Pumpkin pie is classic for Thanksgiving. But since everyone is usually pretty full after the meal, I like to make mini ones to serve so everyone gets their own little pie. The recipe I am sharing with you today also happens to be gluten free and dairy free (with a nut free option as well), as well as refined sugar free. So it is good for those with allergies or those who are trying to eat a little healthier than traditional desserts. It tastes just as good as classic pumpkin pie though, sweet, rich and delicious with a flaky buttery tasting crust. These are great for making ahead of time as well and kept in the refrigerator until ready to serve!
Mashed root vegetables are a great option for Thanksgiving in place of the usual potatoes. Not only are they delicious but they are packed with even more vitamins and fiber thanks to the variety of veggies included. I like a mixture of rutabaga, sweet potatoes or yams, and potatoes. It is a little sweet, but savory and pairs well with any sort of protein and gravy. This recipe is actually vegan because it uses coconut butter in place of butter, but you won’t even miss the dairy! This is the perfect dish to serve if you want something that tastes rich but is actually good for you!
Wild rice stuffing makes the perfect gluten free option for Thanksgiving in place of bread stuffing! It is not only delicious, but a healthier option as well, since it packs protein and fiber. The recipe I am sharing with you today is pretty easy to make, and it is festive looking for the Holidays. I include dried cranberries, sweet apples, and toasted pecans for a sweet and savory combination. This makes a perfect side dish served with a protein, or for a main dish, you can stuff it into a baked squash for a vegan main. Also, you can make this ahead and reheat it before serving, just add the arugula before you are going to serve so it isn’t too wilted looking.
If you are looking for a vegan main dish to serve for Thanksgiving, a stuffed squash is always a good option! Not only does it look impressive, it is healthy and delicious as well! You could stuff it with apples, or grains, but the recipe I am sharing with you today has a super simple mushroom walnut stuffing that is substantial as well as really good. The mushrooms and walnuts provide a bit of protein, so this is a full meal if you want it to be, or you could cut the squash in half after making them if you wanted a smaller main dish to serve with other sides.
I love traditional caramel apples. But what I don’t love is all of the processed sugar that comes along with them. So, I make healthier ones at home instead of buying them! I make a caramel out of dates instead of sugar, which may sound odd, but trust me, it tastes just like caramel and is so much better for you! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for Almond Joy apples (like the classic candy bar, coconut, chocolate and almonds), so I made the caramel a chocolate caramel, then coated it with coconut, cacao nibs and almonds. If you are not a fan of those things though, you could leave the cacao powder out of the caramel and make it a vanilla caramel, then sprinkle it with the coatings of your choice! This is a healthier Halloween treat that you can make at home and not feel guilty about enjoying it!
Many people are carving pumpkins this time of the year, and so why not save the seeds and roast them for snacking on? Pumpkin seeds are very nutritious, rich in potassium, zinc and magnesium not to mention protein and fiber. My Mom always used to roast the pumpkin seeds that came out of our pumpkins, and I like to continue that tradition now. The recipe I am sharing with you today is simple, salty with spices and herbs, and the perfect thing to add to your salads, or just enjoy as a snack. So this year when you carve your pumpkins save the seeds! If you want them even more simple, just toss them with olive oil and sea salt before roasting and eliminate the herbs and spices.
If you are looking for the perfect Fall snack to enjoy while watching a movie or football game, look no further! This Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn is perfect for that! I know you can buy this sort of thing but it is fun to make it at home, plus I like to make mine without refined sugar. This is super easy to make, and so good! It has all of the warming sweet flavors of pumpkin pie! So put those pumpkin pie spices you only use a few times a year to good use and give this s try!
The season for warming soups and comfort food is now here, and one of my favorite things to make is a creamy potato soup! The recipe I am sharing with you today is really simple to make, no slaving over a stove for a long time needed! It gets its creamy consistency from partially blending the potatoes at the end, so you feel like you are getting a more rich soup than it actually is. This is actually very low fat, vegan and gluten free but you would never guess by tasting it! It is the perfect thing to enjoy on a chilly night. It keeps well too, and the flavor gets even better the next day, so if you have some left over it will be a good easy lunch or dinner.
One of the most important foods to make sure you buy buy organic is tofu, and soy. Since soy tends to be a GMO and heavily sprayed crop. But as long as you buy organic, soy is really good for you and a good source of protein as long as you don’t have an allergy. I like to include it in my meals almost every day, because it is so versatile and satisfying. The salad I am sharing with you today is filling and hearty, but also light enough that you won’t feel weighed down. It has a BBQ tofu that is really easy to make, along with vitamin rich greens, veggies and avocado in a lime vinaigrette! This is the perfect thing to make on a weeknight because it only takes about an hour to make, most of which is cooking time so you really only have to spend about 15 minutes on it.
Now is the time of year to make hearty warming soups, and what better ingredient to use than squash! Not only is it good for you because of its high vitamin and fiber content, it is delicious as well in just about anything savory! The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with black beans and corn for the perfect balanced meal! It is fast and easy to make coming together in under an hour, and you will feel good after eating it not weighed down. Also, it happens to be gluten free and vegan as an added bonus! I like to make this and enjoy the leftovers for a few days, as the flavors get even better as they sit.