My mom says that she and my grandmother tested and tweaked this recipe together until they got it just right. Now it’s my turn: eliminating the oil, subbing in maple syrup for brown sugar–but in essence, it’s the same as it’s always been for hundreds of years.
- Bring at least one dish that you can eat. In my case last night, it was the Sweet-n-Sour Cabbage.
- Fill your plate with what you brought and any other vegetable/bean/whole grain dishes that are available. Last night I was lucky enough to find plain, steamed green beans and butternut squash (I was told that there was margarine or something in the squash but I ate it anyway).
- You can indulge, it’s a holiday after all, but not in everything. Choose what would be most satisfying to you. In the case of last night’s dinner, I chose the Challah Bread (made with refined flour, egg, oil) and Mac-n-cheese. I passed up the Matzoh Ball Soup and Brisket, two things that I do love, but, hey, I know I can’t indulge in everything.
- High tail it outta there before dessert. When my 3 year old son said that he was tired and wanted to go in his bed, I took it as a sign from up above and we said our good-byes. I knew I couldn’t have resisted dessert, and I had already done enough holiday indulging.
- As hard as it is to do, try to remember that it is the family and friends and not the food that are the important part of holiday gatherings.
Was I Plant-perfect last night? No.
Was I Plant-strong last night? Pretty much.
I’ll take it.
Got any tips of your own for how to handle holiday gatherings and living to tell about them?