I had a Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner and It Wasn’t Weird

Katryna Jolene

Katryna Jolene

Katryna Jolene is a mother of 4 beautiful, intelligent and playful children and she holds down 3 separate paying jobs. She is living proof that having a family to support doesn't have to come at the cost of healthy living and eating!
Katryna Jolene

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Thanksgiving in Canada is at the beginning of October. Which is great because that means our holiday season starts sooner, and dinner doesn’t interrupt football!

This was my first holiday meal as a vegetarian and I was excited and a little worried.

What’s on most people’s plates for thanksgiving dinner?

Turkey and ham…and sometimes the crazy turducken. I find turducken the most horrifying of traditions. A chicken stuffed into a duck shoved into a turkey. I don’t pass judgement, eat what you want, but that just seems like it comes out of a horror movie to me.

Thanksgiving dinner this year was at my in-laws. I’m one of the lucky few that have the most amazing in laws anyone could ask for!

My sister-in-law is vegan, and I don’t eat meat, so the parents made us a whole separate meal! Awww ♡

The funny part of the dinner was their uncle. He wanted to label all the dishes without meat with a big letter V so that he could be sure not to eat it.

It’s that not that long ago I would have avoided anything that was called vegan too. Just because I thought it would be weird and bland or just taste bad. But that’s because I didn’t know any better.

Vegan by no means translates to boring!

It means healthy and animal free.

I gotta tell you, my plate was heaping and I ate the most delicious food until I was so full I didn’t think I had room for desert!

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Rich and creamy mashed potatoes, all kind of yummy veggies. And the gravy, the gravy was meat free veggie gravy and it was sooo good. I didn’t even know you could make gravy without turkey drippings. But you can, and it’s super tasty!

We even had vegan cheesecake and pumpkin pie! And if I didn’t see my vegan sister-in-law and her daughter eating it, I would never have known!

Being vegetarian and having vegan sisters has taught me so much and I am so much healthier!

Vegan isn’t weird, it’s the same food…just without animal parts in it.

vegan-thanksgiving-dinner_baby-loveYou know what else I discovered about not eating meat this Thanksgiving?

I didn’t have to wear my ‘fat’ pants!

I ate and ate until I was way beyond full, bordering on glutton actually, and I didn’t bloat at all.

I was filled more than I should have been, but I wasn’t uncomfortable, didn’t feel sick, and I didn’t have to adjust my belt. And I didn’t have to take a turkey nap because I felt great!

That was freaking awesome! I can wear jeans to dinner! With all my belly problems that is a HUGE deal for me.

My hubby on the other hand is a full blown carnivore, and he was miserable for hours after dinner. “Oh my belly, I don’t feel good, I’m so full.”

I feel like my sisters have taught me how to win thanksgiving!

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Katryna Jolene
Katryna Jolene is a mother of 4 beautiful, intelligent and playful children and she holds down 3 separate paying jobs. She is living proof that having a family to support doesn't have to come at the cost of healthy living and eating!

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