My Thanksgiving Plate in Kansas USA

This year I was thankful to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with my brother and his family on a farm in Kansas USA. This post is about my Thanksgiving plate! I’ve already done some other posts about the Quorn meatless roast, the various items I brought to the Thanksgiving dinner versus the other foods that were available, and the Aldi brand stove top stuffing.

Well, here it is, friends. My veganish Thanksgiving plate.

I tried a little bit of everything at the Thanksgiving table, except for the turkey and the turkey drippings gravy. Was the food on my plate all vegan? No. Was the food on my plate all vegetarian? No. Did I advocate for animals by making a go with the flow, easy veganish Thanksgiving plate here to share with you all? Yes, I did.

If I had insisted on a fully vegan plate, I only would’ve had a vegan roast with mushroom gravy (would have had to have brought the Gardein instead of the Quorn), two types of sweet potato I brought, and the cranberry sauce. And maybe the crescent rolls?

That would’ve been OK, but I figure, why not have a truly festive plate in a situation like this?

It’s not going to make any difference for the animals whether I put a spoonful of the various side dishes on my plate or not. We had way more food than what was needed for the group of 10 people who were there for the dinner.

I could have even had some of the turkey and the turkey drippings gravy if I had wanted to, and it wouldn’t have made any difference for turkeys. But I had the Quorn roast which I was very interested in trying, and I had the mushroom gravy that I had brought. So even if I had been curious to try the turkey (which I wasn’t … I’ve had turkey before; I already know what it tastes like), I didn’t have any more space on my plate for anything else.

Starting with the crescent roll and proceeding clockwise, we have

  • Crescent roll from a can. Probably or possibly accidentally vegan?
  • Two types of brown sugar marshmallow sweet potatoes. These are not vegetarian because “typical” marshmallows are made with gelatin, which contains bones, hooves and other parts of animals, made from the carcass after the animal is killed (not vegan, not vegetarian)
  • Green bean casserole made with bacon, dairy products like cream and Parmesan cheese, etc. (Not vegan, not vegetarian)
  • Stove top (brand name) style stuffing from s box. I think some flavors of this might be able to be made vegan if you use vegan butter. Regardless, my family might’ve put turkey drippings in the stove top as liquid.
  • Mashed potatoes, most likely made with dairy-based butter and cream, with my vegan mushroom gravy on top
  • Cranberry sauce, that’s probably vegan
  • Pink frozen fruit salad, made with strawberries and bananas and cream cheese and other dairy products, vegetarian but not vegan
  • My Quorn meatless roast which is vegetarian but not vegan as it contains egg whites and dairy products. I bought it by mistake, thinking it was Vegan, but now that I bought it, I’m glad I tried it. It was kind of dry so I put the vegan mushroom gravy on top.
  • In the center: my 2 different types of sweet potatoes, a Japanese sweet potato that is ivory in color, and a combination of jewel sweet potatoes and Garnet sweet potatoes, mashed with Vegan Kite Hill butter

After this, I was full from eating this entire plate of food. Everything was delicious, and I was so thankful to get to enjoy this dinner with the family.

We did go for a walk on the farm after dinner, and then there was pumpkin pie and such for everyone. I did not get a chance to try the pumpkin pie as I had to rush off to go visit some other family members. But I did get to try some of the desserts like cookies and such. I will write another post about that next.

Whether you are in the USA or Canada or any other place that celebrates Thanksgiving, or any other special holiday centered around food, please feel free to share. I remember a friend in high school who celebrated Ramadan, telling me about all of the amazing food that they would eat after sunset.

Wherever you may be, all around the world, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to share in the let’s go vegan-ish Facebook groups, anytime. Or, you could even become an author here at Veganish Dot World.

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