Wasn’t it just yesterday that you were thinking about back-to-school bargains for fall? Now we’re into the holiday season, which kicks off on Thanksgiving and continues through New Year’s Day. If you have a party looming on the horizon, we’re here to help you plan ahead for a fabulously festive occasion.
They may not be able to tow you on water skis, but these flavorful vegan “boats” do make the perfect healthy appetizer for any party. They’re also filling enough to serve as a main course. Plus, it’s fun to fool your non-vegan friends with the convincingly authentic appearance of the crumbled walnut “meat!”
Coconut flakes make a great snowy topping for holiday cupcakes. They’re also good for adding tropical taste to your favorite baked goods. But did you know that if you blend them long enough, those stringy little strands transform into something creamy, smooth and spreadable? Coconut butter doesn’t have to come from a jar! Follow this recipe to make your own, then turn it into a decadent candy bark studded with cranberries and superfood cacao.
Make health the centerpiece on your holiday table with this meatless main dish made from wholesome, vegan ingredients. Guests will gobble up every bite without thinking of turkey, especially when served with all the traditional sides. No need to heat your oven for hours—just pick a bean (any bean!), blend a can with gluten-free baking mix and fresh herbs, then bake for about 20 minutes. Use a loaf pan and divvy up slices or make mini loaves for elegant individual servings. Happy Thanksgiving!
If you like mushrooms, it’s hard not to love them stuffed. These bite-sized, decadent treats are made with gluten-free crackers and dairy-free cheese, leaving no one at your dinner table longing. Think you can stop at just one? With such wholesome, nutritious ingredients, you don’t have to!
I’ve noticed a trend among my brood on Thanksgiving: the adults will drool over the usual, traditional fare—turkey, gravy, vegetables, potatoes—but the kids pick at their plates and save their appetites and enthusiasm for dessert. Our children haven’t been raised in a typical, “meat and potatoes” type home, so the sight of a slab of poultry with bones and gravy and colorful dollops of side dishes is a little foreign to them.
Spice is nice. But to really add bite to your burrito, check out chipotle powder! Just a touch of this fiery favorite—made from ground, roasted jalapeno peppers—gives new meaning to the word mouthwatering. Stir some into this fresh, homemade hot sauce for a kicked up taco topping, daring dip or spicy soup seasoning. The smooth, chunk-less texture comes from a quick whirl in the blender after ingredients are sautéed on the stovetop.
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