Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash

Is there a vegan in your family?  I have the perfect recipe for you.  This Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash is healthy, easy, and very flavorful!  For Thanksgiving a few years ago, we served a wild rice stuffed acorn squash and it was a huge success. Even with the meat eaters!

You can make the filling a day ahead if you like.  It should hold up great.  Then on the day you are serving, all you need to do is roast the squash and assemble.

lentil stuffed acorn squash

I love all the colors in this healthy recipe.  When I went to buy the squash for this, they only had tiny acorn squashes, so that is why mine look kind of small.  However, the beauty of this recipe is that you can make the squash any size you like.  The filling is also pretty delicious on it’s own.

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Chocolate Turtle Pie

Are you searching for an amazing (but healthier) dessert for your next party? A yummy pie for Thanksgiving that you won’t regret later? Emily from PrettyPies.com at your service! I’m here to share a delicious dessert that’s filled to the brim with nutritious ingredients. Pretty from the inside out! So you can enjoy guilt-free. 🙂


Have you ever had a chocolate turtle pie? It’s a decadent chocolate filling topped with caramel and pecans. One of my favorite combinations. Something about rich chocolate and pecans is so delightful and comforting this time of year when the weather gets cooler. I love to cozy up on the couch under my warm blanket and savor something chocolatey after the kids have gone to bed. Because #mommyneedschocolate 😉

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Jamaican Jerk Roasted Sweet Potatoes

The other day, my husband was at the Whole Foods salad bar.  He saw they had some Jamaican Jerk Roasted Sweet Potatoes, but the were so expensive!  So he had to create his own version that is very affordable and easy to make!

We have had many recipes inspired from the Whole Foods salad bar.  A few examples are: Kale and Apple Salad, Curry Chickpea Cous Cous, and my Carrot Ginger Detox Salad.  These Jamaican Jerk Roasted Sweet Potatoes would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Jamaican Jerk Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This healthy side dish has big and bold flavors.  It will not disappoint!  It also fits just about any diet.  Vegan, gluten free, paleo, grain free, dairy free, and nut free.

The great thing about this recipe is that you will have extra seasoning left over that you can use at another time.  It works well with any veggies or on your favorite protein.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies (Vegan)

Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies.  The perfect new recipe for you pumpkin lovers! These are seriously delicious and couldn’t be easier to make.  There is no cooking required!

These would make the perfect treat to take to any fall party or even Thanksgiving. They taste like a bite sized pumpkin pie. Heaven in your mouth.


pumpkin chocolate cookies


All you need is just a handful of simple ingredients and a few minutes.  These pumpkin chocolate cookies are vegan, gluten free and paleo approved!

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Chocolate Pecan Pie (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Chocolate Pecan Pie.  If you are still struggling with what dessert to serve for Thanksgiving, I got you covered with this healthy vean pecan pie.

Not only is this delectable pecan pie made healthier, but it’s also vegan, gluten free and grain free. If you love pecans, you may also like my flourless cinnamon pecan cookies, pecan pie granola, or my classic pecan pie recipe.


chocolate pecan pie


This happens to be super easy to make as well.  You can make this ahead of time too.  This would be awesome topped with some coconut whip cream, or served with a side of my pecan caramel ice cream.   Yum!

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Sweet Potato Casserole (Vegan & Paleo)

Do you have your Thanksgiving meal ideas yet?  You may want to add this Sweet Potato Casserole to the list.

While it still tastes indulgent, it is made a little healthier.  I am very pleased with the way it came out.  I am a lover of all things sweet potato if you haven’t guessed by now!

If you love sweet potatoes as well, you will love my sweet potato chili and my sweet potato cookies.


sweet potato casserole


I know pepitas are not normally an ingredient in the traditional casserole, but I added them for an extra boost of protein.  They also add great color to the dish.

This sweet potato casserole is vegan, gluten free and even paleo friendly.  It also has no oil!

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