First of all…I just got back from a short and sweet trip to Florida. There was plenty of sunshine, a little yoga and lots of chillin out. Happy Sigh.
Yes, I had a nice time, thank you. Here’s a few pics.
Anyhoo, I had this idea that I’d make a bunch of recipes before turkey day, photograph them, then post them all here. Then I decided that instead of losing my own mind and attempting a first round(s) of holiday cooking (cause frankly that would be insane), I said to myself, “self, share the plethora of amazing ideas others have created.”
And so I mustered up some awesome recipes coming from some of my fav people and places so ideas just ooze out of you in time for the holiday mania. How nice am I?
And by the way, this was really loads of fun because people were just so darn friendly when I asked if they would like to be included and every single one of them said YES. I heart you all.
I think people who love good food are generally nice people…yes, that’s right .
All photos are from each blogger or original source and I have linked to all of the recipes so that they receive the credit they deserve.
Just so you know: some of these recipes are traditional, some are not, but who’s making the rules?
Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, flexatarian, ilovesangria-tarian (dunno how that got in there), or just don’t love the traditional bird or stuff your face with stuffing stuff…there’s likely more then one link here to please that palate of yours. Here goes!
Sweet Potato Hummus from: ME
GOTTA TRY IT! FROM THE WEB
I married a Greek, remember? Love these!
Roasted Sweet Potato Cube Skewers-rx4foodies
GOTTA MAKE! FROM THE WEB:
Hummus filled cucumber cups-from Family Fun
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip from: Skinny Taste.com
SIDES (yes or no, they’re the best part?)
Gingerly Spiked Cranberries from: ME
Coconut Smashed Sweet Potatoes from: ME
GOTTA MAKE THESE! AROUND THE WEB
Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Apple Puree-NYT Well (omg omg omg omg!)
Sauteed Carrots with Sage-Cooking Light
Seitan Tambales with Chestnut Stuffing from: Vegetarian Times
Sweet Potato and Apple Gratin-Myrecipes.com
Fruit and Toasted Almond Stuffing-Vegetariantimes
Black Quinoa and Kale Salad-Green kitchen stories
Wild Mushroom Stuffing-Eating Well
Wild Rice, Fruit and Pecan Stuffing-Bon Appetit
Mashed Creamy Cauliflower-Eating Well
Savory Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding-Cooking Light/NYT
GOTTA MAKE! FROM THE WEB
Parmesan and Root Vegetable Lasagna from: My Recipes
Winter Greens Spanakopita from: My Recipes (I’ve made this recipe, it’s awesomeness).
Butternut Squash and Leek Lasagna-Eating Well
Harvest Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms-New York Times/Well
Mushroom and Leek Galette-Eating Well
DESSERTS (holy mackerel!)
Spiced Sweet Potato Ice Cream: Lauren-Healthy Food for Living
Spice Kissed Pumpkin Pie from: Photo fromME! I made this one last year from 101 cookbooks.
GOTTA MAKE! FROM THE WEB
Maple & Squash Pumpkin Pie Popsicles (yes, really)-The Kitchn
Squash Pie-Dr. Weil
DRINKS (yes, sometimes one needs a cocktail and the option to meditate at the Turkey Table isn’t quite appropriate with the nutty family around-jokes people, jokes).
So, I leave you with this sarcastic yet to the point suggestion:
Don’t skip breakfast on Turkey Day, we all know it just leaves you starving and perhaps having this hulk like ability to eat 4,000 calories within one meal. But I also think you should eat what you want, it’s not one day that will ruin you for a lifetime. You know who you are if you’re stuffing yourself like that turkey…yes?
If you want some more guidance (which I’m happy to provide) I did a pretty good job of summing up how to get through the Holidays with Sanity (dodging the muffin top) last year. Part I and Part II.
SO, do you have a favorite holiday recipe that’s possibly healthier then most, or just so freaking delicious that it’s worth every last bite, or sip?
Feel free to share here! I’d love to see what you’ve got up your sleeves.
Cheers and Happy Healthy Eating, perhaps not over stuffing!
-LOVE AND HEALTH FROM YOUR HOLIDAY ELF-
p.s. I might keep adding to this post, and if you have a recipe you think should be included here, contact me and let me know!