Guilt-Free Yet Irresistible Thanksgiving Recipes To Try This Year

Over the years, I have shared some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes — healthy, yet utterly satisfying takes on traditional turkey day fare that dare I say, taste better than their original counterparts! Here is the ultimate vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving recipe roundup that you may want to try this year, no matter your guests’ dietary preferences.

Arugula and Persimmon Salad

When I was a kid and my mom gave me a persimmon to try for the very first time, I was surprised it didn’t taste like a tomato, as persimmons very much resemble tomatoes. As I observed closely, there were specks of brown in the fruit—almost as if God/theUniverse had sprinkled the fruit with cinnamon and it was naturally occurring, embedded into the fruit. Hence, my initial childhood conclusion that cinnamon derived from per”cinnamon”s—hello, it’s in the name, duh! As I grew perplexed and analyzed that it was probably a silly idea since we had cinnamon sticks to stir hot apple ciders and Mexican hot chocolates with, and we actually had to ground cinnamon sticks to add into recipes I thought, “what a coincidence” and how beautiful of God to just sprinkle fruit with cinnamon and make a star shape design for us to see (when slicing the fruit horizontally). I just left it at that—a coincidence and viewed them as two separate things. Besides, how in the world would one be able to extract specks of cinnamon from the persimmons. Oh silly, silly me!

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Fast forward 30 years when I had my twin nephews try persimmons for the first time, I told them the story I just shared with you, and they asked where cinnamon came from. Since I never looked it up, I turned to one of my fave instructional learning tools, YouTube , and we learned that cinnamon is made from the barks of trees, rolled up by people in a forest (well at least the people in a forest in the video we watched). It’s a very timely process and I could not believe how much effort it takes to make and how cheap and available it is to us. I will never look at cinnamon and persimmons the same again, especially knowing now that they are mutually exclusive.

Moving on, although persimmons and cinnamon are both in season right now, this salad only contains persimmons. It’s a family and friend favorite this time of year. Make it for the holidays, for your parents when they come to visit, for a date, or treat yourself. It is super super simple, and contains the following ingredients: arugula, ripened and crisp persimmons, dates, shallots, #marconaalmonds, an easy soft cashew cheese, #saba, and sea salt and pepper.

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 20 minutes (not counting the time it takes to make the cheese. With cheese, one day.)

Ingredients

2-3 bags pre-washed baby arugula

4 crunchy fuyu persimoons, peeled, stem removed, and sliced into 8ths

1/2 cup marcona almonds

1/2 shallot, sliced very thin

3 dates, sliced very thin

handful crumbled goat cheese (you can use this vegan goat cheese recipe sans the cranberry and dill, and when you blend it, add 3 Tbsp agar agar flakes)

2 super ripe and juicy persimmons, stem and peel removed

saba (aged balsalmic), as needed

sea salt, as needed

freshly ground black pepper, as needed

Directions

1. Spread the arugula onto a serving platter.

2. Season with a dash or two of sea salt and pepper.

3. Tuck into the leaves bits of shallot, dates, marcona almonds, persimmon wedges.

4. Sprinkle on vegan goat cheese.

5. In a bowl, place the super ripe and juicy persimmon flesh.  Stir it up a bit as if you are going to use it as a sauce.  Using a spoon, in a circular motion, add the persimmon flesh as you would a dressing.

6. Finish off with a drizzle of saba.


Holiday “Meat”loaf

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

Growing up, my Auntie Delia would make her famous meatloaf for special occasions.  I loved it and would always slather my slice of meatloaf with double the ketchup.  It was such a special treat.  Fast forward to today, during the holidays I usually cannot partake in our family’s usual feast, so instead I make a veganized version of my Auntie Delia’s meatloaf to take with me, along with other sides.  Surprisingly, it tastes and looks just like Auntie Delia’s meatloaf.  I shock quite a few people when I tell them it is vegan.

Even meat-eaters think this meatloaf is delicious and that it contains animal meat. Boy, do I fool them!

I make a very high protein faux meat to incorporate into this loaf consisting of quinoa, mushrooms, and walnuts.  When blended together in a food processor, it resembles ground meat. To the faux meat, I add most of the same ingredients that Auntie adds to her meatloaf, only I add parsley to the mix to give it some freshness.  I don’t add hotdogs in the center of the loaf (since all the vegan hotdogs I’ve seen at the store are made from soy).  I add cayenne pepper, flax “eggs”, a vegan Worcestershire sauce, my homemade ketchup, and, instead of soy sauce, coconut aminos.  Although Auntie Delia is known to make low-fat, “healthy” foods, I’d say this beats her turkey meatloaf when you compare overall nutrition.

This is my holiday version of the meatloaf.  My original meatloaf recipe is in the My Eclectic Kitchen App, which is actually the version I make year-round!

Servings:  4-6

Time:  1 hour 50 minutes

Diet:  V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, SRF

Ingredients

½ cup quinoa, uncooked

1 cup filtered water

2 Tbsp flax meal

6 Tbsp filtered water

2 cups crimini mushrooms (or substitute porcini mushrooms), roughly chopped

1 cup walnuts, chopped

½ onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

1 small carrot, peeled and finely chopped

¼ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped

1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped

½ tsp rosemary, finely chopped

½ tsp sage, finely chopped

½ tsp thyme, finely chopped

¼ cup almond milk

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp coconut aminos (can substitute tamari)

1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp sea saltG

Cranberry Glaze

Or

Traditional Meatloaf Glaze:

3 Tbsp ketchup

1 1/2 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp garlic powder

Directions

1.  Rinse and drain quinoa.  Place the quinoa and 1 cup of water in a small saucepot and cover. Cook the quinoa over medium heat.  Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer.  The quinoa should be cooked in about 15 minutes, when all the water is absorbed.  Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool.

2.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

3.  Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.  First, cut two pieces of parchment paper– one piece for the length of the loaf pan, from rim-to-rim, and one piece for the width of the loaf pan, rim-to-rim.  Spray the loaf pan then place one parchment piece down.  Spray the parchment again and lay the other piece of parchment over crosswise, like an x.  Spray the parchment again.  See here for a demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJUhAYSy-U8

4.  Prepare the flax egg.  In a small bowl, combine the flax meal with 6 Tbsp of water, mix and set aside to thicken.

5.  Prepare the faux “meat”.  Measure out ¾ cup cooked quinoa (store leftover quinoa in the refrigerator to eat later).  Place the quinoa in a food processor with the mushrooms and walnuts, and process until it comes together and resembles the same texture as ground meat.

