We prepared this Thanksgiving menu with much love for your body, mind and taste buds!
Traditional Thanksgiving meals can often be challenging for the average person to digest. There are two key reasons for this. The first reason is that many people have trouble digesting the variety of starchy foods and protein foods in a conventional Thanksgiving meal. The second reason is that too often, Thanksgiving meals are full of sugar and not balanced in terms of the 6 tastes in Ayurvedic medicine (salty, sweet, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent). A dish or meal that is balanced feels more satisfying and grounding to your body and mind. This is what helps eliminate the cycle of cravings that often gets kicked off at the start of the holiday season.
Our recipes are designed to aid your digestion with better food combining and to balance the 6 tastes so that your body and mind are in harmony. Instead of refined sugar, we use all natural, whole food sweeteners that have nutrients your body can use.
Communing with Friends and Family
Thanksgiving is a time to commune with family and friends, celebrating the gift of nourishment from Mother Earth. It is a time to reconnect with the earth, your loved ones and yourself. Ask for help in the kitchen this year – share these recipes with your family and friends and have everyone contribute a dish. Or plan ahead (we’ll give you tips on how to do that, below!) so that you have less stress on the holiday and more time to be with your loved ones.
We wish you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving and remember, we love you!
Most of these recipes can be prepared 2 – 3 days before serving to make your kitchen time easier and give you more time to connect with friends and family on Thanksgiving day (see notes below for ideas). Remember to ask your loved ones to pitch in and your guests to bring one of these side dishes – contributing a dish to the meal is the spirit of Thanksgiving!
- Thanksgiving Turkey – Make this on Thanksgiving day and plan 4 hours in advance for a 10 – 12 pound turkey (more for a larger turkey) to allow the quick prep, cooking and cooling prior to serving.
- Lovely Millet Loaf (Vegan Main Dish Option) – This can be made up to 2 days before the meal.
- Bone Broth for Leftover Turkey (Optional) – Use this for a soothing, vitamin and mineral rich recipe for leftover turkey a day or two after the meal.
- Vegetable Stuffing (to stuff in your turkey or to make on the stovetop for Vegans) – This can be made on the day of by stuffing the turkey or up to 2 days early on your stovetop.
- Celery Root Veggie Mash – This can be made up to 2 days before your meal.
- Effortless Gravy (Vegan Option) – Make this the day of your meal if using meat broth or up to 2 days before if making the Vegan option.
- Cranberry Sauce – This can be made up to 4 days before serving.
- Dessert: Sweet Squash Pie – This can be prepared up to 2 days before serving.
Most of these recipes can be prepared 2–3 days before serving to make your kitchen time easier and give you more time to connect with friends and family on Thanksgiving day. Remember to ask your loved ones to pitch in and your guests to bring one of these side dishes! View the Complete Thanksgiving Menu…
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