Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu

In years past, I would start planning for Thanksgiving weeks ahead of the holiday. I would plan my menu, my shop days and when each recipe would be started and finished. I even planned what dishes I would need so that I would make sure to have everything ready. I wrote a rather long post about it years ago.

Thanksgiving Planning

I’d like to say I’m much more laid back now but that isn’t really the case. You see, I make the same recipes every year. A few years ago I wrote the Healthy Holiday Meal Plan and Cookbook and shared all my recipes and tips. Now I just follow the plan, adapting it each year based on our plans and what we will bring to dinner.

We usually start cooking a few days ahead of time. Some years we start cooking on Monday but this year it will be Tuesday or Wednesday. We are getting together with a few other families and everyone is bringing a few dishes. I’m bringing my Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, a few desserts and drinks.

Dividing up the cooking makes it so much easier. I still remember when I used to cook EVERYTHING for Thanksgiving and wear my self out. This year I’ll make a few dishes, enjoy spending time with family and friends, then relax (and prep for Gilmore Girls).

Whether you are making a dish or two or taking on the whole meal by yourself I have a meal plan that will help. My Healthy Holiday Meal Plan and Cookbook makes planning for Thanksgiving much easier.

A Healthy Holiday Meal Plan and Cook Book contains 20 plant-based recipes that are also gluten-free and allergy-friendly. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans during the holidays.

The Healthy Holiday Meal Plan & Cookbook

The Healthy Holiday Meal Plan & Cookbook contains 20 plant-based recipes that are meat, dairy, and gluten-free! The top 6* recipes also come with a detailed shopping list and your choice of 3 different planning guides that show you how to prepare the top 6 recipes ahead of time (or all on the same day) and have your food on the table as efficiently as possible.

Recipes include:

  • Thanksgiving Sage Dressing*
  • Gluten-Free Cornbread for Dressing
  • Perfectly Whipped Mashed Potatoes*
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with optional Pecan Glaze*
  • Thanksgiving Mushroom Gravy*
  • Green Bean Casserole*
  • Creamy Crustless Pumpkin Pie*
  • Dry Veggie Broth Mix
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Holiday Lentil Loaf
  • Cheezy Potatoes (Vegan Scalloped Potatoes)
  • Faux Cheese Sauce
  • Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad with Oil-Free Cranberry Dressing
  • Oil-Free Cranberry Salad Dressing
  • Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
  • Veggie Pot Pie (this recipe contains gluten but can be made GF using the GF Pie Crust Recipe)
  • Recipe for Easy All Purpose Sauce for Veggie Pot Pie
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Maple Glazed Carrots
  • Gluten-Free Pie Crust
  • Apple Pie
  • Creamy Apple Pie Bars

Order your PDF download of A Healthy Holiday Meal Plan & Cookbook for only $4.99. This is also available on at Amazon on Kindle. Please note that the PDF and Amazon versions have different covers but the content inside is the same. If you’ve used the Healthy Holiday Meal Plan and Cookbook please consider leaving a review on Amazon. You’re honest review will help other people make an informed purchase. 

If you have any Thanksgiving meal prep plans feel free to send them my way. I’ll be watching for emails with Thanksgiving in the subject line. I try to make myself available for those last minute questions on Thanksgiving Day too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Easy Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday. Will you be showering you mom with gifts or really good food?

I never plan a big Mother’s Day celebration because I don’t want to spend the day working to “celebrate” me. Of course, a girl has to eat and restaurants are always busy on Mother’s Day. Might as well enjoy good food (and some gifts).

I’m a big fan of Mother’s Day brunch. I love breakfast foods and I don’t always take the time to make them.

Easy ideas for a plant-based (vegan) Mother's Day Brunch.

Easy Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Since it is Mother’s Day I’m going to give you ideas for EASY brunch ideas. First, I have a tip for you. Every brunch seems better if you have a big, pretty bowl of fruit. This time of year I love strawberries, cantaloupe, cuties (because they separate so easy), grapes, blueberries and anything else that strikes your fancy.

