It was wonderful having the family home for the Thanksgiving holiday. We planned our meals for the entire weekend around some absolutely delicious plant-based recipes. And I can assure you that no one went hungry in this house!
Thanksgiving morning, we started off the day with a beautiful fruit pizza which was absolutely delicious, and almost too pretty to eat. Well, almost!
For our holiday meal, each family member prepared something to contribute to the feast which included: stuffed Delicata squash, mashed potatoes with cashew gravy, a lovely kale salad that overflowed with cucumbers, sweet red, yellow, orange and green peppers, cherry tomatoes, sweet onions, and shredded carrots. There were stuffed spinach and avocado portobello mushrooms, baked sweet potatoes, multi-grain rolls . . . thin slices of Tofurky loaf with homemade cranberry sauce! A relish dish with stuffed olives, bread and butter pickles, and three-bean salad. And the desserts! Pumpkin and Apple Pie, Fudge Brownies, Molasses and Ginger Cookies and even some creamy frozen banana Coconut Nice Cream.
When healthy food tastes as good as it did last week, I see why it’s so easy for the family to keep to a plant-based program. This is the third plant-strong Thanksgiving we’ve had, and I see why we have no problem staying focused. It’s easy to continue healthy eating and feeling our best when the food looks this good and tastes this great.
During this holiday season I say focus on the veggies and treat yourself to some healthy desserts. When you attend parties at work, or with family or friends, bring something from home that you have prepared so there will always be something healthy for you to eat even when everything else might be junk food.
For instance, next week I’m attending a fun get together; and I offered to bring a broccoli and potato soup and cornbread muffins (I’ll also bring some Earth Balance buttery spread). Do you have a favorite vegetable seasonal dish that you could bring to your next holiday gathering? Please do share!!