Not your typical Thanksgiving recipes

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because FOOD but also because of the traditions my family, friends and I have created together around this day.

In the past, I've pulled together a round up of healthy holiday recipes - some that I'm hoping to try out myself, but also simply to provide YOU all with inspiration on how this traditionally overindulgent meal can also be nourishing and full of veggies :)

 My Thanksgiving dinner = a rainbow of veggies!

My Thanksgiving dinner = a rainbow of veggies!

This year I'm doing a slightly different recipe round up. The recipes I'm sharing today are not necessarily meant for your holiday meal, but rather in the days surrounding Thanksgiving (or whatever holiday you're celebrating!).

Why? What trips us up health or digestion wise around the holidays isn't usually the holiday meal itself. It's how we eat in between the festivities and parties.

Pumpkin AND pecan pie with whipped cream is totally fine on Thanksgiving. It's when we have that plus the Gingerbread latte and almond croissant the next morning while Black Friday shopping, plus the 1/2 (okay full) bottle of wine with friends the next evening, plus leftover pie for breakfast the next day that we start to feel less than sparkly in our bodies.

It's not ONE meal or ONE decision that makes or breaks your health. It's how you feed and treat yourself most of the time that truly makes a difference.

  Mmmm look at all those veggies!

Mmmm look at all those veggies!

This is not to say you can't enjoy yourself thoroughly and repetitively throughout the holiday season. I plan to have MANY desserts and cocktails with friends and lazy mornings.

But I also plan to choose my indulgences consciously, and choose to feed myself nourishing, whole foods between those conscious indulgences.

So the recipes that I'm sharing today are wholesome, gut healing and simple. They're foods and meals you can reset yourself with in between the parties and celebratory meals, for this season and beyond.

NOURISHING RECIPES for “IN BETWEEN” HOLIDAY FEASTS:

Note: Many of these recipes are pulled from the few cookbooks I own. I’ve linked recipes when possible, but I also highly recommend investing in these cookbooks as they are packed with easy, nourishing recipes.

SOUPS + SALADS:

MEALS:

  • Shepard’s Pie from Go with Your Gut

  • Superhuman Breakfast (for breakfast, lunch or dinner!)

  • The Simplest Salmon from Thin From Within

  • My favorite thing to reset my gut is a pile of steamed veggies of any and all kinds! I love steaming up kale, sweet potatoes, peas, kabocha squash and more in my bamboo steamer basket (which yes, I pack and bring with me for the holidays!).

  • Collard Salad Wraps from Thin From Within

DRINKS:

COOKBOOKS: Oh She Glows, Go with Your Gut, Thin From Within

 You best bet I'll be photographing my eats and creations!

You best bet I'll be photographing my eats and creations!

Whether you make one of these recipes or something more festive from a previous holiday round up (linked in PS below!), I LOVE seeing your food photos. Snap a picture of your dish or plate and post it to social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!). Be sure to tag me @EmilyNachazel so I can see your posts.

For healthy holiday meal inspiration, check out my recipe round UPs from previous years:

2017 Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

2016 Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

2015 Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

Summer recipes!

This past weekend I went to the farmer's market and OMG it's officially summer i.e. the best time for farmer's markets everywhere!

I'll admit: I've been in a little bit of a cooking rut recently. I tend to stick to the same easy dishes that are less recipes and more assembling of components. This method can be great (meal prep is a lifesaver for a busy gal or guy), but there's also something to be said about spending a little creative time in the kitchen versus just going through a routine.

So when I was at the farmer's market I challenged myself to grab a few different veggies - not just the sweet potatoes and kale that I always get, but I also picked up sugar snap peas and strawberries and red leaf lettuce. And now I'm going to challenge myself to make at least ONE new recipe using these ingredients this week.

My hope is that making a new recipe each week will continue throughout the summer season.

Here are some recipes featuring early summer produce that have caught my eye so far:

Chilled Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken and Avocado - This recipe uses vegetable noodles which I LOVE, especially in the summer. You could easily sub cubed tempeh for the chicken to make veg-friendly!

 


Spicy Grilled Shrimp - Okay, this recipe doesn't exactly highlight summer produce BUT it is made on the grill which in my opinion is the epitome of summer. I'd swap a more nutrient rich coconut sugar for the white sugar, or leave it out all together.

 

Dilled, Crunchy Sweet Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing - Nothing feels more like summer to me than fresh corn! This recipe also includes other seasonal highlights such as dill, parsley, cucumbers and peppers. Dairy free? I bet you could swap the buttermilk for a little coconut yogurt thinned out with lemon juice and omit the cheese.

 

Green Gazpacho - "This zippy, herbaceous drinkable soup is like a trip to the farmers’ market in a glass." Sounds good to me!

