In the blog that I run in my fantasies, I posted some fabulous new recipes for you all to enjoy this holiday season.
Since, however, you can only see the real, actual WordPress blog and not the one in my fantasy world, I had to settle for this compilation of my existing recipes which are actually perfectly-suited to holiday enjoyment!
I LOVE STARTING MY THANKSGIVING MEAL WITH A SOUP and I have a few you can try. My Butternut Apple Soup is 100% guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. But Roasted Cauliflower & Fennel Soup may be a better choice if you are serving a winter squash or sweet potatoes elsewhere in the meal. My Creamy Mushroom Soup is so rich that it is ideal as an appetizer. It has a bonus of being vegan if you need to serve that crowd.
TO THINK PAST THE SWEET POTATO MARSHMALLOW GIG, consider making my Hot Bacon & Sweet Potato Salad. As a bonus, it’s best made-ahead. So you can just cross that off your list of Thanksgiving Day tasks!
FOR A MORE TRADITIONAL SWEET POTATO TASTE, my Maple Roasted Sweet Potato Mash is a winner. Roasted Delicata Squash Rings would be another fun squash side that comes together very quickly. (Definitely encourage the children to wear them as bracelets and eat them from their arms if possible.)
IF YOU NEED AN IMPRESSIVE BUT SIMPLE VEGGIE SIDE, my Bacon & Leek Cauliflower is so very delicious.
GOT TURKEY? If you’re looking for a great way to use up the leftover turkey meat, my Rosemary Turkey & Kale Soup fits the bill. Just remember to save those turkey bones! Roast them before you make stock with them. (And really, all you have to do is take the roasted bones, cover them with water in a slow cooker or dutch oven, add some apple cider vinegar, a few cloves of garlic and maybe a carrot or two and cook on low for eight or more hours. Stock-making is not rocket science – don’t be intimidated. And it’s SO worth it.)
FOR THAT POST-THANKSGIVING BREAKFAST you will want to try my Sweet Potato Plantain Waffles. Just make sure you roast a few extra sweet potatoes on the big day to use.
AND, IF THE KIDDOS ARE WHINING ABOUT HAVING TO EAT LEFTOVERS ONE MORE TIME, pull together a fun, quick meal for them with Bacon Cheeseburger Kebabs or Pesto Chicken Zusketti and then let them Make-Your-Own Baked Apples.
I hope this gives you cooks some new and fresh ideas. If you use any of my recipes on the big day, shoot me an email with a pic to krexploringwellness at gmail dot com. Or, tag me (@kristinerudolph) on Instagram! And, as always, thanks to those of you who have pinned, shared or tweeted my recipes in the past. I may not have the blog of my fantasies, but I definitely have the blog readers of my dreams!