Happy Monday! I know this is a little late, but hey....late is better than never....right? Here's the recap of my Thanksgiving. I was a little like this after we ate our Thanksgiving meal.
I made this Hearty Lentil and Mushroom Shepherds Pie from Fat Free Vegan to take for Thanksgiving. It turned out great. I'm sorry, but I don't have a picture of it. I got in such hurry to get out the door that I forgot to photograph it. After I realized that I never took a picture, I decided that I would take a picture of my Thanksgiving plate, but I left the camera out in the car. I was about to starve, so I didn't go get it....sorry. I had planned on taking some roasted veggies, but was told there would be plenty of veggies that I could eat, so I didn't make any. After glancing over everything I asked about certain dishes to make sure they were vegan, and dug in. Later on that evening my niece commented on how good the green beans were. Then, out it came...the green beans were cooked in beef brother. WHAT? At that moment my little niece looked at me and said "you ate green beans didn't you?" Yep, I sure did, because I was told they were okay for me to eat. Apologies came from my SIL, and she said that she never thought about that not making them vegan. Again, I explained what a vegan was, and explained my diet and what it did and did not consist of. Of course, I'm not the type of person that just blows my top, but I was very upset. I felt like throwing up and my insides felt all dirty and violated! After that I found out that several other dishes that were there were not actually vegan either, but was told they were. I didn't eat those though...thank goodness. From now on, I will for sure be taking my own meal to any family function that we have. Shen, I know..... It's not just family though , no one here in the South understands the full meaning of what a vegan is. They all seem to think it just means that you don't eat meat. No matter how many times you explain it, they just don't get it. I have to admit, I debated about whether I should blog about my Thanksgiving or not, because I have family that reads my blog, but I decided that I wanted to and I hope that it doesn't offend anyone.
So with all that being said, we all did a lot of this over the remainder of the long weekend.. I started to blog several times, but just couldn't bring myself to it. :o)
I did take a little time to make Isa's Marbled Banana Bread. I think I swirled the batter a little too long though. It almost looks like plain ole chocolate banana bread. Sure did taste good though. Tony suggested adding walnuts to it the next time. I think that would be a great addition.
I also made some granola. I've been wanting to make some for a while now, but just haven't done it. I finally got around to it Saturday morning. I used oats, hemp seeds, walnuts, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, dried apricots, wheat germ, safflower oil, brown sugar, rice syrup, and vanilla. I used Alicia Silverstone's recipe in The Kind Diet as a guide to go by. If you don't have her book, you can find the recipe here.
I didn't have anything to take for lunch today, so I went to the cafeteria in hopes to get a salad. I was a little too late though. They were all gone. I lucked up though, they had some steamed veggies....yay!
Anyway, I have a lot of catching up to do on my blog reading. I do hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend and I hope you aren't as behind at work as I am. :o)