 

Grilled Halibut and Bok Choy with Coconut Lime Dressing - I love grilling ALL vegetables, greens included (so surprisingly delicious!). I don't have a grill but may have to invest in a grill pan, which basically turns your stove top into an indoor grill.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars - Not sure how it happened but whoever invented the strawberry rhubarb combo was a genius. YUM!

 

Now I'm hungry - so who wants to come over for dinner??? ;)

 

 

 

I hope that these recipes inspire you to have a little more FUN with summer produce in your kitchen.
If you make one of these, snap a photo and tag me on social media @EmilyNachazel so I can see your delicious creations!

Thanksgiving Recap 2017

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.

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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

- Turkey

- Gravy

- An assortment of cookies

- Raw chocolate

- TONS of pies: pumpkin, apple, berry and pecan

- Homemade whipped cream

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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?

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes 2017

I LOVE Thanksgiving. I loooooove the food and I love the traditions my family has created around the holiday over the years.

Like many families, we have our staples that are made year after year - cousin Arlene's cornbread stuffing, Dad's mushroom gravy, my grandma's cranberry and apple sauce and more. Each year I find a few new recipes to add to the table - I have so much fun looking over my favorite websites and blogs for inspiration.

This year I also asked some of my foodie friends for their favorite holiday recipes. The list below is a combination of my picks and theirs.

Now to choose which of these I'm actually going to make...


2017 THANKSGIVING RECIPE ROUND UP!

 My Paleo Apple Pancakes

My Paleo Apple Pancakes

BREAKFAST


- Apple Pancakes - Emily Nachazel
- Paleo Pecan Crumble Pumpkin Loaf - Rachel Mansfield
- Fall Yogurt Parfait - Emily Nachazel
- Savory Breakfast Bowl - Breakfast Criminals
- Healthy Pumpkin Muffins - Robyn Youkilis
- Paleo Breakfast Hash with Sweet Potato - Diane Sanfilippo
- Vegan Sweet Potato Tempeh Hash - Gena Hamshaw

 Simple Fall Slaw from Minimalist Baker

Simple Fall Slaw from Minimalist Baker

SIDES


- Simple Fall Slaw - Minimalist Baker
- Kale Salad with Pear and Walnuts - Robyn Youkilis
- Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts - Robyn Youkilis
- Turmeric Roasted Root Veggies - Balanced Life Leslie
- Make-Ahead Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole - Oh She Glows
- Caramelized Carrots - Lula Brown
- Roasted Veggies with Cider Bourbon Glaze - The Chalkboard Mag
- Creamy Cauliflower Soup - Lula Brown
- Mashed Cauliflower - Emily Nachazel
 

 Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Tasty Plan

Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Tasty Plan

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Tahini Bombs

Minimalist Baker

 

DESSERTS


- Vegan White Chocolate Truffles - Minimalist Baker
- Sweet Potato Brownies - Paleomg
- Cinnamon Spice Pumpkin Bars - Alyssa Gagarin
- Kabocha Mini Molten Cake Cups - Sasha Yoga Wellness
- Orange and Turmeric Flan - Tasty Plan
- Pumpkin Coconut Yogurt Cheesecake - Sasha Yoga Wellness
- Almond Butter Freezer Fudge - Emily Nachazel
- Tahini Bombs - Minimalist Baker

 My Superfood Hot Cocoa

My Superfood Hot Cocoa

DRINKS


- Fire Up Ginger Tea - Emily Nachazel
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie - Shut The Kale Up  
- Superfood Cocoa - Emily Nachazel
- Winter Bourbon Smash - Minimalist Baker
- Kombucha Cocktail - Emily Nachazel

 Healing Greens Soup from Robyn Youkilis (photo by me!)

Healing Greens Soup from Robyn Youkilis (photo by me!)

OTHER


- Healing Greens Soup - Robyn Youkilis
- Healing Kitchari - Sasha Yoga Wellness
- Turkey Bone Broth - Kettle and Fire


 

If you were inspired to make one of these recipes, I'd love to hear from you!
Leave a comment below OR, better yet, snap a photo of your Thanksgiving plate and post it to social media. Don't forget to tag me @EmilyNachazel so I can see your delicious creations!
Happy cooking and eating!

Summer recipe round up!

Today I've got a whole slew of healthy, crowd-pleasing summer recipes for you, just in time for the weekend.

I'm down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina spending the long weekend with my family - relaxing on the beach, swimming in my grandparent's pool and (of course) eating delicious, homemade food. 

I love trying new recipes when I have a little bit more time, and a few more mouths to enjoy the results with.

Here are the recipes that I might try this weekend:

Do you like cooking more when you have more time to experiment? Where do you find your recipes? Share with us all in the comments below.

Enjoy!