Thanksgiving 2016 Recipe Round Up!

Wait, it's Thanksgiving??? I don't know about you guys, but I feel like the last two months have FLOWN by. Looking back, I do realize I've been busy in all the BEST ways... exploring and learning and working on some awesome projects that I can't wait to share with you.

That all being said, I'm looking forward to taking the next few days to slow down, spend quality time with my family, sleep in, and (of course) cook some delicious food.

I'm fortunate that my family is *very* open to trying new things and eating lots of veggies, but I am also a firm believer that healthy food CAN and SHOULD taste every bit as delicious as traditional fare. Every year I go through my favorite blogs, websites and cookbooks to find holiday recipes that will both WOW my family's taste buds AND that I can feel good making and eating. Here's what I've bookmarked this year:

Salads, Soups and Lighter Sides:

- Kale, White Bean + Fennel Soup from Go with Your Gut book

- Creamy Kale Salad with Chickpeas + Shallots from Minimalist Baker

- Apple Cider Green Beans with Dill and Slivered Almonds from The Mostly Vegan

- Honey Miso Glazed Brussels Sprouts

- Celery Root Puree from HB Fit

Heartier Veggie Dishes and Mains:

- Curry + Turmeric Roasted Squash from Go with Your Gut book

- Millet + Lentil Stuffed Delicata Squash from The Full Helping

- Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Pure Wow

- One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf from Food52

Sweets and Treats:

- Perfect Pumpkin Bread

- Raw Maca Brownies from Rachel Mansfield

- Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars from Minimalist Baker

- Apple Pie Sundaes from Minimalist Baker

- Almost Raw Coconut Pecan Pie Bars from Oh Ladycakes

Breakfasts, Snacks and Other Seasonal Delights:

- Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait

- Spiced Butternut Squash Breakfast Muffins from In My Bowl

- Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes from Breakfast Criminals

- 5 Thanksgiving Smoothies from Green Blender

 

Need more inspiration? Check out my Thanksgiving Recipe Round Ups from previous years:

2014 Recipe Round Up

2015 Recipe Round Up

 

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!!