FAVORITE RECIPES THIS WEEK + LINKS:

Thanksgiving is this week and I am trying so hard to stay on track with my healthy diet.

My family and I are vegetarian so we won’t be eating turkey,

But that doesn’t mean everything else we’re served will be healthy.

I’m testing out a few new recipes that I’d like to make for my entire family on Thanksgiving.

I tried really hard to find recipes to impress the meat eaters in my family,

But it’s not always easy!

I’ve personally been asked if we only eat vegetables and fruit.

This question always makes me chuckle 🙂

If only they knew how delicious a plant based lifestyle was.

So my goal this Thanksgiving ,

Is to share some tasty and irresistible recipes with the rest of my family.

I’m not looking to “recruit” anyone to vegetarianism or veganism,

Just shed some light on our side and educate a few people along the way,

We eat real good on a plant based diet!

So this week I worked really hard to find some tasty and soulful recipes to make at home and for Thanksgiving.

Money Stats: This week I spent $92 on food for a family of 4 for a week of plant based meals. This included 3 meals a day plus snacks and beverages, mostly milk and spring water. I spent a little more this week because I got a few cans of coconut milk and some granola bars. I’ve been on a Kashi kick for the last two weeks, they are just so good! I do still have to grocery shop for Thanksgiving, but that’s unrelated from my grocery budget stats.

Related: The previous weeks’ meal plan. 

Meals:

Spicy Fried Cauliflower “Chicken” 

I was actually pretty surprised and shocked how similar these appeared to actual fried chicken. The taste was pretty enjoyable and flavorful! My kids had their fair share and actually enjoyed this for dinner. I agreed that I’d make some for Thanksgiving. My sister in law said she’s looking forward to it, so I’m ready to impress everyone with this recipe. It’s not something that I would make too often just because of the frying process, but it’s definitely staying on the meal plan every once in a while.

cauliflower chicken

Greek Salad 

I loved preparing this recipe because it was a fresh and flavorful meal idea. This is a great recipe for meal prepping, we made a huge batch for our lunches. One day I even put some on top of brown rice to change it up a bit and it was pretty filling. Another addition that I enjoyed was adding a can of garbanzo beans. They don’t compliment the flavor per se, but they do offer a bit extra protein and filling power to the recipe. Who wouldn’t love a fresh Greek salad on Thanksgiving, unconventional but tasty!

Greek Salad

Sweet Potato Casserole

Someone shared this recipe with me on a Facebook health page and I’m so happy they did! I plan on making this for my entire family on Thanksgiving and I am so excited. I look forward to eating sweet potatoes every year for Thanksgiving. But this recipe is over the top deliciousness. And I absolutely love that the recipe incorporates coconut milk, my favorite. Then topped with pecans, this is one healthy and tasty Thanksgiving meal idea!

Vegan Macaroni

I was pretty excited when I found this recipe. The kids have macaroni and cheese at least once a week at home. It’s literally the only meal they won’t waste. So I was super excited to be able to use this recipe for their lunch.  It was definitely easy to make and the taste was pretty good. Next time I’m going to use less noodles so I can create that creamy dish I was shooting for. I also love that this recipes calls for nutritional yeast. This is definitely a good option to turn to if you want a healthier version of macaroni and cheese. Another option would be to make cauliflower mac’ n cheese and use cauliflower instead of noodles. 

Vegan Macaroni

 

Veggie Loaded Chili

I don’t know about you but I live for a good chili soup. This recipe calls for a ton of different vegetables and the blend of flavors is amazing. I don’t usually use carrots and zucchini in chili, not that I don’t like to, but just never thought of that idea. The chili turned out great. I wish I wasn’t in such a rush and would’ve left it longer to mix the flavors. I had this for lunch today actually and by the time dinner came around I was still full!
Chili

Snacks:

Peanut Butter Blondie

Talk about delicious! I was very skeptical about mixing garbanzo beans and peanut butter and hoping brownies popped out the oven. But it actually turned out to be pretty tasty and well formed. I topped the “brownies” with dark chocolate chips and sea salt.  Now this is how you enjoy a good vegan dessert. I’m definitely planning on making a batch of these for everyone to taste on Thanksgiving. Another idea would be to put some almond milk whip cream on top!

peanut butter blondies

Baked Carrot Chips

So I decided to buy 2 lbs of carrots and chop them up and make carrot chips. I can’t say they turned out exactly as planned, but they were pretty tasty. Next time I think a little bit of patience would help. I sort of wanted immediate gratification and didn’t  wait for the carrots to get super crispy and dehydrated. But, in the future this would be a great and tasty meal prep snack. We ate our carrot “chips” with none other than a side of ranch!

carrott chips

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

I made this for the kids one morning for breakfast. It was super easy to blend everything together, no mess. The kids enjoyed the smoothie and it only calls for a few ingredients. This was great for a  fun and easy breakfast option for the kids. Since They drank this up in no time, so  they were pretty much set until snack time. I also snuck in some Pea Protein powder for a little extra calories and filling power. Definitely a keeper.

Banana Smoothie

 

I have to say I was totally satisfied with the recipes I found this week!

And I cannot wait to share some of these with my family on Thanksgiving.

I love family get togethers that involve food

Because it’s so satisfying to share the wonders of a plant based diet through food.

My favorite recipe  this week had to be the garbanzo and peanut butter brownies, now that was a game changer for us!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 Which one of these recipes do you find the most appealing? 

What plant based meals are you preparing for Thanksgiving?

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