Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

We just wrapped up a rockin’ Barbie birthday party yesterday for our SG. She turns five next Saturday, but since her birthday always falls around Thanksgiving, we usually celebrate it a week early. All this to say I’m behind the ball for Thanksgiving prep because I was busy preparing for her party.

This morning has been my catch up time. Here’s what is on the menu for this Thanksgiving. And y’all, I better get to getting! The fam has agreed to a dairy, egg, beef & pork gelatin free Thanksgiving but that means I make it all. I gladly do it because it means I can relax around the safe food and know that my daughter won’t react to cross contamination. Totally worth it!

Menu for Thanksgiving 2015

Cutlets

Gravy  (I omit the onion now and add 2 teaspoons of onion powder- makes the gravy smoother.)

Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Simmered Fresh Green Beans (Rinse beans.  Snap off ends.  Snap beans in half.  In a pan, cover beans with vegetable broth.  Sprinkle some garlic powder, onion powder & Adobo seasoning.  Simmer until tender.)

Arroz con Gandules (No recipe yet.  My mom is going to teach me how this week!)

Dinner Rolls (Sub non-dairy milk and vegan butter. Use the bread machine to make dough on dough setting.)

Pumpkin Pie with Coco Whip

Cherry Pie and/or Apple Pie (I hope to make both.)

Buckeyes (If I have time and energy left!)

And if I can find an easy vegan carrot cake recipe, I’d love to make that. Does anyone have a good and safe carrot cake recipe to share?

Happy (early) Thanksgiving!  I hope you have a wonderful and safe day filled with love!

Above are the cutlets and gravy, dinner rolls, and cherry and apple pie.

Dairy Free Chocolate Delight

Safe Chocolate Delight

Nana (the Huzz’s mom) and Mimi (my mom) each make their own version of chocolate delight. Nana calls hers “Striped Delight” and Mimi calls hers “Chocolate Delight.”

I remember one day they sat together and jokingly argued over which version my Huzz liked better. Nana’s crust is made from graham crackers. My mom’s crust is flour and nut based. He likes both versions.

Fast forward several years later. A baby and severe food allergies made chocolate delight impossible. That is, until SO Delicious debuted Coco Whip, a coconut based “whipped cream” in a tub. It’s amazing.

I’ve already experimented and made chocolate pudding parfaits with it. I’ve also made an Oreo and pudding cream pie… but it fell apart. It was delicious, but still, needs some tweaking before it’s blog ready.

Anyhow, the Huzz requested chocolate delight for Father’s Day.

I was going to make it. However I was completely worn out by the afternoon and didn’t want to make it. The Huzz said he’d rather eat PB&J’s and have chocolate delight for dessert rather than me making dinner and skipping the chocolate delight.

Well, okay, then… it was that important to him. So that meant it was important to me!

Thank goodness Hy-Vee carries Daiya frozen pizzas. I ran to the store and that saved our dinner. I did not want to serve PB&J’s to my Huzz on Father’s Day.

And as for the chocolate delight, I had no idea if it would really turn out.

But ya know what?

IT DID!

I merged Nana and Mimi’s recipes together and created my own version. A safe version. Which means he likes mine best. Hmmph! Lol!

Here’s how I made chocolate delight.

Dairy Free Chocolate Delight

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • 1.5 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Make pudding with non dairy milk. I used vanilla almond milk. Let it chill for several hours in the fridge. When the pudding is chilled, you can move to step two.
  2. I bought safe graham crackers and ground them into fine crumbs with my mini food processor. Mix the 3 crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of a 13×9” pan.  I used a potato masher to really press the crust down.
  3. Use a mixer to beat the “cream cheese” and milk. I used SO Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk. Add in 1/2 of the Coco Whip, the powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla. Spread this over the graham cracker crust.
  4. Pour pudding over cream cheese layer.
  5. Chill.
  6. Top with the remaining Coco Whip.

We hope you love this as much as we did!

Chocolate Delight Bite 2