A Kinder Thanksgiving

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This year we’re headed to family for our Thanksgiving feast. My part of the cooking duties is desert, not pies though. My Mother-In-Law is the amazing pie maker of the family!  So I’ve been scouring the web seeking out recipes because at the moment I’m not taking the time to whip up my own and give a test run or two. So I thought I’d share some fabulous vegetarian and vegan recipes that I’ve stumbled across in hopes you may be inspired to try something different and make a new tradition of a kinder, gentler holiday! Enjoy browsing the recipes and let me know if you tried one or two and how it turned out! 

Here are my picks for my part of the holiday feast baking!

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Arbonne Truffles (No Bake)

Mix 3 cups of oats, 2 1/4 cups Arbonne Protein Mix, 2 cups Almond butter, and 1 3/4 cup honey or agave (low glycemic). After mixing ingredients, roll into 1″ balls. Microwave Wilton’s Candy Melts (try 1/3 of a bag) at 30 second intervals. With a fork dip each ball into the chocolate and tap off excess. Sprinkle with topping!

Gluten-Free Chai Latte Cupcakes

Keep scrolling for more delicious recipe ideas!

 

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Main Courses

Pumpkin Pot Pie

Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Balsamic Sage Brown Butter

Whole Roasted Stuffed Delicata Squash

Warm Autumn Tart

Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps

Pumpkin Chili

Classic Nut Loaf

Kale And Ricotta Stuffed Shells With Butternut Squash Sauce

Hefty enough for a main course – Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale & Farro Salad

Mini Pumpkin & White Bean Pot Pies

Vegan Thanksgiving Torte

Roasted Squash with Shallots, Grapes & Sage

 

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Sides & Soups

Baked Acorn Squash With Walnuts And Cranberries

Quinoa “Stuffing”

Simple Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Pumpkin salad With Walnuts

Roasted Green Beans With Lemon and Walnuts

Smokey Butternut Mac & Cheese

Gravy

Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples

 

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Breads & Appetizers

Cauliflower Garlic Bread

Herb & Cheese Drop Biscuits

Cloud Bread With Garlic and Cheese

Rosemary Cloud Bread

Savory Sweet Potato Bruschetta

Cannellini Bean Dip On Cucumber Chips

Healthier Homemade Biscuits 

 

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Desert & Beverages

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts with a Sunflower Cookie Crust

Coconut Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie

Peppermint Mocha

 

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Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers Veggie Burger

 

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Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

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Pumpkin gluten-free vegan cookies made with Arbonne protein & fiber boost! YUM!!!! Only 15 min to make!
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Simple:
8 scoops of yummy Arbonne protein
2-scoops of Arbonne Fiber boost
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1- tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1-can organic pumpkin
Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees

Garden State Of Mind

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I’m back from my Thanksgiving getaway to my In-Laws in New Jersey! I hear so many people talking about their bad relationships with their husbands family and I have to tell ya, I’m blessed in that department. My husband’s family makes my heart smile. You know that warm fuzzy hot cocoa, soft blanket & great book kind of warm and fuzzy. They feel like home 💗

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They came in to town and our plans had us leaving the next day for New Jersey. Yep, 369 miles to get me, and that was just one way. We went to dinner at Cheeseburger In Paradise, one of my favorite places. And it’s all because of pickles! They have the best fried pickle chips ever and they are served with a delicious sauce! They put a new drink on the menu, Spiced Berry Sangria and I’m not much of a drinker, but this was seasonal and very very tasty. Nice for a family toast!  I highly recommend this restaurant. It’s a beachy themed sports bar/restaurant atmosphere. The food is reasonably priced and service is always great.

This wasn’t a touristy trip at all. It was filled with family, great food, a fun event and a fabulous movie! We spend a lot of time in the car. My brother-in-law and sis-in-law and their kids live about a half hour to 45 minutes away from my In-Laws house and we went out that way twice. But the drives were nice. The weather was chilled but sunny for the most part and autumn was full bloom. Took some pictures from the car…

I love New Jersey. It’s rich in culture and heritage. Diner’s are still all the rage in Jersey and that is most excellent. The diner is to Jersey what a coffee shop is to Seattle. It’s where you go to eat a meal, have coffee or two, or three and just have conversation. Diners have regulars, so if you are one, you likely know many of the faces you see when you come in. It gives a community feel to the neighborhood. In a world where many neighbors don’t know your face, in Jersey diner patrons see each other and greet each other. Add to that, all the trees, the hilly terrain, brick houses and of course the hues of autumn were gorgeous with the blue sky and sunshine as the backdrop.

