Planning for Thanksgiving

Apologies to the Canucks for once again missing their Thanksgiving celebration last month.  Hope it was tasty!!

For the ‘Mericans, though, now is the time to start planning how to navigate this food-laden holiday if you haven’t already.  Everyone else should make up a reason to get together with family and friends – life is too short not to celebrate whatever we can together.

As you’re looking through a myriad of recipes trying to figure out what to make, consider our favorites below.  The loaf, casseroles, and gravy travel well in a thermo pack or in a cooler if there will be oven space to reheat.  The desserts need a cooler.  The mashed potato-flowers travel well in a crockpot.  Of the recipes below, really all you’d need to make at the last minute would be the sautéed kale and for the best texture, the brussel sprouts.

Thanksgiving Loaf

Pineapple Casserole

Fig Pecan Squash Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Mashed Potato-Flowers

Brown Gravy

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Apples

Sauteed Kale with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Squash Casserole

Pumpkin Pie (GF, soy free)

Chocolate Ganache Pie

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, plan to start making food two days in advance so you can enjoy the day and spend time with your family and friends.  Maybe even do that 5k Thursday morning!!  Here’s the order I make these dishes in advance: desserts, gravy, loaf, squash and green bean casseroles, then the rest the day of.

Unless you’re hosting Thanksgiving or have converted your entire family and close friends, Thanksgiving can be a challenge for those who aren’t willing to sacrifice animals or their own health for a holiday.  Use the holiday to set an example for others in how you make your health a priority and still enjoy delicious foods.  If you’re a guest, always take at least one dish so you know you’ll have something to eat and to share with others who are open-minded about incorporating more plant based foods into their diet.  Remember that weight gain is highest in November and December and to stop eating before you’re full.  There’s no reason you can’t make that delicious dish again next week!!