Here we go. November brings Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving brings gratitute, appreciation and a meal to delight both the eyes and our bellies.
The words that are so frequently unspoken are often the ones we need to say the most to our loved ones. To tell them that we appreciate them. To tell them that they are beautiful, both inside and out. To smile at them, just because. To say thank you for being there for me when I needed you the most.
Let us not forget that our life is made up of millions of moments. Moments that make up an entire lifetime. Use a moment to show and speak your love to someone else.
This year, I want to start off the Thanksgiving feast by saying three things I’m grateful for out loud, before the feasting begins. I challenge you to do the same. And if you have any special traditions to show appreciation and gratitude, let me know in the comment section below! I’d love to hear them.
Last, but certainly not least, I’ve got wonderful Thanksgiving Day options for you. So pick your favorites and celebrate with your loved ones.
Appetizers & Snacks
Pumpkin Cranberry Cornbread Skillet by Ambitious Kitchen (cut into small squares!)
Whipped Feta & Avocado Crostini with Pomegranate by Ambitious Kitchen
The Ultimate Cheese Plate from What’s Gaby Cooking
Cranberry Sauce & Goat Cheese Crostini from Cookie and Kate
Parmesan Pesto Bread from Broma Bakery
White Bean Basil Hummus from Ambitious Kitchen
Baked Jalapeño Poppers from Ambitious Kitchen
Bacon Stuffed Dates with Goat Cheese by Fit Foodie Finds
Ultimate Vegetarian Lentil Loaf by Ambitious Kitchen
Tom’s Colicchio’s Herb Butter Turkey (my turkey recipe go-to!)
Tart Cherry Cranberry Glazed Turkey from Running to the Kitchen
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast by SkinnyTaste
Bourbon Orange Glazed Ham by The Chunky Chef
15 minute Homemade Cranberry Sauce by Ambitious Kitchen
Homemade Turkey Gravy by What’s Gaby Cooking
Soups & Salads
Butternut Squash & Kale Salad with Pomegranate & Goat Cheese by Ambitious Kitchen
White Bean & Butternut Squash Soup by Ambitious Kitchen
Autumn Kale Salad by Cookie and Kate
5 Ingredient Thai Pumpkin Soup from Foodie Crush
Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad with Apple, Cranberries & Gorgonzola by Ambitious Kitchen
My Personal Favorite Side Dishes
Buttermilk Biscuits by Chowhound
Broccoli & White Cheddar Quinoa ‘Mac and Cheese’ by Ambitious Kitchen
Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole by Ambitious Kitchen
Honey Garlic Glazed Carrots by Heartbeet Kitchen
Maple Chili Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate by Ambitious Kitchen
Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage & Cranberries via Epicurious
Skinny Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes by SkinnyTaste
Lentil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by A Couple Cooks
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple, Bacon & Hazelnuts by Ambitious Kitchen
Potato & Squash Gratin by GrandBabyCakes
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate by Ambitious Kitchen
Deep Dish French Silk Pie with Hazelnut Oreo Cookie Crust by Ambitious Kitchen (SERIOUSLY EPIC)
Healthier Apple Crisp by Ambitious Kitchen
Tart Cherry Pie by The FauxMartha
Cardamom Spiced Carrot Cake by Broma Bakery
Healthy Pumpkin Pie by Ambitious Kitchen
Salted Caramel Cheesecake Pie by Joy the Baker
Double Chocolate Pecan Skillet Pie by Broma Bakery
Dad’s Sweet Potato Pie by Joy the Baker
Enjoy your holiday! xo.
Yum! Where do you even begin when everything here looks like a major winner??? Oh, yeah! My kind of holiday menu.
Thanks for the pie love! Happy Thanksgiving Monique!
So many great ideas, and talk about a comprehensive list! I will take one of each please 🙂
Thank you so much for including my gratin boo!
For thanksgiving, we always prepare thanksgiving questions and quotes. I write the questions, for example, describe thanksgiving to someone whose never heard of it and I put a quote on the back of the same paper. The other thing we do is write one person why we are thankful for them. Everyone’s name is written out and handed out annoymously. Each person writes about one other person and gives it to them. It’s a nice token to take home with you and it reminds everyone why we are thankful for one another 🙂
You just saved my thanksgiving!
I know my family will love it.
Thanks for sharing!