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Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Traditional Thanksgiving staples—mashed potatoes, your grandmother’s stuffing recipe you’ve been making for years—are great, but sometimes you want to shake things up a bit. If you’re looking to add some new dishes to your holiday table, consider these unique Thanksgiving recipe ideas.

1. Ginger-Glazed Parsnips

Parsnips are a wonderful, fiber-rich root vegetable that many people forget about. They have a sweet and nutty flavor. Learn more about this veggie and find a recipe for Ginger-Glazed Parsnips in Parsnips Back on the Plate.

2. Grilled Pumpkin with Rosemary and Sea Salt

Pumpkin doesn’t have to be left just to pies during Thanksgiving. Grilled pumpkin is oh-so-good, as grilling brings out the sugars and flavors of the pumpkin. While your oven is busy baking many other dishes, why not utilize the grill to make this simple side?

3. Baked Apple Cuplets

Try this super-easy recipe for baked apple cutlets if you’re looking for a new dessert to go alongside your pies. These cuplets are oozing with cinnamon apple goodness, and kids will love them.

4. Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie

If you or some of your holiday guests are vegan, I have the perfect dessert for you. This recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Pie calls for silken tofu in the filling—and you’ll be thankful you tried it when you taste the silky, decadent flavor of this pie. Get more ideas by checking out Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving.

Happy holidays, everyone! I hope you have much to be thankful for this year.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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5:18PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Can't wait to try the apple cuplets. I think these are like my mom made when I was a kid. I hope so!! Thanks.

6:47PM PST on Dec 5, 2012


7:26AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thank you

5:14AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

thanks for sharing..

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7:12AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for posting

2:01AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

thanks for the recipes

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7:55PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Thank you!

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Dried fruit is always available for me to snack on. Figs and apricots are my favourites.


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