Thanksgiving is next week! Need some creative and easy ideas to go along with the traditional turkey, stuffing and gravy. Make these recipes ahead of time, and enjoy the day spending more time with your family and being grateful for their love in your life. Let the festivities begin!
This is a savory and hearty side dish that can be made ahead of time. Farro is an ancient Italian grain, and holds up well to strong flavors. The crispy pancetta, sherry vinegar, craisins, and walnuts all compliment the cubes of butternut squash. Easy to make, and reheats well in the microwave right before dinner.
Lasagna is a classic second entree for many Italians on Thanksgiving. Pumpkin Lasagna with Brown Butter Cream Sage Sauce is a light and healthy option! Make this ahead of time using canned pumpkin and oven-ready lasagna sheets for an extra easy addition to your table.
One of the most beautiful, healthy and delicious family-size platters you can make for Thanksgiving is a rainbow of roasted autumn vegetables! The key to roasting a variety of vegetables is to cut them into consistent- sized pieces so they cook evenly.
Serve a substantial kale salad to balance all the heavier Thanksgiving foods. This Kale Salad with Fig, Pear, Pecans and a Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette is delicious for an beautiful and healthy autumn green salad.
Quick Pão de Queijo is a traditional bite-size cheese bread from Brazil. It is made with tapioca flour creating a chewy and light bread. Tapioca flour is also gluten-free! The blender batter can be made ahead of time. Bake in mini-muffin pans while the turkey is being carved.
Two ingredients and 30 minutes to the best pumpkin cake you will ever have.These are especially great made as cupcakes. Make these ahead of time and hide them until ready to serve.
And finally, don’t forget about leftovers. Stuffing Waffles is genius. Thanksgiving leftovers make a fabulous next-day Brunch! A crispy, savory waffle made in a waffle-iron from leftover stuffing is fast and delicious. Stuffing Waffles go perfect with warmed up leftover turkey, gravy and a side of cranberry sauce.