Looking For Some New Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Meal?

October 7, 2021

By Anna Varriano

We all have our favourite (and not-so-favourite!) Thanksgiving sides, but if you’re looking to try something new, maybe even a completely plant-based Thanksgiving, here are a few ideas that you might want to include in your Thanksgiving spread this year. Who knows …. they may become a new favourite! Just click on the Recipe title heading to get to the recipe.


Roasted Cauliflower

I try to avoid starchy side dishes such as rice and potatoes. An easy, delicious and nutritious alternative to both is cauliflower. In this recipe, I’ll be showing you how to make roasted cauliflower as a substitute for roasted potatoes. It’s super-easy, delicious, and packs a greater nutritional punch compared to roasted potatoes.

Kale & Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe incorporates two of the most nutrient-packed veggies into one delicious casserole! Kale and sweet potatoes are loaded with fibre and nutrients, especially beta-carotene, which our body can convert into Vitamin A.

Roasted Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Salad with Tahini Dressing

This salad is one of my go-to’s for summer BBQs, pot lucks, and big family gatherings. It’s a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional potato salad. This recipe makes about 12 cups of finished salad, so adjust the ingredient amounts as needed. Leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days.

Coconutty Cinnamon Baked Squash

It’s hard to visit a Farmers’ Market or grocery store at this time of year without seeing a wide variety of winter squash available. These veggies are a great source of powerful antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Winter squash are also a great source of pectins, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and insulin-regulating properties. 

Cheesy Cauliflower & Spinach Casserole

This casserole is inspired by a signature dish that is served at the Green Door Restaurant – Ottawa’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. The Green Door’s dish is called ‘Mashed Potato Kale’. I use cauliflower instead of starchy potatoes, and spinach instead of kale (you can use any cooked greens that you like actually). I also add in some coconut oil. I love my spin on this potato side dish! I hope you’ll try it and enjoy it as much as I do.

Start with Soup!

Chicken soup for a cold or flu. Bone broth for gut health. Pumpkin or squash soup to support bowel movements. These are recommendations that have been passed down for generations, so there must be something to them! Soups are heart-warming and health boosting and a great way to start a Thanksgiving meal!

Go Turkey-Free

This slow-cooked veggie stew is loaded with health-boosting and tummy-warming goodness. It looks gorgeous and tastes amazing. It’s one of my favourite fall/winter meals!


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