Thanksgiving Recipe Essentials


Thanksgiving is next week can you believe it? Today I’m sharing some of my favorite seasonal recipes to inspire you in the kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for a large group or sharing an intimate dinner with loved ones, Thanksgiving is a time to give and practice gratitude for each other and Mother earth.

As many of you know from my food journey post a couple months back, I am now eating some animal foods after years of eating only plants. The first year I celebrated a plant-based Thanksgiving was incredible. I didn’t even miss the Turkey! There is so much variety in fall produce that there is no excuse to not make something beautiful and nourishing for this celebration.

The recipes I included are easy to prepare, full of flavor, and packed with nutrients. All recipes are gluten free and vegan as well! Since they are all plant-based I steer away from the traditional main dish and sides approach. Feel free to mix and match these recipes any way you see fit. Most importantly, have fun and use your time cooking to connect to yourself and the planet. Thanksgiving is about celebrating our food and each other. It is a wonderful chance to nourish ourselves and loved ones in a very deep and meaningful way.

A few prep and cooking tips:

  1. Plan ahead. Don’t be that crazed person the night before Thanksgiving trying to buy cinnamon. It’s not going to happen and I’m speaking from experience here! Set aside some time this week and over the weekend to plan what you want to make and do your shopping. The more time you spend on this part the more smoothly the process will be.
  2. Keep it simple. This is huge. Food does not need to be fancy to be healing and delicious. Stick to ingredients that are readily available and let the produce shine.
  3. Take your time. It’s easy this time of year to rush around. Make sure you have plenty of time to prep and cook your food with ease and joy. Check in with yourself as you cook, feel your feet on the floor, take a few deep breaths, connect to what you’re doing and have fun. Your mindful energy and love is what will make your food taste so delicious.

From roasted veggies to warming soups and delicious not-to-sweet desserts, I’ve got you covered. Keep it classic with Brussels sprouts and delicious cornbread stuffing or introduce your family to an anti-inflammatory elixir. Below are my essential recipes for a colorful and wholesome Thanksgiving.


Beet Quinoa Salad with Miso Dressing


Roasted Carrots with Avocado and Mint

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Kale


Autumn Salad


Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Cornbread Stuffing with Apples


Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

Sunchoke Sage Soup


Golden Milk Elixr

Healing Broth


Raw Almond Ice Cream


Poached Pears with Autumn Spices


There you have it friends!

I’d love to see what you make! Please tag me in your photos on social media and I’ll do a post-Thanksgiving round up here on the blog in early December, won’t that be fun?!

Feel free to share what you plan to make in the comment section below. I can’t wait to hear.

Wishing you a beautiful week.



  • valentina - sweet kabocha

    We don’t have thanksgiving…If I catch a flight, can I eat at your table? :D

    • ashley

      Yes please!! Come on over! You can create your own version on Thanksgiving too, just have some folks over for a delicious seasonal meal ;) Wishing you a wonderful afternoon. xoa

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