We don't mess around with Thanksgiving in my family - it seems like each year the food gets better and better (and our group gets bigger and bigger).
I am beyond thankful that we go big with veggies in our holiday meal, in fact in my mind they are the star of the show! Sure, we have turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes, but we also have cauliflower and carrots and green beans and salad and more.
Here's what I contributed this year:
- My Perfect Pumpkin Bread - this is a great gluten free loaf to have around for breakfast, snacks or a sweet treat. I think it's best sliced, toasted and slathered with butter.
- ALL the roasted veggies - We did cauliflower with curry spices, root veggies (carrots, parsnips, turnips) with olive oil + salt + pepper, and squash (both acorn and delicata) with coconut oil + cinnamon + nutmeg. YUM.
- Saweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Topping - I've been making this healthified sweet potato casserole for the past few years. It's so good that my family now asks "Are you making that sweet potato dish again this year?" I usually skip the vegan butter and just use coconut oil, and add a little more spice to the topping.
- Kale Salad with Preserved Lemon and Candied Ginger - Kale salad is great for holiday meals because you can prep it in advance (dressing and all!) and it keeps for hours (and actually gets more delicious as the flavors meld together and soften the kale. This particular kale salad was a HUGE success - my cousin Jennifer even said "I've never said the words 'This kale is delicious' until today." Yeah, it's that good.
- Sunbutter Stuffed Dates - OMG you guys - I forgot how insanely delicious these little treats are. This time, I used nut-free sunbutter in the filling and they were SUCH a hit!
And here are some of the other delicious dishes we had at the meal:
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, two ways
- Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Casserole
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pomegrante Seeds
- Green Bean Casserole
- Green Beans with Lemon
- Beet and Orange Salad
- Gravlax with Pickled Onions and Creamy Dill Sauce
- Cornbread Stuffing (regular and gluten-free)
- Mashed Potatoes
- An assortment of cookies
- Raw chocolate
- TONS of pies: pumpkin, apple, berry and pecan
- Homemade whipped cream
Grateful for family, friends and everything on this plate!
Did you make anything for Thanksgiving this year?
What was your favorite dish from your holiday table?