Well I'm happy to say that my Vegan Thanksgiving went perfectly!! Well, OK, not really. I guess it depends on your definition of perfect. Martha Stewart perfect? No way. But "Kathy perfect" in the end? Oh yes.
The high pressure day cluttered with sideline errands, missing ingredients and kitchen tools, lack-o-real-dining-table yet (a la moving in scenario), makeshift serving platters and "a very late start to cooking" may have been ingredients for disaster. But holidays always seems to turn out OK when you are surrounded by loved ones. That "perfect" snuggly moment surfaces. And suddenly, "perfect" has a new definition.
More Thanksgiving recap and my Black Friday "Detox" Smoothie Recipe ahead!..
Warm Fuzzy Holiday. That perfect feeling of warm-fuzzy bliss only surfaced once my husband and I were cozily settled into our seats with huge amber plates filled to the rims with vegan Thanksgiving deliciousness. I wish I had a photo - but really moments like that don't need food-blogger-interference. :)
..The day leading up to the described bliss was well, pure chaos. Mainly because we spent the morning continuing some "moving in" errands and I really didn't think I would be able to pull off a feast! But I scooted myself into the kitchen at around 4pm (yup, that late) and whipped up a gorgeous feast that I was pretty darn proud of. That's the great thing about vegan food - you can literally make it in just a hour or so if you have a good plan in order!
The Chaos? The stuffing mishap. You can read all about it here. But it worked out in the end as you can see from the delicious stuffing photo above... Pita Bread Stuffing anyone? Stuffing "Disaster" story and recipe deets here.
Grapefruit-Cado Smoothie. And lastly, this morning I was craving a detox smoothie. Luckily I had just crafted this recipe for the Dole Nutrition Newsletter. A tangy-tart-sweet blend of creamy avocado, zingy grapefruit juice, strawberries and comforting banana. I loved this blend and it was an ideal way to start :"Black Friday." Rich in fiber, healthy fats from the creamy avocado, potassium, vita C and more.
Grapefruit-Cado Sunrise Smoothie
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice*
1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice*
1 cup DOLE frozen strawberries
3/4 cup DOLE banana (use frozen banana slices for thicker smoothie)
1/4 cup ice
optional: 1 tsp maple syrup
*use of fresh-squeezed juice is optional
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So how did YOUR Thanksgiving go?? Any crazy mishaps or fun stories?? Vegan recipe success or even those nasty failures?
Dole Nutrition. Want more Dole inspiration? Be sure to check out my past posts..
* David Murdock (of Dole) Wellness Lessons, my commentary on the New York Times article
* Dole Health and Wellness Blogger Summit
more of my "mistake-gone-great" pita bread stuffing..