Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cheap, Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: 38 Dishes for a Stellar Turkey Day

Ahhh …. the Great American Day of Eating is once again upon us. And ye gods, what better way to celebrate than three-dozen of CHG’s favorite holiday-appropriate recipes?

Finally, my secret, somewhat disturbing love of sweet potatoes serves a purpose: to warm the innards of others on Thanksgiving.

Besides those beloved yams, there’s a gaggle of veggie dishes (with an unexpected focus on Brussels sprouts), a coupla saucy offerings, and enough dessert bettys, cobblers, and crisps to rock your face right off.

Plus, as always, each recipe is inexpensive and nutritionally sound. So, without further ado ...

APPLE and CRANBERRY SAUCES
All Night Apple Butter
Chunky Applesauce
Cranberry Sauce with Grapefruit and Mint
Spiced Slow Cooker Applesauce

VEGGIES
Garlicky Broccoli Rabe
Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts
Honey-Glazed Roasted Carrots
Red Cabbage with Apples and Honey
Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

POTATOES, SQUASH, and ROOT VEGGIES
Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Bake
Classic Baked Acorn Squash
Mashed Potatoes with Leeks and Sour Cream
Miso Mashed Potatoes
Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Butternut Squash with Moroccan Spices
Roasted Root Vegetables
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Teriyaki and Cilantro
Sweet Potatoes with Mini-Marshmallows
Thyme-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A CORNBREAD RECIPE FOR KICKS
Southern-Style Corn Bread

DESSERTS
Apple Tart
Baked Apples
Maple Walnut Apple Crisp
Peach-Blueberry Cobbler
Pumpkin Pie
Snickerdoodles
Stewed Pears
Vanilla-Buttermilk Pound Cake
Wacky Cake (Chocolate Cake)
Wild Berry Betty

LEFTOVERS 
Chicken Stock
Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Tomato and Bread Soup
Turkey Chili with Beans
Veggie Stock

Readers, what are your favorite cheap-n-healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Add ‘em in the comment section!

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5 comments:

Jelli Bean said...

I also noticed an odd emphasis on brussel sprouts this year on Food Network's holiday specials. My family has never served them for Thanksgiving, but I'm sure they'd be delish.

Jen said...

not traditional (but may become a tradition in my family), I am going to be making your roasted chickpeas as a side dish.

Kris said...

Jelli Bean, isn't that odd? I have a theory: all our parents grew up eating their Brussels sprouts boiled, creating an irrational hatred of the vegetable. Subsequently, their kids never ate them with dinner. But now that most of us know they can be roasted, sprouts are experiencing a Renaissance. Like beautiful cabbage art.

Jen, sweet! Thank you! Hope it goes well, and happy Thanksgiving!

virginia bed and breakfast | victorian inn bed and breakfast | Romantic bed and breakfasts said...

I like cooking, but I hated hosting Thanksgiving because it was all stuff I never usually cook, and I didn’t have the techniques down. For various reasons, it will be a long time before I host again (phew!), but if I do, I will outsource things that I’m not good at, such as gravy. Why try to figure it out when the poultry farm down the road will happily sell me a yummy container of it. My mom has a folder with all the Thanksgiving info from every year, so the cooking part of Thanksgiving always goes smoothly. The rest of the holiday with my wacky step-sibs is another story!

Regards,

Anna said...

I usually steam brussel sprouts, but roasted is excellent. It just takes a little longer and uses more fat.

My husband hates most veggies, but loves brussels sprouts and broccoli! Go figure.