5 Favorite Vegan Thanksgiving / Holiday Recipes | Katie Reines, MS, RD.

Ahhh Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday. Take the stress away and leave nothing but joy to saturate your friends and family. Which is really what Thanks. Giving. is all about, isn’t it?  Sometimes, these family occasions can be looked at as a burden.  I invite you to challenge that.  Let’s put in an effort out of love. It is worth it.  And maybe even take it to the next level- provide your family a truly compassionate dish option 😛

  1. Apple Pie

This is the gourmet recipe from the incredible healing cafe, Organic Garden Cafe in Beverly, MA where I’ve been working at seasonally since high school. Jacob Massey is an amazing raw vegan pastry chef. This pie: UNREAL. You have to believe me, seriously you must try it <3. I’m obsessed. Maybe its the already delicious food it’s made out of. Or maybe it’s all the joy he puts into his work. I’d say both. Anyone who has it tastes and feels the incredible-ness.

Makes 6 Pies:

Crust:

  • 10 cups walnuts
  • 7 1/2 cups pitted moist dates or coconut date rolls
  • 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 2 1/4 Tbsp coconut oil
  1. Line spring form pans with parchment paper
  2. Pulse and blend in food processor until well combined and a little chunky, not too smooth
  3. Distribute crust evenly into pans and press to smooth

Filling:

  • 10 quarts chopped into 1/2 inch cubes apples
  • 4 cups soaked dried apricots
  • 2 cups soaked raisins
  • 3/4 cup psyllium
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger (not peeled but washed)
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Blend soaked fruit, psyllium, ginger, cinnamon, and salt in food processor until smooth
  2. Combine with chopped apple and mix well. The juices from the apple will release and the dried fruit mixture will distribute nicely
  3. Distribute filling evenly on crusts and press to smooth

Crumble:

  • 8 cups walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp clove
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  1. Pulse in food processor until well combined and forms a nice crumble texture, not too smooth like butter
  2. Distribute crumble over pie fillings evenly and smooth gently
  3. Freeze pies overnight and thaw in the refrigerator. Freezing and thawing gives the apples a delicious cooked texture and releases all the wonderful juices.
  4. Try your best to share with someone 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!

2. Holiday Kale Salad

Inspired by the Quinoa Medley (#4 below). Use whatever herbs you like and have so much fun! This dish has wowed so many people and honestly, you can’t go wrong. A sweet tangy dressing, epic freshness and beautiful colors with the pompom. Mmm mmm!

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  • 1-2 bunches of kale
  • 2 pomegranates
  • 1 bunch green onion (half chopped half blended)
  • 1 large bunch dill (half chopped half blended)
  • 1 bunch mint (half chopped half blended)
  • 2 Tbs tahini (I used 2 Tbs hemp seeds)
  • 2 cups currents or raisins (I didn’t use raisins at the demo)
  • ½ cup pure lime juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 4 dates
  • 2 cups walnuts
  1. Wash, de-stem, and schiffinade kale
  2. Chop using either a food processor S blade, or a knife and cutting board, half of the bunches of scallion, dill, and mint
  3. Deseed pomegranates (with a large spoon, banging on the outside of 1/2 of the fruit so the seeds just fall into your palm)
  4. chop walnuts
  5. Blend juice, dates, and the other half of the bunches of green onion, dill, and mint
  6. Massage dressing into kale thoroughly with gloved or very very clean hands
  7. Using tongs, mix in nuts and pomegranate seeds
  8. Serve chilled❤

3. FullyRaw Pumpkin Pie

I made this pie many times in Indiana where little local persimmons are all over the place.  There were two local persimmon trees at Purdue where I would frequently sit under, wait for the wind to blow, and eat all of the fruit that fell to the ground! The samples I made in the video below could not have gotten better reviews.  It is amazing how people think healthy food won’t taste redonk. And when it does, the light in their eyes! Priceless.

