In the past week, in preparation for the holiday festivities coming up between Thursday and the next month, I have been glued to my computer checking out a bunch of different blogs and Pinterest boards trying to find the most mouthwatering recipes. Usually my mom always prepares the best food that caters to my love for healthy foods and tries to mix up the menu each year. Growing up we never had super creamy green bean casseroles or marshmallow covered sweet potatoes so I never had any attachment and longing for these dishes. However, a few years back when I wasn’t even into the whole sweet potato scene, my aunt made roasted rosemary sweet potatoes and every year that’s the one dish that continuously returns.
The great thing about Thanksgiving with my mom is that she tries to stray away from the same items every year. This year instead of making a pumpkin pie, why not make some oven baked apples with an oat crumble topping or a healthified sweet potato pie?! The limits do not exist on Thanksgiving that’s why you need to spice it up a bit.
If you don’t follow me on Pinterest, you need to! I have found some of the best vegan/gluten-free recipes within the past few weeks and lately have been pinning A TON of yummy seasonal eats. Today I decided to pick 10 of my recent favorites that I will either be making on Thanksgiving, sometime soon after or for Christmas. Heck, I might even make them in the summer because why not!?
As a huge sweet potato fan, I can surprisingly get tired of the usual baked and sea salted wedges done the same way. These contain optional gingerbread cookie crumbles, pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and if you’re feeling sweet, opt for brown sugar (or maple syrup). These also contain pears… not your typical mash. This recipe will definitely be happening for Christmas.
Herbs, cranberries, vegan AND gluten-free? Get in my belly! I love how bloggers whip up stuffing recipes that don’t include bread. You can easily get stuffed on wild rice and quinoa. Trust me, I’ve been there. This dish is perfect for those veg-heads on Thanksgiving looking for a main course supplied with protein. I also just discovered Kitchen Treaty and am drooling over all of the recipes. I love bloggers that create veg-friendly meals that meat-eaters can love as well, especially coming from a family in love with all things meaty.
I got one look of this cake off of Pinterest and said “Ooh! Ahh!” As the title suggest, Minimalist Baker offers up fabulous looking vegan dishes with minimal ingredients. I’ve only made her black bean brownies to date but everything she posts knocks my socks off. The cheesecake part in this recipe is made out of coconut oil, maple syrup, pumpkin and silken tofu. Creeeeamy deliciousness. I can’t wait to try this one!
Of course I had to include a recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Oh My Veggies. This recipe is pretty simple, a total fall favorite and includes 4 ingredients so you really don’t have an excuse to not make it. Find organic and pure apple cider, coconut or olive oil with some diced sweet taters and you’re set all in 40 minutes. Kiersten, the founder of Oh My Veggies, has a ton of vegetarian and vegan recipes to recipe round-ups and how-to’s. I can spend a good hour on her site every time I’m on it.
When I first started my love of food blogging and finding recipes, I stumbled across Love and Lemons. Not only is Jeanine’s website is visually gorgeous, her recipes don’t disappoint. This stuffing would be a perfect pair to any Turkey Day in my opinion. Mushrooms, onions, celery and veggie stock – all combining for a perfectly light stuffing.
When you wake up Thanksgiving morning (or the days after) you’ll need a pick me up and in my opinion, pumpkin season is not over until mid-December. Actually scratch that… I’m never over pumpkin season. I’ve been wanting to try these bad boys for the longest time. The ingredient list is so simple, so recognizable and SO wholesome. Whole wheat pastry flour is added but regular whole wheat flour works too. Sooo why not start your holiday with a whole wheat pumpkin muffin? I know I wanna.
Nutrition Stripped continuously wowzes me via Instagram and social media. How does one make their food so visually appealing? I have yet to discover the secret but maybe this soup will help. Beautiful, bright, filling and creamy. And dairy-free. What I want at all times of the holiday season. This soup has dates and apples for extra sweetness. YUM.
Another delicious recipe for your Thanksgiving Day breakfast could be this crunchy and lightly sweetened pumpkin granola. Granted I pretty much live and thrive off of Purely Elizabeth granola and that granola only, I need to start making my own! It’s time. This recipe is the perfect time to start. Brown sugar is used but coconut sugar could easily be swapped.
Instead of having a pumpkin pie with a pre-made pie crust packed with artificial ingredients like corn syrup and processed sugar, why not make your own with coconut sugar, ground pumpkin seeds and an egg white? With a filling that contains 0 cream and a LOTTA pumpkin, this looks like it could be deceivingly gross to one who isn’t paleo or dairy-free but come on guys… check it OUT!
One of my new favorite recipes, one of my best friends and I made this a few weeks ago for a family dinner party and it was a hit. The pumpkin seeds and cinnamon pull the fall flavors together while the caramelized onions add a unique sweetened flavor. We brought a whole platter to this party and I’m pretty sure I ate 70% of it before anyone else noticed they were there. Not even sorry about it.
Now go enjoy all of these pumpkin filled and Turkey Day (minus the turkey) recipes.