Friday, October 08, 2010

Friday Favorites: Thanksgiving Recipe Favorites in time for Canadian Thanksgiving

Low-Sugar Pumkin Cheesecake PieEvery year in November there's a lot of hoopla on this blog about Low-Glycemic Thanksgiving Recipes, and for the past four years I've had fun testing new dishes that might be South Beach Diet friendly options for Thanksgiving. I'll be doing that again this year in November, but it occurred to me that my suggestions are always too late for my friends in Canada, since Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. That means my Canadian readers will be celebrating (and having a day off from work) this coming Monday, so I thought I'd wish them "Happy Thanksgiving" by spotlighting a few Thanksgiving recipe suggestions that were my favorites last year.

Of course, if you're in the U.S., it's not too early to start planning your own Thanksgiving dinner. You might want to experiment with a few of these recipes before then, just to see which you like best! Let's start with the Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie I made last year, which is halfway between pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake.

Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving, and I loved this Wild Rice with Sausage and Mushrooms as a stuffing idea. You could add some 100% whole wheat bread to it if you wanted a more traditional stuffing.

I love butternut squash just about any way you cook it, but this recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese is probably at the top of my list for butternut squash recipes.

I didn't like sweet potatoes until a few years ago when I realized they didn't have to be cooked with brown sugar and marshmallows, and these Soy-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds were a dish that really wowed me last year.

Finally, brussels sprouts are a vegetable that don't get much respect from some people, but I say those people have never tried roasted brussels sprouts. This recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Gorgonzola Cheese is so good I think it would convert just about anyone to the idea of eating brussels sprouts!

(These featured recipes will be added to the archives category for Recipe Favorites. Check out the whole list of South Beach Diet Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes for more ideas, including ideas for leftover turkey.)

See more favorite recipes I've featured on Friday by using the label Friday Favorites.

Are you celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this coming Monday? If so, please let us know in the comments about what Thanksgiving favorites are going to be on your menu.
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  1. Beautiful looking food-will give some a try. Thanks!

  2. Very thoughtful of you to remember the Canadian Thanksgiving, cheers!

  3. Peter and Susie, glad you liked it!

    Peter, I felt a little bad when I realized I had neglected the Canadian Thanksgiving for so many years! Oh well, I am trying to mend my ways.

  4. I can vouch for the Brussels sprouts. I'm a lifelong sprouts hater who absolutely loved this dish!

  5. Lydia, thanks for adding that! So fun remembering that you *did* like it.

  6. That is a friday's favorite for sure :-)
    Happy Thanks giving!

  7. These all sound so delicious. I can't wait to try them, especially the Roasted Butternut Squash, Soy-Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussel Sprouts.

  8. Thank you so much for posting before Canadian Thanksgiving. It is much appreciated. I am going to try the brussel sprout recipe - yum!

  9. Sandi, Happy Thanksgiving to you too! (I like the idea of celebrating twice!)

    Jeannette, I love all three of those!

    Jan, you're very welcome; hope you enjoy the brussels sprouts.

  10. Hi Kalyn,
    These recipes are simply brilliant.Thank you and I am going to be using most of them.I appreciate all your recipes and great tips and enjoy hearing what everyone else has to say also
    Happy Thanksgiving,

  11. Sonia, I'm blushing! So glad you liked the recipes and Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  12. I had my first ever pumpkin muffin at Dunkin Donuts a week back...and I so so fell in love with the spicy flavors.It was yum..
    Really like your cross between pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake.It looks so appetizing with that yellow color!kudos for such do-able recipes!

  13. Tanvi, thanks! So glad you are liking the recipes.

  14. When I was younger, I always disliked brussel sprouts.. the bitter taste and the bland flavor from being boiled and drenched in butter. But roasted brussel sprouts is another story... I absolutely love the taste of roasted brussel sprouts. mmmmmMMMm

  15. I remember I didn't like them when I was a kid either!

  16. Thanks for sharing these! It is hard to find healthy Thanksgiving recipes that don't sacrifice flavor!


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