Canadian Thanksgiving in NYC 3.0: Paleo Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

This is our third Canadian Thanksgiving in New York.  Being expats we have the pleasure of celebrating two Thanksgivings a year like the true gluttons we are.  Each year when the Canadian version of the holiday roles around we wrangle a gaggle of our nearest and dearest Americans and try to make them a touch more Canadian.

In all seriousness though, we are incredibly fortunate to live out a real life Friends episode each and every day.  We have amassed an incredible group of close, dynamic friends who have become our second family. Whether it is big events, or small moments we are truly thankful to be able to walk through this life with them.  Each and every single one enriches us beyond measure in a way even the most eloquent words couldn’t capture. So although it doesn’t fully quell the homesickness of being far away from my traditional family on Thanksgiving, I am glad to have some pretty rad New Yorkers to celebrate the occasion with.

Now on to the food! I switched the menu up a little from last year. Again I strove to meet the gluten-free, vegan,  dairy-free, paleo dietary needs of my guests (with a few very needed exceptions).  Based on the accolades and praise I received, I would say this year’s menu was a gland slam. Today you will find my recipe for Paleo Brocoli and Cauliflower Casserole. But don’t fret in the coming days I will continue to share the new recipes I whipped up for this years event, so keep checking back.  Until then, Happy CANADIAN Thanksgiving to all!

Our Thanksgiving 2015 Menu:

Served 12 with tons of leftovers to spare

  1. Pomegranate-Blueberry Glazed Roast Turkey
  2. Mushroom-Leek Gluten Free stuffing
  3. Curried Coconut Yam Casserole
  4. Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Pear
  5. Homemade Mushroom Gravy
  6. Paleo Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
  7. Mashed Potatoes
  8. Slow Cooked Mac and Cheese
  9. Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad
  10. Buttermilk Biscuits
  11. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Balls
  12. Butter Brickle Ice Cream Dessert
  13. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

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American Thanksgiving: Homemade Curried Hummus

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Lets just pause for a second.  Isn’t our street beautiful this time of year? (Mad photog props to Fab for snapping the above gem).  Our apartment may be winter ready and decorated for Christmas, but the rest of America still has fall and Thanksgiving to savor. Last month we hosted Canadian Thanksgiving which was such a hit (and left us with the most amazing left overs) that we opened our house once again to our family-less friends who were sticking around the city for the holidays.  We were so thankful to share the day with some of our best people. Now all that needs to happen to make this past weekend a recurrent theme is for Justin to ditch Chicago, and for Aaron to move back ASAP (thanks for understanding guys).

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I switched up the menu a little to try some new things, but also stuck with our tide and true favorites.  Again, we kept things as vegan/Gluten-free/Paleo as possible with a few exceptions to the rule.  It is a holiday after all and we need to live a little.  The first of our festive eats is our Homemade Curried Hummus, which is no exception to any rule and pretty much free of everything.  The subsequent menu fed a plethora of hungry millennials with left overs to spare. So, from our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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