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!


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!




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



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


Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples



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 




Desert & Beverages

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts with a Sunflower Cookie Crust

Coconut Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie

Peppermint Mocha






Thanksgiving Leftovers Veggie Burger



Buffalo Cauliflower Buddha Bowls


Buffalo Cauliflower Buddha Bowls!

Buffalo Cauliflower
1 large head cauliflower, chopped bite size
1 cup almond flour *
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Savory Cashew Cream
2 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour (or pour boiled water over them and let sit 5-10 minutes)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
For the Bowls
4-5 cups cooked brown rice, quinoa or farro
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups fresh baby spinach

Instructions: HERE

How to Make Plant Milks, Super Easy, Super Nutritious & Super Delicious! Also How to make Death Wish Irish Coffee!!


How to Make Plant Milks, Super Easy, Super Nutritious & Super Delicious! Also How to make Death Wish Irish Coffee!!

Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin gluten-free vegan cookies made with Arbonne protein & fiber boost! YUM!!!! Only 15 min to make!
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

Gluten Free Bread

Recipe by Amy Fothergill, courtesy of The Warm Kitchen Cookbook
This is a tried and true recipe for a simple yet delicious gluten-free bread recipe. It can be made with regular milk or a milk substitute. I usually use almond or coconut as the substitute. If you need to make it egg-free, you can use a flax or chia seed substitute. However, I would add more yeast (3 teaspoons total) or add a 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder to the dry ingredients. Make sure to let it rest about 15 minutes before you slice it; otherwise it might fall apart. It can be left at room temperature for about 24-36 hours. After that, place in the fridge and reheat in a toaster.
If you find pockets of flour in the corners of your bread when it’s done baking, you can mix the dry and liquid ingredients in a bowl first, then add it to the breadmaker pan without the paddle.
To make this in loaf pans, first mix the dry and liquid ingredients in separate bowls. Then vigorously mix the two together in a large bowl with a spatula for about 2 minutes (you can also use a stand up mixer). Spray or grease 2 loaf pans and place bread dough in the two pans, dividing evenly. Let rise covered 30 minutes in a warm place. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let rest in pan 5 minutes. Remove and then let cool before slicing.
To get more recipes, visit thewebsite: www.amythefamilychef.com
The Warm Kitchen cookbook has more detailed information and over 150 recipes and 450 photos.
3 ¼ cups Amy’s gluten-free flour mix (see below or use something similar)
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (more or less depending upon your taste; less if you have regular salt)
2 1/4 teaspoons quick rise yeast (1 packet)
Optional: 1/8 teaspoon dry ground ginger (this helps the bread stay fresher; use if it you think the bread won’t be eaten in 3 days)
1 cup hot water (between 120-130F)
1/2 cup warm milk or milk substitute (you can use all water instead of milk)
2 eggs, beaten, at room temperature
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil like safflower
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
Tip: Measure the oil first and then the honey or agave so it does not stick to the measuring spoon.
  1. Mix flour (or flours), gum, salt, yeast and ginger in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place breadmaker pan in breadmaker with the blade/paddle. Add hot water and milk (or all water). In a small bowl, mix eggs, vinegar, oil, and honey or agave; add to bread maker bowl and combine with water.
  3. Carefully add flour mixture to the breadmaker, one cup at a time, so that the flour mixture does not spill.
  4. Turn breadmaker on. Use the Fast or Quick Bake setting for the quick-rise yeast, about 60 minutes. Gluten-free bread dough looks more like cake batter and it’s very sticky; that is normal. You may need to scrape the corners of the bowl while it’s mixing as the flour can accumulate there. Be careful to not move the paddle.
  5. When baking cycle is done, immediately remove hot bread from bowl/pan and place on a wire rack.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes. Carefully remove blade from bottom of the bread. Wait another 5-10 minutes before cutting.
Amy’s gluten-free flour mix
Mix the following and place in an air-tight container:
3 cups superfine brown rice flour
1 cup millet flour (or superfine white rice flour)
1 cup potato starch (not flour)
1 cup tapioca starch or flour
If you want a heartier bread, measure 2 3/4 cups of the above blend into a bowl and then add 1/2 cup sorghum flour to it; Use this for the 3 1/4 cups of gf flour needed in the recipe above.

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad


Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

I tweaked this recipe to make it more keto and vegan friendly. Great summer dish!


