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?

 

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.