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Thanksgiving Day, 2:00 p.m.

I am SO full.  I just sat down on the couch after a delicious Thanksgiving lunch.  Talk about stuffed.  I ate two large platefuls and then gave up.  I haven’t even dug into my vegan pumpkin pie yet even though I am super excited to try it.  Give me a couple of hours first and then I’ll give it a go!  But more on that a bit later…

First, I need to share a few of my favorite recent eats with you all since I teased you with that delicious pizza and those fritters on Wednesday.

Friday Foodie Favorites: November 29, 2013

friday favorites brussel sprout bbq pizza

Remember this?  Many of you commented on how delicious this looked.  And guess what?  It is!  I made Alissa’s BBQ Cheddar Brussel Sprouts Pizza last weekend.  I made a few alterations to Alissa’s recipe by using bagged shaved brussel sprouts from Trader Joe’s and by using Daiya cheddar “cheese” in order to make it vegan.  I absolutely adored this pizza- heck, I love the Daiya and BBQ sauce, so how could I not?  Plus, you can’t beat a pizza that loads on healthy vegetables.  This was definitely my kind of pizza.  I easily could have eaten more than the three pieces that I ate when I made it for dinner, but I wanted to have leftovers for lunch the next day.  It was definitely worth using a little bit of self-control in order to make two meals out of it.  Now I just wish that the servings of this pizza were endless.  It’s a good thing it was super easy to make because it will definitely be made again.

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You were also really loving the sound of these fritters.  Earlier this week, I made my own take on Shanon’s Spinach Squash Fritters with Eggs.  I followed the fritter recipe almost exactly, but I subbed in nutritional yeast in place of the parmesan cheese, and I added in some garlic powder and onion powder.  These little gems were loaded with tons of nutrients from the spinach and squash (I used acorn), and they packed some BIG flavor.  Shanon’s original recipe also called for topping the fritters with poached eggs.  Instead (mostly because I lack the ability to make a poached egg ;)), I topped my fritters with fried, dippy eggs.  I happen to think the addition of the runny yolk was fantastic.  You can’t go wrong with some #yolkporn, am I right?

friday favorite squash spinach fritter

And now one final current addiction of mine:

friday favorite buckwheat bake

Blueberry buckwheat bakes topped off with peanut butter and bananas.  Robyn’s recipe for Buckwheat Bakes is awesome.  I have been making a couple of these bakes on the weekends for the past few weeks and taking them to work for breakfasts.  They are SO easy to make and so, so delicious.  I am now obsessed with buckwheat flour, which is great because it is GOOD for you!  Oh, and for the heads up, adding nut butter is definitely not optional ;).

WIAW thanksgiving

Now that you are all caught up to speed on some of my current favorite recipes from around the blogging world, let’s get back to my Thanksgiving day meal recap.  I am going to share a couple of  semi-blurry pictures with you of my plateS 😉 because, quite frankly, I only took two pictures because I was too excited to get to the eating part.  Cold food just isn’t good, do you feel me?

thanksgiving 2013

Vegan stuffing from Whole Foods (it was good!), green bean casserole, sweet potato rolls, butternut squash lentil loaf topped with barbecue sauce, and roasted red potatoes topped with ketchup (not the fanciest, but the two just belong together).

thanksgiving 2013 2Fruit salad and homemade applesauce.

Oh, and for the heads up, I definitely went back for seconds.  Thanksgiving dinners are for eating, right? 😉

Alright, I am off to take a quick snooze on the couch and then I am going on my annual Thanksgiving day walk with my mama.  I’ll be back a bit later to update this post with my final thoughts on THE vegan pumpkin pie.  I hope my expectations will be met!

Thanksgiving Day 4:30 p.m.

And the verdict is…

vegan pumpkin pie 5The vegan pumpkin pie. was. good.  I never would have guessed that this pie was vegan if I hadn’t been the one to make it, and I never would have guessed that it was made with tofu!  Talk about having fun with tricking people into eating tofu.  Of course I would never do something so sneaky…or would I? 😉  It was so nice to have a vegan dessert option, and a delicious one at that!  I’ll definitely be making this again for future holidays.

If you are from the U.S., how was your Thanksgiving holiday?

What was the best thing that you ate yesterday?