 

 
Fantastic_Beasts_and_where_to_find_them_logo.pngWe went to see a movie that I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to see!! I’m a big Potterhead and was so excited that we were going to see Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them!! I’d been reading the reviews and some were mixed. I think it came down to people expecting it to be the same as the first in the series. But how could it be. It was a different time, different cast, different mood. The book itself is a different mood departure from the what the films were based on. This is by far my favorite of the series. And as my husband said, Newt Scamander is my spirit animal. If I went to Hogwarts, I am very Luna Lovegood. But closer even than that to my personality is Newt Scamander. He is the animal rights activist of the wizarding world. And Eddie Redmayne was brilliant in the role. The supporting cast was pretty darn awesome too. I love love loved this movie!!! newt-scamander After the movie we went out to dinner at Houlihan’s . Good dinner, wanted cappuccino’s but they were out, settled for coffee then some much needed sleeps, the next two days are a lot of driving and busy busy busy….

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Day began like usual. It was a tradition in my family and in Keith’s to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. There’s something wonderful to be said for traditions in families. Traditions make life just a little warmer and memories that much more special. So in my fuzzy slippers and with a cup of coffee I sat and watched the parade surrounded by all the memories of days gone by in that cozy home where my hubby grew up. And although my hubby couldn’t be there because of work blah blah blah, this was the next best thing.

 

Then it was off to dinner!! It’s a tradition that my sis-in-law & bro-in-law do Thanksgiving. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. They have a feast of deliciousness. And Tori’s family joins us and so good food and good company is the blessing of the day! But, I have to admit I spent most of the day with our nephew and niece 💗 They kept stealing me away to play, which was by far the BEST part of the whole trip! They are at the age that the distance and time between us doesn’t make them forget bonds that were formed. Keith and I have lived away from all our nieces and nephews and it can be hard to form good bonds. It’s something we’ve learned that is a really important thing to focus on. If quantity of time is unrealistic, then quality of time must be foremost.

So we all at well and enjoyed the day. I was missing my hubby and missing Ippo (our dog that passed away in September) and of course our kitties. But being around family makes the missing pieces feel not as distant.

The next day we headed back out that way again for Hugs For Brady Holiday Light Show at DeVry University. It was their first year and it was for a good cause! They had a lot of activities that kept the kids happy and having fun. It felt like a carnival without the rides. But they had a bounce house/slide and face painting along with other activities that kept them amused and us entertained watching them have fun. The lights were beautiful once the sun set. And at the end there was a light show we sat down for. That, they have some kinks to work out. It was a great way to spend my last evening in town though. Surrounded by family and enjoying an event that helps kids.

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I’m sad my hubby had to work but it was nice having his family all to myself for once. Living too far away for frequent long trips back to our hometowns and families we have to take advantage of all the moments we can. And usually I let my hubby monopolize his families time because he doesn’t get to see them as often as he’d like, but this time they were all mine. And to them….

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National Eat A Cranberry Day

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Cranberry Antioxidant Punch

Makes approximately six drinks

2 cups fresh cranberries

6 to 8 pears, medium size

1 cup quince simple syrup — make ahead, recipe below

Feed cranberries and whole pears into a juice machine. Double strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the cranberry seeds. In a pitcher, mix the pear and cranberry juice with the quince simple syrup.  To serve, pour over ice and garnish with fresh cranberries.

