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We’ve all been there– someone discovers that you’re a vegan and feels the need to shout it out to the world (or at least the room): “Hey everybody, look at the freak!” Suddenly you’re being bombarded with questions and comments from every direction.

“How do you live on just salad greens?”

“Don’t you miss good, tasty food?”

“What CAN you eat?”

“I could never deprive myself like you do.”

“It’s so sad that you can’t even eat ice cream.”

And on and on and on.

But there’s a simple way to stop this overwhelming assault. All you have to do is let others see for themselves that vegan foods can look, smell, and taste amazingly decadent.

Such was my mission for Thanksgiving. I’d be darned if I was going to let some dead bird upstage MY vegan feast! And guess what… Not ONE negative comment was made about my meal or how sad it was that I didn’t partake in the eating of the turkey! In fact, my vegan dishes were some of the most popular and some of the first to be gone :o).

Homemade seitan, waiting for gravy

Porcini-Mushroom Gravy, to cover the seitan

Harvest Confetti Rice– with raisins, pecans, and dried apricots– everyone loved this

Dijon Cauliflower Dip (I dipped carrots in)

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Sauteed Mushrooms, in red wine vinegar, olive oil, and garlic

And then, of course, there was the pumpkin pie (see previous post).
Take THAT, critical omnis!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. VeggieGirl says:

    yum!!! kudos to you for showing off just how delicious a vegan Thanksgiving can be – and how delicious vegan food is ANY time of the year!! I’m especially keen on the Porcini-Mushroom Gravy, Harvest-Confetti Rice, Cranberry-Orange Sauce; and of course that pumpkin pie that you featured in your previous post :0)

  2. Vegyogini says:

    Great job! I’d love to have the dijon cauliflower dip recipe, if you don’t mind sharing. :)

  3. Vegyogini says:

    Thank you for the recipe; it sounds so good! :)

  4. selina says:

    I’m loving that gravy… but everything looks good.

  5. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    wow! your dishes look amazing! i sure would have been glad to be at your thanksgiving feast. the seitan looks so so yummy. and the mushroom gravy too — i had me some of my first mushroom gravy this thanksgiving. i bet yours tasted great with the seitan!

  6. Veg-a-Nut says:

    Way to go! That harvest rice really caught my eye. Oh goodness it makes me drool.

  7. Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock says:

    That looks fantastic. I encountered inane questions from my omni family as well, but my cousins couldn’t get enough of my vegan mac and cheese!

  8. Johanna3 says:

    YUM!!! this looks awesome!!!

  9. VegMomma says:

    That’s awesome! Your seitan looks really yummy.

  10. Vegan_Noodle says:

    That’s the way to show ’em!

  11. Ashasarala says:

    I hate all of those questions too, but luckily you are one of the many fantastic cooks that can proves those silly people wrong! Everything looks so scrumptious. Yay! One point for the vegans!

  12. Emma ( says:

    Gosh, that gravy looks delicious! I’ve been trying to find a really nice, thick gravy recipe, I’d love it if you’d share! =)