Happy Thanksgiving!
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Does anyone else have that cheesy song “The Final Countdown” playing in their head this week? I’m very sorry if I’ve just introduced an unfortunate earworm, but I just don’t want to be alone in this.
So, here’s the scoop for this week. (And I’ve just been told that I begin way too many sentences with “so." I’m adding that to the list of self-improvement projects, right after “use fewer parentheses.”) I’m going to give you extremely simple recipes to contemplate for Monday through Wednesday, and then I’m going to throw down a full-fledged Thanksgiving menu for Thursday. On Friday I’m assuming you’ll be eating pie in an old T-shirt like me.
See also:
 7 Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Easier, Or How to Kick Thanksgiving’s Butt  

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.


Maybe serve this with Arugula, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

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This vegetarian casserole features layers of sweet potatoes, lightly spicy black beans, and melty cheese. 

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A handful of ingredients and under 30 minutes of time. Serve with rice and Spicy Greens Salad with Gochujang Dressing

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The Main Event:
Dry-Brined Holiday Turkey or Simple Lemon-Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast - Because you need to have turkey unless you are a total rebel (or a vegetarian).

The Sides:
Roasted Winter Vegetables with Sriracha Honey Glaze - (You can use whatever root or roast-able vegetables you like) or Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo and Toasted Bread Crumbs (Which are a glorious crunchy-topped take on roasted brussels sprouts) and since I love roasted vegetables so much and can never decide I'm going to say BOTH.

Frisee, Radicchio, and Escarole Salad with Citrus Dressing - Beautiful to look at, and a salad definitely helps balance the plate and make the pie at the end feel a bit more reasonable.

Creamed Pearl Onions - The classic side. Add peas if you like.

Lentils and Carrots with Dried Apricots - A perfect side, and also a protein-filled main dish for anyone who is not a turkey-eater.
The Potatoes:
Parmesan Mashed Potatoes - No mashed potatoes, no Thanksgiving in our house.

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes - Because you can't have too many potatoes on Thanksgiving, and also because this is so pretty and so delicious and why have we not been scalloping our sweet potatoes forever?
The Desserts:
Molasses Cornbread - Some sort of cornbread is always part of the plan, and this has a delicate sweetness and a lovely color.

Sweet Potato Pie with Whipped Cream - If you love pumpkin pie, then you will love this . . . will I also have to make the back-of-the-can pumpkin pie recipe? Maybe.

The Best Streusel Apple Pie Ever - The apples are blanketed and bound up with a custard-y coating, and a thick layer of sweet, crumbly streusel topping makes this like an amazing apple crisp in a pie crust. I make three of these every year and if there aren't lots of leftovers we all get crabby.
Things to think about: 11 Casseroles, Soups (and More) Recipes Using Leftover Turkey, What to Do With Leftover Canned Pumpkin, Spicy Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Parmesan Croutons (roasted vegetables + broth = roasted vegetable soup. I love this kind of math), Turkey Posole Soup, napping.
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