Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Create a Healthy Thanksgiving menu



Looking for some options for your Thanksgiving shopping? Well, you’ve come to the right place!  Consider some healthy alternatives for this year's feast.  Stop by Perelandra and pick up your favorite items that will spice up your Thanksgiving holiday!  

Or, order online and have the items delivered to your door.  You'll find everything here to enjoy a delicious, healthy Thanksgiving.    

Perelandra co-owner, buyer, and NYS certified dietitian-nutritionist, Allison Buckingham shares her suggestions on planning your Thanksgiving menu that include healthy options for traditional meals, vegan, and gluten free options.  As our resident nutritionist, when it comes to offering quality products to meet the variety of needs of customers, Allison knows her stuff.  We have the highest standards for our products and can offer the best selection of products to match all dietary styles and unique preferences.   Check out some completely delicious options for your holiday meals.   

We have awesome sale prices on all of your Thanksgiving essentials! Check them out here. 


Create a unique Cheese and Fruit platter

Tis’ the season for the cheese plate. Isn’t it always?   Here’s a lovely little first course for a Thanksgiving meal.  Simple and succulent nut-based vegan cheeses are an exciting new option for a Thanksgiving appetizer.  They are the perfect solution for vegans and cheese-lover alike.  A cheese plate and a bottle of wine make for a perfectly cozy holiday evening at home with friends. Believe us when we say that these nut-based cheeses can hold their own against any of their dairy-based counterparts!  Find each of the cheeses and appetizers at Perelandra.  
Punk Rawk cheeses are handmade using organic ingredients. The process is similar to that for making dairy cheese except that it uses nut milk rather than dairy milk. The milk is first fermented. Then, moisture is removed to arrive at a semi-solid texture. Finally, cheese is flavored.  Cheese come in three flavors: plain, herb, and smoked (with a black pepper crust).  There are also three varieties of cheeses: cashew, macadamia, and a cashew/macadamia blend. Each variety has unique properties.


Treeline Cheese is totally dairy-free. It is made of pure, wholesome cashew nuts, acidophilus culture, salt and pepper.  Treeline cheeses are made of fine Brazilian cashew nuts, cultured with non-dairy Lactobacillus Acidophilus. Their soft soft cheeses have special blends of herbs, garlic, scallions and onions.  

Nettle Meadow Goat's Milk Kunik cheese. This triple creme from Sheila Flanagan in the South Adirondacks packs a powerful one-two punch. She first adds pasteurized goat milk for that characteristic lemony tang.  Then she enriches the mixture with fatty Jersey cow cream for a mushroomy, super-buttery and almost inconceivably decadent paste. The result is a guaranteed perfect rind, no ammonia and a characteristic minerally finish. It'll knock your socks off with a sparkling, fruity rose.

Fresh Apples.  Just in time for Thanksgiving, our organic Apples enhance your favorite dishes for the holiday season.  Organic apples are incredibly crunchy and juicy, with unbeatable flavor.

Fresh Strawberries A true treat for the mouth and palate, organic strawberries taste simply superb. Just rinse and enjoy. Blending well with all fruits, add its beauty to a cheese platter.  Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, folate, fiber, potassium and antioxidants.


Fresh Grapes.  Add delicious fresh grapes to your pre-Thanksgiving dinner snack list.  Grapes are an excellent choice for a healthy Thanksgiving menu.  They contain a natural mix of antioxidants that help support a healthy heart and brain, may offer an array of other health benefits.  Additionally, emerging laboratory research on grapes has demonstrated anti-cancer activities and the potential to help maintain brain health.  

Mary's Gone Crackers.  How Can Rice And Seeds Taste So Good? Mary's Gone Crackers Is Committed To Manufacturing The Best Tasting Wheat-Free And Gluten-Free Baked Goods Using The Highest Quality, Organically Grown Ingredients. Mary's Original Seed Crackers Have A Rich, Nutty Flavor And Always Hold Their Crunch. Delicious on Their Own or With Innumerable Toppings.  These Vegan, Organic, and Gluten-Free crackers taste great!


Almond stuffed Dates.  Stuffed dates are an easy but impressive hors d’oeuvre that transcend seasonality. Equally well-suited for an elegant fall dinner party, these two-bite delicacies balance sweet, salty, and tangy flavors as well as chewy, creamy, and crunchy textures.  These almond stuffed dates are a common Middle Eastern sweet. A bit of sweetened almond paste is stuffed into a date and then topped with a whole almond. The soft sweetness of the date complements the almond flavor perfectly and the crunch of the whole almond brings it all together. These are extremely quick and easy to put together, but look much more elegant than a simple dried fruit plate. 


Popular Holiday Main Course Options

Perelandra is proud to offer its customers Hidden Camp Farms Organic Free Range Local Turkeys.  These animals are raised on an organic farm, fed only certified organic grains and fresh water, which provides the optimum amount of nutrients for the turkey to grow into a bigger and more flavorful turkey than one typically found in other supermarkets.  You won’t find any antibiotics, animal by-products, preservatives or hormones in a Hidden Camp Farms Organic Free Range turkey.  Perelandra purchased its own flock of young turkeys early in the summer of 2013, and placed them in the care of the King family at Hidden Camp Farm in Canajoharie, NY, just 205 miles north of our store on a family farm we know and trust.  

