12 Best Thanksgiving Dishes!

1. Roasted Butternut Squash with Brussel Sprouts, Cranberries, sliced almonds and caramelized onions!

I can’t even tell you how delicious these vegetables are. The colors and textures from the brussel sprouts, squash and sweet cranberries, onions and nuts, make it super appealing to the eye and the taste buds!  Its a super easy side dish that does not have to be served piping hot.

2. Holiday Vegan MeatLoaf with Mushroom Gravy

I always bring a food dish to family holiday parties. I remember the first Thanksgiving I brought this vegan meatloaf. Everyone loved it!!! I was told that it was the best dish of the meal. I have been making it for Thanksgiving ever since.

3. Caesar Salad

This is not just a typical Caesar, its a homemade caesar with lotsa love in the dressing! Its a healthier”ish” version and I have been told by family that this is the best salad Cesar salad they have ever had .

4. Borche Beet Soup

Every Christmas my hubby’s mom would make this soup. It was one of my favorite parts of the meals. Its earthy, sweet, tangy, flavorful, nourishing and ohhhh so delicious. You can also make this a day or two before, and simply warm up before its time to eat.

5. Mashed Potatoes

I do not think we can have Thanksgiving with our Mashed Potatoes!! They are absolutely a necessity to go alongside the turkey and gravy. Enjoy my spin on classic mashed potatoes.

6. Kale Salad with Golden Dressing, Cranberries & Tamari Almonds

This is a fresh and vibrant salad that is an amazing side dish to thanksgiving dinner. It hits all the marks of sweet, savory, salty, crunchy, nourishing and delicious. Everyone who eats it, loves it.

7. Roasted Chicken/ Turkey with Lemon & Thyme!

On an almost weekly basis I make a roasted chicken. Roasted Turkey can be cooked the exact same way, the length of time needs to increase based on the weight is all. I wanted to include this chicken recipe so you can learn how I season my chicken and how I ensure that the skin is crispy and the chicken super juicy and flavorful!!!!

8. Freshly Baked Honey Whole-Wheat Bread

I have come to love love love this bread. It is soft, squishy, and perfect when warm out of the oven or toasted later with butter, jam or as a sandwich. It is perfect along side stew, or chicken and vegetables. Its just so delicious!! It also makes 2 loafs, and so you can use for a few days. This is simple to make and you do not need anything but a bowl and your own 2 hands. Enjoy this bread!

9. Apple Crumble

When I make this for Thanksgiving I double, using only apples (not rhubarb) in the recipe and add it into a large lasagna baking pan. Its super easy to make as you can prepare it ahead of time and pop it in the oven just before its time for desert. Serve with Banana nice cream, or regular vanilla ice cream.

10. Polish Beet Salad

This is another Holiday Staple in the Polish culture. Considering I married a polish man, I ma introduced to the amazing meals on holidays and beyond. This salad is super fresh and colorful. It adds the perfect amount of POP to a plate, and the fact that its ridiculously delicious, is a bonus.

11. Beet Hummus, Crackers & Vegetables Appetizer

I always have appetizers on thanksgiving, but sometimes it soooo easy to fill up on appetizers, and that’s not the point. The point of appetizers is to have a little something to enjoy while waiting for the food. So keep appetizers simple. I choose either my olive oil hummus, beet hummus or both and serve them with vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, zucchini and crackers and naan bread. Having a bowl of chips, fruit or nuts is great to have as well.

12. Glazed Carrots

Gooey sweet and delicious carrots are a must. They are like candy on your plate, but also packed with beta carotene,vitamin C and fiber that we can feel really good about eating them. Plus they are kids favorites!!!

13. BONUS: GF Paleo Pumpkin Loaf!!

This loaf is like the new pie!  But simpler, more nutritious but equally as delicious!! I make this ahead of time, store in fridge and bring out for dinner. I also made a video about it with my daughter in our private group. Check out here for more details.

Today’s affirmation is: “I am allowing myself to be healthy and vibrant as I cook with ease and grace.”

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