Recipe Round Up: Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

One of the greatest days of the year is tomorrow (just in case you somehow didn’t know)! Thanksgiving used to be my all-time favorite holiday, and it’s still pretty high on the list, but ever since I became a vegetarian it just isn’t the same…but kind of in a good way. I mostly absolutely love this holiday because it is solely focused on food and family. If you’re scrounging around for some last minute homemade recipes to bring along to the festivities, here are some great (healthier) ideas!

Healthy Thanksgiving RecipesThese recipes are great to make if you are in need of something to accompany the main dishes! And they’re pretty easy to make the day before…today!

Appetizers

Garlic Hummus
Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas
Rosemary Sea Salt Hummus
Whole Wheat Beer Bread

Side Dishes

Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Cowboy Caviar (Bean and Corn Dip)
Clementine Avocado Salad  (Photo Credit Jeanettes Healthy Living)
Walnut Apple Stuffing

Can’t forget Dessert!

Praline Pumpkin Pie -Gluten-free! (Photo Credit Allyson Kramer)
And this Healthy Chocolate Pecan Pie from Chocolate Covered Katie looks ahh-mazing! (Photo Credit Chocolate Covered Katie)

And don’t forget about the hot apple cider!

Healthy Frozen Vanilla Coffee

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Yay! In preparation for the big feast I made it to the gym today. It was a pretty good workout, and another one that could be accomplished at home with little extra equipment needed. Today’s WOD was:

10 kettlebell swings (35 pounds)
8 box jumps (24 inches)
6 push ups
Every 3 minutes Run 200 meters

You tried to do as many reps as possible in the time allowed which was 12:00 minutes.
It was definitely a great cardio and leg workout. I completed 8 rounds and 2 box jumps.

But the best part of the morning was the smoothie I whipped up after the workout. I was still really tired and hungry by the time I made it home and I was craving coffee and a vanilla smoothie, so I decided to combine the two. It was one time this approach actually worked. I actually made a delicious concoction! This is what I threw together!Frozen Vanilla Coffee Recipe

Vanilla Coffee Protein Smoothie

1/2 cup coffee
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1-2 Tablespoons vanilla coffee creamer*
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 small handful almonds or cashews
5-6 ice cubes

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and…well…blend. Healthy Frozen Vanilla Coffee

*For the vanilla coffee creamer I usually use So Delicious Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer. It’s much better than the other dairy creamers in the grocery store.

But I really want to try to make my own. Here are some recipes I have been eye-balling (is that what it’s called?)

Vanilla Coconut Coffee Creamer
Homemade Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer
Paleo Coffee Creamer

It tastes like one of those fancy (and sugar and fat-loaded) coffee drinks. It’s smooth and creamy without having much sugar or any unknown ingredients. Much better for you! And perfect for a post workout pick-me-up and recovery.

Have you ever made your own coffee creamer? I’d love to try your recipe!

Paleo Almond Macaroons

Happy Friday! Man this week flew by! I can’t believe it. Today I have another paleo cookie recipe to share! This one is super easy though, and really delicious! These Almond Macaroon cookies are gingery and perfect for Fall (it’s still Fall even though everything is covered in white fluffy stuff here!).

I couldn’t believe how flavorful these cookies were even though they don’t have any flour, butter, or refined sugar in them. It’s so surprising. Even my parents liked them! Bonus: they only have a couple of ingredients that you probably already have in your house…which is the main reason I even tried this recipe. It was freezing, I was craving cookies, and I didn’t want to have to go to the store, boom Almond Macaroons.

Healthy almond macaroons

This recipe was slightly modified from a recipe in the book: Natural Sugar Desserts.

Good thing I had my cake baking friend in the kitchen while I made these so that she could whip the egg whites..I’m not so good at that!

Paleo Almond Macaroons

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

22 minutes

18 cookies

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon

Paleo Almond Macaroons

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ground roasted almonds
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract(optional)
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa nibs (optional)

How it's Done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl add ground almonds, honey, ginger, and extracts. In a separate large bowl beat egg whites with a whisk or with metal beaters until stiff peaks form. Slowly fold a quarter of the egg whites into the almond mixture. Add this back to the rest of the egg whites. Carefully combine. Place on lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
http://www.yakkafit.com/paleo-almond-macaroons/

You can roast the almonds yourself or buy unsalted roasted almonds, but to be honest I only had lightly salted almonds and this recipe turned out fine using those. I’d like to use unsalted next time and maybe add just a dash of salt…but maybe that’s the exact same thing.

