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Try These 5 Delicious Twists on Thanksgiving Classics

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Looking to branch out and try something new for Thanksgiving this year? Here are some yummy recipes you can remix with traditional holiday staples in a new and flavorful way!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Juicy sweet potatoes are a staple at every Thanksgiving table. If you mix them up in this delicious casserole, you’ll get the best out of their flavor. It’s super easy to make and even easier to eat!

You’ll want to make some extra, though. It’s so good, everyone will want seconds and the leftovers are delicious, too.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt

For the crumble, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup of almond flour
  • 1/3 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped pecans or hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter or coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Prick the sweet potatoes, and then place them on the tray.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender.
  5. Grease a deep baking pan or line it with parchment paper and lower oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Cut open the sweet potatoes and discard the skins.
  7. Place sweet potato flesh in a large bowl and add the maple syrup, almond milk, egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  8. Beat until smooth with an electric mixer (add a splash of almond milk if necessary).
  9. Pour into prepared baking pan and smooth out the top.
  10. Mix all the crumble ingredients in a medium bowl, and then stir in the butter.
  11. Use your hands to mix and create a nice crumble, and then sprinkle over the sweet potato casserole.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  13. Take out and let cool for 10 minutes.
  14. Serve by itself or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complement.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Radicchio

Bring out the flavor of scrumptious brussels sprouts with this version of the roasted classic. You’ll be blown away by the crunchy texture and sweet-sour flavor.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups of brussels sprouts
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 1 head of radicchio
  • 1/3 cup of hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of aged balsamic vinegar
  • A pinch of salt and black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a tray with parchment paper.
  2. Cut brussels sprouts in halves (or quarters if they’re large), and then coat with salt, black pepper, and olive oil.
  3. Place on a baking tray, leaving room for bacon strips on the side.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crunchy.
  5. Take out and cut bacon strips into pieces.
  6. Toast hazelnuts on medium heat and set aside.
  7. On a large serving plate, prepare a bed of radicchio, and then add toasted hazelnuts, brussels sprouts, and bacon pieces.
  8. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over everything and serve immediately!

Pumpkin Pie Tiramisu

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Mash up these two delicious desserts and you get a magical explosion of flavor in every bite! No one will be expecting this when you set it on the table, so make it a moment to remember.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup and 4 tablespoons of coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 full can pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1-1/2 cups of mascarpone or cream cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of coffee, cooled

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
  3. Place egg yolks in one bowl and whites in another.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of coconut sugar to egg yolks, beat, and then stir in vanilla.
  5. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  6. Fold almond flour and baking powder in with egg whites gently (be careful not to de-fluff them).
  7. Fold in egg yolk mixture, and then pour batter into baking dish.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Take out and let cool completely.
  10. Cut into 3- x 1-inch ladyfingers, and then set aside.
  11. In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree with 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, the pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  12. Add the mascarpone or cream cheese and 1-1/2 cups of heavy cream, and then beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form.
  13. In another bowl, stir the brewed coffee with 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar.
  14. Dip all sides of ladyfingers in coffee, and then arrange a layer in a deep serving dish.
  15. Spread a layer of the pumpkin mousse on top, and then add and repeat for another layer.
  16. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Optional:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the remaining 1 cup of cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar until soft peaks form.
  2. Add a dollop to every plate as you serve and garnish with some dusted cocoa or cinnamon.

Bon appétit!

Green Bean Lasagna

Turn those neglected green beans into a spectacular dish with this lasagna recipe. It’ll really shine on your Thanksgiving table.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced into disks
  • 3 zucchinis, sliced into disks
  • 1 lb. of green beans
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan and 1 tablespoon, shredded
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of tomato purée or marinara sauce
  • 1 can of black lentils (or cook your own for 30 minutes, or until tender)
  • A handful of basil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a deep baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the lentils, Greek yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan, and then set aside.
  4. Place eggplant slices on the bottom of baking dish, leaving no space in-between.
  5. Spread half of the lentil mixture over the top, and then add a layer of zucchini.
  6. Add another lentil layer, the green beans, and then finish off with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted but not burnt.
  8. Take out, cut into squares, and serve.

Cranberry-Orange Confit

Cranberries are an essential part of the Thanksgiving tradition. This year, though, why not incorporate them a bit differently? You’ll love how the sweet and sour flavor complements your main course.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup of coconut sugar
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 large orange
  • 1/2 cup of cranberry juice
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 stick of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Serve alongside meat or green bean lasagna (see above).

It’s time to shake things up in the kitchen this Thanksgiving! So, bring your A game and whip up a few of these delicious recipes.

Karla Tafra Karla Tafra
Karla is a certified yoga teacher, nutritionist, content creator and an overall wellness coach with over 10 years of international experience in teaching, writing, coaching, and helping others transform their lives. From Croatia to Spain and now, the US, she calls Seattle her new home where she lives and works with her husband. Read Full Bio »

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