Muffins and Sweet Breads

Start with some easy muffins or sweet breads. Choose one or two recipes depending on how much you need. These can be made the day before. I prefer:

Oatmeal Bar or Pancakes

Make a big pot of oatmeal and have an assortment of fruit, seeds and nuts to mix in. I love making Steel Cut Oats in my Instant Pot. You can prepare everything the day before and then easily make the oatmeal right before brunch.

If oatmeal is more of an everyday food instead of a “special” food have pancakes instead. You can use many of the same toppings or if you want a decadent option add Enjoy Life chocolate chips. We have a big electric griddle that makes cooking a bunch of pancakes really easy.

Savory

Everything can’t be sweet. I love having Breakfast Tacos or Breakfast Hash. You can make them mild or with a little kick. Sometimes I’ll do a tofu scramble when I’m out of tortillas. Usually the tacos win.

Serve with coffee and you have a Mother’s Day brunch that dreams are made of, especially if I don’t have to do the dishes.

Of course, gifts are always a nice touch!

Instant Pot

Today you can get a great deal on the Instant Pot at Amazon. This is a great starter model and it’s a screaming deal. You should get one for all of the mom’s in your life. But really, my husband loves cooking in our Instant Pot so really anyone who needs a gift would love it.

Vegan Baking

There is only a few days left sign up for the Healthy Vegan Baking eCourse. Lucie did an amazing job creating this course that will tell you everything you need to know about healthy plant-based (and allergy-friendly) baking. After this weekend enrollment closes so sign up! It makes a great Mother’s Day gift.

If you are looking for something more personal you can always write your mom (or wife) a letter or clean the house, acts of service are sweet gifts. Of course, a Fitbit isn’t bad either.

Easy ideas for a plant-based (vegan) Mother's Day Brunch.

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Chocolate Hearts

I don’t really get into holiday decorating or crafts, but I love holiday food. Valentine’s day is all about the chocolate. At least my Facebook feed is all about chocolate.

When you avoid dairy, holidays like Valentine’s Day can become a little more difficult. I stress the word little because there are great products that make it easier.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Hearts that are top 8 free. [Read more…]

Plant-Based Recipes for Game Day

I don’t care about football. I’ll admit it. I do care about food and friends and that is the important part of game day and the Super Bowl for me. Plant-Based recipes for game day is a must because I spend all my time chatting by the food.

I try to have a nice mix of healthy and not-so-healthy. I’m not talking complete junk but I’m not eating salad. I like to divide my favorite party snacks into two categories: sweet and savory.

I hope this list of recipes inspires your Super Bowl menu!

Sweet Plant-Based Recipes

Gluten-Free, vegan brownie

I love Brownies and these are perfect for any occasion.

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Chocolate Fruit Dip made from So Delicious yogurt is perfect for dipping fruit.

Chocolate No Bake Bites

Chocolate No-bake Bites are very addictive. You’ve been warned.

Savory Plant-Based Recipes

Jalapeno Hummus is plant-based and oil-free recipe will win over any critic.

Jalapeno Hummus is perfect for dipping veggies but chips are great too. See my other dips, I especially love the Spinach Artichoke Dip.

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Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms are a healthier version of pizza. You can eat all of them guilt-free, but sharing is nice too.

Chickpea Nuggets are vegan, gluten-free, and a fun kid food. They are easy to make and delicious.

Chickpea Nuggets are a fun finger food and you can also put them on slide buns.

BBQ Cauliflower Bites

It may be my barbecue sauce addition talking but we can’t forget BBQ Cauliflower Bites.

Whatever you end up eating on game day (and no matter who wins) remember the important part is having fun with friends.

Last Minute Party Food

It’s New Year’s Eve! It’s also my birthday. Happy Birthday to me!

My kids are running around excited about eating cake for dinner, so not going to happen. One insists I need a Spider Man cake, the other a Star Wars cake. My 7 year old said it should be half and half. I asked, “Do you think your mommy wants a Spider Man Star Wars cake.” He said, “yes, that is perfect, then you can think of both of your sons.” And that my friends is motherhood in a nut shell.

Last Minute Party Foods

New Year’s Eve

Since it is New Year’s Eve and I’m no where close to prepared I wanted to share some last minute food ideas.

My ideal party food is appetizers and desserts. I like fun dips and finger foods. Take a little time in the grocery store then whip up this spread in about half an hour. [Read more…]

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