My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

“There is always something to be thankful for”

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays mainly because of the food. Anyone who knows me knows I am the biggest foodie despite my food allergies! On Thanksgiving I give myself a complete pass and eat WHATEVER I want and as much I want. I read a quote from a trainer that said, “Remember you don’t need to eat everything there will still be food tomorrow.” –  NOPE. That’s not me. Its Thanksgiving, if I want to eat i’m going to eat.

Now granted I usually do a lot of the cooking which means I have to test everything so I end up snacking all day… and then when it comes time for dinner I usually eat a smaller plate. But still Thanksgiving food, there is nothing better.

We have recipes that are just tradition and there is no messing with tradition! Some key staples that are ALWAYS on the menu are…

Stuffing – MUST BE STOVE TOP. All you fancy snobs that make your own… kudos but I like my stove top!

Corn – From the can. Yes Green Giant. Key is to strain the corn and then warm it up with a little butter and salt.

Mashed Potatoes – I usually coat garlic in olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil, and roast. Then add the garlic to the mashed potatoes with some heavy cream and some butter. A little salt, a little pepper YUM!

Sweet Potatoes – Because you definitely need all the potatoes! These I chop and sprinkle with olive oil and cinnamon. I’m not into the crazy sugar and marshmallow although I hear its delicious!

Rolls – Again I don’t care what you say lol Hands down the best rolls are the ones you buy in like 12pk that you just toast. Usually a store brand and probably the worst things for you but they are soooo yummy!

Green Bean Casserole – Im not a major fan… but this is tradition from my Grandmother. You take frozen green beans in a casserole dish, add in (1-2) cups of Campbells Mushroom Soup, about a cup of milk and top with French’s Crispy Onions.

Coconut Cream Pie – This was my Grandfather’s FAVORITE pie. I am not a big pie person, but coconut cream pie.. you can bet I will eat the whole thing!! Having an egg and dairy allergy doesn’t mix well with this pie. So for the sake of my stomach… I will be making a vegan coconut cream pie this year. – I found this recipe online and am going to try it this year!

Coconut Cream Pie with Vegan Coconut Whip

What are your family traditions and family favorites?? Send me your recipes or leave comments on what is your favorite dish! Are you the one cooking or watching football?

Xoxo Meg

Grocery Haul

“You are what you eat. So don’t be fast, easy, quick or cheap!”

My dad calls Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) & yes I agree.. but it is so worth it!! I went the other day for a few things and still spent $100 but I rather spend money on food that is good for my body and going to make me feel good. I have a lot of food restrictions as I have said in previous posts so I do have to go to a few different grocery stores and I do spend more money! But I also don’t go out to eat very often and I’m healthy! So any amount of money is worth feeling good and being healthy.

This grocery haul wasn’t very big but there were some new items I tried that I want to share!! I will do a post about my full grocery haul and what I get on a regular basis, this is more of a bonus.

The county I live in, in New York instituted a new law that stores must charge 5 cents per plastic bag! Which is great for the environment and I am all about it, however it is SO COMICAL how many people are carrying every item out of the store. They either forget their reusable bags or they aren’t willing to pay the 5 cents for a bag. I have to say I am guilty of this as well. I was just at the store this morning and was only going in for one thing  (eye roll) so I didn’t bring bags, so I carried all my items out because I can’t pay 5 cents for a bag! You crazy? haha

This is my full haul!!

One of the meals I wanted to make this week was pizza!! So I have made pizza dough in the past, but its just easier to buy in store! I’m not picky about sauce (Clearly not Italian) I usually go for Newmans own but they don’t sell that at Whole Foods so I just bought the store brand! Daiya makes some really yummy vegan cheese products! This shredded mozzarella is super yummy and perfect for pizza!

I love adding pineapple to all my smoothies! It cuts the taste of spinach and makes them super yummy!

