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Posted on | November 19, 2012 | 5 Comments

Thanksgiving is coming up and some of us are still deciding what recipes to make.  My contribution is suppose to be a veggie dish. I admit I haven’t given it too much thought this year. I’ll probably either make a Pumpkin Casserole or a Carrot Casserole. If however you are hosting the feast or have assignments or are just looking for some Thanksgiving inspirations, I made a list of some recipes that are Thanksgiving worthy in my (German) eyes. Some might be more traditional such as the Cranberry Sauce or Pumpkin Pie but others might add a fresh twist to a traditional meal such as Pumpkin Casserole. Enjoy!

Cranberry Sauce. This is one of those dishes that will probably find its way onto most Thanksgiving dinner tables.

Pumpkin Casserole. This is definitely not your traditional Thanksgiving dish but I believe this would make a lovely addition. This casserole is made with pumpkin, potatoes, and apples. It is usually served with a sweet fruit sauce or fruit pudding. Cranberry Sauce would be perfect for this. 

Carrot Casserole. Do you want a delicious yet light veggie side dish? This would be perfect.

Baked Red Beets. A fresh and healthy side dish that can either be eaten warm or cold.

Parmesan Brussels Sprouts. These roasted Brussels sprouts make a healthy, simple, and incredibly delicious side dish. No fuss in the kitchen with this recipe. 

Baked Mashed Potatoes. Adding bacon, caramelized onions, and ricotta cheese to your mashed potatoes and then bake them. A dream!

Healthy, Sweet Carrot Salad. This sweet, healthy, fresh, and incredibly delicious carrot salad is one of my favourite salads. Grated carrots and chopped apples with a simple dressing made from honey and lemon juice and then topped with raisins. This salad should marinate for a few hours. You can even make it on the day before and one less dish to worry about on Thanksgiving Day.

Coleslaw. I absolutely love this coleslaw. I could eat my own weight of this stuff… :-D Is it a Thanksgiving recipe? Not sure if it qualifies as a traditional dish but it will definitely enrich every dinner table, Thanksgiving or not.  

Stuffed Acorn Squash. This Acorn Squash is stuffed with quinoa, leek, tomatoes, and topped with pecans. When I posted this recipe last year I did not have Thanksgiving in mind until someone left a comment saying that it was fabulous on their Thanksgiving table. And to be honest, I would love to see such a healthy and delicious dish on Thanksgiving Day.

Oat Rolls. Rolls are yet another dish that should not be missing on a Thanksgiving table. Even though I tend to skip the rolls because there is so much good food and the rolls just take up space I could fill with other delicious food. :-D   

Whole Grain Dinner Rolls. How about a healthier option for your dinner rolls? These muffins are made with 100% whole grains and taste absolutely amazing.

Tomato-Pesto Swirl Bread. This bread is absolutely beautiful. When this bread is cut into slices, the swirls of red and green are just stunning. It is almost too beautiful to eat. Oh, lets not forget that it tastes divine…

Deviled Eggs. Simple to make and loved by almost everyone.

Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie with homemade crust and filling from scratch.

Pumpkin Puree from Scratch. There are so many recipes using pumpkin puree. Make it yourself from scratch and freeze any leftovers for future uses so you’ll never have to buy the canned puree.

Blackberry Pie.

Cranberry-Apple Pie.

Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie.

Key-Lime Pie.

Banoffee Pie. A Banana and Toffee Pie made with Dulce de Leche.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies.

Apple-Meringue Pudding.

Healthy Zucchini Brownies. Made with whole wheat flour, applesauce, and zucchini. Absolutely delicious! Best brownies ever!

Healthy Chocolate Cake with Zucchini. Pies are probably the number one dessert choice on most Thanksgiving tables. Given that these Brownies and this Chocolate Cake have plenty of grated zucchini as an ingredient might make you think twice about this choice but honestly, it’s chocolate… Since when does anything chocolate need an excuse to end up on your plate?  :-D  

Honey-Sweetened Pumpkin Butter as a gift for your host maybe?


5 Responses to “Thanksgiving”

  1. Emma
    November 21st, 2012 @ 14:01

    What a yummy list! We don’t do thanksgiving but I’ll take some coleslaw, deviled eggs and any kind of your yummy pies. U do deliveries?
    Ich muss aufhoeren zu gucken, sonst geh ich gleich in die Kueche statt ins Bett ;)
    LG Emma

  2. Jen
    November 21st, 2012 @ 20:09

    Love the pictures and the carrot casserole is on my list. I just need my office work to be normal, my moving boxes unpacked and my baby to sleep through the night. I had absolutely no time to read recipes or to even blog myself. It’s crazy.

  3. My Italian Smörgåsbord
    November 25th, 2012 @ 15:07

    holy poly! quit your job, whatever it is, and open a catering. thank you for posting so many dishes of yours I have never seen before, together with some that I already had the chance to love.
    by the way… rolls?!?! you were baking bread and hiding that from me? they look lovely, I demand you to share more bread recipes with us mortals.
    and those zucchini chocolate cakes? oh my woman… the force is running strong in you (never mind, I used to be a Star Wars geek).

  4. BalticMaid
    November 26th, 2012 @ 11:14

    @ Emma: Thanks! :-) So geht’s mir abends aber auch immer. Noch ein paar leckere Rezepte anschauen bevor man ins Bett geht, besonders wenn man schon wieder Hunger hat und Appetit ja eh immer da ist… :-P

    @ Jen: Thanks! I really hope life will get a little easier for you soon and you can have more time to do the things you want to do.

  5. BalticMaid
    November 26th, 2012 @ 11:25

    @ My Italian Smörgåsbord: *Blush* What can I possibly reply to this… except for Thank You!
    Well, I have been baking bread and rolls but unlike you I stick to the simple recipes. The bread you make is just out of this world…
    But your wish is my command, I posted a bagel recipe today!

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