Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving

IMG_8353Most people love Thanksgiving because they enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching football and stuffing their faces all day.  I used to do that, and then I would feel sick for the entire next week, yet continue to shove down the left-overs.

In 2008, when I was living in Atlanta I participated in the Atlanta Half marathon, I continued to run this race each year to follow until I moved in 2012. Now living in LA I don’t get up at the crack of dawn to run 13 miles, but I do try to get up and get in a workout before we enjoy the spread.

What’s better than Thanksgiving?… FRIENDSGIVING

Last Sunday I hosted my first ever 100% VEGAN Friendsgiving!  Sixteen friends, co-workers, and their significant others huddle around the dining room, watching football, chatting, and catching up, while experiencing a taste of my vegan culture.  We had a great time and there was plenty of delicious, yet healthy dinner choices.
I enjoyed cooking some of my favorites and also tried my hand at a few new dishes.
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My menu included:

Vegan Ranch Dip served with veggie spears
fall trail mix
sweet pumpkin humus served with cinnamon pita chips
vegan stuffing
mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy
green bean casserole
roasted brussel sprouts
butternut squash soup
spinach, mushroom, sun-dried tomato Quiche
and a fall salad
For dessert: Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

It was a great time with great friends.  Thanks to all who ventured out to part-take in my festivities.  Until next year…

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