This quinoa blend was a good find! I was just browsing and found this! I am since obsessed, It is perfect for just warming up and tossing in a bowl with some chicken for lunch at work or a quick dinner!

Chicken chicken chicken… anyone that is changing their diet knows. Chicken chicken chicken. I get really bored with just chicken so I love to buy different dressings/sauces or spices to add some flavors! My favorites are, Italian dressing, garlic powder, pesto, sweet chili sauce, and bbq.

I always have to have bananas! I love them in oatmeal, smoothies and of course covered in Dk chocolate! I buy the big bin of spinach each week because I eat spinach with everything- smoothies, sandwiches, salads, stir fries anything I can add it to I do just to get my greens up!

Lemons are always on my grocery list because I add it to my water to help with digestion!

This was one of my all time favorite finds! Growing up I was obsessed with Annie’s Mac and cheese. My sister also makes this delicious homemade Mac and cheese baked with apples and 2 different cheeses with crispy onions and bread crumbs – HEAVEN. Anyway since I can’t have those with my dietary restrictions, I found this Gem and it cures all my cravings!

I always keeps nuts around so I have a good healthy snack that helps with my salty cravings! I usually divide these bags into containers and keep them in my purse at work, at home so its quick and easy!

These two… Oh man. Let me tell you! These cure all my sweet tooth cravings! I have always loved cheesecake so when I found this.. yes yes please! Its so delicious!! These mango bars, yes. Just so yummy!

 

Give all these a try and let me know your favorites! I am always looking for new things to try which is not always easy with my restrictions. If you have any recommendations please let me know and I will try them out!!

 

Xoxo

Meg

Easy Chicken Meal

I made this delicious meal  last night and got so any requests for the recipe so here ya go!!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Squash/Zucchini
  • Brown Rice Pasta
  • Butter (Kerry Gold)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

Put chicken tenderloins in a pan with a little bit of olive oil garlic, pepper and Italian seasoning (To taste)

Slice zucchini and squash. Place in sauté pan with a little bit of water. I cover so the water steams the veggies.

Boil water. Add the brown rice pasta.

Once the chicken is close to done, I take it out shred the chicken and put back in for a few minutes.

Take cover off veggies to finish. Add salt and pepper to taste

Finally strain pasta and add a small amount of butter to taste.

I mix it all together and eat it!! SO YUMMY. Quick and easy to make the whole meal took less than 30 minutes!

ENJOY 🙂

 

xoxo Meg

My Favorite Burger

“Eat clean, stay fit and have a burger to stay sane.”

– Gigi Hadid

I am a foodie at heart, so I am never afraid to dive in and be the first one to grab a plate!  One of my favorite meals has to be a burger! There is a place in New Haven Connecticut called Prime 16 that has hands down the best burgers I’ve ever had!! I get the Maui burger and it is seriously to die for! – I just went to look for the exact ingredients and it is no longer on the menu ;(  But here goes a test of my memory

Pretzel Bun, Burger, pepperjack cheese, Lettuce, tomato, grilled pineapple, chipotle mayo and grilled onions (optional I don’t usually add them)

When I started having issues with dairy, and egg I had to make some sacrifices and find alternatives to my burger addiction! Thank god I can still have red meat! I now make my burgers at home so I can control what goes in them!

Ingredients

  • Sandwich thins
  • Burger – usually grass fed
  • Vegan Cheese – Pepperjack (Brand is follow your heart – whole foods)
  • Lettuce (romaine shredded sometimes I use spinach)
  • Grilled pineapple
  • Cherry tomatoes – sliced
  • Chipotle Mayo (Brand – just mayo)
  • Guacamole or avocado

When the burger is cooking I usually assemble on the ingredients on the sandwich thin which is always toasted!

This burger tastes just as good and I can have it without feeling sick/bloated 🙂 I usually pair the burger with homemade sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli. – Recipes below!

