Turkey and Gluten Free Thanksgiving

I made the jump from vegetarianism to high-raw veganism a week before Thanksgiving in 2014.  I had just moved back to the states from Thailand, and I hadn’t prepared my own food in a year and a half. That year (thanks to the internet) Thanksgiving was a good opportunity to experiment with raw vegan recipes.

These days I prepare my own food much more frequently, but most of the time I prefer a quick and easy salad over an elaborate meal. I continue to use Thanksgiving as a chance to get a little more creative in the kitchen.

Even though I cooked most of my dishes and used recipes I found online this year, I wanted to share my turkeyless Turkey Day meal.

So, what does a vegan eat for Thanksgiving?

vegan_thanksgiving_1   Dinner

  • Kale, walnut, and cranberry salad with cranberry dressing – dressing recipe from Detoxinsta.comDetoxinsta.com
  • Butternut squash, Brussels sprout, and bread stuffing with apples from food52.com (I made this without the bread)
  • Vegan roasted-garlic mashed potatoes from foodnetwork.com



  • Raw vegan apple pie from intuitivekb.com topped with maple pecan ice cream from Austin local Nada Moo! – I make this every year for Thanksgiving, and it’s one of my favorites!


Hopefully anyone that’s curious or thinking of becoming vegan can see that there are plenty of delicious vegan (and gluten free) options for every day of the year.

Pine Nut Hummus



  • 1 cup of  chick peas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice from 1/2  lemon
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • parsley leaves (to top)


  • Cooking pot
  • Food processor


  1. Soak the chick peas for several hours 
  2. Drain chick peas, add fresh water, and cook 
  3. Once done, blend chick peas in food processor
  4. Add in juice from lemon, minced garlic clove, tahini, olive oil
  5. Blend
  6. Add water as needed (probably around 1/4 cup)
  7. Add Himalayan sea salt and paprika
  8. Once smooth, spoon into serving bowl
  9. Top with paprika, parsley, olive oil, and pine nuts


Raw Vegan Pad Thai



  • 2 organic zucchini 
  • 1 organic carrot 
  • 1/4 cup red cabbage
  • 1/2 organic lime 
  • 1/2 cup of raw, organic cashews
  • 1 organic orange
  • One thumb of organic ginger
  • One tbsp organic tamari sauce 
  • One tsp Himalayin sea salt
  • One tsp coconut aminos


  • Spiralizer
  • Blender


  1. Soak the cashews for several hours until soft
  2. Drain cashews
  3. Blend Cashews
  4. Add in juice from orange, ginger, tamari sauce, Himalayan sea salt, and coconut aminos 
  5. Blend
  6. Add water as needed (probably around 1/4 cup)
  7. Spiralize zuuchinis to make zoodles
  8. Chop red cabbage and carrots
  9. Combine zoodles, cabbage, and carrots in a mixing bowl with the “peanut sauce”
  10. Mix
  11. Serve with sliced cucumber and lime (optional)



Raw Vegan Nice Cream



  • 2 organic bananas
  • 2 organic medjool dates
  • 5 organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of organic blueberries
  • 1 tbsp organic shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt (optional)


  • Food processor
  • Bowl (for soaking)


  1. Freeze the bananas for several hours
  2. Soak the dates for an hour
  3. Remove the dates from water
  4. Pit and chop the dates
  5. In the food processor, blend bananas and dates until smooth
  6. If necessary, add water (be careful you don’t add too much!)
  7. Add salt to taste (optional)
  8. Remove nice cream from food processor, and put in bowl
  9. Top with chopped strawberries, blueberries, and shredded coconut


This recipe turns out different every time I make it. Don’t expect the same results every time, and be careful when adding water (unless you like soupy ice cream).