Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More Thanksgiving Ideas

You can never have too many recipes or ideas for holiday feasting!  Whether you are here looking for an entire Thanksgiving Day menu, a new gluten/dairy free recipe, or a few new ways to eat veggies this post should help. 

I have actually had the menu for this year planned since July.  I get a tad excited about such things and tend to plan months ahead of time.  Sometimes I stick to the menu and sometimes I change my mind entirely.  This year, I added a few things to the original plan and only changed some minor things. 

Our Thanksgiving 2011 menu:

Artichoke Dip plus Gluten Free French Bread

Massaged Kale Salad  There are a thousand different ways to make this salad!  It's so good!

Cauliflower Mash  We're nixing the mushrooms this year and only doing the cauliflower.  The mushrooms were really good though, you should try them!

Green Beans and Potatoes per my husband's request!  ~I don't really have a recipe for this one.  I just cube some potatoes, add them to a pot of green beans, a little sea salt, some garlic and try not to cook the nutrients out of them! ;-)

Stuffed Pumpkin from The Gluten Free Vegan.  This recipe has lots of vegetables, brown/wild rice and nuts.  It's the star of the show!

We will also be having a separate 'stuffing' that my husband requested.  I just make some wild/brown rice, add some toasted pine nuts, cranberries or raisins, garlic, sea salt and a bit of vegetable broth.  Delicious!

We also have three fantastic desserts we'll be making ~and eating!  We are spending the day at our home and going to my mother-in-law's house in the evening.  I am contributing our desserts to the feast. 

Raw Chocolate Tart (This is so delicious, I can't wait to eat it again!)
Yeah, that was good stuff!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream!!!!  These are the BEST cupcakes in the world! 

Adding frosting to the just baked cupcakes!  Soooo good!

Yesterday's post contained lots of yummy recipes and links to savory foods.  Today, I will leave you with more dessert recipes!  It seems that people often find dessert the most difficult to make dairy or gluten free so here are some ideas for you!

Hazelnut Shortcakes ~The recipe is for Strawberry Shortcake but you could use any fruit.  We made it more fall-like with blackberries and dark cherries.  Delicious!

Coconut Whipped Cream to top your pies and shortcakes!

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls  Make these, they are for real!  Just sub g-free flour for spelt.

Gluten Free Vegan Carrot Cake  ~This is a great recipe and it's delicious!

Chocolate Apples ~These are so festive!

Happy Baking!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Raw Thanksgiving

Well, hello!  It has been some time since my last post.  Blogging has been pretty low on my list of priorities.  I don't know how these other blogging moms do it, I'm not that good!  I just could not keep things running around here and blog regularly.  So, I decided to hang it up for a while and return as I could.  Today, I could! ;-) 

(Can't imagine what would be keeping me beautiful kids at a pumpkin patch!)

I know a lot of people who are trying to eat healthier or changing their diets due to allergies/food intolerances.  This can be a very daunting task!  It is especially difficult in the beginning and having a holiday devoted entirely to giving thanks over a whole bunch of food does not make it easier.  It was important to me to do this post, and the others that will be coming later this week, because I want people to know they have options.  Tasty options!  You don't have to be gluten free, dairy free or vegan to enjoy these recipes!  They are delicious no matter what your diet looks like!  However if you do happen to need dairy or gluten free recipes in order to keep yourself or someone you love from the terrible effects of food allergies, here are some great ideas to get you started!  Happy Thanksgiving planning!

Last year was my first adventure with a vegan holiday.  We were not yet gluten free but we were dairy free and we don't eat meat.  We ate a mostly raw diet but still had a lot of cooked foods and, being the person I am, I wanted to show Thanksgiving what was up!  ;-)  It is really important to me that our kids grow up knowing that they aren't missing anything by eating this way.  Instead of ogling somebody else's Krispy Kreme donut I want others to ogle their pumpkin cupcakes with spiced buttercream!  I realize that is not necessarily the right attitude but I am exhausted with people always pitying my children and their inability to digest such nonsense food as commercial deep dish pizza or Hostess cakes!  We eat marvelous, tasty, delicious, REAL food and the only thing missing.......unhealthy kids!  It is especially important to me to prove this point on holidays where food is the main event!  So, Thanksgiving 2010 was my first raw food marathon!  I decided to go for the gold, everything we ate was raw!  Keep in mind, I had a newborn, a 20 month old daughter and I was terribly ill from not yet discovering we have Celiac Disease.  If I could do it, you can too! ;-) 

This was our beautiful Thanksgiving spread last year!

Marinated Mushrooms and Cauliflower Mash  ~This was our main event just make sure you use gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos if you are avoiding soy.

Butternut Coconut Soup from The Raw Food Detox Diet

Sweet Potato Casserole ~This was really, really good but I feel like sweet potatoes are one of those foods that increase in nutrients and become easier to digest once cooked.  If you want a healthier version of your usual sweet potato casserole, use this one but bake and mash the sweet potatoes first!

Carrot Cake with Cashew Creme Frosting from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen.

If you are brainstorming to make your Thanksgiving healthier, dairy free or gluten free, I hope this post was helpful!  Here are a few more blogs with lots more recipes for you to browse!  Have fun!

Gluten Free Goddess Thanksgiving recipes 2011  (these are all dairy free or can be made dairy free also)

Oh She Glows holiday tips  (these are not all gluten free but they are vegan)

Choosing Raw's Carrot Cake Smoothie (delish!!!)  This was our Thanksgiving breakfast last year!  I added spirulina for additional health benefits. 

See you tomorrow with more Thanksgiving recipes!