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.


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.



  • 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


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

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.


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


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...


My Paleo Apple Pancakes

My Paleo Apple Pancakes


- 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


- 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


Tahini Bombs

Minimalist Baker



- 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


- 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!)


- 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!

3 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

Hello December and hello holiday season! Today I'm sharing with you my favorite no-fuss tips to feel your absolute best through the holidays. Because there is so much going on this time of year (cocktail hours and office parties! visiting family and friends!), we often forget to take time for ourselves. 

The truth is, when we forget to take care of our bodies, we aren't able to fully show up to everything else in life. As a result, we feel stressed, anxious, and even angry during what is supposed to be a joyous and celebratory time. So do yourself (and your loved ones!) a favor and make that time for yourself every single day. 

Here are my top tips to feel your BEST this holiday season:

1. Start your day with ME time - Begin each day with meditation and exercise. This doesn't have to be anything crazy! 1 minute of breathing and 5 minutes of movement is enough to get your blood moving and energy pumped! 

2. Eat a balanced breakfast - When you make good food choices in the AM, you are more likely to continue those choice throughout the rest of the day. This also leaves room for "treats" later in the day - maybe those Christmas cookies your co-worker brought in or a festive drink at happy hour. I love a green smoothie, but oatmeal and eggs with veggies are other great options.

3. Chew your food - Chewing each bite of food helps us slow down and savor, not only the meal but also the moment! Take deep breaths and engage your senses - see, smell, hear whats going on and soak it all in.

Try one or all of these tips, and let me know how they work for you! I'd love to hear how you feel in the comments below!

Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up 2015

And it’s that time of year again - THANKSGIVING! aka my favorite holiday. Yes, I love the food, but, as I’ve mentioned before, I love the spirit of the holiday. I love my family’s tradition of spending quality time with each other - cooking together, going to the movies, and, yes, even shopping on Black Friday.

Often times people are surprised that I love Thanksgiving so much. “But Emily, you don’t even eat turkey!.” I’m very fortunate that turkey is only a small part (okay, maybe it’s a medium sized part) of my family’s meal - we really go crazy with the veggies and meat-free sides. There are some dishes we make year after year (roasted veggies, twice baked sweet potatoes, garlic string beans) but one of my favorite things is to find NEW and exciting dishes to try out each year.

Here’s what has caught my eye (and by that I mean my belly’s eye) this year:


Sides and Salads:

Roasted Beet, Baby Spinach and Toasted Quinoa Salad from The Full Helping

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Kale Caesar Salad from In My Bowl

The Best Corn Muffins from Nutrition Stripped

Shaved Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad with Lemon Maple Dressing from The Full Helping

Simple Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing from With Food and Love

Saweet! Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble from Oh She Glows **I made this last year and it was INSANE. If you like sweet potatoes (and really, WHO DOESN.T?) you’ve got to try this


Heartier Veggie Dishes and Mains:

White Bean and Portobello Stew from Keepin’ It Kind

Gatherer’s Pie from In My Bowl

Maple Tempeh with Herbed Quinoa from Nutrition Stripped

Sage and Apricot Nut Roast with Cranberry Sauce from Deliciously Ella

Cumin Roasted Cauliflower with Black Lentils from The Awesome Green



Vegan Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream from Tasty Plan

High Vibe Pumpkin Pie from Will Frolic for Food 

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from Minimalist Baker

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark from A Clean Bake

Pear Apple & Pistachio Crumble from Nutrition Stripped

Raw Vegan Pecan Pie from Food52


Breakfasts, Snacks and Other Seasonal Delights:

1-Bowl Vegan + Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread from Minimalist Baker

Vegan Pumpkin Cashew Pudding from The Full Helping

Apples and Oats Breakfast Smoothie from Lulu the Baker

5 Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl from Oh She Glows


What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish or tradition?