This piece was written by freshman Audrey Geipel.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so that means everyone’s coming up with their Thanksgiving meal plans. For most people, it’s just the same meal with the same classic dishes every year. And that’s great, but you might want a little variety, right? Spice it up a bit? So I decided to compile a list of recipes that can help you put a twist on classic Thanksgiving dishes:
Salad- Salad can easily be just a bunch of vegetables with dressing that everyone eats at the beginning of the meal to say they had some vegetables at their Thanksgiving dinner. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Salad doesn’t even have to be just lettuce with vegetables. Try this light Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad that gets in your serving of vegetables to make you feel less guilty, and still leaves room for plenty more food for the rest of the meal.
Soup- Thanksgiving is a very American holiday, but America is also very international. We are often called a melting pot, with numerous different cultures all combined to make our own. So why not make your Thanksgiving meal have a more international spin? Try this Cheesy Turkey Tamale Soup that ties in Mexican flavors with American ones, and uses traditional Thanksgiving turkey.
Stuffing- This Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar Cheese Stuffing has a unique combination of flavors that might surprise your audience when you serve it. But they will definitely be pleased. With three great comfort foods perfect for fall, you can’t go wrong.
Side Dish- Mashed potatoes are definitely a classic in all Thanksgiving meals, but that means you have them. Every. Single. Year. Not to mention all the other times in the year. So why not make Thanksgiving a little bit special? And with all that other food you’re packing in, what’s the harm in making it a little more healthy? You can always make mashed sweet potatoes, or you can make this Butternut Squash Cauliflower Casserole that can replace it in a snap (and it’s way healthier).
Dessert- Cupcakes are “in” in the food world right now, and they might not be for long, so take advantage of the fad while you can. So turn your usual sweet potato marshmallow casserole into cupcakes with these Sweet Potato Marshmallow Cupcakes. Don’t be scared by the idea of making cupcakes out of sweet potatoes, it doesn’t make them healthy and taste like vegetables. And the marshmallow frosting makes them sweet, but not too sweet. They are the perfect end to the perfect Thanksgiving meal.