Thanksgiving! Delicious Whole Food Recipes to Inspire

by Marla on October 27, 2012 · 21 comments

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Delicious Whole Food Thanksgiving Recipes on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Around here we celebrate whole foods no matter what the season. For the holidays I love to prepare seasonal ingredients with that special holiday twist.

This post will hopefully inspire you to start creating your Thanksgiving menus. It is never too early to get inspired! Perhaps you can test some this weekend…

Appetizers & Small Bites

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

These mushrooms are a big hit at all of our parties!

Sweet Potato Stacks with Blue Cheese and Bacon | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon

This appetizer will wow guests with creamy blue cheese, smoky bacon and just a hint of sweetness from the sweet potatoes. It is simple to prepare and you can prep it ahead of time.

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Sun-dried Tomato Hummus with Crispy Chips

Hummus is always a crowd pleaser and a bonus is you can make it ahead of time.

Citrus Maple Pecans | Delicious & Healthy Whole Food Thanksgiving Recipes on FamilyFreshCooking.com — Family Fresh Cooking

Maple Citrus Roasted Pecans

Have bowlfuls are these sweet and crunchy nuts available. People will grab them by the handful. They are also great to add to trail mixes and all of your holiday desserts.

Salads

Festive Holiday Salad on FamilyFreshCooking.com #Thanksgiving #Christmas #Holiday

Festive Holiday Salad

I love all kinds of salads. My Festive Holiday Salad is great as a starter or main dish. A perfect way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers too!

Sweet Potato, Bacon & Pomegranate Salad on FamilyFreshCooking,com #Thanksgiving #Christmas #Fall #Winter

Sweet Potato Bacon Spinach Salad

This salad has my favorite roasted sweet potatoes with crispy bacon, cheese and pomegranate seeds.

Vegetables & Squash

Lighten up with these green beans for Thanksgiving! With Feta & Lemon on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Green Beans with Leeks and Feta

You will love the lightness of this recipe compared to traditionally overcooked green bean casseroles.

Brussels Sprouts with Feta Cheese and Pecans on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Brussels Sprouts with Feta & Pecans

Even non-sprouts fans will fall in love with these. Also try Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Gruyére and Bacon on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Cheesy Bacon & Cheese Spaghetti Squash Casserole

We love spaghetti squash over here. This winter squash is a great replacement for traditional pasta, perfect for Paleo meal plans and people on gluten free diets.

Potatoes

Creamy Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes on FamilyFreshCooking.com #Holiday #Thanksgiving #Christmas

Brown Butter Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Year round people love potatoes. They are a great side dish at all & winter holiday celebrations. Whether you go with sweet potatoes or starchy white ones you are guaranteed they will be a big hit with your family and guests.

Sweet Potato Soufflés with Feta and Crispy Sage on FamilyFreshCooking.com #Holiday #Thanksgiving #Christmas

Sweet Potato Soufflé with Feta and Crispy Sage

Recently I tested my kitchen skills with a soufflé. This savory soufflé is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, just be sure to serve it straight out of the oven!

Parmesan Hasselback (Hedgehog) Potatoes on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Parmesan Hasselback (Hedgehog) Potatoes

Also known as “Accordian” potatoes. These are pretty to look at, delicious to eat and you can season them in so many ways.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce with Pear, Citrus & Pomegranates | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Cranberry Sauce with Pear and Pomegranate

Never ever forget the cranberry sauce! This is my favorite sauce ever. I love to have a Big Batch hanging out in my fridge for oatmeal toppings and parfaits. Who ever decided it would pair so well with turkey and savory sides was a genius.

The color dazzles too!

Stuffing

Sweet Potato, Andouille Sausage Stuffing on FamilyFreshCooking.com #Holiday #Thanksgiving #Christmas
Stuffing with Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries

This is a fun and colorful stuffing recipe. The pop of the cranberries makes it extra special!

Quinoa Stuffing | Gluten Free Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts

Looking for a grain free, gluten free stuffing? Here is a great option.

Cornbread

Maple Cheddar Skillet Cornbread | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Maple Cheddar Skillet Cornbread

No Thanksgiving or holiday spread is complete without cornbread.

Turkey

Turkey Cutlets for small holiday gatherings or for any time at all! FamilyFreshCooking.com

Quick Pan Seared Turkey Cutlets

Perhaps your Thanksgiving is a little more intimate. Maybe you are cooking for yourself or just one other, not a problem at all. If you don’t want to cook a full bird these cutlets are perfect for you. Also try: Spinach, Ricotta, Pomegranate Turkey Roulade

The PERFECT Thanksgiving Turkey & Healthy Whole Food Holiday Recipes | FamilyFreshCooking.com

If you want to make Thanksgiving a bit more grand, then you will probably opt for the whole turkey. This recipe I will post soon. Stay tuned.

