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Roundup: A Proper Plant-Based “No-Turkey Day” Feast

I love this time of year for many reasons, but one of my favorites is that it is an incredible opportunity to show yourself, your family and your friends that eating a plant-based diet is loaded with possibilities. What can you prepare if you aren’t eating Turkey for Turkey Day? Well, I ask “what can’t you have?”

I have compiled a list of some of my favorite holiday recipes for you so you can prepare an unforgettable plant-based Thanksgiving feast that won’t leave you napping for hours afterwards. All recipes are nutrient-packed and made with whole foods (no tofu or fake meats) and most can be prepared gluten-free.



Herbed Cashews
Raw or roasted
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Raw Fall Apple Cayenne Crisps
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Candied Ginger Pumpkin Seeds
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Elana’s Pantry Herbes de Provence Crackers topped with Cashew Cheese Spread and…

a dollop of Golden Raisin & Onion Honey Jam
I served this combo at my 24 Carrot Supper Club Holiday dinner last year to rave reviews
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Hearty Cauliflower Chowder
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Rea’s Autumn Parsnip & Apple Soup
Add grilled onion, salt and pepper for a variation
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Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup with Cashew Cream
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Main Courses:

Peppered Lentils with Kale & Butternut Squash
As is, or baked into acorn squash
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Butternut Squash Lasagna with Walnut Cashew Cheese
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Black Quinoa, Sweet Potato Kale Cakes
These will be incredible with Mushroom Gravy if you just change the recipe a bit. Don’t use cumin, coriander or cinnamon. Use 1 tsp each of fresh thyme, rosemary and sage instead.
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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Amazing with or without vegan marshmallows
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Rea’s Mushroom & Thyme Mashed Potatoes
Add roasted garlic, coconut oil and salt and pepper for a richer version
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Mushroom Gravy
Blend and add a touch of water or veggie broth to make a smooth gravy
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Sage Reed’s Blood Orange and Toasted Walnut Brussels Sprouts
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Baked goods:

Pumpkin Socca with Cashew Cream
Prepare sweet or savory
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Rea’s Quinoa Cranberry Walnut Muffins
Prepare as is or without the cranberries
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Raisin, Pecan & Thyme Tea Biscuits
Also work as a lovely sweet/savory dessert
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Desserts & Tea:

Rooibos Tea with…

Fresh Vanilla Almond Milk & Raw Honey
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Sweet Potato Pecan Brownies with a scoop of…

Raw Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or…

Raw Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream

Top with…

Dairy-Free Whipped Cream and…

Salted Caramel Sauce
Use the gooey caramel layer from this candy bar recipe and adjust ingredients a bit. Use 1/4 tsp sea salt and 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (be sure to make a slurry) instead.
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Penny’s Raw, Vegan Deep Dish Apple Pie
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Robyn’s Pear Galettes
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Cinnamon Date Manna Bread Pudding
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Penny’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is delish with…

Cinnamon Pie Crust Cookies
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Stay tuned for even more recipes these next few weeks—like pies, stuffing, main courses, baked goods… For now, this list should help you feel confident about preparing the ultimate Thanksgiving feast.

If you have questions about any substitutions, let me know with a comment below.


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