Three New Recipes to Mix Up Thanksgiving Dinner

Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip-MuffinsThanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition; every year mom makes the turkey and Aunt Mabel brings her family-famous dinner rolls, every year we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, every year the guys clean up while we gals head outside to talk and walk. While these are all good, and even comforting, traditions, it’s always good to change things up a bit, but just enough to make the day less monotonous, if that’s how Thanksgiving has started to feel.

To mix up this year’s spread of dishes, here are three Thanksgiving dinner recipes to try:

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls- Sneak a bit more nutrition into this year’s menu by whipping up some of these pumpkin rolls from Tammy’s Recipes. These are delicious made with canned, or homemade, pumpkin puree or even mashed sweet potatoes and have a lovely soft orange color.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins- Looking for a healthy, but tasty alternative to pies and candies? These can be made in advance and include wholesome ingredients. This muffin recipe from Money Saving Mom freezes well, and for added nutrition we replace the oil with mashed banana and plain or vanilla yogurt. We sub out the white sugar for xylitol and replace the flour with ground oatmeal or coconut or almond flour. You can omit the chocolate chips–but I don’t recommend it!

RED- Appropriately christened with this name by my cousin due to the cheery color, our family has been enjoying this twist on traditional gelatin for more than two decades. To make this yummy side dish/dessert, you’ll need a box of red gelatin (strawberry and cherry are our favorites), a bag of small cinnamon candies and a jar of applesauce.

Begin to make the gelatin as directed on the package, but add 1/2 cup of cinnamon candies to the boiling water before adding the gelatin. Once the candies are dissolved, add the gelatin and then use applesauce in place of the cold water. Stir well, pour in your bowl and refrigerate as usual. The applesauce provides a nice texture and also tones down the spiciness of the cinnamon candies. The recipe can be doubled, but if you want to make more than two eight-serving packages of gelatin, whip up another batch for best results.

Don’t forget to have your favorite stain remover on hand; food this good will surely be gobbled up by little ones, upping the chances it gets on her lace romper or tutu dress.

I hope you enjoy these new Thanksgiving recipes; let us know which ones you tried!


Photo Credit: Money Saving Mom

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