Day Before Thanksgiving: Everyday Eats & A Blogger Meetup


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How are you doing today?  I’ve had a great day!  I designed some business cards for my yoga business but for a girl who feels like I need to see every last choice, I think I have looked at 9834573 versions of backgrounds, layouts, fonts, colors, from multiple online printing sites.  But I decided on some zen-like cards with earthy tones of soft brown & green with white text and can’t wait to see how they look when they arrive!

Then, I had a blogger meetup with Madeline of GreensandJeansWe drank coffee, had a great time gossiping about all you other bloggies talking shop, talking life, and catching up!  It was just what I needed...thanks, Madeline, you rock!
Sorry, we didn’t do a photo op today but here’s a Photo and Link to our last Coffee Cluth

Two woman and young girl standing in front of coffee shop

 And then it was time for me to get home with Skylar, get her some lunch and a nap, so I could get ready to go teach yoga.  Which is where I am off to now.

But first….
I am really glad you appreciated the Easy Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes Post:  
Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes from yesterday’s post were a hit and they’re a cinch to whip up.  10 minutes or less so you still have time to impress your non-raw, non-vegan friends-n-fam tomorrow.

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes on white plate

And thanks for the props on the Roasted Potatoes receips

Tri Colored Roasted Potatoes up close showing crispy skin 
Stacked Sweet Potato Fries on white plate

and the Salads & Homemade Vegan Dressing Recipes

Kale Salad with Vegetables topped with homemade dressing
 Close up of vegetables on salad topped with homemade dressing

For today, let me show you just a few of the things I’ve whipped up as day-to-day eats before the Gorge Fest Thanksgiving Feast happens tomorrow.

There was a bowl of Overnight, Raw, Soaked Coconut & Mango Tropical Oats

Coconut & Mango Tropical Oats in green and blue bowl

That I made un-raw by nuking.  (As I mentioned in this post, cooked food is fine.  If your body asks for it, then feed it.)  I added half a sliced banana, cinnamon, & brown sugar to the cooked oats.

Oats topped with sliced banana and mangos in blue and green bowl

For dinner, I made a Great Kale Salad with Cauli, Tomatoes, Brock, Orange Peppers, Asparagus….

Kale salad topped with mixed vegetables up close

….& My Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing just dripping off every last leaf.  Delish!!!

Up close of kale leaf dripping with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

And there was a Bed of Greens, Radiccio, Dulse Flakes, Carrots, Yellow Peppers, Cukes, Cashews…

Salad with mixed greens, cashews, vegetables and dulse flakes in shallow white dish

….and the Holiday Spice Orange Viniagrette I told you about yesterday.

Salad topped with Holiday Spice Orange Viniagrette

Skylar snacked on a Clif Bar in White Chocolate Mac Nut. I had really high hopes for this bar and I tried a tiny piece and it was kinda meh.  

Hand holding White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bar
Close up of white chocolate drizzle on Clif Bar

These are way better.  Wild Blueberry Pure Bars.  Num.

Hand Holding Wild Blueberry Pure Bar

But I do have high standards in the Chocolate Department, I suppose.  Which is why I whipped up another bath of my Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls stacked in clear container
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

I never get sick of these things! 
They taste just like real raw chocolate chip cookie dough and the dough is vegan, gluten & soy-free, and they’re ready in 10 minutes or less!

Close up of one Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ball

But really, it doesn’t take much to impress me if you have a jar of this, TJ’s Sunflower Seed Butter.  I know there are other brands, but I really love this one.  So I’m not messin’ with a good great thing.

Jar of Trader Joe's Sunflower Seed Butter with spoon holding butter with chocolate chips

 And then a spoon and dark chocolate chipsUse your imagination.

Spoon with Sunflower Seed Butter and Dark Chocolate chips

Oh, and those Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies that I made have been burning a hole in my vegan pocket, so I noshed on a few of those, too.

 Three Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookies in white dish

Yoga Today is Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose, or the full splits).  A wonderful hip opener and way to stretch our your hammies, quads, and hip flexors.

Woman doing Hanumanasana. yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Enjoy your holiday!!!!  Don’t stress, don’t sweat the small stuff.  No one will remember whatever, comment, food you made/brought/ate/didn’t eat, or you name, it in a month.  So don’t worry about it now.  Just enjoy your day in whatever way makes you feel special!

Tips 2 & 3–Two GiveAways:

Elina from Healthy and Sane is having a NuNaturals Stevia Products Giveaway!

Shelby, La Belle Vegan, is having a Oh Nuts Giveaway!

Is there a food you are super excited to eat on Thanksgiving?  For me, honestly, I think I’ve gotta go with my raw vegan apple crumble.  Not that it’s a long-standing tradition or anything, but it sure is good!  If I was back home, I’d say my mom’s wild rice casserole or the homemade Christmas candy she starts breaking out before Thanksgiving are wonderful memories from my childhood.  What foods do you have fond memories of or can’t wait to dig into tomorrow?

Stay Tuned For A Recap of What I Made for Thanksgiving….

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  1. I like the way your improvise your raw, vegan creations in the kitchen as you go…experimenting and whatnot. It reminds me a lot of my own cooking style…perhaps its a vegan thing… :)

    anywayz, my family is going vegan for the holidays with me (they are EXTREMELY supportive and considerate of my veganism, and for that I am forever grateful) so I will be leading the way in the kitchen most of the time I am home from college for Christmas. Aaaaand I'm most definitely going to whip up a batch of the creme de menthe bars and the raw vegan coconut snowballs too! heck yes. Thanks so much for your culinary insprations!

  2. I absolutely love mango, frozen or fresh. I should really buy some of those soon, they are so delicious! And those chocolate peppermint donut holes look so good… Aaaah, I have to remember, MODERATION!

  3. I absolutely love mango, frozen or fresh. I should really buy some of those soon, they are so delicious! And those chocolate peppermint donut holes look so good… Aaaah, I have to remember, MODERATION!

  4. Fantabulous way to get your serving of Chocolate (antioxidant!) Amazing Grass, Averie! :-D

  5. Love the layers in your creme de menthe bars…that middle fluffy layer of minty-goodness looks so good :)

    Greens powder in your snowballs — great idea! Way to kick up the nutrition a notch!

  6. All those chocolatey balls look awesome! Fudgy and coconutty :)

    Frozen mangos are so good!

    And that creme de manthe bars O_O Woah you're one hell of a baker!

    Have a nice day

  7. These look awesome! I just checked out your raw cookie dough balls too… and kale chips… I think I've been inspired to be in the kitchen today :)