Welcome to Friday! Who else is excited for the weekend? I know I am.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe that we’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving. Ready or not, here it comes!
I have a busy week ahead. I’m moving offices at work on Monday. Wednesday we have a potluck Thanksgiving luncheon at work, Thursday we’re going to Isaac’s Aunt and Uncle’s house for Thanksgiving with his family and Saturday my immediate family is coming over to our place for dinner. It’s going to be kind of crazy, but super fun! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve been trying to get prepared for all the festivities by figuring out what I want to make. It hasn’t been easy because there are so many good recipes out there, but Pinterest has been my best friend for bookmarking recipe ideas.
Per the usual, I’m trying to keep my dishes on the tasty but healthy side. Things might change, but here’s what I’m planning at the moment:
Work luncheon – Kale Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts (no recipe yet!)
Isaac’s Aunt/Uncle’s – Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh, a veggie option for those that don’t eat meat (Isaac’s mom and I).
Spiced Pumpkin Mousse, a protein packed dessert option
Dinner at our place – It’s my first time hosting Thanksgiving and I’m a little nervous! Isaac is going to bake the turkey, my sister is going to bring a couple side dishes and I’m going to make the rest. Here’s glimpse of what I’m thinking:
Vegan Lentil Loaf, veggie option for those that don’t eat meat (my niece and I).
Apple Ginger Galette, a healthy dessert option
I’m not sure what else yet. I do plan to bring out a jar of peach chutney I made over the summer and some homemade pumpkin butter. And, I also want to serve some sort of greens, but I haven’t picked out a recipe yet.
Here are some other options that have been going through my head:
- Sweet Potato Quiona Cakes – a great vegan / gluten-free main course
- Pumpkin Spice Cashew Cheese Dip – I made this last year and it was amazing!
- Sweet Potato Casserole – this one looks healthier than my mom’s recipe. 🙂
- Pearled Barley Salad
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar
- Vegan Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
As you can probably tell, I still have some planning to do! What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Do you have any healthy recipes picked out?