Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and some honorable mentions!)

My updated list of favorite Thanksgiving recipes, plus honorable mentions!

Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com

(Updated  with more favorites, November 2014)  Thanksgiving is almost here, and it's time to narrow down your menu!  I love Thanksgiving, both the idea of giving thanks for our lives of abundance and also the wonderful food that's enjoyed on that day.   For the last ten Novembers now I've been testing recipes that might be good for Thanksgiving and adding them to my list of Carb-Conscious Thanksgiving Recipes!  My standards are pretty high about what shows up on the blog, so when I try to make a list of all-time favorites for Thanksgiving it's not easy to narrow it down to just the top ten favorites you see here.  In the end I couldn't pick just ten, so I had to include some "honorable mentions" which are also great recipes.

(Although all these recipe are more carb-conscious than traditional Thanksgiving fare, they're not all  low-carb or gluten-free recipes, so if that's what you're looking for I've also done a round-up of my favorite 25+ Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes, Appetizers, and Salads.  Hope that's helpful!)

Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Let's start with these 100% Whole Wheat Stuffing muffins.  I've made these the last few years, and I'm making them again this year.  I don't mind skipping potatoes to make room for a couple of these.


Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
A new recipe in 2014, this Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan and Thyme was something we couldn't stop eating when we tested the recipe, and when I made it for some food blogging friends they loved it too.


Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Low-Sugar (or Sugar-Free) Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake is something I've been making for Thanksgiving since 2006, and this year I finally took a better photo to show how good this is!


Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Another new recipe I swooned over this year is this amazing Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Parmesan.  If you've never tried raw brussels sprouts, they are really delicious.


Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Last year I absolutely loved this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onions with Feta.


Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
I can tell when it's getting close to Thanksgiving by the visits to this recipe from 2009 for Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan; I'm not crazy about this photo but it's all over Pinterest now so I don't dare change it!


Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
I describe this Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie as being a cross between cheesecake and pumpkin pie, and I'm going to be making it again this year.


Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
I probably can't skip this Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan without protests from some of my family members, who think this is *the* vegetable to have for Thanksgiving. 


Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts is the first brussels sprouts recipe I made for the blog and I still love this recipe!
 

Kalyn's Top Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (and honorable mentions!) found on KalynsKitchen.com
Finally, few years ago I swooned over my friend Trina's Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa with Cilantro, Lime, and Jalapeno, and this is now a "must have" Thanksgiving recipe for me.


More Honorable Mention Thanksgiving Favorites:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado and Pecans

Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest

Thanksgiving Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin

Steamed Green Beans and Carrots with Charmoula Sauce

Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Sumac

Green Apple, Celery, and Walnut Salad with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan

Arugula, Red Grape, and Shaved Manchego Salad

Soy-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds

Barely-Blanched Broccoli Salad with Feta and Fried Almonds

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans, with or without Gorgonzola Cheese

Apple-Jicama Slaw with Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Dressing

Raw Baby Kale Salad with Apples, Sunflower Seeds, and Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette


What's on the Menu at Your House?
Please share in the comments about what's on the menu at your house this year, and if you've tried any of my Thanksgiving favorites, I'd love to hear about how you liked them.  And of course, there are lots more ideas in the Thanksgiving Recipes if you still haven't spotted the one you're looking for!
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21 comments:

  1. They all look good, especially the squash.

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  2. Great selection of recipes -- I'm reconsidering my menu now and might have to make a swap or two with something from this list.

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  3. I would love to be invited to your house for Thanksgiving! Everything looks fabulous, such a nice spread.

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  4. Thanks Pam. I hate winter but I love winter squash!

    Lydia, you must make the cranberry salsa!

    Jeanette, would love to have you come; any time. (As if your family would let you leave at Thanksgiving, ha!)

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  5. They all look wonderful - makes me want to do Thanksgiving. Maybe I will, not the turkey, can't get those until Christmas, just the sides. They're the best part anyway. LOL

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  6. Katie, I do agree completely that the side dishes are the best part. Happy Thanksgiving even if you're not officially celebrating.

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  7. I am in love with...

    Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Cups with Sour Cream, Chipotle, and Lime

    They look beautiful, perfect size for a big dinner and just sound delicious! Hint: Would love to see that one added to your recipe file on eRecipecards!

    What a wonderful roundup!

    Dave

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  8. Hi Dave. Glad you like the round-up. I usually don't have time to go back and find photos to submit to eRecipecards, but since I just saved this photo for this the post, just submitted it!

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  9. Amazing round-up as usual, Kalyn! So many of those appeal to me! As much as I already have on my menu, I wish I could have more. Just have a bite of each thing, you know? One year we need to have a bloggers' Thanksgiving gathering. We could do it several days before or after Thanksiving or maybe mid-way between Thankgiving and Christmas. ;-) That might seem like too much, but we had our Thanksgiving luncheon at work this past week and I don't think anyone will mind having the real Thanksgiving meal--with many of the same dishes--on Thursday.

    Shirley

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  10. Shirley, I love the idea of having a bloggers' Thanksgiving get together! What a job organizing it, but it would sure be fun.

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  11. Drool, drool!! All looks yummy!

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  12. We don't do Thanksgiving here. Thankfully. I cannot imagine cooking and eating a Thanksgiving and a Christmas Feast so close together. I love the green bean recipe.And I'm going to try the stuffing in muffin pans. Great idea Kalyn.

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  13. Thanks Pam!

    Barbara, hope you enjoy the stuffing "muffins." Not many people here (at least where I live) have a big Christmas feast, more likely a nice brunch of just a lunch buffet in the afternoon so it's not so bad.

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  14. I love the stuffing muffin cup ideas and all of your side dishes sounds amazing. Between you, Dara and I's blogs today we have a very delicious spread for a Thanksgiving table!

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  15. Becky I am making those stuffing muffins again this year. I was noticing all the good food on the Utah blogs; we should have our own Thanksgiving after party sometime and try each other's food!

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  16. Kalyn, I absolutely loved this whole post, but my two favorites are the stuffing in the muffin tin format, and the low sugar pumpkin cheesecake.

    I rarely make desserts, and my husband doesn't care for cheesecake, BUT something tells me I should not care about either of these "issues' and try that recipe.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones!

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  17. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I don't make or eat desserts all that often either, but there is just something about that pumpkin cheesecake that keeps me interested!

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  18. You know, Kalyn, I've always wanted to visit Utah... what was your address again? And will you be serving all of the above next week?! ;-)

    Everything sounds wonderful! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day!! xo

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  19. Katerina, come on over! So glad you like the recipes.

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  20. I have so many coming from the little gran kids to the 80 year olds and heavens change traditions. Although this I'm adding your Roasted Green Bean & Mushroom dish plus the Green Bean blue cheese salad. Roasted Brussel Sprouts and as a kicker your Cranberry Salsa with Jalapeno's next along with my traditional but certainly labeled.

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  21. Bambi, I know just what you mean. In my family everyone still wants the same dishes we had 20 years ago! Good for you for trying some new things; hope you enjoy!

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