Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays because I get to use many of the vegetables and herbs I harvest in my home garden. It is a cherished time to spend with family and friends around the dining table. These are special moments to be cherished for many years to come. One way you can ensure to have a long healthy life is to include plenty of plants in your life. Numerous dishes are from plant-based recipes during the holiday season in my home. Below are Five Tips on how to include plants this Thanksgiving.
Be Creative When Planning the Menu
The number one way to add plant-based dishes to your meal is to be creative. Sometimes the holidays can be super fun when you throw a curveball out there for your guest. Don’t limit your menu to the same old mash potatoes. It is a given that guests will be expecting the traditional recipes they are custom to but these can usually take on a healthy spin. Serving mash cauliflower rather than mashed potatoes is one of my favorite creative spins.
My Favorite Plant-Based Holiday Dishes
A few of my favorite plant-based holiday dishes to create each year are made with products from my home garden. The really great thing about plant-based recipes is they are simple. A few I recommend are:
Invite Positive Friends To The Table
Holidays are best when you surround yourself with like-minded folks. It is so much easier to plan a meal for people who appreciate the time you took to plan and prepare. Most people are busy visiting family but there are many who can’t make the trip. An invite to a neighbor or friends Thanksgiving could change lives not to mention introducing them to different foods.
Thinking out of the box is what I love most about entertaining. It can seem risky when it comes to traditional holidays like Thanksgiving. When planning the dinner table, music and even the activities for the evening try something unexpected. Why not create a playlist featuring different cultures music. I love being an Amazon Prime member because it includes unlimited music selection from around the world.
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It may seem risky to change old habits but you are not going to know if it is a hit unless you give it a try. What is the worst that could happen? A walkout to the garden after Thanksgiving dinner before dessert is served could be one of the best experiences ever! Sometimes we forget the holidays aren’t just about food but about being healthy and spending time together.
Look in the Mirror
One of the last things I do on Thanksgiving and or Christmas Eve is look in the mirror. Waiting until the last minute to get presentable for guests is not fun and can only lead to unnecessary stress. Making time for yourself to relax and stay calm is a very important part of the day. Be sure to stop what you are doing at least two hours before guest arrive to look in the mirror and think of yourself. Now that I have my master bathroom remodeled I lock myself in that end of the house turn on my favorite relaxing music and decompress. I take about 45 minutes to think of NOTHING but the plants that fill my bathroom and the music I’m playing as I get dressed and fix my hair. I had to share this photo of my Mother surrounded by some of my cousins. The photo was taken way before I was born but I think it is hilarious how she is surrounded by a bunch of jokesters!
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Happy Thanksgiving Friends,