Last Minute Thanksgiving Round Up 2015

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Looking for a quick recipe to add to the holiday meal?  Maybe you forgot to include the green salad or you just need an extra side dish or someone who you thought was bringing dessert completely bailed.  I’ve been there.  So I’ve got you covered with fabulous recipes that are sure to please the whole family.  You won’t skimp on flavor, just time.

Holiday Cranberry Salad

Holiday Cranberry Salad from Inside Karen’s Kitchen appears every year at our holiday gatherings.  It is a family classic and so easy to make.


Sauteed carrots

Sauteed Carrots from Ina Garten of the Food Network uses tasty dill to season this quick-to-table recipe.


Winter Squash Mash

Winter Squash Mash from Inside Karen’s Kitchen combines butternut squash with sweet potato; done in 20 minutes.  So delicious!


Sauteed Haricots Verts with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Sauteed Haricots Verts with Bacon Breadcrumbs from Cooking Light is a crowd pleaser.  Anything with bacon is a crowd pleaser.



Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice and Arugula Salad from Pinch of Yum combines some of my favorite ingredients with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing.  This will appear on my Thanksgiving menu this year.


Cranberry-Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts 2

Cranberry and Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Cherry Balsamic Glaze from Inside Karen’s Kitchen is a quick-to-fix alternative to turkey that uses a lower carb stuffing.



Fennel and Cumin Roasted Turkey Breast with Thyme Gravy from Cooking Light adds a unique blend of herbs and by using just the turkey breast, you cut cooking time down significantly.


Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip from Taste of Home is a family-friendly dessert idea that tastes like traditional pumpkin pie without all the hassle.  I substitute light versions for the cream cheese and sour cream.


Pumpkin-Streusel-Bars (1)

Pumpkin Streusel Bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction will change your world.  The crust is made with crunchy gingersnap cookies and topped with a cream cheese filling and a streusel topping.  I substitute reduced fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt and whole wheat pastry flour to improve nutritional values without compromising flavor.







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