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a plant based thanksgiving

November 25, 2013

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a plant based thanksgiving

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today, i’m excited to talk to you about serving a plant based thanksgiving meal. i’ve told you this story before, but nine years ago when i told my family i was going to be a vegetarian the first question they asked was,”but what will you eat for thanksgiving?!” well, we’ve all come a long way since then, but it’s still one of the most frequent questions i get. since then, we’ve had years of delicious thanksgiving meals, sans the turkey, cheese and heavy cream.

years ago i heard someone talking about how many americans were emotionally attached to meat. hotdogs at ball games, hamburgers at cookouts, turkey at thanksgiving. for some reason, it struck me as odd. even kind of gross. i mean, i didn’t want to be emotionally attached to meat! i know there are lots of different feelings, beliefs and emotions surrounding food so my intention here is not to change or upset anyone, only to share with you the way we do things, why we do it and how it makes us feel.

so this year, you won’t find any turkey on our table, but instead a wholesome and hearty feast of plant based courses. they will leave us feeling fully satisfied, but not ‘over done’ and there will be no need to diet afterwards (well, maybe just a little). we’ll be energized after our meal, instead of exhausted and in need of a nap!

below are are a few of the scrumptious thanksgiving courses we’ll be having this year. i hope you enjoy browsing them and maybe trying a few!

main course: this is the trickiest course to fix vegan and still make people feel like they had a filling fall feast. it’s easy though with these recipes!

vegetable wellington redux (sans the cheese). this is a decadent course that truly feels like a special treat!

- ultimate vegan lentil loaf – a tried and true favorite!

holiday stuffed pumpkin- a center piece that must be carved and stuffed!

miso sesame winter squash – delicious and beautiful!

- celebration roast – the ultimate in vegan sophistication, this roast is simple and delicious (just heat it up!)

side dishes and salads: it’s easy enough to prepare veggies for side dishes, but the trick to thanksgiving is using seasonal spices & ingredients that makes the meal feel really special.

pomegranate, kale and wild rice salad (sans the feta) – the most delicious salad i’ve ever made!

garlic mashed potatoes – with ingredients like rosemary and lentils, this is sure to be a hit!

my favorite biscuits – easy and delicious.

roasted fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts (brussel sprouts are my favorite).

roasted pumpkin seed hummus don’t throw out the pumpkin seeds!

shaved cauliflower salad – light and yummy.

herb spiced stuffing – i like to add apple sage field roast to my stuffing, too.

dessert: the best part of all!

baked apples stuffed with cinnamon date pecan oatmeal

- vegan pumpkin pie – i like to make the gluten free one, it’s so yummy!

apple cider float – yumyumyum.

coconut ice cream – my favorite plant based ice cream (doesn’t taste like coconut!).

what will you be serving this year? we would love to hear about your menu and favorite recipes!

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grateful place cards + notes

November 22, 2013

Posted by in handmade

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before i sign off for the weekend, i wanted to pop in and share with you some thanksgiving inspired grateful place cards and note cards i created this month for the roost tribe (you can also grab them over in my shop). my hope is that they’ll make a beautiful place setting and help everyone focus on what they’re thankful for this year.

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filling out a grateful note card is a great way to remind ourselves what we’re most thankful for. set them out at a thanksgiving celebration to set the ambiance and let everyone (kids and adults alike!) fill them out to share with one another. if you’re not hosting a get together, fill one out and place it on your fridge, around the house, or on your sweetheart’s steering wheel as a sweet reminder of all the things you’re thankful for!

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these are the things i’m most grateful for. what are you thankful for this year?

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a plant based thanksgiving

November 16, 2012

Posted by in simple living

a plant based thanksgiving feast

by row: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

instead of sharing regular dinner ideas with you today, i’m excited to talk about serving a plant based thanksgiving meal. eight years ago when i told my family i was going to be a vegetarian the first question that asked was,”but what will you eat for thanksgiving?!”.well, we’ve all come a long way since then, but it’s still one of the most frequent comments i hear. since then, we’ve had years of delicious thanksgiving meals, sans the turkey, cheese and heavy cream.

years ago i heard someone talking about how many americans were emotionally attached to meat. hotdogs at ball games, hamburgers at cookouts, turkey at thanksgiving. for some reason, it struck me as odd. even kind of gross. i mean, i didn’t want to be emotionally attached to meat! i know there are lots of different feelings, beliefs and emotions surrounding food so my intention here is not to change or upset anyone, only to share with you the way we do things, why we do it and how it makes us feel.

so this year, you won’t find any turkey on our table, but instead a wholesome and hearty feast of plant based courses. they will leave us feeling fully satisfied, but not ‘over done’ and there will be no need to diet afterwards. we’ll be energized after our meal, instead of exhausted and in need of a nap!

below are several scrumptious thanksgiving courses, many are tried and true favorites around our household.

main course: this is the trickiest course to fix vegan and still make people feel like they had a filling fall feast. it’s easy though with these recipes!

vegetable wellington redux (sans the goat cheese). this is a decadent course that truly feels like a special!

- ultimate vegan lentil loaf – a tried and true favorite!

- seitan roulade - from one of my favorite food bloggers, vegan yumyum.

