Healthy Thanksgiving: a Cornucopia of Vegan Sides

brussels sprouts

What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving? A family reunion? The Turkey? Football?  For most of us, it is at least one of the above.  But it can also be the start of a slippery slope of “holiday eating,” when any healthy habits you might have been working hard to form disappear with each spoonful of gravy and each slice of pie.  And I am not against a tradition which is one of my favorite family holidays.  But for those of you who are looking for a healthier, perhaps plant-based or vegan alternative, some new side dish options, or simply something new, here is a roundup of some healthier dishes you might want to include on your Thanksgiving table.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower Steak (better than Tofurkey TM!)

Umami Gravy (forget that it’s vegan– it’s the best gravy you’ll ever have!)

Spicy Cranberry Apple Relish (throw out your jellied cranberry sauce!)

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto (beautiful, delicious, and uses the whole carrot)

Thanksgiving Couscous (stuffing alternative)

Gateway Brussels Sprouts (I’ll make a Brussels sprouts lover of you)

Jewel Box Salad (sweet and savory and really pretty)

And don’t forget dessert!

Spiced Cranberry Apple Crisp

Vegan Pumpkin Pie (also better than the original)

And finally, some advice:

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come cook with me! My next class is coming up soon on 12/2/15 at Draeger’s Cooking School in San Mateo, Healthy Comfort Foods! These are some more great ideas for your holiday menu.  There are just a few spots left, so register today! And if you’d like to keep in touch for future classes, please visit (and Like) my Facebook page:  Please also share this with anyone you think might be interested.  Thanks and cheers!