"Umm... soup? Last year I had a frozen pizza."
This was my answer a week ago when my brain was oversaturated with studying for the RD exam. But now, at last, the exam is over. The culmination of 4 years of studies and practice and debt and finally, I am free! And also, I passed! So not only am I free, but I'm a Registered Dietitian. And as such, I've gotta come up with a more respectable answer for the question regarding my Thanksgiving dinner.
The truth is, last year, I really did have a frozen pizza. It was our first day back to Seattle after returning from the PCT. Mud and I sat in his shack in the rain while the mice scurried frantically, surprised by our return. We savored the last few hours as our trail selves, eating dinner on the ground. But this year! ...it's different. I'm having a real Plantsgiving meal and inviting all three of my friends over to share.
You don't need a dead turkey to have a feast, that's for sure. Here's what's on our menu for tomorrow:
And probably some wine.
For more Plantsgiving inspiration, check out the Forks over Knives menu, including mashed potatoes and gravy, chocolate pumpkin loaf, autumn vegetable stew, rice casserole with lentils and sautéed vegetables, and radicchio salad with cranberry orange dressing. Or try this recipe for vegan stuffing, and this other great menu laid out by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. These also make great Christmas/Solstice/New Years meals. It's a great season to be eating, that's for sure.
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Other Neat Things:
My friends Harpo and Groucho are some bad-ass thru-hiking vegans. Read their blog here.
Idyllwild is a favorite trail town for many PCT hikers. This online magazine has featured a few hikers and also keeps up with mountain-town happenings.
Future Dad is thru-hiking the Pacific Crest, Te Aurora and Appalachian Trails back-to-back-to-back, all in one year! He's also a really awesome story teller. Read his stories here.