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Healthy Thanksgiving Meal Options

Get creative with your Thanksgiving meal this year. Create dishes that are nutritious and delicious for your family and friends. These dishes are easy to make, guilt free, gluten and dairy free!
 

Add a little twist to your this year's Thanksgiving dinner. Add some acorn squash and butternut squash to the meal!

Acorn squash is one of the healthiest squashes. Acorn squash provides vitamins, A, C, and B6 as well as iron. It also offers more folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium than butternut, hubbard and spaghetti squash.

Try this Acorn Rice-Quinoa Pilaf for your family meals this season.

Fall Acorn Rice/ Quinoa Pilaf

Serves 4


Ingredients:

1 acorn squash roasted *

2 cups of your favorite rice or quinoa mix already cooked

1/2 chicken or vegetable broth or chicken bone broth

3 Tbsp of parsley and/ or 2 drops parsley vitality essential oil.

2 tbsp of golden raisins

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped



Instructions:


In an 12”skillet put together the quinoa/rice and the broth. Mix and cook for a couple minutes.

Scoop the roasted acorn squash and add to the rice mix

Add nuts, raisins and mix well.

Do not over mix the rice.

Turn the heat off and mix 3/4 of the chopped parsley and or the parsley vitality essential oil. Mix well and serve.

Sprinkle the rest of the parsley on top

Enjoy!!



*Cut acorn squash, place inside part down on a cookie sheet or baking stone. Bake for 20 minutes or so at 350F






 

Another great choice for a lighter , dairy free and gluten free option is butternut squash soup.


Butternut squash is a delicious starchy veggie that is actually a cold weather superfood. Butternut squash is not only tasty but also packs a punch of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. It has many culinary uses and makes a great addition to many sweet and savory recipes. This Butternut Squash Soup Recipe is thick and delicious, and it isn’t loaded up with heavy cream. It’s easy to prepare, and a bit sweet and savory.

Butternut Squash Soup

Servings 6 Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion 1/4 tsp salt 1 drop black pepper vitality essential oil 2 Lbs. roasted butternut squash 1 drop cinnamon bark vitality essential oil 1 drop thyme vitality essential oil 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock* 1 cup oat milk ** Toasted pumpkin seeds optional, for garnish Instructions:

Melt the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat, then add the onion, salt, and pepper, and cook for 5-10 minutes, until the onions are soft. Add the roasted butternut squash cubes and stir for 2 minutes. Add the stock and oat milk, bring the liquid to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes at a simmer. Add essential oils, mix well. Puree the soup, either using an immersion blender, or by cooling the soup slightly and blending in a blender (you will likely need to do this in batches). Taste the soup, and see if it needs more seasoning. Serve as is, or sprinkle few pumpkin seeds, if desired. Enjoy! *If you want it vegan or vegetarian use veggie broth **You can substitute oat milk for coconut milk if desired


 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving family recipe?

Leave us a comment, maybe together we can find ways to make a healthier version of it. Fuel your body with the right foods for a more energetic body!


Also check our Family Recipes section for more latin recipes. Or for cooking tips and recipes at Cooking Simply with Gaby


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