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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo and Gluten-free

Hello my Dearest Friends!

It has been such a long time since I have written to you, and I thank you for being patient with me. Life has taken me in so many new directions over the past year, calling my attention elsewhere for the time being. My book The Miracle Kidney Cleanse was published in the beginning of the year, I started to write for The Chalkboard Mag (head over there to get your Lauren fix), have been traveling the world (Japan, Maine and Tasmania in January), and recently got engaged! It has been a wonderful whirlwind, and I have been focusing on moving with the tides of change. While my soul deeply misses sharing with you all, I have come to terms with the fact that sometimes it is better to be directed where the wind blows you, even if it takes you far from where you think you should be. With that being said, you, my loyal Holy Kale readers are my home, and I will always return home. So stick with me, don’t forget about me, and connect with my daily through my Instagram, Facebook and posts at The Chalkboard Mag.

 

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

 

One thing I absolutely must share with you though is my long list of recipes for Thanksgiving. I will be attending two Thanksgivings, one where I am bringing dessert, and the other a vegan entree and side dish. So I have put together a list of all the recipes I am dying to make, all of which are either vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten-free. Even though I am unable to cook the whole dinner this year (cannot wait until I can!), I am planning on bringing a couple dishes that I will be happy (and able) to eat. This way, no matter what else is served, I have something healthy to put on my plate. Plus, this is my secret way of giving the gift of health to the ones that I love at my Thanksgiving dinner table. Remember, there are always opportunities to open people’s minds about healthy food, and in this case, it is the simple contribution of a vegan dish to the holiday spread.

Now, without further adieu, here is my list of favorite healthy Thanksgiving Recipes. These come from my favorite foodie bloggers, all of which you must follow immediately. They will be your gateway into transforming your plate and bringing joy back into healthy eating.

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Hummus

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Hummus

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Hummus

Buttered Mushroom Sage Pesto Goat Cheese Sourdough Toast

Buttered Mushroom Sage Pesto Goat Cheese Sourdough Toast

Buttered Mushroom Sage Pesto Goat Cheese Sourdough Toast

Roasted Chestnut Butter on Persimmon Carpaccio

Roasted Chestnut Butter on Persimmon Carpaccio

Roasted Chestnut Butter on Persimmon Carpaccio

 

Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup

Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

 

Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Maple & Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Maple & Balsamic Brussels Sprouts


Warm Kale, Quinoa and Balsamic Beet Salad

Warm Kale salad with Quinoa + Balsamic Roasted Beets

Warm Kale salad with Quinoa + Balsamic Roasted Beets

 

Garden Keeper’s Pie w/ Beets, Lentils + Creamy Celery Root Mash

Garden Keeper’s Pie with Beets, Lentils + Creamy Celery Root Mash

Garden Keeper’s Pie with Beets, Lentils + Creamy Celery Root Mash

 

Oregano Roasted Brassicas with Pomegranate, Hazelnuts and Maple + Dijon Dressing

Roasted Brassica toss with Pomegranate, Hazelnuts + Maple Dijon Dressing

Roasted Brassica toss with Pomegranate, Hazelnuts + Maple Dijon Dressing

 

Massaged Kale with Pomegranate and Persimmon

Massaged Kale with Persimmons and Pomegranate

Massaged Kale with Persimmons and Pomegranate

 

Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Kale & Cremini Mushrooms

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Kale & Creminis

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Kale & Creminis

Maple Glazed Carrots with Cinnamon, Cumin, Hazelnuts + Mint

Maple Glazed Carrots with Cumin, Cinnamon, Hazelnuts and Mint

Maple Glazed Carrots with Cumin, Cinnamon, Hazelnuts and Mint

 

Wild Rice, Butter Bean, and Garlic Roasted Carrot Salad

Wild Rice, Butter Bean, and Garlic Roasted Carrot Salad

Wild Rice, Butter Bean, and Garlic Roasted Carrot Salad

 

Warm Cabbage, Green Apple + Goat Cheese Salad

Warm Cabbage Salad with Green Apple and Goat Cheese

Warm Cabbage Salad with Green Apple and Goat Cheese

 

Warm Potato Salad + Pumpernickel Croutons

Warm Potato Salad with Pumpernickel Croutons

Warm Potato Salad with Pumpernickel Croutons

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dates & Lentils

Savory Tomato Parmesan Crumble

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Warm Brussels Sprouts toss with Maple and Paprika

Warm Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Balsamic

Warm Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Paprika

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

 

Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie

 

Blackberry Hazelnut Crumble Bars

Blackberry Hazelnut Crumble Bars

Blackberry Hazelnut Crumble Bars

 

Spiced & Salted Pumpkin Pie Minis

Spiced & Salted Pumpkin Pie Minis

Spiced & Salted Pumpkin Pie Minis

 

Grilled Pumpkin Bread with Honeycomb

Grilled Pumpkin Bread with Honeycomb

Grilled Pumpkin Bread with Honeycomb

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Coconut Cream

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Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie

 

Vegan Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce

Vegan Baked Apples with Raw Caramel

Vegan Baked Apples with Raw Caramel

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6 Comments

  • Reply Rennie November 24, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Glad to know you’re well. Congrats on the engagement and adventures! The recipes look divine! Thanks for sharing.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale January 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you Rennie!

  • Reply Julia November 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Fantastic post Lauren! Love the pictures! What restaurant have you had the best mashed cauliflower? Remember to add it to your Besty List! http://www.thebesty.com/theholykale

  • Reply Elenore December 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

    —Oh we just keep checking in no matter what because we just LOVE you!—

  • Reply Diana December 2, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Wow I am just reading this today but these recipes and beautiful photos make me want to do Thanksgiving all over again!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale January 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      I know!! Good news is that we can eat these all winter long!

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