Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
-Henry Van Dyke
Thanksgiving is one of Canada’s most treasured traditional holidays. On this day, we are reminded to celebrate everything for which we are grateful and to give thanks to what we have been blessed in life. Of course, being the foodies that we all are, what better way to celebrate this holiday than to gather with our loved ones around a delightful feast? Below, we introduce to you three of the most common Thanksgiving fruits and veggies as well as our suggestions on how to give these old-timers a new twist for you to try when planning your Thanksgiving meal.
Truly a versatile vegetable, these potato-like vegetables can be barbecued, fried, grilled, smoked, baked, boiled, roasted, sautéed, and grated into whatever your heart desires. In our local market, you can find yams of the purple and yellow varieties, both of which are delicious and nutritious. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also venture to Chinese grocery stores and challenge yourself to try out the Chinese yam, also known as shanyao (山藥).
Our recommended new twist: Instead of doing the old candied yam, why not try a traditional shanyao soup paired with lotus roots and flavoured with thinly-sliced aged ginger?
What’s Thanksgiving without this orange vegetable giant? This low-calorie vegetable contains absolutely no saturated fats or cholesterol – so you can indulge all you want without the worries of adding to your waistline! – and is rich in dietary fibre, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. Even its seeds make a great snack! Enjoy this however you like, but roasted (as a side-dish) or baked (as a dessert) are the most common ways of cooking it.
Our recommended new twist: Save the best for first and refrain from making this vegetable into a dessert pie – again! Try a chilled pumpkin soup spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg as a refreshing appetizer to whet your appetite for the grand feast to come.
These powerful little sour suckers are not only yummy but also incredibly beneficial to your health, with super abilities to help prevent urinary tract infections and stomach ulcers as well as aid in digestive health. Here in Canada, we usually enjoy them in their dried forms or in sauces.
Our recommended new twist: Take advantage of the season and make some cranberry jam. Then, simmer hard tofu, brussels sprouts and your favourite root vegetables in the fresh jam to make a delightful sweet stew.
In light of this thankful holiday, we also want to mention what a pleasure it has been serving you as Vancouver’s favourite vegetarian/vegan restaurant. We very much appreciate your unwavering loyalty and support over the years. Your encouragement and feedback continue to be our backbone and support. Thank you all. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.