Dessert

Fall Harvest Fruit Crisp FamilyFreshCooking.com #Thanksgiving #Christmas #Holiday

Gluten Free Fall Harvest Fruit Crumble

Crumbles are crisps are one of my favorite desserts. I love warm fruit topped with a sweet, nutty, crunchy topping.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cornbread Layer Cake | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com #Thanksgiving #Holiday

Chocolate Pumpkin Cornbread Layer Cake

I adore layer cake. Especially one that is healthy enough to be served for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

Pumpkin Pie Tarts with Almond Crust-Gluten Free | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com #Thanksgiving #Halloween #Holiday

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tart

Pumpkin Pie should have no singular season, though I guess it’s OK that it does…makes it more special! I did not grow up loving it, but now I find it irresistible.

Vegan Pumpkin Whipped Cream recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Vegan Pumpkin Whipped Cream

Once you try this vegan whipped cream made from full-fat coconut milk you will quickly  find that you can’t live without it! Use it to top all of your holiday desserts or just eat it by the spoonful.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Pumpkin Whipped Cream recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com © MarlaMeridith.com

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Certainly a crowd pleaser &  these cupcakes won’t cause sugar highs and lows. Always a bonus!

Sweet Potato Cakes Jar Cakes on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Jar Cakes

Serve your guests dessert in a jar or ramekin and they will never forget how special it was. Sweet potatoes are wonderful in baking. They add delicious flavor, color and vibrancy to a holiday dessert table.

What kinds of recipes do you have planned for Thanksgiving?


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1 Rosa October 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

Great ideas! Those are wonderful recipes.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen October 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

What a gorgeous collection of rustic, fall foods!

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3 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

Omg you have so many seasonal recipes for Thanksgiving! This truly is your ‘season’ of food. It’s so you! I love all these reminders. And thanks for relinking your hummus pic. That chalkboard pic is so fun and all your photos are gorgeous, but that one has so much whimsy and I just LOVE it!

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4 Marla October 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Averie, you probably remember most of these recipes – if not all of them!! Glad you are enjoying them again. That chalkboard was fun. I need to do that again some time. You are so right, this is TOTALLY my season!! Have a great weekend.

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5 Jessica October 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

I was on FlauntMyFood.com and found peanutbutterandpeppers blog, and from there found this blog! LOL… funny trail, but I love your site here, beautiful pics! You should totally add ur stuff to flauntmyfood lots of food bloggers post there to get some free traffic. its where i go to look at different foods all the time.

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6 Cate October 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Everything looks awesome- especially that Sweet Potato Bacon Spinach Salad. I need to pick up some pomegranate and make that asap!

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7 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

You have so many perfect options for Thanksgiving! I have to try those Maple Citrus Roasted Pecans and the potatoes….wow!!

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8 Carole Resnick October 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

Picking several recipes from your collection gives me my Thanksgiving menu.

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9 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 29, 2012 at 7:02 am

Delicious! Just what I was looking for, for nutritious and tasty Thanksgiving recipes. :)

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10 Cara October 29, 2012 at 7:58 am

Do you have an empty place at the table for me? Everything sounds fantastic!

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11 Lucy October 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

thanks for all these amazing thanksgiving recipes – we were discussing on our drive to school this morning what we sould be cooking for Thanksgiving – Rémy wanted turkey and Minty wanted pumpkin pie – so you have me covered!

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12 susan October 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

Can I come to you house this thanksgiving? What a wonderful, well rounded meal!

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13 HeatherChristo October 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Wow Marla! You are so on top of it this year! Great recipes for my favorite meal of the year!

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14 Esi November 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

I’m not really in to traditional Thanksgiving recipes, so this roundup is right up my alley. Love the ideas.

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15 Jeanette November 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Gorgeous collection Marla and certainly inspiring! I have had barely enough time to think about Thanksgiving…still catching up after a week without power from Hurricane Sandy, so I love seeing your ideas.

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16 foodwanderings November 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Love this easy breezy Thanksgiving roundup!

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17 Chris November 21, 2012 at 7:02 am

Wow, you do have Thanksgiving covered! Marla, your photography is just stunning! All natural light?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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18 Marla November 21, 2012 at 7:42 am

Hi Chris! Thanks for stopping by :) Yes, all natural light ~ always! XO

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19 aneesh January 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thanks Marla for the great healthy food recipes. All recipes are in this site is very delicious and awesome collection of recipes.

Healthy food delivery

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