Happy Healthy Thanksgiving


It’s almost Thanksgiving! This is my first one as a plant-based vegan. I’m invited to a vegan potluck – a gathering of new sweet friends that I’ve come to know over this transformative and exciting year. First I was thinking, “What do I bring?” And then Thankfully, I came across recipes posted by “The Healthy Librarian”. Her blog is called “Happy Healthy Long Life” and what’s not to love about that?! I am so thankful for this woman! I sincerely hope she reads this because I’ve tried two of  The Top-Ten Thanksgiving Week-End Family Favorites List” and trust me, they have not disappointed! In fact, I am so impressed with what I’ve made so far that I’m planning on making ALL the recipes that she’s got on the Top-Ten list!


I don’t know about you, but with new recipes, before taking anything to a potluck I must have tried it out first! Being a baker’s daughter, I set out to bake the Chocolate Chip No-Oil Walnut Zucchini Bread” first. Here it is right out of the oven! Now, I have to confess that zucchini is not one of my favorite vegetables, but I’ve had zucchini bread before and so this just sounded good! Well, let me tell you that it wasn’t just good  it was lip smackingly delicious! I’ve had a slice every day and sent the healthy librarian some very happy Thankful thoughts! (Click on the name underneath the photo to get to the recipe!)

Chocolate Chip No-Oil Walnut Zucchini Bread



The other recipe I tried out was the “Kale Waldorf Salad with Honey Crisp Apples, Toasted Walnuts & Creamy Dressing”. Now I love kale! I do! I would marry kale in a heart beat if I could! I have an inner knowing that kale would sincerely do the right thing being at the “top of the food chain”. Kale would stand by me through thick and thin, in perfect health & harmony (notice I left out sickness!) I just have complete faith in Kale! Plus, read below! Kale is good for your heart! I’m IN!!! What’s not to fall in love with? Good for your heart, mind & body! Kale is a Win-Win vegetable! However, always go for ORGANIC with this one!

Kale is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.  Kale has all the nutrients and vitamins A, B, C, E, K and ALA omega 3 fatty acids to name just a few. Further, kale is packed with fiber which we all need to rid our bodies of harmful toxins in our system. Kale is low in calories and contains calcium. Kale is good for your heart, plus plays a significant role in detoxification. Kale is known as one of the top players when it comes to cancer prevention, specifically in relation to breast, colon, bladder, prostate and ovarian cancers. So without further adieu here’s the salad from the Happy Healthy Librarian’s Top Ten list:


Kale Waldorf Salad

Again, for the recipe, just click on the link below the photo! This salad was my dinner the other night. Trust me, it was quite filling just in case you’re thinking, “Is that all you ate?” Yes, it was plenty! Trust me!

Enjoy your own preparations for Thanksgiving!

Happy Healthy Thanksgiving! Nina


A Special Thank you to The Healthy Happy Librarian for her inspirational blog & recipes! Happy Thanksgiving ________. I’d write your name if I knew it! Here’s the link to her blog: 

Happy Healthy Long Life

About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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