Thanksgiving Upgrades!

Thanksgiving Upgrades

Thanksgiving is a holiday rooted in tradition! We feast on the infamous whole-roasted turkey and accompany it with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing. The classics are the classics, but the foods on this list are perfect for spicing things up this season!

Don’t get stuck in the rut of tradition with your Thanksgiving this year – keep things interesting with any of these Thanksgiving upgrades!


Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Via Tesco

You might think that nothing could stand in for turkey on Thanksgiving, but this dish is hearty and flavorful enough to do the job! Smothered in a smoky paprika butter and topped with breadcrumbs, the bold flavors and stunning presentation of this dish is a unique sight on the table that is sure to please & satisfy meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Check out the recipe by Tesco here.


Maple Pecan Hasselback Butternut Squash

Roasted Hasselback Butternut Squash
Via Season And Suppers

When you place this visually gorgeous dish down on your Thanksgiving table, be sure to explain this is where the sweet aromas of maple, butter and thyme are coming from! Our local butternut squash is a huge hit for its soft texture, sweet flavor and versatile uses and this recipe is no exception. The hardest part is hasselback-ing (cutting evenly-spaced slits along) your squash, but once that is done it is smooth sailing with a brushing of olive oil, sprinkling of spices and drizzling of maple syrup. Enjoy the recipe by Seasons & Suppers here.


Herb Roasted Root Vegetables

Herb Roasted Root Veggies
Via Eat Spin Run Repeat

Have you ever avoided a food because you had simply never used it before? Sadly, root vegetable like parsnips, turnips, beets and rutabagas are victims of this – carrots seem to be the only exception! If you’re wary of exploration, just know that root vegetables go great with squash or potatoes, so you can start gently by incorporating both into a recipe to see how you like it first. This recipe by Eat Spin Run Repeat is perfect for just that! It calls for your choice of parsnip or turnip, purple beets, golden beets and butternut squash sliced thinly and roasted with the spices of the season in a colorful arrangement that would shine in any Thanksgiving spread! View the recipe here.


Maple Roasted Carrots With Tahini, Pomegranate and Pistatchio

Maple Roasted Tahini Pistachio Pomegranate Carrots
Via Closet Cooking

When choosing recipes that stand apart from the rest, a variety of flavors is important, but they should all compliment each other in a refreshing way. The sweetness of maple works with the carrots perfectly. The tahini introduces a brightness to the dish that is enhanced by the texture and flavors of the pomegranate and pistachios. Not only does it taste great, it comes together in 30 minutes and looks beautiful on the table. Enjoy the recipe by Closet Cooking here.


Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecan

Roasted Pears
Via This Gal Cooks

Slightly sweet and perfectly spiced with an assortment of textures and flavors, these easy to make pears would certainly be a healthy and elegant dessert. Complete with cinnamon and nutmeg, they are a refreshing break from cake, cookies & pie. See the recipe by This Gal Cooks here.


Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert Dip Ball

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert Ball
Via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

When the hardest part of a recipe is forming it into a ball, you are in for a treat! This delectable display is made by simply mixing canned pumpkin, cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice, forming and wrapping it up into a ball using plastic wrap, then coating in mini chocolate chips! Serve with your favorite cookies or fruit for a delicios dessert everyone can rally around. Recipe by Chelsea’s Messy Apron here!

November 15, 2017