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DrRitamarie ‘s Thanksgiving Meal: In Gratitude for the Gift of Health

By Ritamarie Loscalzo


Thanksgiving was a busy day.  I’m in Chicago visiting my husband’s family.  We had 34 people at our Thanksgiving table.  The buffet was spread with traditional American favorites, including turkey with gravy, and also my vegan and raw vegan contributions.

Here’s a list of what my husband Scott and I made.  Most recipes were made from my Thanksgiving Feast Book. I also improvised a few.

I’ve included the new recipes below and they will also be  in my next newsletter.  You can sign up to receive a copy at http:///www.drritamarie.com/wp-clone/newsletter

Here’s what we served:

Thanksgiving Feast for Health

Appetizer: Raw Veggies with Dips:  Garlic Dill and Garlic Pesto (Dip base from Dr. Ritamarie’s Thanksgiving Feast Book)

Garlic Herb Dip

Garlic Herb Dip

Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinegarette (New recipe, see below)

Pomegranate Vinegrette

Pomegranate Vinegrette

Pineapple Cranberry Relish (Dr. Ritamarie’s Thanksgiving Feast Book)

Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish (Dr. Ritamarie’s Thanksgiving Feast Book)

Pineapple Craanberry Relish

Pineapple Cranberry Relish

Sesame  Kale Salad with Maitake Mushrooms and Red Onions (based on recipe in Dr. Ritamarie’s Thanksgiving Feast Book)

Sesame Kale

Sesame Kale

“Mashed Potatoes” with Maitake Mushroom Gravy (New Recipe, see below)

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Maitake Mushroom Gravy

Maitake Mushroom Gravy

Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Scott’s Recipe -cooked)

Vegan Mashed Potatoes by Scott

Vegan Mashed Potatoes by Scott

Apricot Pecan Sweet Potatoes –  (Dr. Ritamarie’s Thanksgiving Feast Book, cooked version)

Apricot Pecan Yams

Apricot Pecan Yams

Stirfried Garlic Green Beans and Broccoli (Scott’s recipe)

Garlic Green Beans and Broccoli by Scott

Garlic Green Beans and Broccoli by Scott

Apple, Pear, Pomegranate Pie (similar to recipe published in Dr. Ritamarie’s Creating Vibrant Health Newsletter )

Apple Pear and Pomegranate Pie

Apple Pear and Pomegranate Pie

Chocolate Sauce (variation of recipe in Indulge without the Bulge and Power Breakfast Book)

Chocolate Coconut Sauce

Chocolate Coconut Sauce

In addition to all these foods, there were the traditional American dishes:  Turkey, gravy, stuffing, sugar sweetened Cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, a variety of cakes, candies and cookies, ice cream, wine, and bottled salad dressing.

Many of the people that tried the food made by Scott and I commented that they liked it.

So, here are some photos and the new “mashed potato” recipe

“Mashed Potatoes”


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 small parsnip
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup jicama
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water


  1. process cauliflower in food processor until finely chopped.  Put in a large bowl.
  2. Blend bell pepper, jicama and parsnip with 1.2 cup water unitl liquid
  3. Add cashews and process until smooth.  Use additional water if needed to achieve a thick smooth paste.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Pour blender mixture into bowl with cauliflower and mix well.  Season with salt, pepper or herbs to taste.
  6. Serve with mushroom gravy.

Maitake Mushroom Gravy


  • 1/2 cup fresh maitake mushrooms (substitute shitake or any other brown mushroom if maitake is not available)
  • 1/2 -1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brazil nuts (or anyother nut)
  • 2 tablespoons wheat free tamari(optional) or 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, depending on size
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)


  1. Blend mushrooms and 1/2 cup water until smooth.  Add as much water as needed for a smooth consistency
  2. Add remainder of ingredients and blend until smooth.  Add water if desired for the consistency you like.
  3. Serve with mashed “potatoes”

Pomegranate Vinegrette


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate powder
  • pinch of salt


  1. Blend until smooth.
  2. Stir before serving.

Enjoy the recipes.

Love, Health and Joy,

Dr. Ritamarie

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  1. clare on November 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Dr. Ritamarie,

    I didn’t get to make the recipes in your ebook. I made veggies and guacomole. I roasted beets for my daughter who is having a baby and has a vericose vein in her leg. She’s a gym teacher; and she thinks being on her feet all day is the cause of the vein problem. My new chiropractor say it is due to her liver being pushed back; and he can percuss it back to normal. He mentioned eating beets to help remedy the situation.

    I have had a cold laser treatment on my liver. This changed some of my symptoms. If I ate avocados every day, my knees would blow out; and I wouldn’t be able to walk. Now they were just achy. A second treatment changed my overeating symptom. I seem to be absorbing my nutrients and unable to consume food endlessly as in the past.

    I am going to forward an email to you from David Wolf. The list on speakers within has one to listen on Love Your Liver.

    I am very interested in your opinion.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. bitt on November 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm
  3. Gary LaVigne on November 29, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I blew it! I watched myself eating things that I knew were not right for my body, but didn’t have your resolve or stamina to resist and go to alternatives.
    Maybe next year…

  4. Patty Palmer on November 30, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Hi Dr Ritamarie,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your Thanksgiving Feast book. I made so many of your recipes – Savory Stuffing, yummy; 2 cranberry relishes, spicy and w/raisins; raw apple pie; green beans almondine; and the “sour cream” dip. The dinner was traditional with turkey and gravy but everyone commented on how good they felt after the meal. Thank you for the wonderful recipes!


  5. Gratitude for the Gift of Health | on November 30, 2009 at 6:22 am

    […] also improvised a few, as did Scott. I’ve included the new recipes after the photos.  Please post a comment on my blog and let me know what you ate for Thanksgiving […]

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