6.  Place the faux “meat” in a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, including the flax egg.  With clean hands, toss all the ingredients until fully combined.

7.  Pour the “meat”loaf mixture into the loaf pan and pat down well, spreading evenly.  Flatten the top.

8.  Place the loaf pan in the center of the oven for about 1 1/2 hours.

9.  Make the glaze.  Either a Cranberry Glaze or the Traditional Meatloaf Glaze by combining ketchup, vegan Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and stirring together with a spoon.

10.  10 minutes prior to removing the loaf from the oven, brush the top of the meatloaf with the glaze, spreading it evenly to coat. If you use the Cranberry Glaze, use only a little over ¼ cup of it to spread. Reserve the rest of the Cranberry Glaze to serve on the side.

11.  Allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes prior to cutting.

12.  Serve with a side of steamed broccoli or green beans and/or mashed potatoes.

Note:  This can be made in advance and refrigerated overnight.  To reheat, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and heat for about 25 minutes.


Herbed Biscuits & Mushroom Gravy

  • 4 c. Trader Joes gluten-Free flour blend
  • 3 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 tsp. unrefined granulated sweetener/raw sugar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp. refined coconut oil*, room temperature
  • 2 c. unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoon dried dill
  • Wide Mouth Mason Jar*

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda and powder, sugar and sea salt.
  2. With a pastry blender of the back of a fork, cut in the coconut oil into the dry mixture until it becomes like a coarse meal.
  3. Stir in the almond milk and vinegar with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. Set in fridge 10 mins
  5. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  6. Remove from fridge and dump the dough onto a counter lined with parchment paper. Gently work it into a ball with lightly floured hands (dough may be slightly sticky).
  7. Gently press dough to be 1″ high and 8″ in diameter. Cut out biscuits using a wide mouth mason jar*. Place biscuits on the baking sheet and continue until all dough is used.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Serve immediately with gravy.

Notes

Wide Mouth Mason Jar: 3 1/4″ mouth 10″ circumference

The coconut oil must be refined in order to avoid the coconut flavor.

Mushroom Gravy

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable broth, + more as needed (for cooking)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1/3 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 4 oz thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 tsp fresh sage
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Trader Joes gluten-Free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk*
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 1/8–1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add a bit of water or vegetable broth to a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the garlic, onion and carrot, and cook until the onions are translucent. Add in the mushrooms, sage thyme, rosemary, and cook until mushrooms soften, about 3 mins.
  2. Add flour and coat, mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Slowly add in liquids, 1/2 cup at a time.
  4. Cook until thickened, stirring frequently, on low. Add salt and pepper, taste, then adjust seasonings as needed.
  5. Keep on low until you’re ready to serve, adding almond milk as needed.

Notes

Start with 3/4 and add more as needed


Fig and Frangipane Tart

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Essential tool: 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom

Ingredients

18-20 figs or 1.5 – 2 pounds of figs, quartered length-wise

Tart Dough

1/4 cup ice cold filtered water

1 cup plus 2 tbsp oat flour (gluten-free oat flour)

1/4 tsp fine sea salt (I use Himalayan)

6 tbsp (3 oz.) coconut oil (chilled and chunked into tsp pieces. doesn’t have to be perfect)

Frangipane Filling

3 tbsp coconut oil

1/3 cup coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp almond meal

1 heaping tbsp arrowroot

pinch sea salt

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup almond milk

1.5 tsp vanilla extract (no alcohol)

1/2 tsp almond extract

Directions

Tart Dough

1. Place oat flour, salt and cold chunks of coconut oil into food processor. Pulse until coconut oil pieces are pea-sized.

2. While continuously pulsing the oat flour, pour the cold water in (make sure no ice falls in. I just place the measuring cup in the freezer to make it ice cold). Pulse until it almost comes together. (about 3-4 times)

3. Lay out about 13 inches of plastic wrap on the counter (if you don’t have this, use parchment) and pour the dough and flour pieces onto the plastic. Form the dough into a disc shape, about 6 inches in diameter and wrap the sides, leaving about an inch of space when folding. Once it’s wrapped, use a rolling pin to roll out about an inch more.  Roll the dough from the center out. Place in the refrigerator.

4. Make the tart filling. Then spray non-stick cooking spray inside, all over the sides of the tart pan. Place tart pan on a half sheet tray, lined with parchment paper or a silpat (silicone baking mat).

5. When you’re done with the tart filling, remove from the dough from the refrigerator.  If it’s too hard, you will need to wait until it is soft enough to roll out without cracking. But you don’t want it too soft that it melts.  You will have to work quickly.

6. Open the plastic wrap, leaving the plastic on the bottom of the dough and either grab another piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper to place on top of the dough (or manipulate the plastic wrap you have to help you) and roll out the the dough to about an 11-inch in diameter circle.  The crust should still be a bit cold at this point so it’s easier to handle. Bring the sheet tray near you with the sprayed tart pan, and holding the dough circle from the bottom (or wrapping the dough on top of a rolling pin with the plastic on top), quickly flip the dough into the tart pan, then carefully peel off the plastic. Push the dough into the tart pan and onto the sides.  If the dough breaks, no worries, just press it together. If one side needs more dough, take some dough from a thicker side and press it into an area that needs more dough.  Do what you have to do to get what you see below.  If it starts melting and difficult to handle, put it back in the refrigerator to harden up a bit.  Again, make your dough look like below, with no wholes.

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7. Place the tart shell back in the refrigerator or even freezer so it sets a bit. Go to tart filling, step 3.

Tart Filling

1. In a medium mixing bowl, add the coconut palm sugar, salt, cinnamon and wet ingredients: coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla and almond extracts. Stir to combine and to dissolve the salt and sugar. The sugar won’t completely dissolve and that’s fine. Add the almond meal and arrowroot and stir well to combine. Set aside.

2. Go back up to step 5 of the tart dough directions.

3. After the tart shell is set (hardened), take it out of the refrigerator, give the tart filling one or two last stirs, then fill the tart shell with the filling, spreading it evenly to cover the bottom of the tart crust.  Place back in the refrigerator and cut up the figs in the meantime. Cut them length-wise, first in half, then cut the halves in half to get quarters.

