Zucchini & Sweet Potato Casseroles

What is a Thanksgiving meal without casseroles?! Aside from mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, casseroles are the cornerstone of any holiday feast. My personal favorites happen to be a creamy zucchini casserole and a fluffy, yet crunchy sweet potato casserole. You may be thinking how the fuck is something creamy or fluffy AND vegan? Well…keep scrolling and you’ll find out!

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Vegan Mashed Potatoes & Gravy with Fried Eggplant

As the first week of November comes to a close, I along with so many of you (in the U.S.) are beginning to ponder what dishes you will make for your Thanksgiving festivities this year. If this is your first vegan Thanksgiving you are probably excited and/or freaking out searching day and night for the perfect recipes. Well you have come to the right place because I will be posting Thanksgiving favorites all month!

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Bogota, Colombia Vegan Eats

I just want to start by saying that I am so excited to be writing this post about my vegan adventures in Bogota, Colombia. I am first generation American in my family but have been visiting Bogota and other cities and towns of Colombia since I was a kid. We would spend almost every summer in this amazing country where I have such great childhood memories. Our adventures back then consisted of flagging down taxis that would drive us through the immense city of Bogota to get from one family member’s house to the other, or taking a local bus, and ride into the rural outskirts to meander through the gardens and fields of my grandfather’s small farm.

Most of all I remember the food. Almost everything we and others did always revolved around food! My great grandmother would already be making lunch just as we are finished eating breakfast, or we would be greeted with snacks or desserts for every family member we visited depending on what time of the day it was. IT WAS INCREDIBLE! Clearly I’ve always had a passion for food LOL!

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Bistec De “Pollo” A La Plancha (Mojo Pan-fried “Chicken”)

Born and raised in South Florida, Cuban food tastes like home to me. It’s funny because whether you are Hispanic, American, Asian, European, etc., if you are a South Florida local you know every Cuban dish in the book! Cuban cuisine was another very difficult thing for me to even think about giving up to go vegan. Luckily, most of the traditional sides are vegan or can easily be made vegan. With this specific meal it is actually extremely easy to include the pan-fried chicken because products like Gardien’s Chick’n Scallopini are a damn blessing!

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Argentinian (Vegan) Empanadas

Although from a Colombian family I love and appreciate foods from other Hispanic countries. One of my favorite snacks has always been Argentinian empanadas. The flaky, yet crispy crust and delicious fillings are something I constantly crave. In order to satisfy that craving I used to go and pick some up from the Argentinian bakery, but since they traditionally have meat and dairy ingredients, I now have to create my own!

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