Sweet Potato Fries

I keep these super simple! I just cut the sweet potato into fry like slivers (Smaller you cut them the quicker they cook and crisp up) I toss in olive oil and cinnamon and then bake in a pan at 350 degrees (F) for about 30 minutes.

Broccoli

I use frozen broccoli, toss in olive oil with garlic powder and pepper. – Be generous! I cook in a pan in the oven. I usually put it in about 15 minutes into the sweet potatoes to time it accurately!

Try out this delicious recipe and let me know what you think!!

 

Xoxo Meg

Cookie Monster

“Sometimes me think what is friend? and then me say, friend is someone to share the last cookie with” – Cookie Monster

When I was around 3, my parents caught me sitting in my bed with a blanket over my head eating cookies. If I can’t see you, you couldn’t see me right? I had stacked boxes on top of a chair to reach the top of the fridge where the cookies were hidden! (Mom/Dad where is that picture?) I completely blame my cookie addiction on my daycare lady growing up! She makes THE BEST cookies I have ever tasted! In the past couple years I have developed an egg allergy and unfortunately cannot eat a bag of those cookies so I went on a search for yummy vegan chocolate chip cookies! I tried a couple different recipes and there was just NO comparison. I finally found a recipe that is everything! The cookie dough is definitely the best part once you bake them they lose me a little bit. But like I said they are vegan so there is no reason you can’t go to town and just eat the cookie dough (I may have done that a few more times than I am willing to admit) See both recipes listed below!! Enjoy 🙂

I came across this recipe on the Baker by Nature Site – Link below!

https://bakerbynature.com/the-most-wonderful-vegan-chocolate-chip-cookies-ever/

The Most Wonderful Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, solid (be sure it is not melted at all)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed – (I use dark brown)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk – (I use almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (be sure not to pack your flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips – (I use a full bag and “Enjoy life” brand)
  • Flaky sea salt, optional – (I don’t use this)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla, beating until well combined. Add in the coconut milk and applesauce and whisk until well combined; set aside. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; whisk well to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and, using a wooden spoon or very sturdy spatula, stir until ingredients are combined. The batter will be very thick! Fold in 1 and 3/4 cups of the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop three tablespoon sized mounds of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, leaving a few inches between each cookies for spreading. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the centers have set. Press remaining chocolate chips on top of warm cookies, and sprinkle with sea salt, if using. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 15 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Chris’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you can eat eggs, I HIGHLY recommend, this recipe! Be sure to follow the direction exactly, it will taste different if you mix the ingredients in different order! It took me the longest time to perfect this recipe and I still struggle with it! I was convinced there was a secret ingredient which Chris always told me was “love.” After baking them finally with her and stalking her every move while my dad took notes! I have finally come close!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 Stick Margarine
  • 1/3 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 Bag Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Add 1 stick of butter and 1 stick of margarine (do not soften – leave out at room temperature)
  3. Add in 1/3 cup of shortening, 1 cup dark brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar
  4. MIX INGREDIENTS
  5. Add 2 eggs and MIX
  6. Add ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp baking soda, 2 tsp vanilla and MIX
  7. Add 3 cups of flour – if sticky add a little bit more.
  8. Add in 1 bag of chocolate chips – Use the full bag you can never have enough chocolate chips!
  9. Grease pan and drop a small teaspoon of dough onto the pan. Be sure to space them out.
  • Put cookie sheet in the middle shelf of the oven. (ONLY 1 cookie sheet at a time – trust me this makes a difference)
  • Bake for 8 minutes. (They may appear undercooked, leave them for a minute or two on the cookie sheet before moving them to the cooler rack.
  • I usually store them in a Ziploc in the freezer! They don’t get to the point where they are hard enough to break a tooth they are still soft and delicious!

Let me know if you try either recipe and your thoughts! Also if you have any other cookie recipes I should try!!!

“Today me will live in the moment, unless it is unpleasant in which case me will eat a cookie” – Cookie Monster