November 27th, 2011
You’ve got to love Thanksgiving in the United States. Like every holiday, we over-indulge in high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt foods (and some that contain all three!). The only difference with Thanksgiving is that it is actually centered around this massive over-consumption, which makes it even more socially acceptable–and easier to rationalize.
I’m not immune to this trend. Thanksgiving with my family includes liver dumpling soup, turkey, wet and dry stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans (sometimes in casserole form) and yeast rolls. Before I discovered that I had issues with gluten, those yeast rolls were my favorite part about Thanksgiving dinner. Being a vegetarian (as I have been for the past 11 years) the rest of the meal didn’t have much appeal for me. I would usually have some tortellini soup (made with vegetable broth and three-cheese tortellini) along with about three or so rolls and a few veggies. Dessert would include pumpkin pie and apple crisp with ice cream.