Thanksgiving might be the ultimate You. We. All. holiday, with an emphasis on giving back, gratitude, and community—and, of course, plenty of delicious food. While a typical Thanksgiving table might be enough to induce a stomachache based on sight alone, we think of the holiday as an opportunity to nourish your body, in addition to your soul. With that in mind, we reached out to some of the year’s biggest food stars to share their favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipe and some tips, tricks, and traditions that help them get through the holiday with a smile on their face (and bellyache free!).
If you haven’t heard of Ella Mills, better known by her millions of fans as Deliciously Ella, you may have been living under a wellness-proof rock. The blogger and cookbook author burst onto the scene in 2012, when she shared the diet that helped her heal from a debilitating chronic illness. Now, four cookbooks, a deli, and a line of packaged goods later, Ella is poised to take over the healthy food world. This nut loaf, excerpted from her newest cookbook, Natural Feasts: 100+ Healthy, Plant-Based Recipes to Share and Enjoy With Friends and Family, is the perfect vegan main dish that even the biggest meat-lovers will enjoy. Packed to the brim with vegetables and herbs, it has a bright, savory flavor that’ll keep you coming back for more. Editor’s note: Because Ella is a Brit and doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we asked her to share her general holiday tips and traditions.