Thanksgiving Menu

This year we will have 16 people here for Thanksgiving and the kids have been working hard on our decorations.  Our little house will be very full, but it is such a blessing to have everyone together.   I tried to keep the food very traditional this year, so everyone will have something familiar.  Here is the menu:

Meatless Loaf from the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.  I am going to wrap mine in puff pastry.

Traditional stuffing with apples

Greens beans with apple cider, carmelized onions and walnuts

Cranberry sauce

Roasted sweet potatoes with, cranberries, sage and walnuts

Mashed potatoes and gravy

Homemade rolls

Pumpkin Pie


Taco Salad Bar

Tonight I made a taco salad bar.  I just put out all of our favorite taco ingredients and let everyone make their own salad.  This was great for the kids.  They had fun making their big salads and then ate it all.  To go along with the salad I made chips.  I just cut corn tortillas into quarters, tossed them in a little canola oil and salt and then bake them at 375 for 8-10 minutes until they are crispy.  Just make sure you keep an eye on them, they burn fast.


For the taco salad I used:

romaine lettuce


black olives

black beans

Daiya cheese



vegan sour cream

hot sauce

Minestrone Soup

I made this soup because my daughter loves it so much.  She asks for it all of the time, which is great.  It is super healthy and really cheap to make.  It cost me less than $5 for the entire pot and there is usually enough for more than one meal.  We ate it with homemade bread that had just come out of the oven.  It was delicious!


Stuffed Squash


This is the perfect fall dinner.  Today it was chilly out and all the leaves were coming down, so it seemed like a great night for this meal.  The rice stuffing is just as good on its own or it would make a great side dish as well.  The rice has just the perfect amount of sweetness from the apples and goes great with the roasted squash.  Tonight I served the stuffed squash with a spinach and orange salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.