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Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Guide!

Here it is, my Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe Guide! This post is jam-packed with my favorite festive recipes that are perfect for your holiday table.

Check out my vegan Thanksgiving recipes as well as my "Choose Five!" approach to holiday cooking when I am feeling overwhelmed, plus see my five must-have recipes for Thanksgiving.

I hope one (or a few!) of my recipes can help you celebrate the holidays with ease, joy, comfort, wellness and deliciousness!..


Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad, Walnuts, Avocado, Citrus. Fast + Easy!

*This post is sponsored by Ocean Mist Farms

This gently wilted, Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad has buttery avocado, sweet citrus, hemp seeds and crunchy walnuts - all with a lovely sweet maple dressing. This salad is a perfect healthy-delicious side dish for your holiday table. The best part about this salad? You can easily whip it up in under ten minutes thanks to the prep technique. Really!

Plus, enter to win an awesome steam-themed cooking prize pack from Ocean Mist Farms!..


Cloud Cocoa

Back to basics, with this easy hot cocoa recipe (and video)...

Mood: Twinkle Lights + Snowflakes + Cozy Everything + Cloud Cocoa. This is how I serve hot cocoa, and I wanted to share it with you guys! I am not reinventing the wheel too much here, but little tweaks in prep and toppings make this cocoa extra fluffy and magical. Perfect for the holiday season!

Cloud Cocoa. Whipped cream, fluffy, white, thickly swirled like a sparkling snowbank, bouncing on a sea of steamy hot chocolate. A dusting of cinnamon and chocolate and winter holiday magic is served. My Cloud Hot Cocoa is our after-dinner dessert beverage of choice during these cool fall and winter months. Easy to make and totally dairy-free.

A background haze of twinkly white lights and humming holiday music will make things extra cozy..


Catch-up with Kathy: 5 Interviews!

*photo by Sabrina Hill

Interview Catch-Up. Over the past year I have had the pleasure of doing some awesome interviews with some warm, lovely and talented bloggers, brands and podcasters. I love sharing lessons that I have learned in life and business, as well as things that inspire me, help me get up and dance in the kitchen week-to-week, and struggles I have overcome. Light stuff. Heavy stuff. Real stuff.

I hope you enjoy these featured interviews and they speak to you in some emotional or inspiring way! I hope they teach you something new about wellness, cooking, veganism or life in general.

Check out these five recent interviews..


Vegan Stuffing for the Holidays!

Stuffing was one of those recipes that I always loved as a kid at my family's Thanksgiving table. However, like most budding vegetarians, I wasn't too fond of how the stuffing was prepared. Eventually, my mom started making a side portion of stuffing for me, via just the stovetop. And yes, the best part about stuffing is that you can absolutely make it using just plants, and "stuff it" using a basic casserole dish. No turkey's harmed in the making of a vegan stuffing!

A vegan stuffing recipe is especially important if you are embarking on your very first vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving. You probably do not want to leave this holiday fave off your menu, but you might be like, well, "Where do I stuff this stuff now??"

Easy! I mean, this method is kinda like taking that old school Stovetop Stuffing boxed mix and taking it to a whole new, homemade level, right?

Basic Vegan Stuffing. It is basically, amazing. This is my go-to vegan stuffing recipe, with all the basics. Celery, parsley, authentic holiday stuffing spices, bread, onion and a few more goodies. Check it out, and with the proper prep, you can have delicious, cruelty-free stuffing on your table in under an hour!...


(My Famous) Sweet 'n Sassy Sweet Potato Pockets for Thanksgiving!

This recipe for Sweet 'n Sassy Sweet Potato Pockets was my very first signature Thanksgiving recipe. I came up with it in college when I needed to bring my own "vegan Thanksgiving" side/entree to a non-vegan family feast. And since I LOVE Thanksgiving, I didn't want to miss out on any of my favorite dishes. So instead of bringing multiple dishes and crowding the already crowded dinner table, I made these little gems.

I wanted my entire vegan Thanksgiving meal stuffed inside a puffy pita pocket. And that is what I got!

Everyone at the table raved about them - with shocked looks in their eyes - and by the end of the night I was scribbling down the recipe on a piece of scrap paper for one of the guests. And emailing it to others.

I make this recipe every year no matter what. I crave it. I love it. And it always reminds me that ANYONE can be inspired to try a vegan lifestyle.

Or at least a vegan dish at Thanksgiving...


Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Snatch up one (or two) of these Chocolate Chip Trail Cookies before you hit the road! This is one of my favorite "cluster of many good things" cookie recipes. It is a nutty, rustic, whole-grain infused cookie that has a tempting balance of naughty and nice with oats, nuts and chocolate.

Rich vegan chocolate chips snuggle beside whole grain oats and healthy nuts with cozy cinnamon, citrus and vanilla.

11/2017 Updated! This post is now updated to include TWO oat-chocolate chip cookie recipes. The original recipe, plus an updated version with my "soaked oatmeal" hack. I have also included a how-to video..