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Thanksgiving Roundup

Thanksgiving cooking can be overwhelming, only if you lose sight of what’s truly important.

So here’s my best advice: relax. There will be enough food. And enough of it will taste good. Unless you’re a gourmet chef, no one expects you to be one for this one day of the year. And most of all, remember to be thankful for your blessings. That’s the point of it all, right?

Below are some tried and true (and easy!) recipes that are pretty foolproof–even if you’ve never made them before. Happy Turkey Day!

FESTIVE FALL SALAD
2 c mixed baby greens
1 cup torn kale
1 cup shaved Brussels sprouts
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 Bosc pear sliced thin
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Dressing:
1/2 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

This dish is SO easy and always looks festive

This dish is SO easy and always looks festive

WILD RICE WITH CHESTNUTS
1 cup of wild rice
T olive oil or Earth Balance

For the chestnuts:
1 package of chestnuts, already peeled
T olive oil
t salt
freshly ground pepper
t chili pepper
t cocoa powder
t paprika
t garlic

Prepare the rice according to the package and mix in a T of olive oil or Earth Balance and salt and pepper when it’s done. Crush the chestnuts into smaller pieces. Mix the spices, olive oil and chestnuts together in a bowl. Roast at 350 for 20 minutes and stir them into the rice. (Note: You can use fresh chestnuts in the shell. They’ll taste better if you do it right, but it’s easy to overcook them. Here are instructions.)

 

ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES

It just looks like fall, right?

It just looks like fall, right?

Peel and dice any of the following root vegetables:
sweet potatoes
potatoes
beets
rutabaga
squash
parsnips
carrots
whole crushed garlic
red onion
a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and any other herbs you like

Toss them all into a large pan and drizzle with olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Add some sprigs of rosemary too, if you like. Roast, stirring once or twice, at 375 for at least 45 minutes. (If you’re using rutabaga, start roasting that first, as it needs extra time to soften.)

 

MOIST CORNBREAD

3/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
1/4 cup sugar
2t baking powder
1/2t salt
2T oil
1 cup milk or milk substitute (I used coconut milk)
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 400. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix the oil, milk, apple sauce and egg in another bowl. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Bake in a greased 8×8 pan for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

CORNBREAD STUFFING


Stale cornbread and at least 1/2 a loaf of bread diced into 1-in.-square pieces
2T oil
1 egg
sea salt
freshly ground pepper
a handful of fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme, or whatever you like)
diced onion
3 cloves minced garlic
3 stalks celery
1 diced carrot
sliced mushrooms

Preheat oven to 400. Soak the bread and cornbread in water for a few seconds and drain. Stir in the egg, oil, salt and pepper. Set aside. Saute the onion in oil over medium heat until lightly browned. Add the garlic and other vegetables and saute until soft.

Mix vegetables into the bread mixture. Pour mixture into a baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until stuffing reaches desired crispiness.

 

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

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1/2 a stalk of brussels sprouts
sea salt
2T olive oil
1T real maple syrup OR balsamic vinegar

Turn oven onto 375 degrees. Cut the sprouts off the stalk and cut off the bottom. Cut them in half. Check them according to the instructions below. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Lay all the sprouts face down in the pan and let them sit, stirring occasionally, until the bottoms turn light brown (3-5 minutes). Transfer the sprouts to a baking dish and sprinkle with salt and drizzle maple syrup, if you’re using it. Roast sprouts in the oven until the outside gets crispy, about 20 minutes. Drizzle with balsamic, if you’re using it. Serve immediately.

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