Friday, October 7, 2011

Whole Foods Shopping and Cooking Up A Thanksgiving/Fall Dinner (Ideas and Recipes By Simi)

Hey Everyone!
It's Thanksgiving around the corner and also all fall gatherings and I was thinking to create some dinner ideas for you to share with your family & friends during your thanksgiving dinner & fall gatherings.
I call it "Whole Foods Shopping and Cooking Up A Thanksgiving/Fall Dinner (Ideas and Recipes By Simi)".
I thought to shop at Whole Foods because it's my top most favorite store to shop at to find all beautiful fresh produce including organic, they also have lovely bakery & fresh foods. Another thing that is amazing about Whole Foods is that they have so many local products available.
I never knew my city had so many local brands! It's really cool & fun to see.
I have 12 ideas and recipes by me Simi! to share with you all today, filled with gorgeous products all available at Whole Foods. Also because I do love beauty products too! I picked up 2 fall themed items that you all will adore.
I hope you enjoy reading and it inspires you to check out your local Whole Foods and the wickedly cool products they have to offer! :)

1. Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
* 1 Cup of Organic Avalon milk (I used 2%)
* 2 Heaping tablespoons of Green and Blacks Cocoa Powder
* 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon Spice (Brand Either: Frontier or Simply Organic)
* 1/2 Teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice (Brand Either: Frontier or Simply Organic)
* Dollop some "Isigny Ste Mere Creme a la Vanilla de Madagascar Whipped Cream" in a beautiful spin around
* Sprinkle a bit of Pumpkin Spice on top
* For a very fall festive feel, put a "Frontier Natural Product Co-op" cinnamon stick on the side of the whipped cream, it's so pretty

Warm the milk up, then put in the Hot Milk in the mug with the cocoa powder and spices, stir well. Then top off with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice and a cinnamon stick on the side. I have been getting great complements on this drink at my parties. I think it's such a nice warm drink to go with any meal, it also looks so fall time pretty.

2. Vegan Pumpkin Pie
* 1 Maureens White Pie Shells
* 1 Can of Farmers Market Pumpkin Pie mix
* 3/4 Cup milk (can be 2% Organic milk or Almond Breeze or So Delicious Coconut Milk, I love organic milk the best!)
* 2 Teaspoons of "Orgran Gluten Free No Egg" with 4 Tablespoons of water (mix them together before adding in pie)
* 1/2 Teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice (Brand Either: Frontier or Simply Organic)
* When it's done baking, let it cool and put a Dollop of Whipped Cream on top

Unthaw the frozen pie crust for a few hours, then when ready take a bowl and put the milk and open the pumpkin pie mix can and pour in the bowl, add the pumpkin spice and stir in the egg replacer mix, stir all ingredients together slowly, then pour in pie shell. Bake at 425º for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350º for an additional 32-40 minutes. Cool on rack. Then place a dollop of Whipped cream on top. I cannot describe how amazing this pie is, I'm SO addicted to it and all my guests LOVE IT SO MUCH, they didn't even know it was Vegan!

3. Vegan Carrot Maple Muffin
* These "Vegan Carrot Maple Muffin's" are available in store at your local Whole Foods.
They are a very tasty vegan muffin with maple & carrot. Very light and delicious perfect to pick up a bag full and serve at your thanksgiving dinner & fall gathering's for a lovely dessert. They will be sure to make everyone smile. I adore them, so soft!

4. Simi's Sweet Chocolate Banana Cake & Vegan Sweet Potato Scone with Walnuts
The first item I baked is called a "Simi's Sweet Chocolate Banana Cake".
* Organic Cake Flour
* Banana's
* Organic Sugar
* Filtered Water
* Expeller Pressed Canola Oil
* Belgian Chocolate
* Cocoa
* Baking Powder
* Pure Vanilla
* Baking Soda
* Sea Salt
* Xanthan Gum

Cut into individual pieces and dollop some "Isigny Ste Mere Creme a la Vanilla de Madagascar Whipped Cream" on top.
This cake is so addictive and sweetly amazing. :)

The second item is a "Vegan Sweet Potato Scone with Walnuts", now this product is made by Whole Foods Bakery, its a really fresh tasty cookie/muffin top like treat. perfect for this season, filled with a cinnamon sweet potato taste, be sure to check this one out on your next shopping trip. I picked up some for my parties coming up.

5. Vegan Turk'y with Vegetarian Gravy & Stuffing

* Vegan Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk'y (it comes with gravy but I didn't use it.)
* Simply Organic Vegetarian Brown Gravy Mix
* Marcy's Gourmet Cranberry Orange Stuffing Mix
Bake the Gardein Turk'y for time stated on package. While baking make the gravy & stuffing.
I really think the Turk'y is a amazing choice for all, it's vegan and its super tasty, its fluffy and really turns out beautifully! Check it out at Whole Foods, you will love it! It's the most delicious vegan dinner I have had! Now if you do eat meat, be sure to look at the organic turkeys at Whole Foods, they are more healthier for you and I notice while at Whole Foods that they are more popular than regular non organic.
People adore the organic options, just like me!

