Thanksgiving Firsts

This was a particularly challenging Thanksgiving due to the fact that I am trying not to eat gluten, dairy or red meat. Every day is a challenge but holidays are the worst! My friends prepared a gigantic feast for 15 of us, which included two turkeys, a ham, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, rolls and many different desserts.

Knowing ahead of time that I could only eat the turkey, I prepared sweet potatoes and corn bread. I also baked a vegan, gluten free apple pie. The crust didn’t turn out as well as I hoped, but I learned a lot in the process. I included the recipe in this post.

What a feast!
So much food!
pre-baked apple pie

This is what most plates looked like!

Lots of yummy goodness!

Here is a recipe for apple pie filling:


  • Granny Smith Apples (5-6)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar *I used organic cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice

We peeled and cored the apples first. Then cut them into smaller pieces. I went back later and added a few more pieces to hold up the crust. The more apples the better! They will shrink down to mush in the oven.

We put all the ingredients in a bowl, and mixed them together. This proved challenging because there wasn’t a lot of moisture. But there will be plenty once the apples are baked.

We baked our pie at 400F for 15 minutes while covered. Then lowered to 375F, removed foil and baked for 30 minutes, while watching carefully to make sure crust did not burn. Depending on the crust you choose to use, these temperatures and times may vary. Let pie cool for a few hours before eating.

Next time I will make my pie crust from scratch instead of buying a mix. The filling turned out really yummy though and I look forward to trying this again!



Yummmm! Just what I’m craving when the weather turns chilly!

I used this brand for Thanksgiving! Once
again, like most gluten free products, they are best served warm with real butter! 🙂 But that’s just my southern opinion!

20131201-190533.jpg They are super easy to make and only require eggs and water! I have received nothing but good reviews so far!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of yummy food!


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