Thanksgiving 2013

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I spent hours putting together this meal. Planning it, testing out recipes, actually cooking it, tasting it, photographing it, etc. It was exhausting to say the least. (I had 7 hours in it just today) But so so worth it.

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This Thanksgiving is my first gluten free, vegan Thanksgiving so I wanted it to be great. Plus everyone else that I’ll be around will be eating everything I’m not and I wanted to make my food look just as good (actually way better) than theirs. Gluten free and vegan foods aren’t boring! That’s basically what I want to show everyone.

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Anyways, I decided on a lentil loaf, acorn squash, cranberry sauce, and an autumn salad. (Desserts and snacks will be present as well, don’t you worry.) So that’s what I’m going to share with you guys today!

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Lentil Loaf

serves 6-8

1 cup cooked lentils
1/4 cup tofu
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup onions
1/4 cup all purpose gf flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 portobello mushrooms
1 teaspoon fresh basil
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Throw everything into a blender and blend until ingredients are slightly mixed. Stir by hand to mix completely, still leaving a thicker consistency. Place in a 9×4 greased pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve, enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Sauce

serves approx. 8

1 12 oz. package fresh cranberries
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup agave or maple syrup
Cinnamon

In a sauce pan combine all ingredients, brining to a boil. Once begins to boil, turn down to a simmer. Let simmer for approximately 20 minutes; until sauce consistency is reached. Cranberries will begin to pop, then you should start stirring every few minutes. Remove from heat after thickened to suite you. Serve warm or cold (warm is best!), enjoy!

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Acorn Squash

serves approximately 6-8

1 large acorn squash
Olive oil
Oregano

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and slice acorn squash. Coat in olive oil. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle slices with oregano. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove, serve, enjoy!

Autumn Salad

serves 1 (easily modifiable for your serving needs)

1 handful spinach
2 teaspoon tahini
3 teaspoon lemon juice
Pomegranate seeds
Radish, sliced

Place spinach, pomegranate seeds, and radish in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix together lemon juice and tahini. Pour into bowl and toss salad until coated. Serve, enjoy!!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends 🙂 And Happy Thursday to everyone not celebrating! I’m thankful for all of you!

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