Thanksgiving is just weeks away. We will gather around the dinner table with family and friends to create memories and share a meal. The same, heavy, predictable food we see every year. Are you as tired of the same Thanksgiving meal as we are?
Don’t get us wrong, there is nothing like the sleepy euphoria one feels after turkey, piles of mashed potatoes, and slices of whipped cream covered pie. But if you have diet restrictions, are looking for lighter options, or just have a more adventurous palate, traditional Thanksgiving dishes might not be that appealing. We challenge you to do something different, buck tradition, and be unique. Like we said, Thanksgiving flavors are delicious, but the ways the flavors are used aren’t written in concrete. If you are preparing the entire meal, or bringing a dish to pass, we want to hear how you have taken holiday flavors outside the box. Up for the challenge but don’t know where to begin? We have some great suggestions for inspiration.
Turkey is often the main event. But it is also time-consuming and oven monopolizing. Spend more time spilling the tea and less time worrying about dry turkey. This recipe for Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Salmon only takes 12 minutes to cook and can be paired nicely with other Thanksgiving mainstays like sweet potatoes and corn.
Green Bean Casserole is another staple, but for the carb-conscious or someone with gluten sensitivities, this item is off limits. Not to worry, just mix up a little lemon infused olive oil, drizzle it over some fresh green beans, and sautée your way to a lighter side dish.
Bring the refreshing tartness of cranberry flavor to your table in a form that is a welcomed alternative to unappetizing, gelatinous, canned sauce. Mouthwatering Cran-Raspberry Sorbet is satisfying and makes for a much lighter dessert option compared to the usual heavy pies. Add a few drops of Jalapeno oil and gain 50 experience points.
Headed to your third Thanksgiving? Some of you will have multiple stops, but only one stomach. Rather than downing another slice of pie, enjoy some pumpkin spiced goodness with our twist on the classic mudslide. This easy to make cocktail is the perfect way to relax and unwind while enjoying one of the holiday’s classic flavors.
Maybe you are looking for something different, but aren’t ready to completely abandon the norm. Try adding a little something to your pie. A bit of Orange Brandy in the crust of an apple pie will complement the fruit in an unexpected and welcomed way. This surprise deviation is sure to have your friends and family begging for your secret.
A variety of dinner rolls and breads are commonplace, but can be very basic. Dress up your breadbasket is by offering flavored butters, like Maple or Herbed Butters. Not only are these great for smearing on breads, they make great toppings for other side dishes.
Thanksgiving is a nightmare for those avoiding carbs, making navigating the dessert table difficult. Our solution? Seasonal flavor Low Carb Bites! This simple recipe can easily be customized to suit your mood. With flavor options like Pistachio, Maple, Cookie Butter, and Hazelnut, your diet won’t keep you from enjoying dessert.
Feeling inspired? Write up that shopping list, hop in the kitchen, and grace your Thanksgiving dinner table with something new and surprising! Whatever creations you come up with, we want to hear all about it.
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
-The LorAnn family!