FullyRaw Kristina’s Pumpkin Pie:

Crust

  • ~1 lb dates
  • 1.5-2 cups pecans
  • 1-2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Pie Filling

  • 2-3 cups pie pumpkin
  • ~2 lbs dates
  • Ginger, thimble sized piece
  • ~168grams persimmon pulp
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Crust

  1. Using food processor S blade, put pecans in first, then dates and cinnamon, and pulse and blend until desired crust texture
  2. Take out the blade
  3. Press all around pie crust

Pie Filling

  1. Put pumpkin chunks and then dates, persimmon, cinnamon, ginger, and spice in vitamix, or food processor S blade
  2. Blend until completely smooth
  3. Rubber spatula into pie crust
  4. Freeze to set (about 2 hours)

4. Quinoa Medley

I’m actually obsessed with Chef AJ and The Plant Based Dietitian, Julieanna Hever.  I got to meet Chef AJ at Chicage Vegan Mania when I went with the club that I helped to create, “Be Veg at Purdue”. She made this quinoa medley at her demo and everyone was like. HOMINA. No oil? No salt?? So much flavor?!! Howw does she do it. A must make dish for every occasion.  Both Chef AJ and Julieanna Hever have the best recipes.  Definitely check them out!

Time: 25 minutes. You will need: large pot, knife, cutting board, large bowl, large spoon, measuring cups. Serves: ~20. (½ cup servings)

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz dry quinoa (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 bunch scallion
  • ½ bunch cilantro
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • ½ – ¾ cup lime juice (about 8 limes)

Steps:

  1. Rinse quinoa and then bring to a boil in 5 cups of water. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. (cook to manufacture’s instructions on box)
  2. Allow quinoa to cool. Chop herbs using a food processor S blade, or by hand. Juice limes.
  3. Combine ingredients in large bowl. Serve chilled. Keeps well for about a week in the fridge.

5. Butternut Squash Brussel Sprout Stuffing

My roommate in Texas made this twice for a project and guess who ate it all.  GUILTY (well, you know, ate most of it). It is so amazing! Food52 is a great resource for reliably bomb vegan recipes.

I hope this helps you to bring something healthy and delicious to your table. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

 

So This Is Growing Up

Responsibility: Response. Ability.

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Mary, Me, Gracie, Mama, and Dad in front of the Beering fountain after graduation

Congratulations Graduate!?

I was never fond of sitting down and homeworking.. graduating has been the most epic milestone of my life for sure. What started as the craziest crowd surfing, football cheering, themed party-going all year slumber party ended as a isolated, library loving, caffeine craving, exam odyssey.  To all the nights I felt alive and to all the nights I wanted to die.. Looking back, I am glad I took on the adventure, I learned more than I ever thought I would.

You’re Ready.

Hyundai Elantra <3
Hyundai Elantra ❤

Two words, lingering. They should make me ecstatic, but instead leave me feeling overwhelmed and wary.  My dad hands me the keys to my new mode of transportation: a gorgeous, sleek, smooth Hyundai elantra.  I know I should be jumping for joy, but all of a sudden, the responsibility of life is real, and my father thinks I am ready for it.

How Does It Feel?

Excited AND scared. People keep asking me “so, how does it feel?!” And, I don’t really know. I feel strange. Excited for new beginnings, yet sad about the closure with the wonderful life and friends I had at Purdue. I already had a nightmare that I forgot to study for an exam… glad THAT’S over!! If you ask me how I feel, don’t expect a straight answer, I could start crying (happens every time when I listen to Tay Swift’s “Never Grow Up”) or I could smile with excitement. I feel both.

Now What?

Y’all, I am headin’ to Texas! I am going to the combined Masters and Dietetic Internship program at Texas A&M University.  It will be another rigorous adventure!  I hope to pass the RD exam, go to Dr. T Colin Campbell’s Plant Based Nutrition Course, maybe even get to see California and go to Living Light Culinary School, who knows! I hope to get a camera and get more recipes up with videos too! Let me know what you think you see me doing in the future- I have no idea really, as long as I don’t have to take life TOO seriously ;-).  Teaching yoga and food-demoing? Of course! I’d love to be able to help as many people as I can.  ❤

Thank you all for the support. Do keep in touch!

xoxo Reines

Best Chili I Ever Ate, And It Was Vegan.

