Thanksgiving is almost here, Beauty! For many of us, Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year than in years past. But I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday and practice self-care than by enjoying a delicious Plant-Based Thanksgiving menu, regardless of your plans.
As we’ve discussed in our Solluna community many times, what we put into our body is incredibly important to defend it from sickness, especially during this pandemic. I’ve pulled together this year’s plant-based Thanksgiving menu with special intention, filling it of some of my most favorite nutrient-dense, satisfying and delicious recipes. So you can work on keeping your body healthy, while enjoying the comfort of traditional Thanksgiving flavors!
In these interesting times, remember to go back to the origin of this holiday and take a moment for gratitude. Enjoy the day’s peace and solitude, on a usually busy holiday. Connect with the energy and vibrancy of these amazing plant foods. Happy cooking!
First up on our plant-based Thanksgiving menu is my colorful, flavor-filled Harvest Salad with a Tahini Citrus Vinaigrette recipe! It’s a fresh and light way to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. Combining leafy greens, tasty tomatoes, radiant radishes, flavor-filled fennel, and a delicious tangy, creamy dressing, this salad is gratifying and oh so good for you! Plus, it’s the perfect starter to prepare your tastebuds for the heartier dishes to come ;)
Rosemary Mashed Vegan Sweet Potatoes
What’s Thanksgiving without creamy mashed potatoes? But have you ever thought of shaking up your traditional recipe just a tad, so you leave the dinner table feeling energized instead of sluggish? My Rosemary Mashed Vegan Sweet Potatoes Recipe fits the bill! Completely plant-based with no heavy dairy added to this recipe, you will avoid any digestive discomfort that comes with traditional mashed potatoes. Plus you’ll benefit from the anti-inflammatory perks of sweet potatoes and rosemary, that also provide tons of delicious flavor. Your immune system and tastebuds will thank you!
All-Plant Stewed Collards
Here’s a delicious dish that provides warming comfort along with the benefits of dark, leafy greens. My All-Plant Stewed Collards recipe is so simple to prepare that you will want to make it for more than just your plant-based Thanksgiving menu! These collards are loaded with incredible antioxidant power that will help keep your body filled with nutrient-rich goodness, sans guilt. We could all use more of that magic, especially this time of year!
Vegan & Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese
This Vegan and Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese is the answer to all your plant-based comfort food wishes! In this recipe, the cheesy richness is derived from a blend of butternut squash and coconut milk, rather than bloat-inducing dairy. I personally love the velvety rich texture of this dish, which is satisfying and gives you all the comfort of real cheese. But since it’s properly food combined it won’t burden your system. Take it from me, you can’t miss adding this recipe to your plant-based Thanksgiving menu.
Lentil Stuffed Squash with Mushroom Gravy
This next dish might become an annual staple on your plant-based Thanksgiving menu. I present this fully plant-based, yummy recipe: my Lentil Stuffed Squash with Mushroom Gravy. Packed with rich fiber from lentils, to loads of nutrients from veggies and herbs—your body will be so happy! I think you’re going to love this recipe so much that future Thanksgivings won’t be the same without it.
Vegan Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie
If you’re like me, and will forgo the turkey on your plant-based Thanksgiving menu, you’re probably looking for a hearty dish to take its place. This Vegan Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie recipe gives you all the comforting feelings you crave, without any of the unwanted ingredients or guilt (i.e. gluten, vegetable oil or loads of butter, etc.)! Instead, it WILL give you that warm, filling sensation in your tummy without any heaviness. And it’s still packed with beauty-, energy- and health-building nutrients. You won’t even miss the turkey, I promise ;)
Spicy Beauty Stuffed Eggplant
This Spicy Beauty Stuffed Eggplant recipe will elevate your plant-based Thanksgiving menu to a whole new level! Eggplants help to protect our brain and nervous system because they contain an antioxidant known as anthocyanin. On a deeper level, eggplant is a deep indigo color – the color of our third eye. This color is said to help us live fearlessly, and feel inspired by our vision of purpose. I can’t think of a better food to eat as we give thanks and reflect on this crazy year, and head into a new year with purpose. Plus, this dish is loaded with flavor and hearty texture, adding an unexpected spicy twist to give your menu a kick!
Raw Pumpkin Spice Truffles
Kicking off the desserts on this plant-based Thanksgiving menu are my Raw Pumpkin Spice Truffles! This recipe is such a delicious little treat, due to the perfectly-balanced flavors of the pumpkin pie spice paired with the sweetness of the coconut flakes and dates. I really enjoy creating truffles as a dessert option because they are just enough to quell a craving or have a treat, without going overboard. :)
Raw Pecan Love Pie
What’s a Thanksgiving menu without pie, right, Beauty? “Regular” pies, of course, contain lots of unhealthy white sugar, butter, gluten and dairy products. Skip all of those toxic ingredients and try out my Raw Pecan Love Pie instead! Especially now that the seasons are shifting, the natural energy of this season is going inwards. Take time for self-care and enjoy treats, which may be nourishing to you. Good desserts go a long way to heal our body, mind, and soul, which is especially needed this year.
I can’t wrap up my plant-based Thanksgiving menu without a little pumpkin pie! To shake things up, I suggest you try my favorite Pumpkin Pie Parfait instead. This fiber-filled and fabulously-tasting puree is layered with gluten-free granola and coconut whipped cream. Not only will this parfait keep us healthy from the inside out, but we’ll still have enough energy left over for other festivities.
I hope this roundup of some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes shows you that you can find balance during the holidays! Yes, you CAN get all the comforting goodness of a Thanksgiving meal, while still putting your health and energy first. Even if you’re enjoying the day a little differently than usual, I hope it’s stress-free and filled with peace, gratitude and happiness. Remember, I am thankful for you, Beauty, today and every day.
Sending you and your loved ones all the blessings and love for a wonderful holiday!