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Simple and Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes- Vegan Bytes #76
November 21, 2016

What's Inside this Month?

Holidays: Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes
New eBook: Baby Led Weaning for Vegans: 60 Plant-Based Recipes for Babies and Kids that Adults Will Love
Question of the Month: Going Vegan as a Teenager
Recipe of the Month: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
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Simple and Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes

I'm going to admit here that I'm not a huge fan of the concept of stuffing yourself with food for this one annual meal. I do like the decorations and being with family and friends and celebrating gratitude. And I do like cooking.

If you're on the other team, where most people are, you'll find that a vegan Thanksgiving is just as satisfying, if not more, as a regular one. There are so many awesome roasts that you can just heat up nowadays, and every traditional side dish can very easily be made vegan.

Check out my tips on a successful vegan Thanksgiving here.

Baby Led Weaning for Vegans

Before I started feeding my daughter solids, I learned about a method of feeding babies called Baby Led Weaning. The name is a little silly; it's not really about weaning at all and more just a way of feeding babies real whole food from the very beginning.

Sounds revolutionary, right?

It's actually pretty old-fashioned. Before jarred baby food and squeeze packs people fed their kids whole food.

It sounds a little... irresponsible, doesn't it? What about the choking hazard?

Well, from what I read and experienced, when babies start out with pureed food, they learn to suck food down their throats rather than chewing or using their tongue to move food to the correct part of their mouths. With baby led feeding, they learn to chew before they even have teeth. Anecdotally it seems there is less choking with this type of feeding than the more common spoon-feeding of purees.

It worked for us and we'll definitely do it with our next child. Ever since my daughter started eating solids 3 years ago I've been taking pictures of her meals and taking note of how she's such an extraordinary eater compared to what I see a lot of other parents dealing going through.

She eats everything. Including salads, greens, all types of vegetables, every kind of fruit you can imagine, she adores beans and whole grains, eats tofu and tempeh, nuts and nut butters. Everything. She has a few things she won't eat at periods of time, but it's no big deal.

I cook for our family, we eat together, she eats what I provide and decides how much and what she'll eat of it. It's that easy.

I put together a collection of 60 simple recipes that we use all the time and have it for sale now on my parenting site, You can also check out the ebook itself on Amazon.

Going Vegan as a Teenager

"Right now I'm 16 and still living with my family, and I really want to have veganism as my lifestyle. The only problem is that my dad probably won't approve of the change, and that the food that we have in the house isn't vegan. How do you think I could get my dad to understand that it's more healthy than a meat-based diet?"


People of all ages read Vegan Nutritionista and several teenagers wrote in with the same type of question. Who can help answer their questions?


If you have any vegan questions and you want some guidance, feel free to send them in by following this link.

Recipe of the Month: Raw Vegan Ice Cream

Get your pumpkin spice fix in a healthier way with these simple and delicious holiday treats made with pumpkin puree. They're great for a quick seasonal treat and are fancy enough if you want to take them to share for Thanksgiving.

Enjoy these pumpkin spice latte cupcakes!

Vitamix is the Perfect Thanksgiving Appliance

I've gone on and on about Vitamix before, talking about how I use it daily and how its power never ceases to amaze me. But I find that during the holidays I really crank up my usage.

It's perfect for Thanksgiving. Think of quickly making hummus and nut cheeses for appetizers, pumpkin pie filling, pureeing your mushroom gravy to make it smooth, making cranberry sauce, and blending cashew cream for green bean casserole.

And yes, it's expensive, but you get what you pay for. Check out my full Vitamix review here. There are also really exceptional deals on reconditioned machines, which come with the same guarantee and function like new, for a fraction of the cost.

I also added a whole page with my favorite Vitamix recipes, including my favorite holiday recipes.

Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable Books

Vegan Christmas Cookies: 20 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes

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I know, this issue is about staying healthy this month, but it's cookie baking season, and I have a bunch of great recipes for the holidays. I've been baking my entire life, and I've been veganizing family recipes and making my own for years. In this ebook you'll find all your old favorites, like Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Thumbprints, Linzers, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Bombs, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Gingerbread, and of course, Vegan Sugar Cookies.

Read more about the book on the Vegan Christmas Cookies page, or if you already know you have to have it, get your copy now for only $7.95. Buy now and you get a free guide to Natural Homemade Food Coloring and a Vegan Grocery List.

Vegan Meal Plans for Winter

Vegan Meal Plans is a complete meal plan for one month vegan weekday dinners. It includes 64 recipes, pictures, nutritional information, grocery lists, and tips and techniques. Everyone from those beginning a vegan diet to those veterans who want fresh menu ideas love this ebook. It focuses on fresh, local, and seasonal vegetables and uses all normal ingredients-- no fussy or gourmet skills needed. Download a copy for only $9.75 here.

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