfied after stuffing my face with the deliciousness lining the table. Come, join us!

Grating ginger for the cranberry sauce.

Grating ginger for the cranberry sauce.

Boiling fresh cranberries and ginger for sauce!

Boiling fresh cranberries and ginger for sauce!

Fragrant cider with cinnamon and cloves.

Fragrant cider with cinnamon and cloves.

Creaming potatoes, garlic, soy milk. Yum!

Creaming potatoes, garlic, and soy milk. Yum!

We are ready to eat!

We are ready to eat!

 

The potatoes are creamy like icing! Wow!

The potatoes are creamy like icing. WOW.

 

Tofu and stuffing casserole with veggies.

Tofu and stuffing casserole with veggies.

Baked yams, wild rice, steamed veggies...

Baked yams, wild rice, steamed veggies…

Gravy of soy milk, nutritional yeast, and mushrooms.

Gravy: soy milk, nutritional yeast, mushrooms.

 

I loaded my plate, big time. Burp!

I loaded my plate, big time.

What a great hostess and chef!

What a great hostess and chef!

We are thankful for good food and good company.

Thankful for good food and good company.

 

I had seconds (and maybe thirds).

I had seconds (and maybe thirds).

 

One of the five vegan brownies I devoured. Thanks!

One of the five vegan brownies I devoured.

An amazing aspect of getting engaged and married is you gain a whole extra family group. How happy I am to be able to experience this. Thanks, Diane and Estes, for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Readers, if you’re interested in talking healthy eating with Diane, click here for her Facebook page!

 

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Agness

Sunday 27th of October 2013

I used to be vegetarian for more than 7 months but I gave it up when I started my journey around China and then SE Asia. I don't eat much meat, but veganism has always sounded a bit extreme to me, although I love fruits and veggies. Wow, that was a proper Thanksgiving feast! The food looks so good. I can see my favourite sweet potatoes there :).

Oriana Hairston

Friday 23rd of March 2012

The only thing that caught my eyes were the brownies.

Shane Lake

Friday 2nd of March 2012

Did you like this more than a regular Thanksgiving?

Chavonna Xu

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

The food look so yummy. I could never imagine a Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey. I thought that the turkey was the main entrée. But I got to admit it does look really good, not that good to not eat it.

Liam

Monday 30th of January 2012

This sounds very hard! I could not go a week without eating chicken.

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