A Gluten-Free, Vegan Thanksgiving (Part 2)

gluten-free, vegan thanksgivingI know it has been quite some time since I posted. As I’ve mentioned before on here, work has become increasingly busy in the last several months, and has left me struggling to find time to do much outside the office. When I do have free time, I made a promise to myself to spend it in ways that have a positive impact on my mental and physical health. Of course, it’s hard to argue that cooking healthy food at home has a negative impact on one’s health. Yet the stress of creating recipes (which can be time-consuming), combined with writing them down, photographing the finished project and blogging about them left me depleted. Although I know I don’t particularly owe an explanation for my absence, I nevertheless seem to want to provide one with every new post.

I am still trying to navigate how to move forward with this blog in the face of an increased workload and other responsibilities. I’ve decided to simply take things day-by-day. While I still love cooking, I’ve been posting more and more to my Facebook and Instagram feeds, which I found provides an outlet for me to share my cooking and ideas without the work of creating full recipes and new posts. If you’d like to see what I’ve been cooking lately, I encourage you to follow/like Delectably Free on one of those pages.

Then again, Thanksgiving is a great time for a new post that doesn’t require any new recipe-making. I love compilations because they let me look back on past blog posts that even I may have forgotten about. So this year, I’ve decided to do a take-2 of my previous gluten-free/vegan Thanksgiving ideas post. I hope you find inspiration in some of these ideas. While a lot of what I’m sharing could fall into the “traditional” Thanksgiving-fare realm, other dishes veer from the traditional Thanksgiving menu (lasagna on Thanksgiving, anyone?). I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful, safe and happy Thanksgiving.

no turkeys were harmed in the making of this Thanksgiving menu

No turkeys or other farmed animals were harmed in the making of this Thanksgiving menu

Breads and Rolls:

Cheddar Scallion Biscuits

Traditional Cornbread

Focaccia

Side Dishes:

Cornbread Stuffing

Fat-Free Potato Salad (oil-free, fat-free)

Zucchini Potato Latkes

Green Bean Casserole

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Kale

Portobellos and Gravy

Entrees/Main Courses:

Winter Rice Bake

Grain-Free, Vegan Layered Vegetable Lasagna (oil-free)

Butternut Squash Lasagna (oil-free)

Cran-Apple Lentil Loaf (oil-free)

Adzuki-Millet Cakes

Salads:

Warm Green Bean and Potato Salad

Fat-Free Green Bean Salad (oil-free, fat-free)

Raw Fruit and Nut Kale Salad (oil-free)

Antioxidant Quinoa Salad

Desserts:

Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate-Pumpkin Mousse Pie

Apple Crisp

Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookies

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