Yup, Keeping It Simple for Thanksgiving. I hope all you Canadians have had a wonderful weekend with lots of good cruelty-free food! I was eating my lunch today, thinking about how full I was getting on my simple fare, glad that I hadn’t gone to the trouble of a huge spread with lots of work and washing-up!
The kids usually turn their nose up at stew, and today was no different. Their loss! This is made with V8 and water as a base, potatoes, yam, cabbage, kale, parsnips, carrots, green lentils, salt, pepper and a dried chipotle pepper which always adds a nice flavour. The carrots were from our garden – they taste so much better than the supermarket ones.
One ladleful of this with a slice of home-made bread with Earth Balance on it was very satisfying. We also had a salad made with tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden plus some basil from the pot on the deck. Our garden wasn’t very productive this year but it still feels good to have at least part of the meal be grown by us.
Dessert was a plum and apple crumble. The plums were the last ones from our tree, and I added some of our walnuts to the crumble topping. The apples were organic Macintosh. It was delicious with the soy vanilla ice cream.
I have started using maple syrup again, rather than agave. It is a local food, one which is produced in this country, and I have also started to choose fruits which are grown closer to home rather than tropical fruit. It’s more the fact that local foods suit our bodies’ requirements that is causing me to swing that way, though the cost of transporting tropical food to Canada is something to think about too. If it comes over a border, it’s going to be less fresh and more sprayed than anything local. (I haven’t given up bananas, though!)
Even if it’s not Thanksgiving where you are, I hope you take the time to remember the things for which you’re thankful. It’s good for the spirit. ❤