5 To-Dos For Thanksgiving

First off, I would like to thank everyone for sharing my Thanksgiving recipes. Even if you have not planned or prepared there’s still time to download this shopping list and make everything in no time.


Complete Whole Food Plant Based Thanksgiving Menu

We can still enjoy food at no compromise of taste and without animal products, oil & highly processed parts of the whole plant foods.

In fact, omitting items like eggs, butter, oil, and dairy from your holiday menu, means you can eat more of the foods you love without the tired, sluggish, gross feeling of bloat and discomfort afterwards.

Let alone the extra calories in butter from oil, and margarines, you really want to get the most out of the food you eat this holiday! Here are some health swaps you can make to save calories:

OIL SUBSTITUTIONS

2Including a balanced plate of starchy and non-starchy fruits & vegetables  is highly suggestible to keep you satiated and satisfied without over-consuming calories!


3Starting with soups!

This will help manage your entree portions. Try this soup made from the water after boiling potatoes in my Purple Maple-Pecan Mash

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Why go all in on one sitting? Spread it out!

We all are kind of happy Agustus was greedy and gulped down the chocolate river, but don’t be like Agustus–it never turns out very well.

How about seconds, thirds, and save room for dessert through out the entire day!

BE THE TAST TESTER: You take a little of each. You know theres always a LOT to go around. And then you come back to attack your favorites. This way of eating allows you to spread out your consumption and take what you need the second time around

TRY TO BE THE SPACER: You have a Starter. You wait a little and then you have an entree. Maybe some tea or coffee, and a walk, then you have enough room without feeling like a nasty stuffed sausage, to really enjoy dessert! 

NOT THE ONE AND DONE: You pile everything on the plate so much that mountains of mash flow streams of savory mushroom gravy all over your maple pepper brussels sprouts  and you yourself end up feeling just like the stuffing!

5Make Room. Go for a walk!

Just after all of this, and no matter how you choose to eat, before sitting and enjoying some laughs or cry’s with family and friends–Go for a walk!

Sitting can cause uncomfortable acid reflux. Fiber may be more protective than animal products in the first place, but get up and go move before crashing!

Research shows that regular post dinner walk and >3 hour dinner to bed time interval were associated with reduced acid reflux symptoms. 

Which dietary pattern may also help reduce symptoms? Check this out:

After all, save some room for later. Enjoy your holiday! Don’t forget to Like and follow me on Instagram @teddieddie

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Thanksgiving Complete Whole-Food, Plant-Based Menu & Shopping List

Preparing a whole Thanksgiving dinner is no easy task. It is certainly not for the weak hearted–but I got your back! I have put together a full menu and a complete comprehensive shopping list!


And, since we know how busy the holidays are, I’ve included some tips to make the day go quick and easy here and also within each recipe! 

  1. SHOPPING – shop in advance, even better order on amazon and never leave your house! You can get everything even 3-4 days in advance and only have to run for small items you may have overlooked the day of cooking.
  2. COOK AHEAD – desserts, sauces, toppings, and stews can be made ahead of time. Often, they even taste better the next day in many items including stuffing, soups, and desserts.
  3. PREP AHEAD – Prepping, cutting, and portioning out dry ingredients ahead of time is a tried and true way to make the day seem so easy.
  4. LEFTOVERS – Let leftovers cool before storing. When storing use BPA free containers, and make sure items are covered to keep them from drying out forgetting contaminated. Buy some extra lemons and squeeze  onto select items to preserve longer without effecting taste. for larger leftovers, freeze in the optimal containers.

PLANT-BASED THANKSGIVING MENU

ESSENTIAL STARTERS

Un-Believably Better Biscuits
Spinach Kale Salad

ENTREES & SIDES

Traditional Mash
Purple Potato Maple-Pecan Mash
Savory Mushroom Gravy
Ezekiel Bread Stuffing
Steamed Green Beans & Carrots with Orange Sauce
Easy Maple Pepper Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflower Roast

DESSERTS

Chickpea Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Date Crust (No-Bake)
Chunky Chocolate (Cup)Cake
Fudgy Frostin & Cashew Icing

Check out other recipes including soups, desserts, and more!

Be sure to share your plant based Recipes with me on Instagram “teddieddie”

ENJOY! And have a Happy Thanksgiving! 


Chickpea Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Date Crust – No Bake

If their is one thing you need to have this holiday its this no back Chickpea Pumpkin Pie. Paired with the Pecan Date Crust, your going to have to stop yourself from eating this entire pie in one sitting. 

The best things in life are no-bake. 

Seriously, when you don’t have to open an oven, bake, or boil, it feels like a win for all humanity. This twist on a traditional pie, includes chickpeas which adds a better texture when paired with pumpkin. The crust includes no oil, no rolling, no eggs, just whole foods!

Top this recipe off with some Fudge Frosting, or Cashew Icing, sit back and get ready for a healthy kick in the pants!