Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday but that doesn’t mean I want to spend days in the kitchen! Lucky for me (and you) I created a menu that’s nourishing, delicious and EASY. This is your Thanksgiving cheat sheet. A snapshot from my turkey day meal last year, these gluten-free, dairy-free recipes include many make-ahead items as well as creative spins on classics. From salads to flavorful sides, these dishes are sure to please any crowd. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Roasted Moroccan Turkey Breast:
With little more than a spice rub, your traditional roasted turkey just became a whole lot more interesting. Not feeding a crown, try roasting a turkey breast instead of the whole bird. Cooking up a whole turkey? Use the spice rub but cook your turkey based on the weight (every one pound = 15 minutes of cook time). Learn more about cooking up a perfect bird
Citrus Arugula Salad
This is definitely one of my go-to salads for entertaining a large crowd this time of year. It brings vibrant colors and flavors to your table. Piled high with seasonal ingredients like Roasted Delicata Squash, Pistachios, Grapes and Pomegranate, it’s simpler to make than it may seem. Pre-roast your delicata squash then simply pile on the ingredients come meal time.
Sweet Potato, Winter Squash, and Cranberry Crumble
This dish made its debut on my Thanksgiving table last year and I have to say, it was a hit! It even made it’s way onto my dinner table for months afterwards. The sweet potatoes and butternut squash pair perfectly with the tart fresh cranberries. And everything deserves a sweet crumble, right? Any recipe I make has to be simple to make it on the table (even on special occasions!), so you can be reassured this one won’t take up to much time. Time saving tip: buy pre-cut sweet potatoes and squash so you are only left to assemble the ingredients and pop this into the oven.
“Cause quinoa deserves a seat at the holiday table too! Almonds, citrus, apricots and herbs are tossed with quinoa (you could use farro, rice, millet or any other grain too) to create a sweet and savory salad you’ll truly love. The thing I love about this dish is that it’s perfect for the Thanksgiving table, but it’s also great to make ahead for busy weekday lunches and dinners. Batch cook your quinoa, and pre-measure the other ingredients so you’re ready to put it all together on the big day.
Brussels, Pancetta, and Apple Saute
Brussels sprouts are such a nutrient-dense and versatile vegetable. Plus, they are delicious! The apples, shallots, pancetta, and mustard offer a sweet/ savory spin to classic roasted Brussels. These are a must-have Thanksgiving side-dish.
Vegetable Roasting Cheat Sheet
I love using my oven. It allows for hands-free cooking, and it’s an easy way to batch cook several things at once…like veggies!. Especially during the cooler months, roasted vegetables offer a perfectly warming compliment to any meal. I often get questions around cooking vegetables so I made this cheat sheet. Find your favorites here!