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Zesty Zucchini Muffins

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These muffins have a beautiful light & airy crumb!  At just 21 calories per cup, this gorgeous green squash adds depth to the bright orange-zest & cinnamon muffin.  Zucchini also packs a pretty little punch of vitamin C; 1 Cup of zucchini contains 22 milligrams (learn more here!).

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Thanksliving Menu (V, GF)

Yes, Thanksliving – my family’s Holiday table spread is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious.  Friends tell me how difficult it can be not only being vegan, but gluten-free during the holidays and it shouldn’t be!  That’s what motivates my food: I want everyone to be able to enjoy eating, and not just during the Holidays!  I’m thankful for my family.  I take for granted my family is vegan (after I made the switch), let alone my parents raised me in a vegetarian household (talk about a different upbringing that I’m most thankful for!).  I truly believe smart eating habits start at birth, and for that I want to say “Thank you” to the best supportive parents a gal could ever ask for.  Since I’ve had to remove gluten from my diet they’ve taken the journey with me, tasting my trials & errors and lifting me up when I’ve felt down.

Since Joey & I will not be spending this Holiday together, we celebrated Thanksliving #1 this past Saturday and hiked Plateau Mountain the following day (photo above!).  We packed leftovers of my Tofu Loaf & Gratifying Gravy for lunch and if possible, was even more delicious when looking out at the vista.

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Cranberry Orange Creamcicle Bread Bliss

This beautiful bread makes a blissful breakfast or a decadent dessert topped with my Orange Cranberry Icing (recipe below).  It’s even easier to make a double batch, let the bread cool completely, then freeze for a later date!  Cranberries out of season?  This bread would be delicious with raspberries, or even strawberries. 

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Orange Zested Cranberry Sauce

These updated classic cranberries burst with the aromatic flavor of fresh orange and a hint of fresh ginger.  It’s the perfect addition to not only your Holiday table spread, but delectable any time of the year.  You’ll have leftover orange peel, but don’t throw that away!  You can store orange peels in your freezer, and when you accumulate enough to fit in a mason jar (or old tomato sauce jar!), you’re ready to make the best household cleaner (and smells great).  Add white vinegar to your jar & close tightly; display your concoction on your counter for 2 weeks.  Strain your mixture and add to a spray bottle, using 2:1 water to vinegar ratio.   Check out 101 Uses of Vinegar for other great natural tips!

*Stream on Blackhead Mountain, Catskills, NY


  • 1 package organic cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3 organic oranges, juiced


  1. In a sauce pan on medium heat, bring your ingredients to a low boil.  Once the cranberries start to burst open, turn your heat down to low and cook until desired consistency is reached.
  2. If your cranberry sauce is too tart for your liking, add a little extra sugar.
  3. Serve over your favorite food and enjoy eating whole!

Try this delicious cranberry sauce over my Succulent Stuffing!

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