|These 100% Whole Wheat Stuffing "Muffins" are definitely on my list of favorite Thanksgiving recipes!|
In case there's anyone in the U.S. who hasn't noticed, Thanksgiving is now less than a week away! 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 six Novembers I've been testing Thanksgiving recipes; then posting the ones that make the cut and adding them to my index page for Low-Glycemic Thanksgiving Recipes. My standards are extremely high about what shows up on the blog, so that index page has a lot of very delicious recipe ideas for Thanksgiving. When I decided to make a list of all-time favorites for Thanksgiving 2011, it took me quite a while to narrow it down to just the list of favorites you see here. (In fact, I originally intended to pick just ten favorites, but there were simply too many!) If you're looking for something new for Thanksgiving this year, here are 20 of my best recipe ideas for Thanksgiving-worthy dishes that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
Let's not rush past the 100% Whole Wheat Stuffing "Muffins" pictured at the top of this post! It took me a couple of tries to get these just right last Thanksgiving, and I adore the idea of stuffing cooked in muffin cups so every piece of stuffing is crisp on the outside!
I'd choose Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan for Thanksgiving dinner (although some of my family members are still very fond of the Thanksgiving Broccoli with Cheese Sauce that I made for years with canned cheese soup!)
When I posted the recipe I described 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.
There are several other very good recipes for brussels sprouts on the page with the Thanksgiving recipes, but my favorite is still this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts from 2007.
A new recipe in 2011 is my friend Trina's Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa with Cilantro, Lime, and Jalapeno. I've already made it twice, and I bet this becomes a "must have" Thanksgiving recipe for my family.
I am crazy about winter squash, and this Balsamic and Agave Glazed and Roasted Buttercup Squash is one of my long-time favorites.
I love every recipe for fresh green beans that's listed with the Thanksgiving recipes, but if I had to pick my favorite it would be these Lemony Green Beans, which have both lemon juice and lemon zest.
I never really liked pumpkin pie, but in 2006 I swooned over this Reduced-Sugar Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake, and I've been making it ever since.
I like all things sweet potato except the sweet marshmallow-topped ones that some people like so much, but these Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Cups with Sour Cream, Chipotle, and Lime really appeal to my savory tastebuds!
Thanksgiving Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese.
Ten More Honorable Mention Thanksgiving Favorites:
Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin
Steamed Green Beans and Carrots with Charmoula Sauce
Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary, Pecans, and Gorgonzola Cheese
South Beach Diet Friendly Stuffing with Whole Wheat Bread and Mushrooms
Double Berry Jello Salad
Green Apple, Celery, and Walnut Salad with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette
Low-Sugar Pumpkin and Apple Crumble
Kalyn's Favorite Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
Soy-Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds
Barely-Blanched Broccoli Salad with Feta and Fried Almonds
Happy weekend everyone! Since quite a few of these favorites are from previous Thanksgivings, if any readers have tried a recipe I'd love to hear in the comments about how you liked it. And let us know what you're cooking for this year's Thanksgiving dinner as well!