Pictured Cauliflower Alfredo, Spinach, Artichoke Lasagna. SF, can be GF
Today, 8 years ago, my life completely changed. Though I wouldn’t know how much until a few weeks later. It took years to stop fighting and trying to find reasons, diagnosis, prognosis and just accept things and let them heal and move at their own pace. Everyday I still deal with balance, reading, vertigo, other related issues. In the first few years post the event, I would have spiraled down into deep depression, but I didn’t thanks to my amazingly resilient and supportive husband, and family. I started the blog to keep me occupied and slowly realized my love for cooking and creating in the kitchen. Every year I grow at my own pace. There are always newer roadblocks, but eventually we get through them.
This year, I am as always thankful for my Husband. I am thankful for this blog, because it gave me something to do, for you the readers for following me along, and liking what I create. Thank you for being a part of my life. You wouldn’t know how some of the comments cheer me up on the not so good days when I can barely stand in the kitchen or edit or do anything worthwhile.
I am thankful for the response to my Book! Its an understatement that I was blown away by all the love! I think I am always wary of good things in my life. It comes with the anxiety issues, the feeling that everything will go away again. But if that happens, we will figure something else out. 🙂
What are you thankful for this year.
Back to Thanksgiving Recipes. Here is a huge round up to get you started.
All Vegan, Awesome and delicious. Most generally low fat, baked, use whole ingredients, no Palm oil. There are plenty of Gluten-free(GF) and Soy-free(SF) and grain-free options.
Most Recipes also have substitutions to make them allergen friendly mentioned on the recipe posts. Desserts and some recipes that are naturally soy-free are not marked SF.
Whats coming next week!
The Thanksgiving Menu, ready in 2.5 hours (some things made ahead). Lentil Quinoa Loaf. Corn bread stuffing. spicy Sweet Potatoes, Spicy Cranberry sauce! and a Blendtec High Speed Blender giveaway! Now posted!
If you make something from the blog, please do tag #veganricha on social media!
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes 2014
Gobi Musalam – Whole Roasted Cauliflower with creamy gravy. (GF SF) Carve this beauty. Pictured above.
Lasagna with Chipotle Cauliflower sauce, Mushrooms, Spinach, Jalapeno garlic Havarti layers.
Lasagna Bechamel with Sweet Potato and Cauliflower layers. SF
Cauliflower Alfredo, Spinach, Artichoke Lasagna. SF can be GF
Easy Vegan Veggies Lasagna. Can be GF
Lasagna Bolognese (Can be made GF with Gf Lasagna sheets)
Over-Stuffed Mushrooms with herbed Chickpeas, veggies, cashews. Pictured above. SF Easily GF.
Chickpea Stuffed Poblano Peppers with roasted red pepper sauce. GF SF
Spicy Mac & Yease . Insanely delicious
Quinoa shells in Jalapeno garlic sauce (GF SF)
Roasted tomato Chipotle Cauliflower sauce Mac and cheese (SF)
Breaded Brussels sprouts (GF SF) Pictured above
Green Beans with fennel seeds, lentils and cilantro (GF SF)
Tempeh and Pumpkin Bread Stuffing – make muffin cup appetizers or phyllo pots with the stuffing! Pictured above
Jackie’s Quinoa Stuffed Acorn
Bitter and Sweet Asian Quinoa Salad
Okra Poppers – Okra cooked with chickpea flour and spices (GF SF)
Gena’s Butternut, Brussels Sprouts, Bread and Apple Stuffing
Below are my favorite Sanctuaries that have had to work against the tide and keep working tirelessly for animals and people. Please keep these sanctuaries in mind forHoliday Donations.
WildlifeSOS, is an amazing organization. They stand out for the consistent efforts towards helping wildlife, and genius solutions like providing an alternate training and lifestyle to the kalandar dancing bear community, so that the people can find other methods of earning and living rather than hunting for baby bears again when their dancing bears were taken to the sanctuary.
Currently, they have been in the news for helping Over-worked and illegally owned elephants and helping to get then to the sanctuaries. Elephants that have never known freedom for 4o to 50 years since their birth, are used as begging elephants, are always tortured, shackled, beaten by all the several owners they have had over the years. Some of those Elephants are now in the sanctuaries learning to trust humans again and living a free life.
VSPCA, I cannot really fathom how everyone here does it day in and day out. They take in all the cows and calfs that are dumped as unusable, they rehabilitate domestic animals as well wild animals and birds like parrots, ducks, turtles. They house discarded hens, pigs and any farm animals. And they also serve vegan meals to the homeless, educate and spread the word.
VSPCA also invests in self sustaining infrastructure so that the 1000 and more animals can live their lives peacefully. They recently went through a cyclone and currently are rebuilding and caring for all those animals through the pounding storms. I am always amazed by the selfless work of all the volunteers and workers at VSPCA and they always wil be an organization that I support.
Yes, that is Phil Wollen visiting the sanctuary. He is one of the supporters of the Kindness Farm at the sanctuary.