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Assembling the the figs in the tart

Once the frangipane has been in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes, place the figs, pointy (stem) side up, round side down, pink side exposed, starting from the outside of the circle, just onto the frangipane, along the crust. The frangipane should hold it in place (but don’t push it through and into the frangipane. Just lay it gently in place). Let the figs touch shoulder to shoulder. For the second layer inward, stagger and repeat. Repeat the hird layer and so on until you get to the center.

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Once you’ve made your fig flower, take a photo because it’ll look awesome raw! Then place the sheet tray with the tart shell on it in the center of the preheated 350 degree F oven for about 45-50 minutes or until the crust gets golden-ish, or like my photos. Since there isn’t butter or cream in the crust, you won’t achieve a true golden color.

It may bubble over a smidge, and when you take it out of the oven, it will look wet.  Be careful not to spill the liquid. Don’t be alarmed. It will set once it cools. Once it is almost cool, carefully remove the tart shell tart pan touching the sides/crust, leaving only the base intact.  (Bottom/base of the tart pan will be intact until you serve the last piece.)  Using 2 spatulas, I placed the tart on a cake stand. You can just put it on a flat large plate to save space and to avoid accidents, if you’d like. Carefully place the tart in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving. After 3 hours, the liquid will be set.

I had this with coconut whip for the first time and it was delish! But I also had it without the coconut whip and it was still luxurious.  Peyman has his hang ups with figs so I had to trick him into tasting a piece.  He said it was, “mmm…Good!”

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I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  Please let me know how yours turns out!


Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

This recipe is a great healthy vegan take on garlic mashed potatoes.  Garlicky Cauliflower Puree dressed with Mushroom Gravy (recipe above) is a wonderful side dish for any holiday meal.  It is so easy to make and can be enjoyed year-round!

When trying to eliminate or reduce carbs like rice or potatoes from your diet, using cauliflower is a perfect substitute.  I use cauliflower to make cauliflower “rice”, a couscous substitute, and to make cauliflower puree or mash.

This garlicky cauliflower puree feels and tastes very similar to mashed potatoes, but is so much better for you.  This recipe contains no cream, butter, fake butter, or oil.  Roasted garlic gives this a lovely full flavor.  I enjoy my garlicky cauliflower puree with “Meat”loaf and Mushroom Gravy.

What are some benefits of eating cauliflower?  This cruciferous vegetable is naturally high in both fiber and B-vitamins.  One cup of cooked cauliflower equals 2.28 grams of protein.  It also contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer, fiber that helps with satiety, weight loss and a healthy digestive tract, choline that is essential for learning and memory, omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation, as well as many other important nutrients.

I hope you enjoy this recipe during the holidays and throughout the year!

Servings: 6-8

Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 large head of garlic

1 head of cauliflower

2+ cups vegetable stock

½ tsp sea salt

Garnish

¼ bunch chives

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Slice off the top of a large head of garlic to expose the cloves inside. Place the head of garlic on a piece of foil, cut side up. Drizzle about 2-3 Tbsp vegetable stock and wrap it tightly in the foil. Roast until cloves are lightly browned and tender, about 30-35 minutes.

3. Clean the cauliflower, removing the outer leaves and base. In a medium saucepot, add 2 cups of vegetable stock, ¼ tsp sea salt, and the cauliflower. Set the pot over medium heat.  Bring it to a boil, then down to a simmer. Cover and cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.

4. Once the garlic has roasted, let it rest for at least 5 minutes.  It will be hot.  Carefully open the foil, pick up the bulb, and push the garlic cloves from the skin (peel), starting from the bottom up, pushing the roasted cloves out and into a blender.

5.  Strain the cauliflower and reserve the vegetable stock.  Transfer the cauliflower to the blender.  Add the remaining ¼ tsp sea salt. Add ½ of the reserved liquid. Blend and adjust the consistency. If the cauliflower is too thick, add more stock. If it’s too thin, try cooking the liquid out on the stovetop.

6. Season to taste and top with chopped chives.


Cranberry Sauce

Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients

1  1/2 pound fresh cranberries, washed and dried

2 cups coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 + 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground allspice

1/4 + 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 small orange, zested and juiced

Directions

1. Wash and dry cranberries.

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2. In a medium saucepot, combine the coconut sugar, filtered water and cranberries.  Mix.

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3. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Stir to combine and simmer for 7 minutes.  Some cranberries will remain whole and some will burst.

4. Add zest and juice to taste.  Cool and chill to thicken.  As the sauce chills, the natural pectins in the fruit will thicken the sauce.

5. Serve chilled and enjoy!   This can be made a day in advance.

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Candied Yams (or Sweet Potatoes)

Photo Credit: Jasmine Briones

Servings: 6-8

Time: 1 hour

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, SRF, NF

 Ingredients

4 cups sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes

3/4 cup orange juice, fresh

1 ½ cup filtered water

1 cup medjool dates, pitted

¼ tsp cinnamon, ground

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp coconut oil (or grapeseed oil)

Directions

Note: Best made a day or a few hours in advance.

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Wash, peel, and cut the sweet potatoes or yams. Place them in an 8”x8” or 9”x9” casserole dish, and place the casserole dish in the center of a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or a silicon mat.

3. In a blender, add the remaining ingredients: orange juice, filtered water, pitted medjool dates, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and oil. Blend well, until the dates are pulverized. If the mixture is a little chunky, that’s fine.

4. Pour the wet mixture over the sweet potatoes or yams and toss to coat. Place in the oven for about 45-55 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes, and cook until the sweet potatoes or yams are fork tender.

5. If made a day in advance, remove from the refrigerator and place in a 350 degree F oven for about 20 minutes.


Raw Stuffing

I absolutely love Thanksgiving stuffing.  For as long as I can remember, my family enjoyed Stove Top stuffing for the holidays.  For my first holiday season as a vegan, my holiday meals didn’t feel complete without my beloved stuffing.  Thankfully, I discovered raw vegan stuffing through Kimberly Snyder, my health and nutrition guru.  I adapted her recipe by changing up and adding a few other herbs and spices.  I also made my version lower in fat by reducing the amount of oil and adding a vegetable stock (ok, that’s not fully raw) or filtered water (this is raw!) instead!

