Healthy Comfort Food for the Holidays
If you have trouble choosing between the pumpkin pie or the chocolate cake on the Thanksgiving dessert table, these vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Glazed Pumpkin Squares will help you satisfy both desires in a few delicious bites! Let me warn you that these are no ordinary cookie bars because they are infinitely rich and moist. A few bites may be just enough. Even so, they qualify as healthy comfort food, in my humble opinion, since they are made with fresh, whole foods.
Our Thanksgiving meal is my absolute favorite meal of the year. It holds many happy memories from my youth. As Tom and I continued holiday traditions in our home, our vegetarian preference never stopped me from making it an otherwise very traditional meal. Tom’s daughter, Celeste, joins me for a lot of singing in the kitchen while we pull together all our scrumptious side dishes and desserts. When my mother was alive, she lived nearby, and she always joined us. Neither she nor Celeste seemed to miss the turkey.
This season I’ve seen many blogs introducing innovative new recipes—as though we all get bored with our family traditions! Really? I hate to disappoint, but you’ll see me post many of the same recipes year after year because in our house it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them! We never tire of my Holiday Sweet Potatoes with Glazed Pecans—an entire pound and a half of nuts with cinnamon, salt, and coconut sugar! (Page 197 in Sacred & Delicious and also posted on the blog).
Though my favorite dish remains Holiday Dressing (page 164 in Sacred & Delicious), made gluten-free with cornbread, shiitake mushrooms, walnuts, and Simon & Garfunkel’s herb medley of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Since the dressing is a bit of a project, I make Elegant Green Beans because it’s so easy (on page 186) but you may want to try a Reimagined Green Bean Casserole and Fresh Cranberry Salad (page 217 in Sacred & Delicious). Of course, I always make a tofu dish (try Savory Tofu, page 170) to support this carb-heavy meal with some protein.
These traditional sides are so delicious at our house, it’s hard to leave room for dessert—but somehow we manage by resting a couple hours before we dive into the next course! I remain a fan of pumpkin pie and Spiced Pumpkin Pound Cake, but I definitely recommend that you save a place at your holiday dessert tables for these vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Glazed Pumpkin Squares.
Happy Thanksgiving from our kitchen to yours. Wishing you a sacred and delicious holiday season!Print