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Silky Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes (Healthier Too!)

Silky Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes (Healthier Too!)

This is the mashed potato recipe you NEED for Thanksgiving: free up oven space for your turkey and use your slow-cooker instead for the easiest, no-boil mashed potatoes ever! This recipe calls for much less butter and milk than a traditional mashed potato but we aren’t sacrificing on flavor…

No-Cook Cranberry Relish (Easy + Less Sugar!)

No-Cook Cranberry Relish (Easy + Less Sugar!)

It’s officially time for Thanksgiving dinner prep! This is the best cranberry sauce I’ve ever had, but in all fairness, it’s practically the only cranberry sauce I’ve ever had.  This is my family’s recipe for a no-cook cranberry relish…

Thanksgiving Essential Recipes

Thanksgiving Essential Recipes

Thanksgiving. It’s a time to gather with family and friends, have a few laughs, some fun conversation and enjoy delicious food. But it can be a bit of chore to cook for a horde of family and friends, no matter how much you love them. This year however, I made it my mission to gather some recipes for you that were not only quick and easy but on the healthy side as well. These Thanksgiving essential recipes are some of my tried and true – the ones I turn to year after year that never fail to delight! Shall we get started?

Feta Stuffed Marinated Olives (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

I’m all for hearty first courses, don’t get me wrong, but how many holidays have you experienced where everyone fills up on appetizers and then leaves almost no room for the main meal, let alone dessert? When I’ve been cooking all day, I want people to come to the table HUNGRY.  These Feta Stuffed Marinated Olives are just the sort of appetizer I love to serve on Thanksgiving because they’re served at room temperature, they’re simple to make (and you can make them ahead of time!), they pair perfectly with cocktails and are a bite-sized something to nibble on without filling up!

Harvest Bowl Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

This is one of those salads that is an explosion of flavor in your mouth – one that’s sweet, salty, and tart all at once. The idea of a harvest-themed salad is nothing new, but when you toss one together with the perfect homemade dressing, it is simply chefs kiss. Here I’ve combined fall favorites like apples and sweet potatoes in this delicious meal-in-a-bowl salad and topped it off with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette – think SweetGreen’s Harvest Bowl…. but better (and on your thanksgiving table!)

Hasselback Butternut Squash with Maple Sage Butter, Red Chile + Pumpkin Seeds (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Thanksgiving is generally a time when we stick to tradition – and I’m all for it! But I want to encourage you to think of classic foods in new (delicious) ways. Butternut squash sides can often be a little bland, but this Hasselback Butternut Squash packs a flavor punch: The maple syrup, butter, sage, and chile add a lot of depth and a bit of crunch to the humble squash! The most intimidating part of making this dish is undoubtedly making the cuts, but I’ve got a little trick up my sleeve to help you make them near perfect every time!

Hashed Brussels Sprouts With Lemon + Poppy Seeds (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Know someone at your Thanksgiving table doesn’t like Brussels Sprouts? Let’s change their mind! These Brussels are inspired by the famed Union Square Cafe in New York City, and they are SO delicious.  They are sliced thin (I use a mandolin for this) and tossed with lemon, fragrant onion and garlic, and poppy seeds for a unique take on this controversial vegetable.  They are light, bright, and the perfect way to add balance to your thanksgiving spread.

Make Ahead Gravy (Gluten-Free)

The day I found out I could make my Thanksgiving gravy ahead of time was the day my whole holiday life changed.  Where had I been?! For many of us, myself included, making gravy the day of Thanksgiving always felt a bit stressful. This make-ahead gravy requires just five base ingredients:  butter, onion, celery, starch or flour, and stock, and then on the day, while the turkey rests, I simply bring the gravy base to a simmer and add turkey drippings, which deepens and enriches the stock further.  So easy!

Everyday Apple Tart (Gluten-Free)

Whether you are a skilled pie baker or not, we all appreciate a quick and easy recipe that can be thrown together any day of the week. And if you’re like me, you appreciate it a little more when you’re putting together a full thanksgiving menu! This tart is just that: no peeling of the apples, 10 minutes of prep time and a fruit filling technique that takes almost no time at all.

If you add any of these delectable Thanksgiving Essential Recipes to your menu, and I hope you do, please leave me a comment and rate the recipe. Your feedback means a lot to me! You can also post to Instagram and tag me so I can share your creations! 

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Roasted Delicata Squash with Cinnamon Maple Butter

Roasted Delicata Squash with Cinnamon Maple Butter

I love Delicata Squash for its cute scalloped edges and its vibrant orange color, but I especially love it roasted in Cinnamon Maple Butter – the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread!

Feta Stuffed Marinated Olives               (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

Feta Stuffed Marinated Olives (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

Let’s all come together and start supporting light, bite sized appetizers, shall we? I’m all for hearty first courses, don’t get me wrong, but how many holidays have you experienced where everyone fills up on appetizers and then leaves almost no room for the main…

Everyday Apple Tart  (Gluten-Free)

Everyday Apple Tart (Gluten-Free)

apple tart

Whether you’re looking for a simple, impressive dessert for Thanksgiving or an after-work treat, this is the apple tart for the non-bakers in the bunch.

Actually, it’s the apple tart for everyone, because whether you are a skilled pie baker or not, we all appreciate a quick and easy recipe that can be thrown together any day of the week.  This tart is just that:

– No peeling of the apples

– 10 minutes of prep time

– My favorite fruit filling technique that takes almost no time at all

Another dessert that appears much more complicated than it is, the apple topping uses a technique of fanning out thinly slices halves of apples that is not only gorgeous, but also the quickest way I’ve found to fill a tart pan.  

Once you see how easy a delicious apple tart can be, you won’t want to wait for the holidays to bake one.  I promise.

apple tart
apple tart

what else can i use?

