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Kelly’s Gluten-Free ThanksLiving Recipe Plans

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ThanksLiving Is The New Thanksgiving!

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With all the amazing meat-free, vegan options out there today, why settle for Turkey as your main course when you could eat healthier and start a new Gluten-Free ThanksLiving tradition. As a vegan of 4 years, I still love to experiment with new foods!  I picked out a few recipes this year, and look forward to digging right in!

I plan on having a ThanksLiving celebration, with my vegan family and vegetarian friend Erica, with delicious plant-based foods! I also donated some help $$ to Mercy for Animals, who is currently doing a Million Dollar Challenge!! This ThanksLiving, give back!

Main ThanksLiving Course: Vegan Meatloaf made out of Lentils and Gluten-free Bread Crumbs, topped with cranberry sauce. (I’m the only one who has a gluten allergy, so the other three will be eating Tofurky as their main course.)

Delicious Plant-Based Sides:

  1. Mashed Potatoes mixed with Non-GMO Canned Corn and topped with a satsifying gluten-free gravy.
  2. Vegan Stuffing made with Gluten-Free Brown Rice Loaf (instead of wholegrain bread).

Amazing Beverages:

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Delicious Latte from Pomegranate Cafe, AZ
  1. Pumpkin Spice Lattes with Vanilla Almond Milk and gelatin-free marshmallows; Hot Cocoa with marshmallows for Vinny 🙂
  2. Reisling for the adults; grape juice for the kid.

For Dessert:

I’m still debating between this Banana Cream Cake and the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie with Almond Meal Crust.  I will have to post pictures of which dessert I end up making!!

Which one would you choose?  I was really eying down that cake… we ended up making both!

Happy Gluten-Free ThanksLiving to all of my vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan friends out there. GO YOU if you are working on reducing meats and introducing new plant-based meals! I would love to help you – just contact me for more info.

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The Meanest Greenest Juice to Drink on St Patty’s Day

The Meanest Greenest Juice You Can Drink on St Patty’s Day

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Many will wake up and have a green beer, green eggs, or another unhealthy green food to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  For the past few years I have realized my passion for fitness & health is more valuable to me than traditions.  Basically, I have stepped back from the stereotypical junk food celebrations and stepped forward to learn healthy and nutritious plant-based recipes for a new way to celebrate the holidays.  It is actually quite fun to experiment with new recipes and make feel-good foods also taste good! Today, I am going to share my meanest greenest juice and most nutritious green juice recipe for you to try.  It’s easy peasy and takes very little effort to make.

Step 1: Make sure you have a juice extractor!

Step 2: Grab 3 leaves of organic Swiss Chard  + 1 cucumber.

Step 3: Slice the cucumber in half so that it fits nicely into the juicer 🙂 You can fit the swiss chard in the juicer without slicing it at all, but you may want to break the leaves into smaller pieces first.

Step 4: Place the swiss chard leaf in the juicer, with the red stem first. Then, juice the cucumber. If you are not a fan of cucumbers, try juicing a green apple instead! There’s nothing like the fresh taste of green apple juice 😉

Step 5: If this doesn’t look beautiful and green, I don’t know what does!  Now squeeze 1/2 a lemon right into the foam atop the juice for a tart added flavor. (Skip the lemon if you are making apple juice).

Here’s to one of the best green juice recipes for your health – I love it because it’s jam packed with nutrients and totally beats eating a cucumber chard salad! Drink green juice for a vibrant healthy life! Enjoy and subscribe for more healthy recipes!  In the meantime, check out our recent post aboutThe History Behind Ireland’s Signature Foods and stick around for Derek’s St. Patty’s Day soup!

Written by: Kelly Gibson

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Derek’s Raw Broccoli Soup

If you’re looking for the greenest St Patrick’s Day lunch around, try Derek’s Raw Broccoli Soup recipe!

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Why Broccoli? Why not. As a Health & Fitness coach, I try to set a good example and tend to break the tradition of eating junk food on holidays and instead eat healthy for every celebration. You’d be surprised how great you’ll feel after celebrating with healthful and raw plant-based foods for a change.  Most holiday meals make us feel stuffed, tired, and full of belly aches. Nothing is more fun than trying a new recipe, loving the flavor, and feeling full of energy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 large broccoli florets
  • 2-3 large cloves of garlic
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of almonds
  • 1/8-1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

In a vitamix or food processor, add the almonds with 1/8 cup water to make a “milk”. Then add the garlic cloves and blend til completely smooth. Chop broccoli into smaller chunks so they will blend well in the vitamix. Add broccoli to almond milk mixture. Blend until completely smooth and creamy. Add water as needed to desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy your raw broccoli soup!!

 

Recipe by: Derek McDonald. Try Kelly’s Meanest Greenest Juice recipe for breakfast & John’s Vegan Loaf for dinner this St. Patty’s Day.

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Article by: Kelly Gibson, Plant-Based Nutrition Coach and Vegan Personal Trainer at Kelly Athletics LLC in Tempe, AZ 85283; near Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Phoenix!