After reading the Food Babe’s article highlighting what toxins may be hiding in typical American Thanksgiving feasts, I was thoroughly disgusted.  I actually don’t miss Stove Top stuffing one bit!  Why would I subject my body (and the bodies of my loved ones) to toxic food when I can make non-gmo, nutrient-dense, better-for-you versions myself?  And they’re so easy to make, too!

I am so happy that I can now enjoy my raw stuffing and share it with everyone!  This recipe isn’t just for the holiday season, it can be enjoyed year-round as a side dish, added to a salad, or stuffed into lettuce wraps!

One bite of this stuffing and you will be in disbelief at how much this tastes just like Stove Top stuffing!  It truly is amazing how good this is!!

Servings: 4-6
Time: 20 minutes
Diet: V, GF, SF, SRF, R

Ingredients

½ cup almonds, soaked overnight and rinsed well
1 1/2 cup pecans
1 cup carrot, chopped into ¼” pieces
1 cup celery, chopped into ¼” pieces
1/3 cup sweet onion, chopped into ¼” pieces
¾ cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
¼ tsp turmeric, ground
2 tsp parsley, chopped
1 ½ tsp rosemary, chopped
1 tsp thyme, chopped
½ tsp oregano
1 tsp sage
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
½ tsp coconut vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
3-4 Tbsp vegetable stock (or filtered water)
1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions
1. Process the soaked almonds and pecans in the food processor until they are chunky and not too fine.
2. Pour the nuts into a large bowl, then add the remaining ingredients, and mix well.
3. Cover and refrigerate until serving.


I would love to hear what your Thanksgiving tried and true favorites are, as well as any requests for making old favorites in a vegan, gluten-free, and guilt-free way! If you try out any of these recipes, tag me on Instagram @YvonnesVeganKitchen so I can see your creations!Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to use code BLACKFRIDAY10 on my online site for 10% off your order for Black Friday. (Valid on the weekend of Black Friday only!)

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Thanksgiving 2016

img_4679As per Thanksgiving tradition, my girls Jasmine of Sweet Simple Vegan and Sarah of Ahnest Veggie gathered together for a night of Thanksgiving recipe developing fun.  This is how it works.  We each create recipes, make them, and afterwards we take photos and feast on whatever we made. This year, though, we even made a video!  #MannequinChallenge is all the craze right now, and we did a little mannequining ourselves with our finished results.  Video for your enjoyment, below.

In years passed, we’d create a magnificent feast for you to enjoy, but since we created an abundant amount of recipes that you can enjoy year after year already, we decided to keep things simple this year and add one new recipe each to our collection.  Click here for our Thanksgiving Recipe Collection.

As I mentioned, this year we created one recipe each for your taste-bud pleasure.  Let’s start off with Jasmine’s.  Jasmine is a recipe developer, has her nutrition degree, is an oil-free cook, a talented photographer (she took all the photos you see here), and amazing blogger and friend.  This year she made an amazing Everything Bagel Stuffing.  If you know me, I already have a love for Everything Bagels and for Thanksgiving Stuffing, so this was bada-bang, incredible!  My favorite gluten-free bagel is from Rising Heart’s Bakery in Culver City.  If you’re not local, check to see if they ship! Anyway, find Jasmine’s recipe here!

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2nd recipe of the season is Sarah’s appetizer recipe. Sarah is a vegan chef and fitness enthusiast.  She makes yummy food, eats a lot, and still maintains a healthy and fit physique.  Check out her youtube channel and Instagram for fitness inspo and for more recipes!  Sarah made these amazing Mushroom Medley Chestnut Tartlettes.  Just thinking about them makes me salivate.  Wish I made this recipe up!  Find the recipe here.

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Now for my recipe, I made something I’ve made for years.  Cobblers are the easiest desserts to make if you have visitors stopping by unannounced for dinner.  I always have frozen berries in the freezer and I can whip up a cookie dough in a flash.  This recipe can be made fully from scratch or with some help of store-bought ingredients.  I hope you love this recipe as much as my family does!

Presenting my Mixed Berry Cobbler with Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Crust!

 

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Mixed Berry Cobbler with Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Crust

Servings:  4

Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

2 bags  (12 oz) frozen mixed berries, thawed

1 container apple pie filling (can make yours at home by adding 3-4 peeled and chopped apples, coconut handful of coconut sugar, 2 Tbsp coconut oil, cinnamon, 1 tbsp cornstarch, and cooking on stove top over medium heat in a small sauce pan until tender)

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Dough (or store-bought cookie dough that you sprinkle pumpkin pie spice into):

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut sugar or to make it lighter in color, organic cane sugar sub ¼ of this amount

½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup pumpkin puree

¾ oat flour

1 tsp arrowroot

2 Tbsp potato starch

1/8 tsp sea salt

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tbsp almond milk

 

Optional, but recommended

Vegan Vanilla ice cream

 

Directions

  1. Make pumpkin sugar cookie dough. Add all ingredients into a small bowl and mix until combined.
  2. In a large bowl, mix berries, apple filling, sugar, and cinnamon. Transfer fruit mixture to an 8 by 2-inch baking dish.  Crumble dough over fruit, covering thickly and completely.

Bake uncovered until cookie crust is golden and crisp, and juices bubble thickly, about 45 minutes.  Serve warm with ice cream.  My favorite is So Delicious.

 

To watch our #MannequinChallenge, click the photo of us below. :)

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The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menu 2015 (Soy-free)

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I’m excited to share my 2015 Vegan Thanksgiving collaboration with Jasmine Briones of SweetSimpleVegan.com and Sarah Ahn of AhnestVeggie.com!   You are all set to plan a fabulous vegan Thanksgiving feast for you and your loved ones to enjoy!

Most of us dig into Thanksgiving classics once a year, which means that when the holiday rolls around, expectations are high.  That’s why we rigorously tested and strategically streamlined our recipes for all the traditional (and not-so-traditional), crowd-pleasing favorites.  I’m confident that vegans and non-vegans alike will love our Thanksgiving menu–from the best candied sweet potatoes you ever tasted, to butternut squash mac and cheese, to traditional stuffing and super-creamy pumpkin pie.  We know how to do it right.

Please tag us in social media #YSJThanksgiving if you recreate any of our dishes!  We would love to see them!