- celebration roast – the ultimate in vegan sophistication, this roast is simple and delicious (just heat it up!)

side dishes: it’s easy enough to prepare veggies for side dishes, but the trick to thanksgiving is using seasonal spices & ingredients that makes the meal feel really special.

mushroom gravy – the perfect gravy to go with biscuits, potatoes or veggie loaf.

garlic mashed potatoes – with ingredients like rosemary and lentils, this is sure to be a hit!

cornmeal ‘buttermilk’ biscuits - i promise no one will miss the buttermilk!

roasted fingerling potatoes and brussel sprouts (brussel sprouts are my favorite).

herbed creamed collards with sage and coconut milk.yum!

herb spiced stuffing – i like to add apple sage field roast to my stuffing, too.

dessert: the best part of all!

baked apples stuffed with cinnamon date pecan oatmeal

- vegan pumpkin pie – i like to make the gluten free one, it’s so yummy!

coconut ice cream - my favorite plant based ice cream (doesn’t taste like coconut!).

what will you be serving this year? we would love to hear about your menu and favorite recipes!

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yosemite, here we come!

November 22, 2011

Posted by in holidays
yosemite yosemite valley

 
well dear ones, the hubs and i are headed to yosemite valley for the week! our thanksgiving meal will most likely consist of instant pad thai or something (though i did fix us a little pre-thanksgiving meal last night, how could i not eat stuffing this year?!). we’ll be returning on sunday, so i’ll see you back here on the 28th, just in time for cyber monday!

speaking of cyber monday.. are you having a sale? please leave in the comment section or e-mail me your special and i’ll be sure to include it in monday’s post! happy thanksgiving, everyone! love, bonnie

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a turkeyless thanksgiving?

November 22, 2011

Posted by in holidays
turkey photo turkey photo by carl christensen

 
the first my mom said when i told her i was going to be a vegetarian was, ‘what are you going to eat at thanksgiving?!’ well that was some 6 years ago and we’ve come a long way! though turkey is a tradition each year, it seems that more and more vegetarians and vegans alike are coming to the table to have a turkeyless thanksgiving. no matter where you are on the scale: from being interested in having a veggie side – to expecting a vegetarian guest – to being a vegan yourself, below is something for everyone!

vegan thanksgiving recipes

i wanted to share with you a few vegetarian/vegan recipes and articles relating to thanksgiving, and invite you to share your recipes and thought as well!

1. vegetable wellington (i made this last week, and it is now my most favorite recipe!)
2. apple sage ‘sausage’ chestnut stuffing
3. candied lime sweet potatoes
4. soy braised carrots
5. coconut butternut squash soup
6. seitan piccata

other yummy and delightful resources:

– find a local, sustainable turkey - still want a turkey? find out how you can find a healthy and sustainable one here!
a thanksgiving feast, no turkey’s allowed – an article by the ny times
ny times vegetarian thanksgiving (tons of recipes!)
vegan & vegetarian thanksgiving dinner recipes – a great source for recipes and menu ideas
celebrate a vegan holiday – awesome recipes (like sage & pumpkin seed encrusted seitan with roasted garlic-pumpkin sauce!)
vegetarian thanksgiving recipes – you guessed it, more amazing recipes!

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thanks

November 29, 2010

Posted by in holidays

thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are gone. today, most of us will return to our normal schedules and see that the hype of the holidays is upon us.  before the busyness sets back in, i want to take a moment to give thanks.  there are so very many things that i am thankful for, and i know i don’t say thank you enough. today and always, i am thankful for:

my husband, my light, my love and my life entertainment

my mom and dad, for the selfless love they give

my sister and how she makes me laugh

my grandma, and all the times we spend in the kitchen

my mom, dad & sister-in law for the inspiration and laughter they spread

great food and a family that loves to cook

toaster, and his willingness to snuggle

our jobs, and the way they fulfill us

safe travels, for the many miles we drive

great tasting coffee on cold mornings

having a deeper desire within me to do better and be a better person

for you, and your faithfulness- and how you make me smile!

for every blessing in our lives, that too often get overlooked.

what are you thankful for this thanksgiving?

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a vintage christmas

November 23, 2010

Posted by in holidays

rifle paper co.

rifle paper co.

even though our homes and hearts are filled with thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about christmas cheer as well. soon, we’ll be gathering holiday stamps and begin sending christmas cards to our friends and families, and i love these vintage inspired ones by rifle paper company.  with beautiful typography, pretty colors and scenes reminiscent of a simpler time, these cards are sure to bring back nostalgic memories.

as we all are traveling, cooking and spending time with family, i’ll be taking the rest of the week off to celebrate thanksgiving with our families.  i may be popping in with a post or two, and a possible surprise on friday (wink wink), but until then, i wish you all a beautiful holiday and wonderful times with your loved ones.

happy thanksgiving!

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during our visit last week, my sister and i had some of the most delectable butternut squash soup we had ever had, and decided to try to recreate it ourselves for thanksgiving.  in search for a similar recipe, i found this butternut squash soup recipe from one of my favorite cooking blogs, roost.  it’s accompanied by pear, cider & vanilla and sounds like the perfect addition to our family meal this thursday.

are you trying anything different for your thanksgiving meal this year?

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