Monday, November 21, 2011
Thanksgiving Round Up
Food is clearly one of the best parts of the holidays and is essential to any festive feast! Whether you are completely vegan, serving vegan guests, or just looking for some veggie-friendly items to add to your table this holiday season, this collection of recipes has something that everyone can enjoy.
Start the meal off right with a fresh salad. In the mood for cranberries? Try this colorful winter salad with fresh cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and clementines. Craving pears instead? Then this spinach and kale salad with pear vinaigrette is the one for you. Too chilly for a salad? Warm up with a bowl of acorn squash apple soup to get in the holiday mood!
Onto the stuffing! Vegan? Gluten-free? Soy-free? No problem! This quinoa pecan stuffing will be sure to please all of your guests and is a much heatlhier option compared to traditional bread stuffing. Not a fan of stuffing? Then it's all about the braised pears with quinoa and butternut squash. Hearty, protein-rich quinoa topped off with pears and a sweet, gingery sauce. I'm in!
Don't forget to round out your table with some braised leeks, roasted cauliflower with rosemary and garlic, or sauteed fennel with roasted garlic and thyme. Eating your veggies won't be a chore when they taste this delicious!
But no holiday meal would be complete without some truffled mashed potatoes topped with a mushroom gravy. And how about the main dish? Lentil loaf, of course! Who needs Tofurkey this year?!
Just remember to save some room for dessert. Be bold this year by throwing out the traditional pumpkin pie and serving up healthy pumpkin spice smoothies instead! Or, this warm apple crisp topped with your favorite ice cream (Coconut Bliss is always my pick). Cheers!