Planning Our First All-Natural, Animal-Free Holiday!

I’ve spent the past week scouring the web, pushing google into overdrive, trying to find recipes to create an appealing alternative to our normal holiday fare.

There is just a bit of extra pressure because of how highly Dave holds turkey in regard. You know- just a tad.

But I’ve decided not to stress about it. Or at least I keep telling myself that I’m not stressing… ha.

I’ve finally come up with what I am going to make. Two days before Thanksgiving isn’t too bad right??

Our old annual menu looked like this:

Brined, Roasted Turkey

Mash Potatoes with Gravy (made from turkey drippings)

Stuffing (made from white bread with eggs and butter)

Buttery Rolls

Streusel-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Pineapple Casserole

Apple Pie

(All of which were NOT made with ‘healthy’ ingredient choices- think lots of butter, sugar, and cream)


Our menu this year looks like this:

Pistachio and Sweet Pea Torte with Roasted-Tomato Aïoli (from “Vegan For the Holidays” by Zel Allen

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy (Animal FREE)

Stuffing (egg-less, butter-less, and from whole-wheat bread)

Sweet Potato Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Apple-of-my-Eye-Pie with Gluten Free Crust (from “Let Them Eat Vegan” by Dreena Burton)

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole @ #vegan

You’ll notice that I decided to make the same side dishes (it just wouldn’t be the same without them!). They are exactly alike in name- but the recipes themselves are a complete 180° from the traditional.

Each recipe that I chose is SUPER healthful and 100% animal product free.

I also made the executive decision to knix the rolls and the pineapple casserole (I haven’t figured out how to veganize/healthify that yet…). So the feast will be a bit smaller this year, but that’s okay. Dave and I are the only people that will probably actually eat it. Scarlett will most likely refuse. And Hunter will probably eat just a few nibbles of what he can. 

And in case you guys want to start bringing a little nutrition to your holiday table too, you can check out the links below. Each one offers an array of options.




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  • fran November 27, 2013, 3:08 am

    hi Laura. I havn’t said anything in here for ages, but just wanted to say I reference your recipies and blog posts quite often. Our own transition is going ok too. Surprisingly my kids love curries, lentils, etc and it has been my husband who has struggled with the changes. Anyways, you’ve inspired me to overhaul my family’s eating too and I just wanted to say so.

  • lmachell November 27, 2013, 9:29 am

    That is so wonderful to hear Fran! You totally made my day. Changing your diet can be tough, but it sounds like your family is doing great! Keep it going girl ; )

  • Christi December 3, 2013, 8:48 pm

    How did the Pistachio and Sweet Pea Torte with Roasted-Tomato Aïoli turn out?

  • lmachell December 5, 2013, 8:48 am

    Good! It made A LOT though, so we ate it for 5 days afterwards since it was only the two of us haha. But it kind of reminded me of like a lentil-rice loaf type dish, if you’ve ever had one of those.