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Thanksgiving Round-Up!

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  It’s Thanksgiving Week, everybody!!!  Suffice it to say, I am more than a little bit excited about all the free child-care help I’m going to have ahem… food I’m going to eat.

I sure wish we could all pull up a chair at a table together to feast, laugh, and feast some more.  And then after that, we could clear the table and play a few rousing games of Guillotine.  (Have you ever played Guillotine?  Oh my gosh, SO fun!  I like to play the whole game using an exaggerated French accent, because I’m really cool.)

In honor of my favorite holiday, I scoured my recipe box to provide you darlings with some deliciousness to make for your loved ones this week.  This stuff isn’t your “traditional” Thanksgiving fare, because (and I think you know this about me already) I’m a bit of a kitchen rebel sometimes.

The Pretty-Hungry Thanksgiving Round-Up

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Within this roundup of dishes, there are hints of everyone’s beloved holiday flavors… but they’re definitely all a little different from the boring, blah blah, same ole same ole.  (Except for one: I did include a recipe for a classic apple pie.  I felt no need to mess with that one.)

Also, ever since my recent interview with Natalie Borton, I’ve been increasingly fascinated by the plant-based philosophy of eating.  I have no intention of giving up animal protein entirely but I can certainly appreciate that plant foods contain the best of the best vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for our bodies.  So, in light of that, a number of the recipes I’ve “rounded up” for you below, are meatless (or have the option of being meatless.)  Meatless meals also happen to be much more budget-friendly… which I am NOT complaining about!

Enjoy!  And have the happiest of holidays with those you love.

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Entrees:

The Pork to Defy All Others

Not a turkey person?  That’s cool, neither am I!  (Too much trouble and not worth it!  Is that sacrilege?  I don’t care, it’s my truth.)  Anyway, this is a seriously awesome way to prepare pork.  Your taste buds won’t know what hit em’!

The Pork To Defy All Others  |  prettyhungryblog.com

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Pumpkin Lasagna (Meatless)

I’m in love with pumpkin in savory dishes.  Such a pleasant surprise!

Pumpkin Lasagna with Mushrooms, Ricotta, & Sage

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Roasted Balsamic Mushrooms over Cheddar Polenta (Meatless)

I’ve gone on the record saying that I could eat this meal every day for the rest of my life.

Roasted Balsamic Mushrooms over Cheddar Polenta with Fried Sage & Herb Butter  |  prettyhungryblog.com

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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie (Meatless)

This is a new recipe I cannot wait to try.  Thank you, Natalie from Thoughts by Natalie!

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie - Vegan and Delicious

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Sides:

Roasted Winter Vegetables (Meatless)

It’s so fun to go to the grocery store in search of parsnips!  When else do you ever have a reason to buy parsnips?

Roasted Winter Vegetables - From the Pretty/Hungry Thanksgiving Round-Up!

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Better-Than-Cake Cornbread! (Meatless)

Don’t ask me how a cornbread that contains broccoli, cheese, and onions can end up tasting like birthday cake… I don’t know the answer.  Witchcraft?  That must be it.

Better-than-Cake Cornbread on prettyhungryblog.com

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Wild Rice & Kale Casserole (Optionally Meatless)

Another new recipe I cannot wait to try!  Thank you, Tieghan of Half-Baked Harvest!

Kale and Wile Rice Casserole from Half-Baked Harvest~

Desserts:

Fruit Pies 101

I’m a big proponent of making your own fruit pie filling.  It is not hard!  (And it’s not 80% gloop like the canned kind you buy at the grocery store.  I take issue with that.)

Fruit Pie Filling is way easy to make (and so much better than the gloopy canned stuff.)  Try it this year!

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Pumpkin Pecan Butter Bars

Mmmmm… my favorite sweet pumpkin treat.  (Well, this and chocolate chip pumpkin bread.)

Also, pardon this photo.  I took it in 2010.  I knew not what I was doing.

Pumpkin Pecan Butter Bars  |  PrettyHungryBlog.com

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White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding

I defy you to suggest to me that White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding does not belong at the Thanksgiving table.  It belongs at any table, anytime, anywhere, for any reason.  (Unless perhaps the table is at a Weight Watchers Meeting, at your weekly weigh-in, for the purpose of weight-loss.  It does not belong in that scenario.)

White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding  |  PrettyHungryBlog.com

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Miscellaneous:

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Do ya have a few pumpkins lying around on your porch?  Don’t throw them away!  They are food!!!

Here’s how to cook em up!

Homemade Pumpkin Puree!

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I would love to hear about your favorite holiday foods, traditions, family games… all of it!  (Do you play group games when your family gets together?  We’re big gamers.)

I’d also like to hear if any of you are venturing into “meatless” territory this Thanksgiving?  I enjoy the added creativity that comes from plant-based cooking.  There aren’t many shortcuts, that’s for sure.  And I like that!

Happy Thanksgiving!

XOXO,

Carissa

Happy Thanksgiving - Yummy Round-Up of Dishes from the Pretty/Hungry Blog

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5 Responses so far.

  1. jacque says:

    That would be great if we all could be tpgether,but since we can’tI I hope yall have a wonderful Thanksgiving.You all will be in our thoughts.Love to you all.tell everyone hi and no I have never played that game.enjoy.

  2. Kimberly Amack says:

    This will be my FOURTH year making the Pumpkin Pecan Bars!! :) This year, I’m adding the Apple Clafouti. I’ll let you know how it all turns out! :)

    • Carissa says:

      Oooh, yes Kimmy I’ll be very curious to hear your take on it. It’s not the typical dessert texture (more custardy than cakey) so I always worry people won’t love it as much as I do!

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