As much as I love Thanksgiving, I really can only take the meal once a year. (Plus some days of remaining, of course.)
Part of what makes the party so good is how much it depends on what is the season and what feels right for the season. Maple, cranberry, turkey, pumpkin, breasts, sweet potatoes: Everyone is welcome at my table at this time of year.
Warm lentil and sweet potato salad with Maple Vinaigrette above. You can feel really good about this, with lentils and sweet potatoes nutrition combined in a bowl. A zippy but sweet dressing breaks through the earthly lenses and contrasts nicely with the potatoes.
Pasta with Cream Pumpkin Sauce. Laying on canned pumpkin while in front of the supermarket for a quick and easy dinner that would be perfect the day before Thursday.
Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet Pie. This delicious cake from Ellie Krieger is a dish to get in the breath without any surplus that is usually associated with the holiday. Turkey is marked, so you can leave the rosary for the big day.
Maple and Cranberry Drumsticks. A trifle of maple, cranberry and sage canal season's typical flavors.
Turkey Tetrazzini With Butternut Squash Sauce. This is also a great way to use extra extra after post Thanksgiving. This baked pasta dish combines white meat turkey with a creamy, non-cream menternut squash sauce. It is worth picking up a turkey breast to make or stick to the recipe for remnants.
Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles. Do not leave it all for lunch and dinner. Here is a perfect autumn brunch dish that also helps you to work through all the can of pumpkin.
Cranberry Rice. If you were so tempted by the bags of fresh cranberries in the store, use a lot of them here. Or, freeze the dish and freeze it so you can pull it out later and enjoy a good and colorful flashback to this time of year.
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