For many of us, the main dish at Thanksgiving dinner is what really makes or breaks the meal. A plate full of side dishes doesn’t necessarily celebrate the notion that this important holiday meal can be made creatively and compassionately, with as much flair, flavor and good feelings as the traditional option. This Hearty Meatless Meatloaf main course takes care of that.
Inspired by Anna Thomas’s Love Soup Green Soup recipe, our Get Your Greens In soup is the perfect dish if you’re looking for a delicious and nourishing way to add more nutrient-dense greens to your diet. If you’ve been overindulging and want to give your body a break from rich, heavy foods, make a pot of this soup and eat it over a couple days for a gentle, nourishing cleanse.
This comforting Southern favorite tastes like a cross between cornbread and creamed corn and is a delicious, sweet side dish for a hearty meal. Traditional corn pudding uses lots of eggs and a fair amount of butter. A healthier and more compassionate approach to creating the light, fluffy texture of the pudding is to use garbanzo bean flour and cornmeal. Together, they thicken the non-dairy milk-based sauce without cholesterol or saturated fat, and add a dose of protein to boot. Garbanzo bean flour can be found in most healthy grocery stores and in the healthy aisle of many traditional grocery stores.
When I was growing up, stuffing was the queen of our holiday table — and luckily for a stuffing-lover like me, I got to experience two distinct types each and every season.
My Southern grandmother, Lucy made her Thanksgiving stuffing with an abundance of sage and savory homemade cornbread, recalled easily from memory after decades of practice. A few weeks later, on Christmas eve, my Midwestern grandmother Helen made a delicious bread stuffing using a humble boxed mix. They were both incredibly delicious, and I looked forward to them every year.