Our First Vegan Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving Jeremiah’s prepping to make some gluten-free vegan pumpkin pancakes.

Jeremiah and I laughed about how we decided to become vegan about two months before the holidays. We’ve been curious about how it would affect our time with family, especially during Thanksgiving as both of our families always have big meals with turkey and ham and many other non-vegan things. So, we’re happy to share that we had a wonderful day despite not eating meat and being vegan!

This may be a bit odd, but we don’t usually make main course items for Thanksgiving. Last year was the first year we bought a Turkey, but being vegan required that we planned out what main course items we brought to the table this year, otherwise we probably wouldn’t have been able to eat! We decided to make a vegan pumpkin roll using Minimalist Baker’s recipe here. We also made vegan pumpkin mac’n cheese, which was amazing. That recipe’s here. Then, we also made a butternut squash soup, which we’ve made several times before, topped with pumpkin seeds we roasted ourselves.

Jeremiah making gluten-free vegan pumpkin pancakes the day after Thanksgiving.

Our family members still shared plenty of meat with their Thanksgiving meal, but making vegan main course meal items to share with our family members was the highlight of our day. That plus bringing a few growlers of local beer from Defiance Brewing Company to share. It was great! We haven’t really missed meat or dairy all that much, and surprisingly, our kids seemed unphased by not having meat on their plates though everyone else in the room besides us did.

Miriam eating gluten-free vegan pumpkin pancakes the day after Thanksgiving.

This diet change has been surprisingly smooth for our family. For the most part, we’ve experienced only good things from becoming vegan, and it’s brought a new level of intentionality to our lifestyle that we enjoy. Our experience this Thanksgiving was no exception.

Lars eating gluten-free vegan pumpkin pancakes.

The Jamisons are a family of four converting a Chevy Blue Bird school bus into their tiny home. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @_thejamisons or on YouTube. Also, if you want to support this publication or their YouTube channel consider becoming a Patron.




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Writer, English teacher, MFA holder

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