OUR FULL MENU:

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Fall Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash (gf)

Arugula and Persimmon Salad (gf)

Herbed Biscuits & Mushroom Gravy (gf)

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese with Crispy Sage (gf)

Kabocha Squash with Rajas Gratin (gf)

Sourdough Stuffing (gf)

Holiday Sausage (gf)

Holiday Meatloaf

Best Vegan Creamed Corn (gf)

Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Cashew  Cream and Bread Crumbs (gf)

Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream (gf)

Persimmon Galette with Toasted Coconut Covered Crust

Apple Cider Donuts

 

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Cooking with Friends: Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching and my lovely friend, Jasmine Briones, and I want to make your Thanksgiving one to remember!  We created a bountiful feast for our readers to enjoy, which consists of 13 deliciously tantalizing recipes that will make everybody’s taste buds scream in delight.  We’re referring to this collection of recipes as our Sweet Eclectic Thanksgiving celebration!

Since we are both obsessed with delicious and nutritious food, we thought it would be a great idea to collaborate on a holiday feast.  What better time to combine our vegan talents and get inspired than in the Fall—just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays!

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Thanksgiving is a special holiday that I hold dear to my heart.  Every household carries on their own unique family traditions.

Jasmine grew up in an Ecuadorian/Filipino household, where it has been a long-standing tradition for her Ecuadorian grandmother to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Her grandmother uses a Cuban marinade for the turkey (Jasmine being vegan does not partake, of course) and the rest of the meal consists of Equadorean dishes.  It was not until Jasmine and I joined forces in the kitchen that she had her first taste of cranberry sauce and candied yams. She loved the cranberry so much that she ate it by the spoonful!  I was surprised because I only have about 2 tablespoons at most during my holiday meals!

I grew up in a Filipino-American household.  My Grandpa Floyd, who was born and bred in the Midwest (Missouri), started my family’s tradition of enjoying the standard American Thanksgiving feast.  For as long as I can remember, we always had elaborate feasts.  It was always my mom and me who prepared the family’s Thanksgiving meal, consisting of a savory, flavorful protein, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, green beans (and/or corn), and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  We sometimes have the same meal for Christmas because it’s so good!  Meals like these are so comforting for the soul. Seriously, eating my Thanksgiving meal is like eating a hug.  It brings back so many good memories growing up.  These days it brings my loved ones together, where we sit around the table, share what we are grateful for, reminisce, and discuss our game plans for Black Friday.

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This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my good health, family and friends, and for the amazingly supportive readers and followers on my blog and social media.  Being able to do what I love for a living is a wonderful thing.  I feel so blessed and am incredibly grateful.

Vegan, gluten-, and soy-free food has a bad rap for tasting like cardboard. With my recipes, I hope to transform the general public’s view of these foods. I want people to keep using my recipes, I want that food to be shared (with vegans and non-vegans alike), I want to shock and amaze people, and let them know that vegan, gluten-, and soy-free food can be absolutely delicious, not to mention nourishing, can promote longevity, is harmless to animals, and is good for the environment and our planet.  Through this blog and through the My Eclectic Kitchen app, I think I’ve been able to do that more and more each day.

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Also, by partnering up with friends, like Jasmine, I am able to spread this message (my mission) even further.  I want to thank Jasmine for doing her part with her blog and with her own recipe development. 

Thanksgiving does not have to be the same every year.  Although I like to carry on my family’s traditions, I add my own little nuances to everything every year.  A vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving is definitely a huge nuance.  Even so, I hear no complaints.  Although my family is predominantly omnivorous, my vegan holiday food and sweets are foods they actually request I make.  It warms my heart to see them enjoy my food and especially when they get seconds and thirds.

Hopefully you and your family will be as enthusiastic about our recipes.  We hope to see some of our recipes on your holiday table!

 Here are the 13 Vegan and Gluten-, and Soy-free Thanksgiving recipes!  

_MG_2421Cranberry Glaze

Sweet, tangy, perfectly spreadable for Holiday “Meat”loaf, and fantastic to serve as a side!  Made with fresh cranberries, dates, a little coconut sugar, a touch of orange and holiday spices, this Cranberry Glaze is so delicious, you might even want to eat it by the spoonful, like Jasmine did! Ha!

_MG_2360Garlicky Cauliflower Puree

A client-favorite, this is a healthy vegan alternative to garlic mashed potatoes.  Garlicky Cauliflower Puree with Mushroom Gravy is a wonderful, oil-free, low-fat, and delicious side dish.  It is so easy to make and can be enjoyed year-round!

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This easy and flavorful mushroom gravy goes perfectly with Garlicky Cauliflower Puree and Holiday “Meat”loaf.  The caramelized mushrooms and port give this gravy a nice richness, the herbs bring it to life, and the arrowroot thickens the gravy while giving it a glossy sheen.

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These candied yams are so simple to make and yet they are so delicious!  Spiced with vanilla and cinnamon and sweetened only with dates and oranges, these are my all-time favorite candied yams, not to be mistaken with the recipe in my app.  These are new and improved!  A must-try!

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Every table needs a pop of green!  Ours was these crisp green beans with garlic and lemon.  The little kick of spice chile and hint of citrus make these a perfect side dish for the holidays!

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Infused brown rice with an assortment of herbs and vegetables, meaty mushrooms, and a decadent cream sauce make this a hearty side dish.

_MG_2207Quinoa Stuffing

A clean and high protein alternative to traditional stuffing.

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This tastes just like Stove Stop Stuffing, except this is raw and is actually beneficial to your health.  I know you’ll LOVE it!

_MG_2359Holiday “Meat”loaf

This high-protein “meat”loaf looks and tastes like the real thing, only it’s better for you, is cruelty-free, and great for the environment.  I fool my non-vegan family and friends every time!  Top this holiday loaf with our Cranberry Glaze or with traditional “meat”loaf glaze.

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We wanted to include pumpkin in our Thanksgiving menu, and since we already have pumpkin pie recipes in our respective recipe arsenals, we decided to make a savory pumpkin pie.  The best way to describe this savory pie is to say it is basically a vegan, gluten-free, soy-free quiche with pumpkin!

_MG_2236Cranberry Pomegranate Cider

This ruby red (my favorite color) beverage tastes like a lovely tea and can be made bubbly and sparkling with a sparkling kombucha or champagne.

_MG_2323Raw Pumpkin-Spiced Mamey “Cheese”cake

Oh, I love this dessert!  Find out what Mamey is the recipe post.  If you can’t find mamey, substitute with pumpkin or sweet potato!  The combination of vanilla bean “cheese”cake, pumpkin-spiced mamey, and a fig/date/ nut crust is just heavenly.

