Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes for a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving
November 23, 2020
Thanksgiving is almost here! Can you believe it? 2020 has been one heck of year, and Thanksgiving will just be added to the chaos. For many of us, Thanksgiving will be a quite different than many years. We may just be celebrating with our immediate families, zooming our extended relatives, instead of the large family gatherings. I know many of my fellow grad students are not traveling home for Thanksgiving in order to not unnecessarily expose their family members or themselves to COVID-19. I feel very blessed that all my family members live in the same town as me and we see each other on a regular basis so we feel comfortable in sharing Thanksgiving together. Whatever your situation, this thanksgiving will probably look a little (or a lot) different. The CDC offers some guidance on small gatherings on how to keep you and your loved ones safe.
A non traditional holiday calls for a non-traditional menu! I’m offering up two Thanksgiving recipes to add to your spread: Maple Rosemary Roasted Root Veggies and Savory Sweet Potato Muffins!
Maple Rosemary Root Vegetables
Forget green bean casserole, there’s a new veggie side dish in town! This roasted root vegetable dish combines sweet and savory to add a nutrient dense accompaniment to your turkey and stuffing. I made this dish using butternut squash and carrots, but you could also include sweet potato, other winter squashes, turnips, parsnips, or even beets. Roasting the veggies brings out their natural sweetness and a touch of maple syrup elevates it to the next level. I used fresh rosemary sprigs, however you can substitute dried rosemary for convenience. The hardest part of this recipe is chopping the veggies (you can also buy pre cut squash), but besides that you let the oven do the work. If you’re looking for a new side dish to add to your meal, look no further!
Maple Rosemary Root Veggies
Bring out the natural sweetness of squash and carrots to add some color and nutrients to your Thanksgiving meal
Time to step up your dinner roll game. Forget about Hawaiian rolls or boring wheat rolls. How about some sweet potato muffins to make those taste buds sing! This recipe was actually used for our most recent Bake it Forward, where we were able to donate $300 to the Food Bank for Larimer County.
These muffins have natural sweetness from the sweet potato, but a mix of spices gives these muffins a savory, umami flavor. This recipe uses a combination of whole wheat flour and chickpea flour to give these muffins a dense, nutrient-filled structure. This recipe calls for eggs, but you can easily make this vegan with flax eggs (I have made them both ways successfully). These muffins would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread, but would also taste great to accompany chili or soup.
Savory Sweet Potato Muffins
Sweet and Savory muffins filled with sweet potato and nutrient dense ingredients, perfect to add to your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or soup season dinner.
If you haven’t nailed down your desserts yet either, check out my recipe for these adorable and delicious mini sweet potato pies!
We hope you consider adding some new sides to your table with these Thanksgiving recipes. But whatever you do, we hope you have all a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! Give time to be thankful, give yourself some rest, and celebrate your family and friends in whatever form you are able:)