Thanksgiving Re-cap 2014

If you missed it, in my last post I listed out some of the recipes that had caught my eye for the Thanksgiving holiday.  I obviously couldn't make them all, but they are all appropriate even after the holiday has passed, so check out this post if you are looking for some fall recipe inspiration.

Here's what I ended up making for Thanksgiving this year - a few things from the list, and a few things from my head.

Saweet! Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble - This was by far my most favorite thing that I made.  The sweetness of the sweet potatoes was highlighted by a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon, and coconut oil, and the crunchy nut crumble made this seem like a dessert to me. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be making this again, soon.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Fresh Tarragon - I started with this salad recipe, and added a LOT more lemon juice, pomegranate seeds, and a ton of fresh tarragon.  I had never tried fresh tarragon before - it was a great addition to this salad, making it more interesting than your average kale salad.  And pomegranate seeds are always a festive and delicious choice.

Fall Quinoa with Spinach and Mushrooms - Super simple, super quick vegetarian protein dish.  Here's what I did: Saute in coconut oil a package of mushrooms (white, baby bella, etc) with 1/2 white onion. Season with salt, pepper, and dried thyme.  Once the mushrooms are cooked and the onion is translucent, add about 1 lb of spinach and cover so that the spinach wilts.  Remove from heat.  Cook 2 cups of quinoa according to the package instructions.  Once quinoa is done, combine in a large bowl with with the mushroom mix and add the juice of one lemon.  These are all rough measurements, so taste, and adjust your seasonings accordingly. Then eat. 

Raw Vegan Pecan Pie - A winner again this year.  Healthy enough for breakfast, decadent enough for dessert. YUM.

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Chocolate Goji Almond clusters - This is my newest favorite dessert - recipe to come soon.

Besides all the delicious (and mostly healthy) food,  my Thanksgiving was filled with wonderful family and friends.  Some big changes are going on in my life right now, and I could not be more thankful for the incredible support I've received so far from these people. 

How did you celebrate the holiday? Any favorite dishes or moments you'd like to share?