For thanksgiving this year I made a lot of vegan-style dishes by myself to share at our family dinner. I was very excited about the willingness to try plant-based cuisine at our family dinner, as everyone was curious to hear what the food was and wanting to try it. For example, my cousin’s husband low key took a bite of my mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy right off my plate, and he was impressed! I was flattered since he’s a meat-eater and carnivorous promoter… even though if someone typically took food off my plate without asking, they might lose a finger. My brother and his girlfriend joined us for their second thanksgiving dinner of the day. His girlfriend ate only the plant-based food and loved it! Most of my other family members tried the food and said they enjoyed it, that alone made me very thankful for being blessed with such an open minded family that is willing to try things outside of the box, literally – everything was fresh and made with love. So below is a list of the winners from the recipes I tried to master, along with the dishes I was not impressed with. I’ll be posting the recipes for the good ones, stay tuned!


  • Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque
  • Mushroom & Onion Gravy
  • Poblano Pepper & Corn cornbread with Daiya Cheddar Shreds
  • Coconut Milk Mashed Potatoes
  • Honey Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Whole Roasted Cauliflower Heads (I loved the turnout of this, but wasn’t impressed with the flavor – I’ll be posting this recipe at a later date after I’m happy with the flavor)
  • Molasses Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pecans


Not-so Goodies:

  • Chickpea, Red Lentil, Pistachio, Fennel & Apple Stuffing


Okay, so it was just one recipe that I wasn’t over the moon about, but I’m sure I could master it if I really worked at it. Just so everyone knows, I typically come up with my recipes on my own. It’s something that comes to me and I run with it. I will look up baking quantities if I am baking something, but usually I just wing it if I can. Most times the turnout works, but sometimes it doesn’t- and that’s ok! Cooking is a trial and error science that you must be patient with and not get discouraged. I’ve had some serious fails as dishes and others that should have been featured on the cooking channel. Most importantly, have fun in the kitchen. Creating food is a healthy way to express yourself.