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 avocado
- 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!