Perelandra's pre-order turkey sales are extremely popular, with this year being no exception. Stop by to purchase one from our limited stock of available turkeys from our Hidden Camp Farm flock to enjoy a very special turkey for your Thanksgiving table.  
  
Favored Non-Meat Options 

Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry En Croute.  Made exclusively for the holidays – a rich, hazelnut-infused vegetarian grain meat stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries and apples – wrapped in a savory puff pastry. From family feasts to a festive dinner for two, our Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute is the centerpiece to any holiday meal.



Tofurkey Roast.  Tofurky has become an integral part of worldwide vegetarian culture.  By providing a delicious and convenient alternative to turkey, Tofurky has brought peace to thousands of tables, wherever a vegetarian alternative is called for.   With its savory flavor and meat-like texture, Tofurky brings something special to Thanksgiving celebrations.


Additional Meat alternatives to meat for your Thanksgiving meal:  



Crowd-Pleasing Delicious Sides

Arrowhead Mills Organic Stuffing Mix.  Made with pacific low sodium, organic chicken broth, New Arrowhead Mills Organic Savory Herb Stuffing Mix is a light, fluffy, delectable blend of organic wheat coupled with just the right blend of savory organic seasonings including sage, thyme and rosemary.  This stuffing mix is the perfect quick complement to any meal, it is easy to prepare on the stove top or inside a turkey—just add water or Imagine Organic Chicken or Vegetable Broth and a bit of Spectrum Olive Oil—or spice it up for a real holiday feast with sausage, chestnuts or celery.

Looking for a gluten free option for your stuffing dishes this Thanksgiving?  Check out the Aleias Gluten Free Stuffing Mix, which is a big hit with our customers.  

We've got several selections of organic gravy to choose from.  Top off your best cooking with Imagine Organic Roasted Mushroom Flavored Gravy, or the gluten free Golden Gravy Packet by Roads End.  There are also Hain Vegetarian Chicken Style Gravy, and Vegetarian Brown Gravy packets available.  Enjoy the finest organic ingredients to make rich and delicious gravy that will be the perfect complement to your own creations.

Roasted Vegetables.  Stop by our organic produce department for an excellent selection of vegetables for this year's Thanksgiving feast.  


Roasted Rutabaga with Beets.  Roasted root vegetables have become a popular fall and winter mainstay with our customers. There’s nothing like the earthiness of roasted root vegetables to ground your energy and keep you warm on cold blustery days.  Just about any kind of root vegetable is delicious roasted. In addition to rutabagas and beets, try roasting any combination of carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, purple potatoes, and white potatoes. The tubers also can be cut into long, thick shoestring shapes for variety. 

Gluten free cranberry pepita rolls.  Lovely sweet buns packed with bitter-sweet cranberries and nutty pumpkin seeds. Serve with plenty of cold salted butter!  These fantastic rolls are made by Free Bread Inc, a NYC based gluten free bread company.  Cranberry Pepita rolls are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for any holiday meal!   


Don't forget the cranberry sauce!  Woodstock Farms Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce is unforgettably delicious.  This cranberry sauce is naturally fat free and very low in sodium.  Woodstock Farms Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  


Another popular item with our customers is locally grown Hudson Valley Organic Pear Sauce.  Bosc pears grown in Clintondale, New York, travel 21 miles to Kingston where they are washed, chopped, cooked, strained, and jarred for this pear sauce.  Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley Harvest was created in 2011 by a local farmer, a chef, a healthy eater, and some friends to provide a reliable source for local, all-natural food to the greater Hudson Valley and New York City marketplace.  

Our customers like to partner the pear sauce with a side of Organic Apple Sauce for their holiday feasts.  Empire apples grown in Clintondale, New York, travel 21 miles to Kingston where they are washed, chopped, cooked, strained and jarred for this sauce.  Pick your selections up at Perelandra.

Sought-After Desserts 


Pumpkin Pie.  Made with a locally grown pumpkins in a wholly wholesome pie crust.  Topped with natural organic whipped cream, this Thanksgiving staple will make all of your guests groan with pleasure.  




Vegan Apple Pie.  Now this is the kind of pie you should bring to a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s pretty and so tasty!  The filling is pretty simple with just apples, sugar and some spices to enhance the flavor, but the apples really are the real star of the show in this one. A buttery flaky crust, tender spiced apples and all those crunchy sweet crumbs!  If you take the time to bake one of these pies, your quests are sure to be thankful for this mega delicious dessert. 

Perelandra offers some of the best deals on pre-order pies for Thanksgiving in all of New York City.  Didn't get a chance to pre-order your favorite pies?  Not to worry.  Perelandra has you covered.  We have several unbaked, premade  pumpkin and fruit pies by Wholly Wholesome, including traditional pumpkin pie, Vegan versions of their pumpkin pie, and vegan fruit pies to choose from.  

Prefer to make a pie from scratch?  No problem!  Try making it with one of our locally grown pie pumpkins and a wholly wholesome pie crust (all 35% off just in time for Thanksgiving). 

Perelandra's Awesome Same Day Delivery Service

Order your menu online, and have your healthy Thanksgiving Menu delivered to your door, compliments of Perelandra Natural Foods.  Yes, we offer delivery and have awesome sale prices on all of your Thanksgiving essentials! Check them out here

Thanksgiving store hours: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  
Our Juicebar will be closed, however.  
We will be open in full capacity for our usual hours of 8:00 am - 10 :00 pm on Friday, Nov 29th.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 

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