Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (or just a great day, if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving)! We had a last minute change of plans when Erik’s parents weren’t able to make the trip from the East Coast out to KC. With our entire menu already planned, Erik and I decided to have our Thanksgiving dinner at home, just the two of us; and afterward we drove over to my grandma’s to spend the afternoon with my side of the family. It was a beautiful day with lots of great company and great food.
I made some slight changes to our menu (swapped the root vegetables for delicata squash and traded the pumpkin cheesecake for pumpkin pie). Though it is always my intention, this is the first year that I actually made everything from scratch. None of the dishes were complicated, but let me tell you, pulling it all together was a lot of work — but it paid off!
Speaking of Thanksgiving, Isa Chandra Moskowitz wrote an excellent article called, “Don’t Fear the Vegan!” Though the focus is mainly placed on Thanksgiving — and sharing the day with vegans — I think it applies to all situations. There are so many wonderful nuggets of wisdom in the article. One of my favorites: “You don’t have to agree on the ethics to agree on good food.” Amen to that!
Recently I was contacted by the folks at Sambazon, maker of organic, non-gmo, vegan juices and smoothies. They have a new seasonal Peppermint Mocha Superfood Smoothie (available through the end of the year), and they sent a few coupons my way so that I could try it out. After visiting one store after another (after another, after another…), I came to the realization that KC must be out of the Peppermint Mocha, so I picked up three other varieties: Mocha Java (açaí, chocolate soy milk and fair trade coffee), Blended Breakfast (strawberry, banana, chia and quinoa and amaranth) and Açaí Berry + Yerba Mate + Guarana.
The Mocha Java smoothie has a powerful dose of coffee and was a tad too strong for me, but I loved the other two. Strawberry and banana are a tried-and-true pairing, and my favorite was the açaí, with its subtle taste of tea. I really enjoyed the full-bodied flavors and appreciated that they weren’t too sweet (one of the reasons I rarely drink anything besides water is because I find the sweetness of most flavored beverages to be overwhelming).
Sambazon is easy to locate — I found the brand at every store I tried, which included major grocery chains — so be on the lookout!
That’s it this time around! I’ve been off work for a week now and am just enjoying the downtime with my husband — eating lots of good food, working on projects around the house, watching movies, going hiking, sneaking in a last bike ride or two of the year, picking out a Christmas tree, decking the halls…be back soon! :)
Be proud of yourself. Enjoy the food. And never forget the big picture – the incredible synergy created by the fact that the best thing for the animals is also the best thing for you, for the planet, and for the people of the world. Understood like this, it’s clear that veganism is the future, and you are in the vanguard.