Thanksgiving Recap 2015

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm popping in today with a quick recap of what we feasted on at my family's holiday meal (and what I ended up making from my Thanksgiving recipe round up). 

Breakfast:

Appetizers:

  • Kale Chips
  • Cheese Platter with Fresh Fruit and Veggies
  • Shrimp Cocktail

The Meal:

  • Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Kale Caesar Salad - I didn’t make the chickpea croutons the recipe calls for, and instead tossed in some extra shredded roasted Brussels sprouts. YUM! 
  • Roasted Root Vegetable Ribbons (beets, parsnips, rutabaga)
  • Saweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble - I made this last year and it was a huge hit again this year! 
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Sautéed Green Beans with Slivered Almonds
  • Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • “Cheezy” Purple Cauliflower (roasted with olive oil and nutritional yeast)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Regular and Gluten-free Stuffing
  • Herb Rubbed Turkey

The Treats:

  • Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates - I made these stuffed with sunflower seed butter and covered them with extra Superfood Chocolate - so decadent! 
  • Superfood Chocolate (recipe in my November newsletter)
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Gluten-Free Apple Cake
  • Traditional Apple Pie
  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
  • Grape and Olive Oil Cake
  • Homemade Whipped Cream


WOW! As always, this meal was a team effort - everyone from my family contributed something homemade and delicious, which makes it all the more special. I’m incredibly grateful that we have so many vibrant veggie sides at our meal - I never feel like I’m missing out because I don’t eat meat! 

And now, off to eat some more leftovers! What was your favorite dish this year??


PS. Make sure you are signed up for my email list here! December's newsletter will be out next week with the Perfect Pumpkin Bread recipe PLUS some *incredible* holiday specials!!

Practice Gratitude

Oh, hello November. And thus begins the holiday season. My personal favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Yes, I love the FOOD but I also love what the holiday is all about - spending time with family and loved ones and giving thanks for all that is good in life.

The benefits of practicing gratitude are pretty incredible - people who regularly reflect on everything they are thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more kindness, and even have strong immune systems (oh so important this time of year!). 

Let's not wait for the turkey [or the lentil loaf ;) ] to start thinking about what we are grateful for. This month I challenge you to practice daily gratitude - each evening before you go to sleep, write down 3 things that you are thankful for. I've been doing this for the past few weeks, and I've noticed a tangible difference in my overall mood AND sleep. It can be someone or something, big or small, significant or insignificant, but try to be consistent and specific. This practice will change the way you perceive situations by adjusting what you focus on (the positive!), so you are happier and healthier no matter the circumstance. 

What are you grateful of today? Let me know in the comments below.