Gratitude Day!


This Thursday in the U.S., we celebrate “Thanksgiving,” which I like think of more as “Gratitude Day.” That’s my way of honoring the spirit of appreciation while moving away from the day’s unfortunate roots.

Ideally gratitude is something innate, practiced implicitly everyday and no need of “special days” as reminders.



In Peace and with Love and Joy,

In the spirit of kindness to the earth and to all its sentient creatures, I encourage you to reconsider your menu for Gratitude Day and go veggie  – if you do not already do so – or as nearly veggie as you are able.

The video below is of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau showing us how easy it is to transform our traditional fare into a menu of dishes that are still traditional but kind to the earth and all animals including the human animal (healthier and easier on our kidneys).

HERE’s a link that will bring up recipe videos that are both vegan and gluten-free if – like me – you are allergic to gluten. I admit, it’s not easy to be vegan when you can’t have wheat, gluten, soy, corn, or pine nuts and walnuts. For soy products, I just substitute other nondairy milks and creams, make homemade chickpea tofu or dice portobello mushrooms for something “meaty.”  Black beans are actually more nutritious than soy beans. For the nut allergy, I exchange the problem nuts for other nuts: pecans instead of walnuts, hazelnut pieces or slivered almonds instead of pine nuts.

Have a lovely week and enjoy your time cooking and baking and visiting with family and friends. 

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