When I come home from school, mom knows I’ll be asking for her chili and cornbread.  Yesterday, I had fun helping her make it.  When my dad got home from work, he started stirring the pot, too.  A memory I will never forget. A bowl of chili is more than a bowl of chili, it is comfort, love, and a healthy meal for strength and vitality. Enjoy ❤

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Mom’s Vegan Chili

Level: Easy Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 30 minutes Serves: 6-8 servings,

Adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s Vegetarian Chili

Equipment:

  • Large Pot
  • Stovetop
  • Large Knife and Large Cutting Board (or use the food processor S blade for quicker rough chop)
  • Spoon

Ingredients: Feel free to chop as finely or as roughly as you prefer.  I like big chunks of mushrooms and veggies, but a more fine chop will give a delicious meaty texture as well.

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  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil (we used safflower)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (learn to chop an onion)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice
  • 2 cups corn kernels (we used frozen)
  • 1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms (about 5 large), stemmed, wiped clean, and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes (Muir Glen Fire Roasted – No Salt Added)
  • 3 cups canned black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth/stock
  • diced avocado and chopped green onion, garnish

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Steps:

  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic, stirring until soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini, corn, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until soft and the vegetables give off their liquid and start to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the tomatoes and stir well. Add the beans, tomato sauce, and vegetable stock, stir well, and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and adjust seasoning to taste.

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Rough Nutrient Estimate Per Serving (Based on 6 Servings):

  • 311 Calories
  • 7g Fat
  • 13g Protein
  • 51g Carbohydrate
  • 12g Fiber
  • 0g Cholesterol

Mom’s Incredible Cornbread

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Ingredients:

  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 1 C cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • <1/2 C oil
  • 3/4 C non-dairy milk
  • 3 Tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp fine grated lemon zest

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray 8 x 8 inch square pan
  2. Combine and mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls
  3. Fold wet into dry ingredients (do not over-mix, mixing flour too much with wet ingredients will create proteins that will form a tough product)
  4. Pour into 8 x 8 inch pan and sprinkle a little sugar over the top
  5. Bake for about 18 minutes or until desired texture. No worries about undercooked eggs. Share with those you love most ❤ 🙂
Vegan Chili
Portions: 7

Food GroupsAmount Per PortionGrains0 ounce(s)Whole Grains0 ounce(s)Refined Grains0 ounce(s)Vegetables4¼ cup(s)Dark Green0 cup(s)Red & Orange1 cup(s)Beans & Peas1¾ cup(s)Starchy¼ cup(s)Other1¼ cup(s)Fruits0 cup(s)Fruit Juice0 cup(s)Whole Fruit0 cup(s)Dairy0 cup(s)Milk & Yogurt0 cup(s)Cheese0 cup(s)Protein Foods0 ounce(s)Seafood0 ounce(s)Meat, Poultry & Eggs0 ounce(s)Nuts, Seeds & Soy0 ounce(s)Oils1 teaspoonLimitsAmount Per PortionTotal Calories232 CaloriesEmpty Calories*38 CaloriesSolid Fats22 CaloriesAdded Sugars16 Calories*Calories from food components such as added sugars and solid fats that provide little nutritional value.Empty Calories are part of Total Calories.NutrientsAmount Per PortionProtein10 gCarbohydrate38 gDietary Fiber10 gTotal Sugars14 gAdded Sugars4 gTotal Fat6 gSaturated Fat1 gMonounsaturated Fat 1 gPolyunsaturated Fat3 gLinoleic Acid1 gα-Linolenic Acid0.1 gOmega 3 – EPA0 mgOmega 3 – DHA0 mgCholesterol1 mgMineralsAmount Per PortionCalcium98 mgPotassium1158 mgSodium255 mgCopper509 µgIron4 mgMagnesium78 mgPhosphorus256 mgSelenium14 µgZinc1 mgVitaminsAmount Per PortionVitamin A67 µg RAEVitamin B60.6 mgVitamin B120.0 µgVitamin C52 mgVitamin D6 µgVitamin E3 mg ATVitamin K23 µgFolate122 µg DFEThiamin0.3 mgRiboflavin0.4 mgNiacin8 mgCholine63 mg

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