HealingRadius is happy to collaborate with Teresa of the Eat, Drink and be Skinny blog series to promote tips for health, wellness, and overall happiness! With 14-plus years’ experience in the weight-loss industry, Teresa remains busy by writing helpful blog posts, creating nutrition-packed menu plans and recipes, educating individuals, and delivering on-site corporate wellness workshops and seminars. She is also recognized as a nutritionist, published author, and health coach around the world! An expert on all things health and fitness, her vast education includes a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science, a master’s degree in business, and a personal trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise.
Since the holiday season is here, we’d like to present one of Teresa’s blog posts with a delicious Thanksgiving recipe that could turn into one of your own favorites:
A Vegan Holiday Recipe: Not your traditional turkey, potatoes and gravy!
While I’m not a vegan, or even a full vegetarian, I am a responsible, healthy eater and that involves limiting the animal products I consume on a regular basis. This is part of why I love these little Gardein Meatless Mains! I’ve had quite a few of them by now and I’m always amazed at how yummy they are and no animals are harmed in their creation — that’s good for everybody! They are all super easy to prepare and toss on top of your favorite vegetable side dish to create a plant based, protein-packed, main dish.
A vegan holiday recipe needs to be more than a turkey-less cutlet …
Now your holiday, turkey themed meals are going to take more than a Turk’y Cutlet (clever name for a turkey-less turkey patty that tastes crispy, yummy and satisfying) on a plate with a glass of wine. Since these patties are not just meat free, but certified vegan, I decided pair them up with a vegan side dish of potatoes and of course gravy!* I love a kitchen challenge. Especially since the only gravy I know how to make starts with a butter base (clearly a vegan no-no) and potatoes are usually whipped to perfection with butter and cream.
*The cutlets from Gardein actually come with their own packet of traditional looking gravy, but I was too excited about my creamy avocado that I bypassed it and will save it for another day!
The Vegan Potatoes with Gravy Challenge
We’re in the midst of the 21-Day Clean and Colorful Challenge, which makes everyday cooking so much more fun. Looking at your favorite recipes, how can you add more color to ensure you hit all 5 (red, orange, yellow, green, indigo) every day? Infusing the Clean and Colorful concept with the Vegan challenge, I ended up with this!
Yummy Vegan Holiday Recipe: Caramelized Red Onion Potatoes with Avocado Gravy
Does it sound weird? Maybe a little. Was it delicious? Ab-so-lutely! Avocado is used in smoothies all the time because of it’s creamy texture, delicious flavor and outstanding nutritional profile it delivers. So why not use it as the base of a holiday gravy? I mean, it’s even green, how perfect is that? The red potatoes and red onion mixture is sweet with a little honey and salty and crispy. A great side dish here, but also very yummy as a side dish along your morning eggs. I suggest making these in bulk so you have them on hand all week long.
Caramelized Red Onion Potatoes Recipe
1 pound red potatoes
1/2 diced, red onion
1 minced, clove of garlic
1 tsp honey
1 T olive oil
1 tsp Rosemary
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to boil and add washed red potatoes and boil for 15 minutes until soft. Strain and dice into 1/2″ chunks. Retain as much of the skin as you can.
Add oil, garlic, onions and honey to skillet under high heat and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until soft with a caramel brown color. Add potatoes, rosemary and salt and pepper. Saute for an additional 3-5 minutes to coat the potatoes.
Makes 2 cups of cooked potatoes.
Vegan Avocado Gravy Recipe
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 clove of garlic
Salt and lemon pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. You may need to add a bit more or less milk to get the right consistency depending on the size of your avocado.
Transfer to a small sauce pan and whisk over medium heat to warm. Nobody likes cold gravy on their turkey and potatoes.
Makes about 1 cup of gravy.
Nutrition: 1/2 cup of potatoes with 1/4 cup of gravy = 228 calories, 14g fat, 6g fiber, 3.4g protein.
Putting it all together …
Scoop 1/2 cup of the potatoes and top with 1 turk-y cutlet then smoother with 1/4 cup of the avocado dressing, garnish with some extra rosemary and enjoy the meat and dairy-free divine holiday dinner!
Voilà! We hope you’ve enjoyed Teresa’s recipe, and we wish you a healthy holiday season!
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.