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  • Ang @ Nutty for Life November 29, 2013, 9:23 am
    So happy the pie turned out well for you!! I am still stuffed from my food yesterday. I was on a pie and stuffing overload but it fueled me through my early morning work shift, I guess :p Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...Thanksgiving 2013 RecapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 29, 2013, 9:42 am
      Haha, I think it is WRONG if you don't get stuffed on Thanksgiving!! ;)
  • Monica Carten November 29, 2013, 12:25 pm
    So jealous of your Thanksgiving. Spent mine with my husbands family. Everything came out of a box and had a slick of butter melted over the top. I brought a crudités of fresh veggies which I had with some bagged salad, boiled until completely dead asparagus, sweet potato casserole and thank god there was some hummus and crackers!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 29, 2013, 4:16 pm
      Well that is certainly unfortunate, but I am glad you at least got to eat some good and healthy food! Sweet potato casserole sounds awesome!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness November 29, 2013, 2:22 pm
    All of the good sounds wonderful, especially the lentil loaf! I'm already excited for when I make the loaf again early next week. One of my favorite new recipes. I'm glad you enjoyed a good thanksgiving! Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...Trying new things – Buffalo Chicken EnchiladasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 29, 2013, 4:17 pm
      Thanks Nicole! I am SO glad to hear that! It is definitely one of my favorites right now too :).
  • Casey @ Salted Plates November 29, 2013, 4:04 pm
    I need to make a pizza like that! Casey @ Salted Plates recently posted...Thankful in 2013My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 29, 2013, 4:17 pm
      You sure do!! You always post unique pizza recipes so this unique one is certainly something you would like :).
  • Kim November 29, 2013, 8:37 pm
    The pizza and fritters look super good! Although my husband isn't a veggie lover, so I'll have to save these for when he's away. I've actually never had tofu- I want to try, but I'm nervous, haha. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 30, 2013, 12:15 pm
      I think that tofu is definitely an acquired taste, so I recommend trying it at a restaurant first where it is likely to be seasoned/cooked well. Then try experimenting with making it yourself. Some of the easiest ways to prepare it are to marinade it and bake it, or to add it into stir-fries. Let me know if you try it :).
  • Jessie November 29, 2013, 11:57 pm
    Yay! Glad your pumpkin pie turned out so well. I'd say my favorite meal from Thanksgiving would have to be or pie too. I followed this recipe: http://ellepottsie.com/the-healthiest-pumpkin-pie-youll-ever-enjoy/ and couldn't of been more pleased! Jessie recently posted...Currently Edition #1My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 30, 2013, 12:17 pm
      Yay for vegan pumpkin pies! That one sounds awesome!
  • Arman @ thebigmansworld November 30, 2013, 3:14 am
    Love those fritters- thanks for the recipe and your edits to it!!! For a vegetarian thanksgiving meal (coming from a huge turkey lover here)- that looks awesome- hope you had a good one! Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted...Off the cuff Fridays 29/11 – No bake SunButter cookiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 30, 2013, 12:17 pm
      Thanks so much, Arman! And the fritters are super delicious! I bet you would most definitely enjoy them :).
  • Joanna @Makingmine November 30, 2013, 7:21 pm
    Those spinach fritters look AMAZING! After traveling for a week, I can't wait to get back in my own kitchen to cook! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...disney daysMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2013, 8:50 pm
      I hear you. I was definitely missing be in my own kitchen!
  • Sharsti November 30, 2013, 10:51 pm
    So impressed with your skills! I'm glad the pie turned out, that's my fav part:) Sharsti recently posted...Thankful 13 race recapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2013, 8:50 pm
      Haha, thanks ;). Trust me, I don't have that great of skills...ESPECIALLY when it comes to baking.
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 30, 2013, 10:58 pm
    I am drooling over all of your eats!! Especially the pumpkin pie even though I've never had pumpkin pie before it sounds so good! I really want to try those fritters and Robyn's Buckwheat Bake. Yum! Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...30 Breakfast IdeasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2013, 8:51 pm
      I am so sad for you that you haven't had pumpkin pie..hopefully someday soon! And yes, you really need to try the fritters and the buckwheat bake. It would be great for all of your unique breakfasts!
  • Katherine December 1, 2013, 9:40 am
    This may sound creepy, but when I was eating my Thanksgiving dinner, I thought of you and wondered how you made yours vegan! It's so interesting to me how you veganize so many things that I didn't think could possibly be made vegan! Your dinner looks marvelous! I'll have to give that pumpkin pie a shot one day. Tofu in it is just WAY too intriguing to pass up! Katherine recently posted...Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 1, 2013, 8:56 pm
      Haha, that's awesome! Not creepy at all. I know I am always super curious about other people's eats. And yes, you will have to try the pumpkin pie! I'm posting the recipe on Tuesday :).
  • Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet December 1, 2013, 10:11 pm
    My thanksgiving was pretty good! Looks like yours was awesome and full of yumminess ;) Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet recently posted...“Keeping Healthy” til 2014: Week TwoMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:33 pm
      It was SO good! I'm glad yours was great, too!
  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen December 2, 2013, 3:35 am
    Yum! That buckwheat bake sounds delish! Tara | Treble in the Kitchen recently posted...Kick Off to the HolidaysMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 2, 2013, 2:34 pm
      It is seriously good. I highly recommend trying it out.

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