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How to have a Healthy, Plant-Filled Thanksgiving in 2019

How to have a Healthy, Plant-Filled Thanksgiving in 2019

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This year I’ve found a number of recipes you’ll love and that I can’t wait to try for my own personal vegan Thanksgiving (I’ll be with lots of family and I’m sure they’ll eat what I make, but no one else in my group will be skipping the turkey, which is fine). I don’t have to work on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so I’m not feeling much like keeping it simple! But if you are… see my previous plant-based Thanksgiving blogs at the bottom of this post.

In fact, I’ve found so many recipes I want to try, I’m going to have to save some of them for Shabbat when we’ll still have family in…IF we even need them…because we’ll have plenty of leftovers! The problem with making 12 different dishes for one meal is that everyone eats only one bite. So you have a huge platter of food, with only 1/8th of it missing after the meal!

I’ve had Nava Atlas’s Vegan Holiday Kitchen cookbook for a while now, and have made and enjoyed a number of recipes.


However, I don’t think I’ve really looked at it for Thanksgiving before. Here are the recipes I want to try:

Hot artichoke and white bean spread, pumpkin pie, sweet potato biscuits; polenta, sausage and mushroom stuffing; smashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. I’ll also make a sweet potato casserole (aka Maple Squash Pudding in my cookbook and the link below), plain sweet potatoes and a vegan Green Bean casserole.

Here is a simple healthier alternative to green bean casserole:

https://www.veggiessavetheday.com/sauteed-fresh-green-beans/

I’ll probably start with the above as a base, make more sauce using a mix of cornstarch and vegetable broth, and then top with french fried onions. I just can’t resist making a vegan green bean casserole!

Also, here is a resource for lots of plant-based Thanksgiving ideas https://www.livekindly.co/vegan-thanksgiving-guide/

Enjoy!

Previous Simple Healthy Thanksgiving posts and recipes

The Easiest Thanksgiving You’ll Ever Make! Recipes include: Shepherd’s Pie, maple squash pudding, cranberry sauce, easiest Pecan Pie recipe ever

Thanksgiving Made Easy (Vegan, Plant-Based) Recipes include: mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, sweet potatoes, green beans, vegan turkey

What to Eat for Dinner The Day Before Thanksgiving! Recipes include: Butternut Squash Coconut Chili, Goji Berry Cinnamon Smoothie, healthier corn bread

Thanksgiving (w/Kids) Made Easy! Recipes include artichoke bottoms, multi-colored fun with food, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, polenta with mushrooms and gravy, Brussels Sprouts with fresh cranberries and orange zest, baby apple pies

A Healthy, Vegan Thanksgivu​kkah Recipes include mushroom gravy, maple roasted Brussels sprouts with pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, Baby Pumpkin Salad

 

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I make fruits and vegetables come alive for kids and families; You can build a foundation of lifelong healthy habits and attitudes through my Fruit Funshops, Mama's Nights Out, Blog, and Books: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well – Simply and Sanely and its companion cookbook.