A Fitnessista Thanksgiving: Recipe Post

A makeover for all of your favorite holiday fare πŸ˜€


Green Bean Casserole

Serves 4


-1/2 sweet onion, chopped

-3 cloves garlic, minced

-.1/2 cup organic vegetable broth

-1/2 package white mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

-2 cans of organic French cut green beans, drained

-1 can Amy’s organic cream of mushroom soup

-3/4 C Organic fried onions

1. Heat a medium sized pan to medium and add 1 T extra virgin olive oil. Add the onion and garlic, and sautΓ© for 3-5 minutes

2. Add the veggie broth and mushrooms, increase to medium high. Cook until mushrooms are tender (5-7 minutes).

3. Stir in green beans, soup, and 1/2 cup fried onions.

4. Place in a 9 x 13 in. baking dish (sprayed with cooking spray) and bake in a preheated 375* oven for 30 minutes, covered.

5. Remove cover and top with 1/4 C fried onions and bake an additional 5 minutes.

6. Feast

Β© 2009 The Fitnessista



Refined Sugar Stinks Cranberry Sauce

Serves 4-6


-1 C water

-1 C Sucanat

-1 bag organic cranberries

-juice and zest of 1 orange (I like to do the zest in long strands and remove them before serving)

-1 t cinnamon

-1/2 t nutmeg

-1 t vanilla

1. Combine water and Sucanat in a medium pot and increase heat to a boi. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the cranberries.

2. Cover and let cook until cranberries pop (8-10 minutes).

3. Remove from heat and stir in 3 T zest, 2 T orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. Allow to cool to room temperature.

5. Feast, or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Β© 2009 The Fitnessista



Saweet Pototo Casserole


For the sweet potatoes:

– 3 sweet potatoes (poked with a fork and baked at 375* for one hour)

– 1/2 cup almond milk

-1 t vanilla

-4 T Earth Balance Soy-free buttery spread

-pinch sea salt

1. Combine all of the above ingredients in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.

2. Spread into a greased 9×13 baking dish

For the crumble:

-1/2 C spelt flour

-pinch sea salt

-1 t cinnamon

-1/2 t nutmeg

-1/4 cup Earth Balance Soy-free buttery spread

1. Combine all of the ingredients (except Earth Balance) in a large mixing bowl.

2. Using two knives (or a pastry blender) cut in the Earth Balance until the mixture resembles course meal.

3. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture and bake for 30 minutes.

4. Feast

Β© 2009 The Fitnessista


Ezekiel Stuffing

Serves 4


-1/2 sweet onion, diced

-2/3 loaf Ezekiel sprouted bread, toasted and cut into 1” squares (reserved)

-2 ribs celery, chopped

-1 green apple, chopped

-2 cloves garlic

-1 cup organic vegetable broth

-1/2-3/4 C organic dried cherries (can use dried unsweetened cranberries instead)

-3 T chopped fresh sage (or 1.5 T dried)

-1 t dried thyme

-1 t poultry seasoning

-1/2 t salt

-pepper to taste

1. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add a little olive oil, the onions and celery and saute for 7 minutes.

2. Add the green apple and garlic, heat an addition 3 minutes.

3. Pour the veggie broth into the mixture, reduce heat to low and add cherries and spices.

4. Add the mixture to the Ezekiel pieces and gently toss to combine, adding more vegetable broth as needed to moisten each bread piece without making it soggy.

5. Bake in a preheated 375* oven for 40 minutes (covered), 10 minutes uncovered.

6. Feast

Β© 2009 The Fitnessista


I hope ya’ll enjoy these recipes that you can certainly eat any time of the year πŸ˜€ Please let me know if you give them a whirl!

See ya soon <3


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  1. Tracy on November 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Gina! I had a question for you: I wanted to buy my sister-in-law a zumba dvd for christmas; do you have any suggestions for some good ones? And thanks for the recipes! Everything looks great!!!!!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Love the green bean casserole. It looks so good, and I don’t even like green beans!

