There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you, there is no rock like our God.
1 Samuel 2: 2
Thanksgiving is sneaking up fast this year, a little less than two weeks away. Sigh, where does time go? Upon some request, I have compiled a list of some not-so-traditional-but-yummy dishes to serve on your turkey day. Whether you are just looking to shake things up a little or maybe tone down all the simple carbs, I have provided a list of yummies to try.
Also the holidays can be super stressful with shopping and overbooked schedules (it’s ok to tell great Aunt Wendy that you will not be able to come to her annual Christmas scarf knitting get-together), and then to add in cooking a meal for all of your friends and family. So I have also compiled a list of ideas I have felt was helpful in the past when cooking a holiday meal. Please feel free to comment with any additional suggestions you have as well. 🙂
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Aioli. Can I just say yum. I am going to try this one this weekend, I’ll let you know how they turn out.
Cheddar Cauliflower Soup. I am going to try this soup recipe. Has anyone has made something similar, how did it turn out?
Stuffed Mushroom Recipe. I. Love. Mushrooms. You either love em’ or hate em’. I’m in the love category, my spouse is in the hate em’ category.
Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke. I have made a recipe similar to this for years. It is yummy, but also fun to eat. It is a good conversation piece.
Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup. I specifically picked soups that are not very filling. If your decide on a soup it should taste delish, but not filling. You want everyone super hungry for your wonderful Prime Rib you put your blood, sweat, and tears into.
Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce. Maybe this is me, but I also think of shrimp with cocktail sauce around the holidays. Also it is not a super filling appetizer as well.
Autumn Chopped Salad. Chopped salads are my favorite. They work well for group dinners, since everything is already all mixed together. No one person gets all the goodies from the top.
Easy Creamy Mushrooms. Again, I love mushrooms, sorry for those that do not.
Skinny Sweet Potato Casserole. This is not only skinny, but also a very simple easy recipe. Personally, it is how I prefer my sweet potato casserole.
Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice. I have never made this specific recipe, but I have made cauliflower rice, and I personally think it comes out WAY better than cauliflower mashed potatoes. So for your low carb fam, this would probably be a hit.
The Best Green Bean Casserole. I LOVE green bean casserole. I had never had it until 3-4 years ago. Life Changing. But I am trying to get away from using the canned condensed soups. This recipe looks like a winner.
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds. Almonds + Dark Chocolate= Healthy. Am I right?
Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse. I LOVE cooking with booze. I could do a whole segment on that, I digress. This recipe looks very simple (you want a few of those for the holidays), and fun.
Swedish Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Go check out this recipe, a healthier and very interesting version on cheesecake.
Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler. We are going to make up for all the carbs and fat in the next two recipes… I apologize in advance.
Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie. Why make cookies when you can make a pie?
Tips on How to Cook a No (Low) Stress Holiday Meal
- Best tip: Prep in advanced. Lists are your friend. Have list for: what is needed at the grocery store, what you are going to prepare for the day, what needs to happen to be organized that day (aka, do additional chairs need to be brought up from downstairs? Does the tablecloth need to be ironed?)
- Have VERY specific list: when writing down the menu for the day, write out to the side what temp and for how long each item will have to cook for. Because… most of us do not have a double oven. So often several items are going to need to be baked and usually at different temperatures, this is going to take a little planning on your part.
- Do whatever you can a day or two ahead of time. Of course grocery shopping falls in this category, but also cutting up veggies, making those cookies (throw them in the freezer, then they will not get stale), some dishes do well made ahead, Ree Drummond has a magical Mashed Potato recipe that is made to be made ahead of time.
- Give yourself most of the day to be in and out of the kitchen. Make things the morning of: tea, lemonade, desserts, the TURKEY/HAM (that’s important one don’t forget that).
- Bring out the Dixie Party plates. This is not the time to bring out the nice china. Between your (adorable) two year old nephew – who insist he can drink out of a big cup, and Uncle Larry who keeps falling asleep on the sofa with his drink in hand, your fine china will never make it. This will save you a TON of clean up time, so you can make memories with the fam – cause that’s what is all about, am I right? And go a little crazy paper plates, disposable cups, cutlery, foil roaster pans. If this really bothers you there is some super neat (environmentally friendly collections- also just to clarify mother nature, I’m only advocating this for one or two holidays a year) websites that have awesome disposable plates, etc.
- Only try one or two new dishes, if only I would have heard this five years ago, ugh. Stick with some tried and true recipes. Maybe try one new side dish, and one new dessert. For several reasons, first being – they may be terrible, lets just be honest for a minute, just because it is on Pinterest does not mean it will be delish. Second, in all your excitement of trying this new Christmas bread recipe, missed that it has to rise for two hours, who has time for that? Your people are going to be there in one hour….
- Don’t cook what you can buy that will taste just as good. Example: a restaurant in the Midwest, Texas Roadhouse, has killer rolls. Guess what? You can buy those rolls prepped and ready to be cooked with directions, and the cinnamon butter (Cinnamon butter.. drool) around the holidays. Done! Seriously guys, I have tried to make homemade rolls, mine don’t even compare to these soft, puffs of heaven.
- Allow the Troops to help: Yes, your husband is capable of setting the table – he can step away from the Thanksgiving football game for one memento if he plans on eating this delicious meal you are preparing. Yes, your MIL can help when she ask if you need assistance (it’s OK guys, help is good) that she can bring the salad, and be over thirty minutes early to help with last minute task.
- Use all your kitchen appliances, pull em’ out girls. Put that Kitchen Aid to work making your whipped cream, pull out the crock pots to keep your sides warm that you went ahead and made at 9 a.m., chop all those veggies with your Food Processor.
Have a great Thanksgiving you all! And even if that beautiful turkey ends up a little dry; just remember your blessings – like now you have more room for pumpkin pie. I joke, I joke. 🙂