_MG_2272Chocolate Mousse Pecan Tart

This easy-to-make chocolate (sweet potato) mousse pecan tart is really easy to make and is just so pretty to look at!

Our collaboration required a lot of hard work, but it was so worth being able to spend time together, getting to know one another better, with the intention of sharing the fruits of our labor with our readers!  To add to the list of things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving, I am so thankful that Instagram, veganism, the desire to eat delicious yet nutritious food and to share it with others brought me to meet so many amazing people, like Jasmine!  It’s been fun learning from and about one another, and I look forward to many years of friendship!

 

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Make sure to check out more details on our fun-filled day in the kitchen by reading my previous post!  We also thought it would be fun to interview each other so you can learn a little more about us.  My interview is on Jasmine’s blog, and Jasmine’s interview is here.  

 

Please make sure to tag us on Instagram: @yvonne_deliciously_vegan  @sweetsimplevegan  Twitter: @yvonnemrod  @sweetsimpleveg and hashtag #SweetEclecticThanksgiving and #MyEclecticKitchen if you recreate any of our recipes!  We would love to see your photos and Thanksgiving feasts!

 

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May you and your loved ones enjoy a

 

 

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 With Love,

Yvonne and Jasmine <3

Photo Credit: Many of the photos in this post were photographed by Jasmine Briones.

 

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Give Thanks to Bees this Thanksgiving!


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Guest post by Amy Ziff at Veriety.

From about as long as I can remember Thanksgiving in my family has really been about food first and foremost.  Of course immediately followed by family.  (If not for family, both real and adopted, who would all that food be for anyway?!) Then, not exactly as an afterthought, we would give thanks.

These days, I’m profoundly aware of the need for gratitude in our lives, and not just as a virtue but because gratitude can have a profound effect on happiness as well. [http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier]

Of course as a Mom and healthy living coach, I love that this holiday is about food too!  Bringing gratitude and food together leads me to think about where our Thanksgiving food actually comes from.

I’m grateful for the farmers who grow and prepare our food and I’m grateful for beekeepers and their incredible fleet of workers – literally worker-bees! – who, with their pollinator brethren, make many our favorite Thanksgiving dishes possible.

Did you know that Cranberries, Pumpkins, Celery, Onions, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Carrots, Apples, Pears, Vanilla, even some Coffees all require the work of a pollinator? (In fact 71 out of the top 100 crops providing 90% of the world’s food are pollinated by bees. One out of every three bites of food is pollinated by honeybees alone.  Bees contribute over 20 billion to the US economy and $217 billion to the global economy annually!)

While researching this column I found out that there is something we can do to extend this gratefulness one step further this thanksgiving.  We can actually thank the bees and other pollinators and speak out to protect them.

Turns out that bees are dying at alarming rates. A certain kind of pesticide, known as neonicotinoids (neonics), are a key contributor to their die-offs.  (In Europe there is a 2-year ban on these pesticides in order for them to figure out the path forward.) But here in the US neonics are among the most heavily used insecticides. At the same time we’re seeing the loss of pollinators (including butterflies, earthworms, lady bugs, dragon flies, reptiles, and birds).

Beekeepers report an unprecedented 30% loss in hives over the last eight years.  The bees in this case are the “canaries in the coal mine” sending out a warning for all pollinators.  Studies clearly indicate neonics as a key factor in bee declines.

From now until November 24th we have a unique opportunity to call on President Obama and his administration to take action to protect pollinators.

If you want to give thanks, then take a moment to tell the EPA and USDA to suspend bee-harming pesticides. There is a short window to speak out for the bees and other pollinators.  Visit http://www.regulations.gov and submit written comments to comments regarding: EPA docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0806.  Or, visit the Friends of The Earth commentary page for this topic. 

Urge the administration to take the following steps:

o Immediately stop the release and use of neonicotinoids for agricultural uses—including seed treatments—as well as cosmetic and other unnecessary uses pending pesticide re-evaluation.

o Ensure that new pollinator habitat is free from neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides and that all pollinator-attractive plants planted have not been pre-treated with these insecticides.

Don’t let the gratitude activism stop there!  Have your kids write a note and spread the word to others.  Please share this link on facebook, write a blog post, send out a thankful tweet #grateful4bees.  Lets make sure to thank those who are born to give – the bees, and all the pollinators – and work all their lives making Thanksgiving and every meal possible.

Thank YOU for taking the time out to read this post and to for taking action. I am grateful to live in a world with people who know the meaning of gratitude.

 

AmyZiff

 

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Thanksgiving Giveaway Contest

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, Gina Ragnone  aka @GranolaBitch on Instagram (my friend and owner of vegan restaurant Fala Bar and Gigi’s Remix), and I partnered up to give thanks to our readers by offering you a chance to win an amazing giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive all that is in this photo, which includes:
-Nutribullet PRO 900 series magic bullet
-PhilosophieMama’s PhilosophieLove Green Dream superfood protein powder and Berry Bliss superfood coconut butter
-Lorna Jane Active by Lorna Jane Clarkson – Nourish book, fitness towel, two pairs of socks (one for barre/Pilates), and a move nourish believe bracelet
-Essential Livingfoods Superfood smoothie mix
-Agent Nateur toxin-free hand mixed deodorant
-Bites of Luv vegan and gluten free cookies and raw bar
-Gigi’s Remix by Granola Bitch vegan snack mix (best snack, ever!)
-My Eclectic Kitchen iPhone recipe App or eBook
-Nutiva hemp seeds
-Himalania Supersnacks goji berries
-Raw Revolution raw snack bars
-TerrAmazon cacao nibs and cacao powder
-Raw Cocoroons

Simple contest rules. In Instagram or Facebook:
1. Follow @granolabitch and @yvonne_delicously_vegan
2. Repost this photo and tag @granolabitch, @yvonne_deliciously_vegan, and #GinaYvonneGiveaway
3. Tag 3 friends in the post, below, or on our giveaway posts in Facebook or Instagram.
4. Tell us something you’re thankful for!

The giveaway contest is open worldwide and you can enter everyday! We will pick a winner via the hashtag by November 14th at 11pm | PST and announce it on Saturday the 15th!

GOOD LUCK & many thanks for participating!