You might be able to substitute actual almond flour for the ground almonds, but I kind of liked the chunkier texture the ground almonds gave the cookies.

healthy almond cookies

I drizzled them with melted dark chocolate cocoa nibs, but they tasted great without the added chocolate. You might have to add a bit of coconut oil to get a smooth chocolate-y consistency before drizzling :)

Here are some other paleo/healthy cookie options.

Paleo Coconut Cookies
Coconut Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Also, in case you were wondering, because I had no idea there was even a difference…macaroon vs macaron

I just thought I was spelling macaron wrong. Thanks Lovely Little Details!

Yum. These almond macarOOns perfect with coffee or hot apple cider! As the weather keeps turning colder I’m trying to hold onto Fall a bit longer. What’s your favorite part of this season?

I can’t post everyday (and I don’t want to).

I mentioned my November goals at the beginning of this month, while I haven’t been completely successful at posting every day in November or putting up a picture, I have been doing much better than usual. AND I realized something…I have too much of a life to be sitting on my computer and posting every single day. and that’s alright.

I don’t know why I think that it is possible for me to post every day of the month, I know it’s only a month and if I really, really, really wanted to get something posted every day I could. I also know that the quality of the content of my blog would suffer. I mean I totally could just throw a picture up and write a sentence and be done for the day, but that is so boooring. Usually the posts I write take at least an hour, and that’s not even counting all of the photo taking and cooking/baking.

Of course, I could plan ahead and schedule posts to publish at different times when I’m away from the computer…but again, you can only do that so much. I’m not going to sit and write on the computer for 8 hours just so I can schedule my posts to publish throughout the weekend. That, to me, just seems kinda weird, I would be writing for the future. One day would be alright I suppose, and I do actually schedule posts one day in advance quite often.

Anyway, I’m not making excuses, because I know I could have made a month of posting work out if I HAD to. I guess I’m just saying that I realized that type of schedule doesn’t work for me. It might be perfect for you, and the motivation and inspiration you need to get your blog where you want it to be. I just can’t do it. I usually post 3-5 times a week and rarely on weekends. This ensures that my content is useful, informational, and enjoyable to read (at least I hope it is!). I don’t want to spend too much time in front of the computer when I have an abundance of other things going on…like a job, planning a wedding, starting a business, and most importantly spending time with people in REAL LIFE!

It sounds like I’m complaining or justifying, but really I’m not, I’m just sharing my realizations with you guys. Everyone and every blog is different and I think NaBloPoMo is a fantastic program to get the creative juices flowing, I mean look at all it has taught me!!

In theme with all of these realizations I’m having I’m writing another list of goals for the second half of November (how is it already half over?!).

The Nectar Collective

Melyssa at The Nectar Collective hosts a weekly wishes link up that I have read for a while and finally decided to join. Her blog is awesome and has so many fun things to read and look at. Love the cheerful colors all over too!

So for this week…

Spend more time connecting to people in real life- these days everything is electronic and even when people are hanging out face to face everyone is always on their phone. It’s sad. This weekend my fiance and I are hosting friendsgiving and I’m thinking of putting a bowl for everyone to throw their phones in before they can sit down for dinner. Let’s chat people!!I'm thankful for- thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Last Year- What everyone was thankful for!

Try not to hate winter…as much.- everyone that knows me also knows that I absolutely despise winter. I always thought I would be escaping this freezing dreary holiday in upstate New York, but here I am about to endure another snowy winter. Haha, so dramatic. So I’m going to try not to hate it as much. That probably means I will be wearing long johns under my work clothes, and maybe a winter hat indoors. I just hate being cold all the damn time. I’m sure I’ll hate it just as much, but maybe I won’t complain as much. Two hours west of here just got 5 feet of snow in 30 hours, so I should be very thankful right now!

Maybe I’ll buy an endless supply of those heat warmer packets to put in all of my boots and mittens…

Think of your goals for the week and join the link up!

Woo wee that’s a lot of words… I should go add a picture a the top for people who just like to look at pretty things…

If you live somewhere cold, what’s your strategy for “enjoying” this winter? If you live somewhere warm…can I come visit? Haha Happy Wednesday!

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