Your Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (and this year it falls on Channukah! Even more holiday fun), so it’s time to start planning your menu or thinking about what show stopping dish you’ll be bringing to your pot luck feast.

To help make this year’s holiday cooking as simple and FUN as possible, we are providing a completely comprehensive, tried and true recipe guide.

Firstly, when it comes to the bird this is all you need to know.

thanksgiving sides

For side dishes & dessert (which are the best parts anyway), follow this fool proof menu…

Gluten Free Quinoa Stuffing

Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cauliflower Parsnip & Apple Puree

Cranberry Citrus (Awesome) Sauce

Gluten Free Apple & Pear Crumble

Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes


In our Healthy Basics Cookbook you can find other perfect recipes (for the Holidays or any time) like…

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Balsamic Collards with Pine Nuts

Roasted Veggies topped with Vanilla Roasted Nuts (uh-mazing)

We’d love to see what you make!  Inspire us, and the rest of the Cooking Camp Crew by posting your pics on our Facebook page.  

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gluten Free Orange & Sage Quinoa Stuffing

This recipe has all the flavor a classic Thanksgiving stuffing…but won’t leave you with a raging gluten hangover.

Because so many of our Campers avoid “the glu” (our sometimes code-name for gluten) we wanted to give you a Thanksgiving option that has all the flavors and fixins’ you’ll  find in a traditional stuffing but give it a totally whole-grain, healthified makeover.

Preeeetty sure we nailed it with this one.  What do you think?

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Gluten Free Orange Quinoa and Sage Stuffing
Servings: 6-8
Time: 40 minutes

  • 2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp dried sage OR 2 tablespoons chopped fresh
  • 1 tsp dried parsley OR ¼ cup chopped fresh
  • ½ cup of walnuts, roughly chopped and toasted
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms, chopped (can use white button, baby bellas or any kind)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for cooking plus more quinoa
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

*Note: save a little parsley, zest and walnuts for garnishing at the end

Directions

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot.  Then add your quinoa, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.  Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer, then cook the quinoa for 15 minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed (quinoa will continue to bake in oven so it’s okay if it’s a little wetter than usual).

In a separate pan heat extra virgin olive oil on medium-high heat.  Sauté onions with garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes.

Add celery, mushrooms and herbs and season generously with salt and pepper.  Continue to cook an additional 5-6 minutes (until mushrooms begin to brown).

Toss cooked veggies and herbs into a baking dish with quinoa, orange zest and walnuts and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Garnish with an additional sprinkle of parsley, zest and walnuts and serve.

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Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I mean, let’s get serious, when they are done right they totally rule.  And these bad boys…they’re simply perfect.  You’ve got some sweet, some savory, and some tanginess.  They’re creamy, crunchy and chewy.  And best of all–they are reeeally easy to make!

It’s dishes like these that make us wish every day was Thanksgiving.

Make your holiday healthier by adding something green and delicious to the dinner table.

Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Servings: 4- 6
Time: 50 minutes

  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • 4 tablespoons evoo, separated
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

 Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Wash and prep all the brussels sprouts by cutting off a bit at the root of each sprout then slicing it in half.  Arrange your b-sprouts on a baking tray (we recommend lining the tray with parchment paper or tin foil for an easier clean up).

Drizzle at least 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil on the sprouts.  You can use more and this will help them get that great brown color.  Sprinkle on a generous amount of salt and pepper them mix them all together well.

Spread out the brussels sprouts so each piece has room to roast, if they are too close they will steam and just get mushy.  Roast for 35-40 minutes, mixing them once about half way through.

While they are roasting soak your dried cranberries in water to reconstitute them a bit and make them softer.  Just make sure to drain all the water before mixing them in with the brussels sprouts at the end :)

Make your dressing by combining the honey, dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Whisk them together then add some sea salt and pepper, to taste. (You could also throw in a minced garlic clove for an extra kick)

Take the brussels sprouts out and of the oven and allow them to cool for a little bit before tossing them with the dressing and cranberries.

 

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Cranberry Citrus (Awesome) Sauce

When it comes to this T-giving staple you should never, we repeat never, use that canned jellied excuse for a condiment.  Cranberries are one of the few berries in season this time of year so use the fresh ones and whip up an awesome sauce.  (hey, we just used “awesome sauce” in a sentence and it wasn’t ironic)
Cranberry Citrus (Awesome) Sauce
Servings: 6-8
Time: 20 minutes

 

  • 2 (12-ounce) packages cranberries, fresh
  • 1 orange (or 2 tangerines), juice zest and segments
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Directions

Zest an orange (or 2 tangerines) and put that in a small bowl.

Then supreme the fruit (aka cut out the segments).  Do this over a bowl so you save all the juice. Set the segments aside.  Then squeeeeze the membranes to get out any extra juice, you will need it for later.

Put the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract and cinnamon into a saucepan over medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 10-15 minutes.

When it’s just about done, stir in the zest and the orange segments, then remove from heat.

Serve the cranberry sauce at room temperature or allow it to cool then refrigerate.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

1. Brine (aka soak) the turkey in a tub of salt water & herbs for at least 24 hours.

2. Slather your turkey in butter, salt and pepper for flavor.

3.  Baste the turkey at least every 30 minutes to keep it moist.

4. Make sure you have lots of amazing sides like cranberries, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts so you have a mixtures of colors, textures and flavors on your plate.

5.  If all else fails…

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