  3. Jerilynne on November 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I know Thanksgiving was last week and you usually only make stuffing at Thanksgiving-time.. but your recipe looks so good I may need to try it sometime very soon! Thanks for sharing your recipes Gina =).

  4. VeggieGirl on November 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    The name of the cranberry sauce is too cute, haha πŸ˜€ STELLAR recipes!

  5. Kristie Lynn on November 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I had no clue Amy’s made cream of ___ soups. Your pic of the green bean casserole looks so good I’m going to have to go make a veganized version of it soon πŸ™‚

  6. emptyjar on November 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Nice recipes. I enjoy your blog. You seem so happy πŸ™‚

  7. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on November 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I was just thinking that I want to make cranberry sauce….looks delicious!

  8. rhodeygirl on November 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    LOVE the sweet potato recipe!!! Maybe next year I will do a traditional Thanksgiving dinner we will see!!

  9. rhodeygirl on November 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    a la Fitnessista of course!

  10. Errign on November 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm


  11. Beth on November 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Oh yes. I’ll be making that sweet tater casserole ASAP.

  12. Jenna on November 30, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    thanks for all the recipes! they all look great!

  13. K on November 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I love the last step in all of these recipes πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) on November 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for all the recipes!

    P.S. Wanted to let you and your readers know about a spa-themed giveaway on my blog! Just leave a comment with your favorite way to relax or de-stress!



  15. Pam on November 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Very Nice!


  16. Shelby on November 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Oh that green bean casserole and stuffing recipe will be on my Christmas menu for sure!

  17. Emily on November 30, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Hmm.. Your GB Casserole looks better than mine…. haha!

  18. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on November 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing these delicious Thanksgiving recipes! They look awesome. πŸ™‚

  19. simpledaisy on November 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    yum-o for all of them! thanks for sharing:)

  20. Jami Hawkins on November 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I love you and your blog! Thank you for the recipes, they look amazing!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2009 at 8:49 pm

      thank yoU! <3

  21. Sam (Merit to the Carrot) on November 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    The Sweet taters and stuffing look awesome! I will definitely be giving those recipes a try πŸ™‚

  22. maris on November 30, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    hey how do you make your green juice? looks delicious!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm

      green apple, lemon, spinach parsley πŸ˜€

  23. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on November 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Oooh, thank you for this! I will definitely be trying these makeovers.

  24. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for all your recipes, Gina! And this from your previous post: I took a breakfast Sunshine burger and mashed it up with a chopped orange bell pepper, chopped zucchini, nama shoyu, ketchup, mustard and oregano.

    OMG that looks good. In the chard wrap. LOVE it.


  25. katie on November 30, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    oh my gosh!! Can you come cook for me? and teach me zumba!? your life=so exciting!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

      hahah i would love to πŸ˜€

  26. ashleigh on November 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    i love how the last step for everything is feast πŸ™‚ that green bean casserole looks delish and is making me crave some in a bad way right now! thanks for sharing these!

  27. hemp jogger on November 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    these look incredible, and thanks for sharing! but dumb ?…what is sucanat?

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      it’s unrefined brown sugar- you can find it at most health food stores πŸ˜€

  28. Erin on November 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Hells yes!! I am so excited to make the sweet potato and green bean dishes!

  29. Eira on December 1, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  30. Gena on December 1, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful, clean recipes! I love them.

  31. andrea on December 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Gina! I LOVE the recipes…thank you so much for posting them! Promise you won’t laugh – but you posted a picture of you in a cream cable knit sweater that is long enough to cover the bo-tay – WHICH I LOVED! Can I ask where you found it? I have some hot brown knee-high boots that are various colors of brown that would look amazing with some skinny jeans and that sweater! HA!
    If you get a chance – I know how busy you are – it’s be great!
    Thanks in advance and have excellent holidays! – andrea

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      i’m not laughing, i love when i get questions like this πŸ˜€
      it’s from express! and yes it would look awesome with your boots and skinny jeans πŸ˜€

  32. Katie on December 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    YUM! Thanks so much for sharing these recipes!!

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