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Old 10-31-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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I am not completely vegan, but am avoiding meat and dairy and almost every dish people prepare at holiday feasts has some sort of meat, butter or milk in it. I don't want to miss out on those mashed potatoes and yams/sweet potatoes. Is it rude to bring my own vegan versions of mashed potatoes and gravy and sweet potato casserole just for my husband and I? Even if they are preparing their own with dairy/butter? What do some of you do in this situation?
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Everyone who I celebrate with is understanding, at this point. I take a main dish for myself and a side. There are usually a few other things that I can eat, but I discuss it first. Most of the people I celebrate with are food conscious - at least some degree of vegetarian, vegan, eschew red meat, lactose intolerant, gluten free ...whatever. I'll put it this way, I don't know anyone who eats like Paula Dean at this point. Hell, Paula Dean doesn't eat like Paula Dean anymore!

Generally, I have celebrations at home because it's easier. I don't have meat in my home because it makes me sick. My children didn't grow up with meat in their home and my friends know this so it's a non issue.
They all enjoy the food I prepare.

It might be easier for you to take something with you, that is a meal in a dish - such as vegetarian lasagna, if this is one of your first Holidays eating meat free. There is usually salad, bread and a few other sides that you can eat.

One word of warning - in my experience omnivores love to sample the veg*n dish. Sometimes they devour it! So take enough for everyone!

And no, it's not rude - just take the sweet potatoes and a main dish. Let your host know why you are doing it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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I would definitely make something for myself if I couldn't get the hostess to use margerine in her mashed taters instead of butter. It's a good opportunity to introduce them to some casseroles or knishes or something that they will love anyway.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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Thank you both for your suggestions. My husband and I talked it over and we will most likely be bringing our own mashed potatoes and probably a couple other things to the parties. This works good for my brother's Thanksgiving since all his wife and my niece are vegan. However, my mom, other brother and sister are not - in fact my mom is currently paleo/atkins diet pro-meat lol. She still will eat a little dairy though.

My stepson's Christmas dinner is another story - everyone there is meat and dairy eaters.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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Where do these "paleo" eaters even get the idea that cavemen lived on nothing but meat? Hunting-gathering tribes live on 80-90% plant foods, except the ones above the Arctic Circle of course.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Thank you both for your suggestions. My husband and I talked it over and we will most likely be bringing our own mashed potatoes and probably a couple other things to the parties. This works good for my brother's Thanksgiving since all his wife and my niece are vegan. However, my mom, other brother and sister are not - in fact my mom is currently paleo/atkins diet pro-meat lol. She still will eat a little dairy though.

My stepson's Christmas dinner is another story - everyone there is meat and dairy eaters.
Yeah you brought up a good point about mashed potatoes - they can conceal many things - dairy butter, cheese and chicken broth. So it's best to take your own.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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Where do these "paleo" eaters even get the idea that cavemen lived on nothing but meat? Hunting-gathering tribes live on 80-90% plant foods, except the ones above the Arctic Circle of course.
I'm not sure where they get that idea either.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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OK, what are some of the things you know of that vegans can import to an omnivore Txgiving dinner? My ideas:

Vegan pumpkin pie
Cinnamon-raisin-bread-apple-cranberry dressing
Long grain and wild rice with sage, onions, and maybe mushrooms
Apple-orange salad
Cranberry sauce or relish
Baked taters, regular or sweet
Cornbread stuffing
Lentil loaves
Sweet potato casserole
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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I think it'd be presumptuous to make just enough for your spouse and yourself, and bring it over. It's insulting to the host, and rude to all the other guests.

What you MIGHT do instead, is ask the host if you can bring a vegan side dish or two, to serve to EVERYONE who chooses to take a helping.

The rice with mushrooms idea above sounds delicious. And I don't put any dairy into my mashed potatoes. Or non-dairy. I just bake them and mash them up with minced garlic. I put cheese on my own serving and my husband has his with gravy.
You could volunteer the mashed potatoes, and let people put whatever they like ON them, once they have their serving on their own plate.

My personal favorite all-veggie dish would be candied yams. I don't use butter or margarine or any dairy substitute. I just use lots of brown sugar, some raisins, a little apple cider, a can of chunked pineapple, a squeeze of lemon, some mandarin orange segments, and fresh-ground cinnamon stick. Oh and a couple cloves in each corner of the dish, and 2 cloves in the middle. There is nothing about this dish, that non-vegetarians would snort at. It's hard-core amazing
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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I always bring several vegan dishes to share with everyone: stuffed acorn squash or maple syrup yam dish, wild rice pilaf, and a huge tossed salad.
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