This Thanksgiving, for the first time ever, I’m making the entire meal myself. To be fair, it’s not as overwhelming as it sounds—my boyfriend and I are just staying in Boston and having a friendsgiving with a few other people sticking around the city—so it’s not like I’m making food for 50 relatives or anything.
But I’m so excited. In fact, a little too excited. This might be a totally overambitious menu for me to pull off myself, especially considering I plan on pouring my first glass of wine at about 11AM on Thanksgiving morning. This could very well end in fire alarms going off and an order for Chinese food delivery…
I decided to compose the whole menu from recipes I’ve found on blogs and others that I’m going to develop myself (a blogsgiving, if you will). I’m also straying a bit from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner because I’m not a huge fan of eating land animals (especially turkey—I find it so bland and dry).
Click the recipe names to visit the amazing food bloggers who’ve posted these recipes. Pictures (with the exception of my hummus) all come from them.
You’ve got to have something to snack on while you wait for dinner and watch football (or, in my case, pretend to watch football, while really playing Candy Crush Saga on your phone).
- Fall Hummus Trio (Sweet Potato Hummus, Butternut Squash Hummus, Apple Pie Hummus): I love making my own hummus! I already perfected my sweet potato version, and I’m going to be playing around with butternut squash and an apple/maple syrup combo. I’ll serve them with thinly sliced carrot and apple sticks and pita chips.
- Spiced Sweet Potato Quesadillas from Naturally Ella: I’m going to slice these into thin strips to make them perfect for snacking.
The Dinner Table
It’ll be like Thanksgiving, but for pescatarians.
- Maple Apple Caramelized Salmon from Fit Foodie Finds: It’s major amateur hour when I attempt to cook any sort of meat, but this looks like a dish I can actually pull off.
- Quinoa Stuffing with Apples, Sweet Potato & Hazelnuts from Family Fresh Cooking: Who needs traditional stuffing with you have quinoa?
- Honey-Sweetened Orange Cranberry Sauce from Texanerin: I think the sweet-citrus combo will be perfect on top of the salmon (I hope!).
- Apple Pumpkin Potato Crock Pot Soup: I’m going to toss a bunch of fall flavors into my crock pot and hope it comes out alright. If it does, I’ll be sure to share the recipe. I’ll serve it with some bread (which I’ll just buy—let’s not get carried away here).
- Lemon Rosemary Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans from A Couple Cooks: I’m going to add some green beans into the original recipe.
- Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Crisp from Minimalist Baker: Which I’ll immediately top with vanilla ice cream, totally canceling the “vegan” part.
- Pumpkin Pie Bars from Joy the Baker: I fear I’ll eat the whole pan of these myself.
If all else goes wrong with the menu, as long as I nail this part, no one will notice…right?? I’ll buy beer and wine, but I want to include one festive drink as well. Oh, hello:
- Apple Cider Sangria from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen: No brainer. I must try this.
As I’m finishing this blog post, I’m realizing how much of a psycho I’m being. I will never pull off all this cooking…
What are you making for Thanksgiving?