Last weekend, I made a list of what we're going to eat. No small feat, since I'd like the meal to be mostly Paleo, to satisfy our New Way of Eating, dairy-free so that BabyT can have anything, and tasty so the rest of our guests don't feel like they've just entered some kind of Diet Boot Camp Thanksgiving.
Here it is:
- Ham from Whole Foods
- (yes, I'm taking the easy route, but you can't go wrong with the Product of the Pig.)
- Mashed sweet potatoes
- Substituting Earth Balance for butter here, but should be awesome either way
- Spinach salad with pumpkin vinaigrette
- My mom's recipe for green beans stirfried with coconut and spices
- Roasted butternut squash + bacon
- (hooray PotP!)
- Cornbread stuffing from Trader Joe's
- Vegan pumpkin pie
- (yes, I know what you're thinking. I'm not sure either.)
- Apple pie from Trader Joe's
- (the first I've had since being pregnant with T and consuming no fewer than 10 pies during that time)
Tonight, I'll plan out the cooking schedule. Last time we "cooked" a ham, we VASTLY understimated how long it would take, and ended up eating about 2 hours later than planned. We'll do better this time.
I may be a PM, but I'm no perfectionist. I'm perfectly happy to take some shortcuts. The pumpkin pie recipe calls for a homemade crust, but some of the commenters said it came out really hard, so I was thrilled when I found a dairy-free graham cracker pie crust by Arrowhead Mills at Whole Foods. I've got my fingers crossed that it all works out, but I'm excited about BabyT tasting pumpkin pie for the first time. It's my absolute favorite pie ever.
What are you cooking for the Big Meal? Do you have a project plan?