(See original post on Instagram via @yvonne_deliciously_vegan or @granolabitch)

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

 

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Up until this year, for every Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family has had the same traditional Thanksgiving feast, including: turkey, turkey gravy, stuffing, candied yams, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry jelly, buttermilk biscuits, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream– essentially, the standard American Thanksgiving feast.  It has always been this way because of the influence of my Grandpa Floyd, the only grandfather I’ve ever met (my grandmother’s twin’s husband), who grew up in the South and midwest.

When my father arrived in the United States from the Philippines in the 1950s by way of the US Navy, he would often spend time with my Grandpa Floyd and Grandma Rosie in Missouri, at the Missouri State prison, where my Grandpa Floyd performed as warden of the prison.  They actually had a home within the prison.  Anyway, they eventually moved into a house and that’s where my mother learned about Southern cooking, through Grandma Rosie who learned from Grandpa Floyd’s mother.  Who knows how long the traditions had been passed down, but I’m glad my family inherited them. I had loved and was proud of our family’s traditions.

This year is a little bittersweet, though– I’m not going to practice that same Thanksgiving tradition.  This year, I’m spending Thanksgiving with my Iranian-American in-laws, and this year we are vegan and don’t eat gluten.  My brother-in-law is picking up an already made turkey (since they eat meat still) at Whole Foods and I’m making the sides.  Since Peyman and I will not be eating turkey, I’m making a “meat”loaf.  I’ll also be making a potato mash, candied sweet potatoes, persimmon muffins, green beans, mushroom gravy, and instead of having cranberry jelly this year, I’m making cranberry sauce.  With this sauce, I think I’m starting a new family tradition.  As with anything sweet, please remember to eat in moderation!

Here’s my recipe.  I hope you enjoy it!

 

Cranberry Sauce

Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients

1  1/2 pound fresh cranberries, washed and dried

2 cups coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 + 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground allspice

1/4 + 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 small orange, zested and juiced

 

Directions

1. Wash and dry cranberries.

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2. In a medium saucepot, combine the coconut sugar, filtered water and cranberries.  Mix.

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3. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Stir to combine and simmer for 7 minutes.  Some cranberries will remain whole and some will burst.

4. Add zest and juice to taste.  Cool and chill to thicken.  As the sauce chills, the natural pectins in the fruit will thicken the sauce.

5. Serve chilled and enjoy!   This can be made a day in advance.

 

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Blueberry Muffins with Mia

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It took the Florida hurricanes to bring my whole family together–my mom, my 5 older sisters, their 17 kids, and me!  For 2 weekends, I was blessed to be able to see my family in San Diego for an impromptu family reunion.

Aside from being a top student, amazing tennis player, singer, guitarist, and artist, Mia, my oldest niece who lives in Florida is a skilled baker and avid YouTube recipe video watcher.  We thought it would be fun to bake together and to collaborate on a baking video.  Since her grandma’s (my mom) favorite morning pastry is a blueberry muffin, we decided to make grandma a healthier muffin, Auntie Bon Bon-style, which means the muffins were vegan, gluten-free, free of refined sugar, and organic!  I showed her how to make my special muffins, we took turns filming each other, and Mia painstakingly chose the music and edited videos for both YouTube and Instagram.  I think she did a mighty fine job. #ProudAuntie

I missed her this Thanksgiving, and can’t wait for her to get back to California around Christmas so we can film more fun recipes together!

Find the full recipe, below!

 

Blueberry Muffins

Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 – 9  muffins

Muffin Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients

1/4 cup oat flour, gluten-free

2/3 cup potato starch

1/4 cup arrowroot, ground

 

1 tsp xanthan gum

1.5 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup coconut palm sugar

lemon zest from 2 lemons

Wet Ingredients

2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup water

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp flax meal

1 tsp vanilla extract

Other Ingredients

2 cups fresh organic blueberries

Crumb Topping Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

2 Tbsp oat flour

1 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add in the dry ingredients and whisk together to combine.
  3. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and in a separate small bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until almost combined.
  5. Add in the fresh blueberries and with a rubber or silicone spatula, fold into the muffin batter.
  6. Take 2 cupcake molds and line, in a staggered fashion, cupcake liners. Spray with coconut cooking spray so the muffin and crumb do not stick to the pan after baking and at removal.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the liners with a heaping scoop of blueberry muffin batter.  Then press on the crumb.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F (all ovens vary, but stick a toothpick in it to check for doneness.  If it comes out clean, it’s done).
  9. Allow the muffins to sit for at least 10 minutes before removing them from the pan.  Enjoy!

 

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Pumpkin Pie – Vegan, Gluten-free and Delicious!

IMG_0840Fall is an exciting time of year.  The mornings are crisp, the leaves start to turn color, and from this month forward we have one fun holiday each month for the next 6 months!  Woohoo!  What can I say, I like to celebrate– I’m young at heart and I love the holidays!

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What I love most about the holidays is the time spent with my family and close friends, and of course, the comforting and nostalgic foods that come with the season. When I first spotted pumpkins, squash and persimmon at the market, I couldn’t help but grab a few and take them home with me!  Although I would love to keep them on my dining table as a gorgeous Fall centerpiece, I would also like to enjoy the tastes of the season.

What is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie?  In creating this pumpkin pie, I took my go-to pumpkin pie recipe that I’d used for years (in my pre-vegan days), veganized and de-glutenized it!  It turned out to be a success.  Only thing is, you will need some time to prepare in advance.  You will have to soak the cashews for at least 3 hours or overnight, and it does take some patience to freeze the pie, thaw it, slice into, then thaw it some more.  Believe me, the time is totally worth it and no worries, the directions are simple and straightforward.  This pie tastes just like the pumpkin pie I grew up with, only better and it’s better for you!

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In my pre-vegan days, I would frost my pumpkin pie slice like a piece of cake, slathering it all over with whipped cream.  With this recipe, interestingly, it almost tastes like the whipped cream is built into it.  When you take a bite into this, it feels and tastes creamy; you can taste the pumpkin and all those warm familiar Fall and holiday spices.  It feels a bit light, too, yet it’s quite substantial and may make you feel full after just one slice. You can add whipped cream, like I did, but whipped cream is not necessary.  If you’d like to make coconut whipped cream, check out my coconut whipped cream recipe.  I like to spice it up my coconut whipped cream with some cinnamon and sometimes with a little nutmeg and cloves.

