To our Family, Friends, and Community,
We would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Taking a break from talking about the benefits of Whole Naturals Castile Soap this week (but of course we need it for dishes duty) I would like to take the liberty of sharing our Thanksgiving menu, and some of our family's favorite recipes! (if you want the ones I didn't include, drop me a line!)
When our family chose a more sustainable, and vegan lifestyle, we knew that we would need to be creative about ensuring we enjoyed traditional foods, but kept to a plant-based menu. Colorful, tasty and easy to prepare were our priorities. Over the past few years, we've tweaked the recipes, but we make a Thanksgiving feast that flavorful!
Creamy spinach artichoke dip
Walnut Sage Stuffed Mushrooms
Simple Orange Soup
Super Simple Orange Soup
2 large sweet potatoes
1 large butternut squash
8 oz fresh pumpkin
1 tsp ginger
8 cups water
Salt to taste (I used 2 tbsp. kosher salt)
Optional: ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon
Cut the vegetables into chunks.
Place all ingredients in a strong-bottomed pot.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender (approximately 1 hour).
Remove cover of pot, and allow vegetables to cool for at least 1 hour.
Blend until smooth.
Roasted Acorn Squash Salad, Stuffing, Mushroom Wellington & Crispy Roasted Potatoes
1 large loaf whole-grain bread
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup white onions
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup celery
Salt & pepper
3 – 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
Cube the whole-grain bread and leave out to dry (you can speed up the process by putting it a 180 degree oven for 2 hours)
Sautee onions, garlic, and celery
Add vegetable broth to & celery mix to the bread
Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes!
Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon Baked Apples & Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream
Cinnamon Baked Apples
Sliced and peel your favorite crispy apples & place in a casserole dish
Add brown sugar for a warm and nutty flavor, and beautiful color
Tons of cinnamon!! it's a must!
Optional: Lemon juice (keeps the apples from turning brown)
Bake covered for 20 minutes at 350 - uncover for the last 5 minutes
On behalf of my entire family, may you be blessed with health, and may you be surrounded by people who always look out for your well-being. May your family and friends bless you every day with kind words and actions.