Monday, November 30, 2015

Vegan Thanksgiving Foods, Furkids, and Vegan Ranch Dressing

I took a few days off from the 'net' and now I'm back!  Kicking things off with some of the Vegan Thanksgiving Foods I gobbled up last week...from top the clockwise...Garde'in Holiday Roast, Acorn Squash, Wildtree Stuffing, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole, and in the center are Sweet Potatoes!

My attempted at the Tater Tot Casserole was a last minute discussion but turned out pretty good.

Wildtree makes a boxed blend of Stuffing Mix and my mom made it for me.  It's heavy on the rosemary but it totally works in the blend for the stuffing!

I have to say this year has been the first year I have ever had Leftover Vegan Turkey Sandwiches.  With Just Mayo on top - it was YUMMERS!

One thing I did this past weekend was re-do my cookbook sections.  I have a slew of old vegetarian cookbooks in another section that I don't really use much but didn't want to throw away.  These are my newer ones, my all-time favorites, and such.  I'm so glad I did this!  Now I have to jump in and try something I haven't tried yet from them!  There are many of my favorites missing from these shelves...ones that I have borrowed time and time again and SHOULD probably add to my collection.


Cricket has been pretty high strung lately perhaps it's the change of season (not sure).  Regardless I can't stay mad at her long...I mean...LOOK at this...could you?

She's still only 4 or 5 pounds and doubt she will get any bigger than she is now because she IS 2 years old.  We and other vets and shelter people thought that we was a chihuahua and rat terrier mix but I think because of her size she's probably more like a toy rat terrier and chihuahua mix.  Regardless we adore her!

The cuteness doesn't stop there...


Look at the brothers!

Paco and Riley were bonding more than usual this past weekend, too!  Paco continues to do well and we are VERY thankful for that.  Riley is in the middle of another ear infection but we are used to that happening and always have medication on stand by.

Charlie has been pretty good with the exception of him biting me the other day.  This isn't out of the ordinary for him...he's moody because he was a feral cat.  Again...we LOVE him regardless!


I know this isn't a great photo nor does it look overly appetizing but I had to share it with you and will definitely be doing it again and again so hopefully at some point I can get a better pic!

What you see here is Vegan Ranch Dressing that I made and it's my BEST attempt to date!

1/2 C Just Mayo
1/2 C Coconut Almond Milk
1 tea Onion Powder*
1 pinch Garlic Powder**
1 tea Dill***
2 T Nutritional Yeast
Black Sea Salt to taste

*I used Wildtree Absolutely Onion which is now Organic and Vegan (the old version contained Whey Powder this version doesn't)

** I used Wildtree Garlic Galore

*** I used Wildtree Dill Dip Blend

14 comments:

  1. That ranch looks great! I have hits and misses with homemade rench myself! Your fur babies are adorable! Cricket is soooooo tiny!

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    1. I know what you mean about homemade vegan ranch attempts. So far this has been my best yet! Now...I'm wondering if I added a little apple cider vinegar and/or a bit of lemon juice, too, I forgot to write down the last steps and ended up doing a "Buttermilk Ranch Mashed Potatoes" and used a similar recipe for them!

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    2. I've always wanted a good homemade vegan ranch dressing. I'll try it soon and let you know how it is! A vegan tater tot casserole sounds amazing!!!! I need that in my life!

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    3. I need to try a Tater Tot Casserole with some greens in it soon! I didn't have any greens that day! Spinach or Kale would be ideal, I think!

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  2. Agreed, the ranch dressing looks wonderful! And I need to clean up and reorganize my cookbooks too, things are getting a little crazy!

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    1. I guess I am the type of person that needs to SEE everything in front of me so I think this was good to do in my case :) Time will tell I guess LOL

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  3. Your Thanksgiving foods all look super delicious! Love the pup pics; so cute! :)

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    1. Thanks! I think I went a little crazy with the mashed potatoes. My sister didn't care for them but I did put some of the cheese sauce from the Tater Tot Casserole in them which had a good amount of the Nutritional Yeast in there and my sister isn't used to nooch so that could be it!

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  4. Cricket is a tiny puppy! My boss had a toy Pomeranian and she only weighted 4 lbs. She looked even more tiny since she lost most of her fur (which is actually common in poms)

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    1. I look at here almost every day and wonder how she can be so small!

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  5. It looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, so did we. I'm currently brewing a pot of herbal tea that has rosemary to the brew. There's also fennel, sage, cinnamon sticks and a few other spices and herbs. The rosemary, fennel and sage came from our garden.

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  6. Your thanksgiving plate looks awesome! Such great food =) And I bet the leftovers with just mayo were delicious.
    Your furkids are so cute!!!
    Your ranch dressing sounds great - I really like that you added dill to it. I'll have to try it out soon. Thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays - I'm pinning. Hope you had a great thanksgiving =)

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    1. I still can't believe I like Just Mayo like I do - I used to HATE Mayo even while eating dairy growing up! LOL

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