I am so happy about my gluten-free vegan pumpkin pie recipe!  It’s super-satisfying and tastes just like the pumpkin pie they sell at stores, only it’s vegan and gluten-free.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

To help you with planning, I teamed up with my talented foodie friends, Jasmine Briones of SweetSimpleVegan.com and Sarah Ahn of AhnestVeggie.com to come up with a fabulous vegan Thanksgiving feast for you and your loved ones to enjoy!

Each day, starting November 1st, we will be sharing a new fall recipe on our blogs.  We’d love to see any recipes of ours recreated by you.  Please tag us in social media #YSJThanksgiving when posting photos!

 

Pumpkin Pie  

Servings: 12

Time: 5 hours

Brief: When you take a bite into a slice of this pumpkin pie, it feels and tastes creamy; you can taste the pumpkin and all those warm familiar Fall and holiday spices.  It feels a bit light, too, yet it’s quite substantial and may make you feel full off of just one slice.

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF

 

Ingredients

Crust:

1/4 cup ice-cold filtered water*

3/4 cup oat flour, gluten-free

1/4 cup coconut flour

¼ tsp xanthan gum, optional**

1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

2 tsp coconut nectar

6 Tbsp raw coconut oil, melted

Note:

*I measure out the water and stick the measuring cup in the freezer while I get the rest of the ingredients.

**I don’t always use xanthan gum, as pictured. If you use it, your crust will not be as crumbly.

 

Filling:

1.5 cups raw cashews, soaked in filtered water overnight

2 cups pumpkin puree*

1/3 cup raw coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

3 Tbsp coconut palm nectar (or maple syrup)

1  3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

3/4 tsp ground ginger

3/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Note:

15 oz. of canned pumpkin puree will work. I bake my pumpkin in the oven at 350 degrees F for 1.5 hours.

 

Directions

Crust:

1. Set separate racks in the center and lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Spray the pie dish with non-stick cooking spray.

3. In a medium-sized bowl, add the flours, xanthan gum, sea salt and sugar, and mix to combine.  Add the melted coconut oil and mix together with a fork, scraping the sides with a spatula. Add the cold water and mix together thoroughly with a fork.  The coconut oil will then start to harden and the coconut flour may absorb all the water.  You may need to add 2-4 more tablespoons of water to get the dough to come together.

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4. Press the dough into the pie dish using the palm of your hand and fingers to press the dough flush into the pie dish. Try to make the crust as even throughout. If it helps, use a large spoon to smoothen out the dough evenly.

5. Place a large piece of parchment paper over the pie shell, just enough to hold pie weights, and fill the shell with dried beans or pie weights. Place the pie dish on a baking sheet, and bake on the center rack, until the shell is light brown, about 15 minutes.

6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and remove the parchment paper and pie weights from the pie shell. Place the baking sheet back into the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.  The crust might crack a little if over-baked or too dry, but that’s fine. Mine cracked a little and was still fine. (Remember, I didn’t use xanthan gum. If I had used xanthan gum, it shouldn’t have cracked.)

7. Cool the crust and prepare the filling.

 

Filling:

1. Soak cashews overnight or for at least 3 hours in about 2 cups of water.

2. Place all of the filling ingredients into the blender then blend on high until very smooth. Stop the blender and scrape the sides to ensure everything is getting blended. Taste and sweeten to taste, if you like it sweeter. If you do add more coconut nectar, blend until completely incorporated.

3. Pour the mixture into the cooled crust, scraping the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula. Using an off-set spatula or knife, spread the filling into the crust evenly.

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4. Place in the freezer to set.  It should set within 3-4 hours, but set best overnight.

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5. Hours before serving the pie, if it is completely frozen, remove it from the freezer and onto your kitchen counter. Let it sit for about 25 minutes.  Using a large sharp knife, cut slices. After you slice it, if you’re not going to serve it right away, place it in the refrigerator. Remove the pie from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving so it can fully defrost.

6. If you over-defrost the pie, just place it back in the refrigerator to let it set a bit.

7. Carefully plate the pieces of pie on dessert plates and top with whipped “cream.”

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Holiday Sausage

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Time to start planning for Thanksgiving!  To help you with planning, I teamed up with my talented foodie friends, Jasmine Briones of SweetSimpleVegan.com and Sarah Ahn of AhnestVeggie.com to come up with a fabulous vegan Thanksgiving feast for you and your loved ones to enjoy!

Most of us dig into Thanksgiving classics once a year, which means that when the holiday rolls around, expectations are high.  That’s why we rigorously tested and strategically streamlined our recipes for all the traditional (and not-so-traditional), crowd-pleasing favorites.

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I’m confident that vegans and non-vegans alike will love our Thanksgiving menu–from the best candied sweet potatoes you ever tasted, to butternut squash mac and cheese, to traditional stuffing and super-creamy pumpkin pie.  We know how to do it right.

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Each day, starting November 1st, we will be sharing a new fall recipe on our blogs.  We’d love to see any recipes of ours recreated by you.  Please tag us in social media #YSJThanksgiving when posting photos!

To add a more “meaty” component to our menu, I decided to take my breakfast sausage recipe, which is in the app, and add a bit of a holiday spin to it.  Behold Holiday Sausage!  It’s a versatile sausage that you can crumble into sauces or soups.  I hope you and your loved ones love it as much as I do!

 

Holiday Sausage

Ingredients:

½ cup quinoa, uncooked

1 cup filtered water

2 Tbsp flax meal

6 Tbsp filtered water

2 cups crimini mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 cup walnuts

1 1/4 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped

2 tsp fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped

2 tsp fine thyme leaves, roughly chopped

1 tsp rosemary, chopped

1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp red chili flakes

 

Directions:

1. Rinse and drain quinoa. Place the quinoa and 1 cup of filtered water in a small saucepot and cover. Cook the quinoa over medium heat. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer. The quinoa should be cooked in about 15 minutes, when all the water is absorbed. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool.

2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.

3. Add all the remaining ingredients into the food processor. Then add the cooled quinoa and process until you have a mixture that looks like ground “meat”, meaning there should not be big lumps of nuts or mushrooms.

4. Scoop 2 Tbsp of the mixture onto the baking sheet and form into round patties. I use a 1-ounce scoop to make this process easier, then I press down to make make into a sausage patty.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until browned.

6. Allow sausage patties to rest on the baking sheet for at least 3 minutes before transferring them to a plate.

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