Save the Turkey! Healthier Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

 

We all love a plate full of the traditional dishes of Thanksgiving: bright red cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, squash, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. This year try incorporating a couple of vegan dishes that are sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar. They are so tasty that you won’t even tell the difference!

 

Here are two ideas:

 

Maple Syrup-Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

 

Ingredients:

 

1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries

1 small orange, zested and juiced

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup water

1 pinch sea salt

1 cinnamon stick

 

 

Directions:

 

1.    Combine cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, maple syrup, water, salt, and cinnamon stick in a pot; heat over medium-high heat until simmering.

2.    Reduce heat to a simmer, place a lid on the pot, and cook, gently stirring every 5 minutes, until sauce is thickened and cranberries have burst, about 20 minutes.

3.    Remove cinnamon stick before serving.

 

 

Butternut Squash with Walnuts

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

 

Ingredients:

 

1 butternut squash- peeled, halved, seeded, and cut into ½-inch slices

 cup water

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup dark rum (optional)

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 pinch salt

¼ cup walnuts

 

Directions:

 

1.    Combine butternut squash, water, maple syrup, rum, cinnamon, and salt in a skillet; bring liquid to a boil.

2.    Reduce heat to low, place a lid on the skillet, and simmer, stirring every 5 minutes, until squash is tender, about 15 minutes.

3.    Transfer butternut squash to a serving dish, keeping the liquid in the skillet.

4.    Continue simmering liquid in skillet until a thickened sauce forms, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour sauce over butternut squash.

5.    Garnish butternut squash with walnuts right before serving.

Author: Alli Shircliff

Nourish ~A Self-Care Women's Yoga Retreat~

Hot Feet is all about wellness and we know that retreats can be a way to make big leaps forward in our understanding and commitment to our health. In conjunction with 3 local health and fitness businesses the studio will be sponsoring a self-care and yoga retreat called Nourish. This retreat is for women only. Come and spend the weekend with other women like yourself who want to be inspired and learn how to take care of you! The weekend includes 4 yoga classes, a cooking class, a 2hr beach hike, a meditation class, and a swag bag to take home to inspire you in your self care journey. We promise, you will leave with new tools, feel rested, be radically empowered, and beyond all things, nourished. 

Check out this great summary from one of the retreat leaders Carrie Johnson on her blog TravelingYogiBear.

https://travelingyogibear.com/2016/09/01/nourish-retreat-planning/

We hope you will join us in November!

In Health, 

Teanna Gentry 
Director of Operations