6. Rice & Mixed Veggies
* Rice (can be brown or white, I used white)
* Carrots
* Broccoli
* Peas
* Garlic
* Onions

Cook up rice, then when done cooking, put in fry pan and mix with your favorite veggies, I used some broccoli, carrots, peas, garlic & onions. Cook till veggies turn slightly soft. 

7. Cauliflower Pancakes & Tzatziki
* Cauliflower
* Grated up Cheese (I used Daiya Mozzarella, Also Daiya Cheddar tastes great!)
* Chickpea Flour (Bob's Red Mill)
* Olympic Plain Yogurt
* Spices to taste (WF has a great selection of many different spices!)

Grate up the cauliflower finely, then add a quarter cup of cheese either cheddar or mozzarella. Then add 4 table spoons of chickpea flour and 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Add spices to taste, mix well, with hands, form ball shape, then flatten, fry in slight oiled fry pan. They take about 10-12 minutes or desired time.
This is my top favorite recipe, using the Daiya cheese it turn's out so lovely and perfectly cheesy and so very tasty! It's a favorite of my family and friends and I! :)

8. Pasta Stir Fry
* Pasta (Whichever type is your favorite, The WF brand has many nice ones)
* Use veggies to your liking
Top off with:
* Bean Sprouts (during last few minutes of cooking)

Make your favorite pasta and chop up some veggies you like and, Then combine both & fry in pan, add spices and soya sauce and sweet and sour, and top off with bean sprouts in the last few minutes of cooking. :) 

9. Veggies & Hummus
* Carrots
* Broccoli
* Peas
* Garlic
* Onions

Cook up rice, then when done cooking, put in fry pan and mix with your favorite veggies, I used some broccoli, carrots, peas, garlic & onions. Cook till veggies turn slightly soft. 

* 1 Can of Chick peas 
* 3 Cloves of garlic
* Salt and Pepper to taste
* 3 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
* 2 Tablespoons of Tahini

Boil the can of chick peas till soft, strain, let cool. Put in food proccesser, with 3 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Then add lemon juice and tahini. Then blend till whipped. Then chill it, and serve with your meal.

10, Butternut Squash Soup with Spinach & Garlic Bread & Jam
* 1 Full Pouch of Pacific Naturals Foods Vegetable Broth
* Onions 
* Garlic
* Organic Potato's
* Celery 
* 1 Can of Farmers Market Canned Butternut Squash
Add on side:
* Few slices per person of The Artisan Bake Shoppe Ltd Spinach & Garlic Bread
* And your favorite Jam, (they have a very big selection of Healthy Jams at Whole Foods!)

Fry the onions, garlic, & carrots and potato's and celery slightly, then add the whole carton of vegetable broth, cook till vegetables are soft. Then add the can of Butternut Squash, and simmer for 30 - 40 minutes or so. Depending on how you soft you prefer it.

11. Asparagus 
* Asparagus, ends trimmed 
* Salt & Pepper, Spices to taste
* Some Olive oil 

Pan fry gently to taste & add little bit of spices while cooking or after cooking, whichever you prefer.

12. Thanksgiving/Fall Themed Beauty Products
* Hugo Naturals Handcrafted Soap (Pumpkin Scented) This is the perfect soap for your bathroom for all your guests to use while at your party, it makes the whole house smell just like sweet scented fall scents. Its absolutely gorgeous! It's beautiful and really bubbly soap! I love it's look too! I will be stocking up on this pumpkin scented one before fall is over! :)

* Shea Butter Kiss Me I'm Canadian Maple Cinnamon Glaze Lip Balm (This is a wonderful lip balm for the thanksgiving/fall time, it puts a smile on your face while you smell the beautiful scent of maple & cinnamon.. mmm so perfect!)

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and I had so much fun doing it for you all.
Be sure to go to the site to see where nearest location is to you.
Whole Foods has a great selection of all kinds of products, that will be sure to catch your eyes. :)

For more detailed information of any of the ideas and recipes I posted or to ask me any questions about this post, be sure to email me at my fan mail email:
I always LOVE hearing from you! :)

I have been getting some early requests for the winter months ideas & recipes so I'm planning on creating a Whole Foods Holiday Christmas/NewYears post filled with ideas & recipes for the holidays both xmas time and new year's parties.
So be sure to be on the lookout for that post in the next month or so! :)
But for now.. I hope you have a amazing Thanksgiving and Fall time and I'll see you soon!!

FTC Disclaimer:
I'm working with Whole Foods on this lovely Thanksgiving/Fall post, They have kindly sent me a gift card to help with my purchases. I have also put my own money into this purchase & post's ingredients at Whole Foods too.
I adore shopping at Whole Foods.
& All ideas and recipes are FULLY MY OWN.
All Opinions are my own.


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