  • I like to use a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom for this, but if you only have a springform pan with removable bottom, that will work in a pinch.  You can also use a 10-inch pan, but the tart will be flatter.
  • Use a tart, sweet apple for this with tender skins since we aren’t peeling the apples.  Jonagold, Golden Delicious, and Empire are good choices.  Granny Smith’s skins are too tough, so skip those.  
  • You are welcome to use all all-purpose flour in this crust.  If you do, increase the butter by 1/4 cup.
  • White granulated sugar can be used in place of the cane sugar.
  • You can use almond extract in the crust if you want to go in that direction, just decrease it to 1/2 teaspoon since it’s quite strong.  I like to use almond extract when I make this tart with apricots.

I love to serve this slightly warm with my favorite Trader Joe’s Coconut Whipped Cream, or vanilla ice cream.  It is absolutely best the day it is made, as with all pie, but leftovers that have been refrigerated will still be tasty.  The bottom crust will become a little soggy, but it would never be wasted in this house.

apple tart

If you make this Everyday Apple Tart, and I hope you do, please leave me a comment here or post to Instagram and tag me.  I love to hear your feedback and share your creations!

apple tart

Everyday Apple Tart (Gluten-Free)

An apple tart so beautiful you can serve it for Thanksgiving, and so easy you can serve it on a Monday.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 294 kcal

Equipment

  • a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2/3 cup Gluten Free all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 1/2 lbs tart, crisp apples such as Jonathon, Empire, or Golden Delicious
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher salt

Instructions
 

To make the crust:

  • In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, almond and all purpose flours, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, vanilla, and salt. It should look like wet sand.
  • Press crust mixture into a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom, covering the bottom and coming up the sides of the pan. I like to use the bottom of a measuring cup to do this.
  • Place crust in the pan in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

Prepare filling and bake:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F.
  • Prepare the apples by cutting off both cheeks (halves) of the apples on either side of the core. Each piece will have a flat side to place on the cutting board.
  • Lay them flat, and one at a time, make thin slices through the apple vertically, holding the shape together as you go.
  • Place each apple cheek onto the tart and fan out slightly, revealing a bit of the apple flesh.
  • Remove tart pan from the freezer.
  • Cover the entire base of the tart with the apples, filling in spaces with apples, until you barely see the bottom. Don't stress over making it perfect, it'll be a bit random and beautiful.
  • Sprinkle topping evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, ground cinnamon, and lemon juice then dot evenly with the cubed butter.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until bubbling and browned.
  • Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes, and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 39mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 4gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 532IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple pie, apple tart, thanksgiving
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Make-Ahead Gravy  (Gluten Free)

Make-Ahead Gravy (Gluten Free)

The day I found out I could make my Thanksgiving gravy ahead of time was the day my whole holiday life changed.  Where had I been?! For many of us, myself included, making gravy the day of Thanksgiving always felt a bit stressful.  Will there…

Hasselback Butternut Squash with Maple Sage Butter, Red Chile, + Pumpkin Seeds                   (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Hasselback Butternut Squash with Maple Sage Butter, Red Chile, + Pumpkin Seeds (Vegan, Gluten Free)

If you’ve been here for a while, you know that I don’t tend to go heavy on the Thanksgiving food posts.  This is not because I don’t love Thanksgiving, I do.   It is because, of all the holidays, I find Thanksgiving to be the one…

Sweet Potato Agrodolce

Sweet Potato Agrodolce

Sweet potatoes have my heart.  
I love them prepared so many ways, and this is one of, if not my absolute favorite. 

The tender, creamy flesh of the sweet potato make it ideal for roasting and lends a mellow sweetness on its own, but pair it with this syrupy, flavorful sauce and they are positively addictive.

sweet potato agrodolce

If you aren’t familiar with Agrodolce, it’s a classic Italian sweet-and-sour sauce and I love to use it as a base for seasonal inspiration.  In classic Italian fashion, you’ll usually see it using sugar and red wine vinegar as the base, which is delicious, but merely a suggestion in my book.

For this roasted sweet potato recipe, I am using honey and apple cider vinegar as a base and then some chiles for heat.  The sticky combination of tartness, sweetness, and spice comes together in minutes and simply glazes the sweet potatoes while warm, soaking into the flesh just slightly.  

“What else can I use?”

  • This method works well with acorn, delicata, or butternut squash
  • Maple syrup or sugar can be used in place of honey
  • Toasted walnuts, almonds, or pistachios can be used in place of the pepitas for garnish… anything with a little crunch
  • If you’re serving this to young children, simply leave out the chiles

If you’re looking for something new to serve this Thanksgiving, or any time this season, I suggest making this dish a part of your harvest table.  It’s a regular guest on mine. 

 

sweet potato agrodolce

Sweet Potato Agrodolce

This roasted potato recipe is totally addictive. The tart, syrupy glaze turns them into a magical side dish that will soon be a fixture on your harvest table.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 jalapeno or fresno chiles seeded and thinly sliced into rings
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pepitas toasted
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle it with the oil, 1 Tablespoon of honey, and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Transfer the potatoes to large rimmed baking sheets, spreading evenly.
  • Roast until caramelized, 20-25 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the chile, vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons of honey to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 4-6 minutes until syrupy.
  • When potatoes are finished, spoon the agrodolce over them.
  • Finish with the pepitas and sage and serve right away.
Keyword sweet potatoes, thanksgiving
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Fall Roasted Vegetable Salad

Fall Roasted Vegetable Salad

Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get excited about (arguably) the most important part… the food!   I’ve teamed up with four other talented bloggers to put together a selection of five easy, tried and true Thanksgiving…