David's Cranberry Sauce

My husband, David, is a pretty great cook in his own right, and Thanksgiving is one of his favorite holidays. Along with several other delicious dishes, he's famous in our family and a few others for his amazing cranberry sauce—and he’s allowed me to share it with you! 

David's Cranberry Sauce
By David Samson

Serves 4

8 ounces fresh cranberries
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3 whole cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 whole bay...

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Hearty Vegan Meatloaf

An exceptionally fulfilling loaf loaded with brown rice, lentils, and mushrooms for a toothsome texture with a flavorful sauce that's slightly sweet, salty, and smoky. Perfect for any dinner, or top with gravy for a delectable Thanksgiving entrée!

Hearty Lentil Meatloaf

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 8

Smoky Tomato Topping
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons tamari
1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or dark brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 clove garlic,...

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Happy ThanksLiving!

Our family practices gratitude throughout the year. Just as many of us use New Year's Day to revisit and reinvigorate our life goals, Thanksgiving can be a good time to refresh our commitment to being grateful in our lives.

The intention of Thanksgiving is to give thanks, yet for those of us who care about animals, Thanksgiving can be a sad day. Did you know that 45 million beautiful animals' lives are abruptly ended just for this one day?

To honor their lives, we...

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Vegan Potato Latkes

In the story of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, during the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE, consecrated olive oil that was enough to last for only one night, miraculously burned for eight nights. Hence the tradition of celebrating by lighting Hanukkah candles for eight nights and eating foods fried in oil like doughnuts and potato latkes.

Several years ago, we first tried Robin Robertson’s vegan potato latkes and LOVED them! Over the years,...

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Spiced Vegan Horchata

Horchata (pronounce it with a silent "h") is a sweet traditional Spanish drink made with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla. You can drink it hot or over ice, depending on the season. This version is warmed.

Spiced Vegan Horchata
By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 6

6 cups unsweetened vanilla rice milk
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or 1/4-1/2 teaspoon clear liquid stevia) 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander


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Good Morning Smoothies

Lately, people have been asking me what I eat for breakfast. Those who decide to try my morning ritual are excited by how good they feel with this way of “breaking the fast” of the previous night. So, I figured it was time to share it in more detail, especially now that green smoothies and green drinks have rightfully gained popularity.

One noteworthy mention is that my morning smoothies are continually evolving. My husband and daughter make them for me each morning...

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