Happy, Healthy Holiday Eating: Thanksgiving

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Healthy Holiday Eating

Chef April’s Tasting Menu: Pumpkin Apple Walnut Rice, Sauteed swiss chard with raisins & pine nuts, Tempeh Loaf Baked Sweet Potatoes & Apples and Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Pudding.
Gone are the days of festive holiday feasting on high fats, toxic sugars and processed carbohydrates. A richly indulgent and Vegan Thanksgiving table awaits you with cleaner, less acidic ingredients and more powerful/ superfood nutrients. Join Certified Ayurvedic Nutritionist and Holistic Health Coach, Donnalynn Civello CHHC, AADP and April DeChagas, Vegan Chef as we help you design your healthy Thanksgiving Day menu!

Come out and celebrate Thanksgiving with us as we invite you home to our table to discuss our nutritionally-sound and simply decadent alternatives to the traditional favorites! Bring your appetite! We look forward to seeing you!

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December Food Swap – Hereditary Holidays!!!

For this month’s food swap, we were each supposed to make a traditional holiday dish from the country of our ancestry. My assignment was to cook a protein. Now while my ancestors from Austria were Jewish, I decided to go with a traditional Christmas meal. (To be honest, I’m kind of tired of potato latkes…)

While researching Austrian Christmas, I kept coming across fried carp as their traditional Christmas Eve dinner. I was not too keen on attempting a vegan fish meal, so decided to keep looking.  The next most popular Austrian holiday dish: wiener schnitzel. Most people think wiener schnitzel comes from Germany, but it is in fact Austrian. To go along with it, it seemed German potato salad was the best side dish, so to make it a bit more fun, healthy and colorful, I went with something else.


Vegan Schnitzel and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad!

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Vegan Schnitzel

Vegan Schnitzel

  • 5 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Soy Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoons Pepper
  • 4 Tempeh Patties (4 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup Bread Crumbs unseasoned
  • 1/2 cup Organic Parsley chopped
  • Lemon slices to squeeze

Combine 2 tablespoons oil with the soy milk and half the salt and pepper. Marinate the tempeh in this mixture for 15 minutes.

Combine the bread crumbs with the remaining salt and pepper and mix well.

Remove the patties and dip in the bread crumbs until evenly coated on both sides.

Heat the remaining oil and sauté the patties 3 minutes per side until brown. Remove from heat, drain on paper towels, and serve.


Preheat oven to 375°F and place coated tempeh on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes on each side.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, cumin, and ginger directly on baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine vinegar, chutney, mustard, honey, garlic, and olive oil in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

Let potatoes cool slightly, then toss them with the cranberries, scallions and chutney dressing. Transfer to serving platter and scatter almonds over top. Serve warm or room temperature.

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