  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch Sea Salt and Pepper


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper


  • 1 lb chickpea pasta
  • 1/4 bunch Italian parsley


  1. Wash the zucchini, yellow squash, and red bell pepper. Remove the stems, then cut them into large slices or pieces (remove the seeds from the bell pepper. Slice the red onion into thick slices.
  2. Place the zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, red onion, and grape tomatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over top. Gently toss the vegetables until they are well coated in oil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over top. (Grape tomatoes are generally too small to place directly on a grill, so if using a grill just add the tomatoes to the salad fresh.)
  3. Grill the vegetables over an open flame until they are charred and tender. OR, adjust your oven’s top rack to be about 6 inches below the broiler unit and turn the broiler on to high. Place the baking sheet under the broiler and watch it closely until the vegetable become charred and tender (about 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven and distance from the broiler).
  4. Allow the vegetables to cool slightly after grilling or broiling. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil to cook the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and boil for 7-10 minutes, or just until the pasta is tender. Drain the pasta in a colander and allow it to cool slightly (until it’s no longer steaming).
  5. While the pasta is cooking and the vegetables are cooling, prepare the creamy balsamic vinaigrette. To a jar or bowl add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Whisk the ingredients together or close the jar and shake until combined.**
  6. Once the vegetables are cool enough to handle, chop them into smaller, 1-inch pieces. Roughly chop the parsley leaves.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chopped vegetables, and parsley. Pour the vinaigrette over top, starting with half and adding more to your liking. Gently stir the pasta and vegetables until everything is coated in dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.


Adapted Recipe From: Budget Bytes

Summertime Grilled Veggie Marinades

Summer 🌞
Beaches, picnics, vacations, swimming, baseball, sunshiny days, warm balmy nights and, grilling out doors!
Hubby and I are planning one of our firsts. Our first grill! As apartment dwellers we’ve seen a lot of restrictions on grills and just no grills allowed at most places. But where we are now we can have a grill, finally!
Veggies straight off an outdoor
grill is my favorite way to eat them other than raw. Can’t wait to use these on the grill outside instead of toaster oven, inside!!
  • Eggplant with coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and garlic
  • Zucchini with grapeseed oil, lemon juice, and basil
  • Summer squash with avocado oil, lime juice, and mint
  • Green beans with equal parts sesame oil and grapeseed oil, Chinese black vinegar, ginger, and orange zest
  • Corn on the cob with avocado oil, lime juice, and chile pepper
  • Sweet bell peppers/zucchini with avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, minced onion, fresh basil, minced garlic, sea salt, pepper
  • Eggplant/pattypan squash with avocado oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic clove/grated, sea salt, red chili flakes, fresh mint minced, fresh oregano minced
  • Sweet bell
  • ll peppers with grapeseed oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning, sea salt, pepper
  • Summer squash/carrots/asparagus with pomegranate balsamic vinegar, honey, sea salt, pepper, coconut oil, chopped fresh sage, chopped parsley


Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Protein Puddings

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Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Protein Pudding (Cinnamon)
1/4 C. oats (not steel-cut)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 scoop Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder (or your favorite protein of choice)
2/3 C. Almond or Coconut milk
1 tsp. cinnamon

Pour ingredients into an 8-ounce jar and seal the lid. Shake vigorously, until ingredients are well-combined. Store in refrigerator overnight to chill






Oatmeal Chia Breakfast Protein Pudding (Chocolate Peanut Butter)
1/4 C. oats (not steel-cut)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 scoop Arbonne Chocolate Protein Powder
2/3 C. almond, cashew or coconut milk
2 tsp. powdered peanut butter

Pour ingredients into an 8-ounce jar and seal the lid. Shake vigorously, until ingredients are well-combined. Store in refrigerator overnight to chill

Pledge To Go Veg! Veg Week 2017!

veg week

Join me and pledge to go veg for a week (at least)!

For more info and to sign up (it’s free), just Pledge To Go Veg!

From Esther’s Kitchen – Esther’s Cheezeburger Tortilla Pizza

Esther’s Cheezeburger Tortilla Pizza
Cuisine: Esther approved, GF option if using GF tortillas
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 -8″ pizzas
Author: Chef Linda
8 (8″) flour tortillas, forked to remove air pockets
Blush Sauce Ingredients
1 (14.5 oz) can organic diced tomatoes
1 Tablespoon ketchup
2 Tablespoons egg-free mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Topping Ingredients
1-(13.7 oz) package gardein-the ultimate beefless ground, defrosted and divided into 1 cup portions for each pizza
1-1/2 cups Daiya mozzarella style shreds
1-1/2 cups Daiya cheddar style shreds
(4) 1/4″ red onion slices, divided
(4) 1/4 cups diced pickles, divided
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced, divided
2 cups chopped lettuce, divided

Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray 4 pizza pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
1. Lay the 8 tortillas on your workspace. Use a fork and pierce random areas onto each tortilla. This will prevent the tortillas from expanding during baking. Lay one tortilla on each pizza pan.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Daiya mozzarella and cheddar style shreds. Spread 1/4 cup Daiya cheese mixture onto each tortilla. Place the other tortillas on top of each cheese covered tortilla. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
2. Add the sauce ingredients to a small bowl. Stir until combined. Spread 1/2 cup sauce onto each pizza leaving about 1/4″ of sauce from the tortilla edge. Spread 1/2 cup Daiya cheese onto the sauce.
3. Place the beefless ground, red onion and tomatoes on the cheese layer.
4. Bake the pizzas for 10-12 minutes at 425F.
5. Remove the pizzas from the oven. Place the pickles and lettuce on the pizzas. Slice and serve. Add additional salt and pepper to taste

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