Though the turkey typically takes center stage come Thanksgiving, there are endless plant-based options to add to your holiday spread that will impress every guest. Mixing in some healthier options can just be just as delicious, but won’t leave you feeling bloated once the meal is over. Hearty soups, stuffed squashes, veggie-dense stuffings, cashew cream based green bean casserole or mushroom gravies, and roasted vegetable variations make it easy to fill your plate with nostalgic, healthy sides.
These maple delicata squashes are a favorite, because delicatas are one of the few squashes that you can actually eat the skin! The stuffing can be served on it’s own or be made into muffins, if you choose. They highlight lots of seasonal produce like apples, cranberries, sage and of course, the squash. You could sub in any other squash if you prefer, just make sure not to consume the skin if you’re using ones like acorn or butternut.
Fall is finally here, and with it, comes lots of new, seasonal produce, and heartier, more nourishing meals. Gone are the days of chilled salads, raw veggies and cooling foods, and we welcome rich, root veggies and warm dishes with open arms!
When it comes to autumn dishes, nothing is easier than a meal based in roasted vegetables of any kind. But produce like potatoes, squashes, turnips, beets, carrots and other root veggies are especially perfect this time of the year. Pair them with fresh herbs, spices, garlic, ginger or turmeric and simply toss together with your favorite protein, and you’ll have a beautiful, comforting weeknight meal in no time at all.
This variation is especially tasty with glazed tempeh. Though soy is known to be an issue with some women who have been affected by breast cancer, tempeh is typically mixed with other grains, has a lower soy content, and it’s fermented nature makes it easier to digest and healthier to consume!
As we head into the cooler, fall season, our bodies are more susceptible to things like colds, the flu and other illnesses. To keep your body functioning well, it’s important to keep it full of immune-boosting foods and herbs. Foods like lemons, ginger, turmeric, garlic and other ayurvedic ingredients are excellent at warding off illnesses. Soothing, warm dishes for the cooler temperatures that incorporate some of these nutritional powerhouses, are likely to come in the for of hearty stews, healing soups and nourishing curries or stir frys. This curry recipe is comforting, and full of lots of immune boosting elements that is packed with veggies and is easily adaptable if you want to add tofu, beans or any other types of protein! Here’s a breakdown of some of the key ingredients you’ll want to incorporate into your diet to keep your immune system running smoothly:
Lemons: Packed with Vitamin C, so that are a common go-to when you’re feeling under the weather