Recipe By: Gina Chersevani

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Cranberry Relish

Ingredients
3 cups (12 oz bag) cranberries
2 apples, cored
1 orange
¼ of orange peel
½ cup coconut sugar, brown sugar or other equivalent sweetener

Instructions
Combine first 4 ingredients into food processor and chop. Mix in sugar. Let stand in refrigerator for several hours. Makes 7 servings

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Nut Roast

Ingredients
3 oz dried cranberries
3/4 cup hot water
8 oz cashews, toasted and chopped fine
6 oz breadcrumbs
2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onions, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely shredded
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 small mild or hot red chilies, finely chopped
3 oz flour
A little under 1 cup vegetable stock or broth

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease and line a 2lb loaf pan. Put the cranberries into a cup and add the hot water, set aside to soak. Mix the breadcrumbs, nuts and rosemary in a bowl and set aside. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan or pot. Add the onions, carrot and saute for several minutes until tender. Add the crushed garlic and chopped chilies and continue to saute for a couple more minutes until the garlic releases it’s aroma.
Take off the heat and stir in the flour. Then pour the hot stock into the pan and stir well to form a sticky paste. Strain the cranberries and stir them into the bowl containing the cashew and breadcrumb mixture. Then tip the cashew, breadcrumb and cranberry mixture into the pan. Mix well so that everything is thoroughly combined. Pack the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Smooth down the top with the back of a water dipped metal spoon.
Bake for around forty-five minutes to one hour, or until firm and an inserted knife comes out clean. NOTE: Once baked, let loaf sit in the pan for about half an hour before serving so it will firm up.

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Baked Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

For someone who loves and uses sweet potatoes as much as I do, I have been seriously neglecting some of the other delicious fall/winter root vegetables. For example- the acorn squash. (Where is the…

Recipe @ A Rented Kitchen

The Great Stuffed Pumpkin

This stuffed pumpkin recipe is a dramatic side dish or vegetarian main course that will command center stage on your table.

Recipe@ the view from great island

Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes

 

This recipe reminds me of days gone by and Thanksgiving mornings with a chill in the air where can almost just feel frost coming in. This recipe will be a regular in our home!

 

 

Gingerbread pancakes made with pumpkin puree, whole grain oats, and molasses. Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free! Well, hello there! Long time, no talk. I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. Mine turned out better than I could’ve hoped for. We took a couple of days to go sightseeing with our family that was …

Recipe: Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes

Raw & Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

From: Fully Raw

 

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Pumpkin Pot Pie

From:

Earthy Feast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beth’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast From: Kin Community

 

For Written Ingredients & Instructions Click Here 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto  

From:

Cookie + Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings 

From:

Rikki Snyder

 

 

 

 

 

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A Thanksgiving feast for vegetarians and omnivores alike

 

Pumpkin Gingerbread Pie

Easy and Cruelty Free Pie From Making Thyme For Health , Sarah’s recipes are nothing short of amazing!

Vegan Pumpkin Gingerbread Pie- a simple recipe for ginger-spiced pumpkin pie that’s made in a blender and cooked in a gingersnap crust …

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This coming week….

Look at those trees, autumn is in full swing here in Virginia and it’s beautiful! The weather is just warm enough for short sleeves on a run, but with a chill in the air that reminds you Thanksgiving is around the corner.

I’m not big on celebrating the holiday for it’s historical reasoning. Somehow celebrating the day we massacred the indigenous peoples of this land just isn’t right. So instead, in my heart I celebrate the people who’s land this was. I honor their memory.

I won’t be around much this next week so I’m not sure how much blog reading I’ll get to. I have some posts set up to post when I’m busy with family and seasonal festivities 🍂 Hoping we catch a showing of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“!! I’ve heard some great reviews and a few who just didn’t get the same vibe as the Harry Potter movies past. But I wouldn’t expect it to. It’s a different day and time and all new people.

Nice little run/walk/run this afternoon. I love Galloway Training!! It allows you to train at your pace without pressure. You run when you want, walk when you want. There are recommended ratio’s but you can alter them to fit your needs. Gotta remember to get the miles in, even with all the holiday happenings!

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Is in my very near future!!

Apple Cider Slushies
3 c. apple cider
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
Pour cider, lemon juice and cinnamon in a loaf pan, whisking to combine. Freeze for 45 minutes.
Remove the cider mixture from the freezer and use a fork to scrape the slush-like mixture, so it doesn’t turn into a giant ice cube. Once fully scraped and stirred, return it to the freezer for another 45 minutes.
Remove the cider mixture from the freezer once again, using a fork to scrape and stir it into a slush-like consistency. The consistency should be like shaved ice. If it’s not frozen enough for your tastes, pop it back in the freezer for another 45 minutes. Otherwise, spoon into glasses and serve.

Recipe Source: Delish  Video Source: Country Living Magazine