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15 Healthy and Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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So now that we’ve shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes, how about taking a look at some of our favorite side dishes? You need to make sure to complement the delicious turkey that takes so long to make. Try these healthy and yummy side dishes to complete your Thanksgiving meal!

  1. Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese “Farroto” – We love butternut squash and blue cheese! This recipe looks absolutely delicious!

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  1. Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad – Brussel Sprouts are so yummy and healthy and the Maple Vinaigrette really brings out the fall flavor in this dish!
  2. Salad with Oven Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Cheese – It’s pumpkin season and this salad looks delicious for a Thanksgiving side dish!
  3. Roasted Carrots With Gremolata – We always have carrots on Thanksgiving and this Roasted Carrots recipe looks incredible!

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  1. Greens with Pomegranate Vinaigrette – I love to have a good side salad with my Thanksgiving dinner! Check out this one!
  2. Sautéed Broccoli & Kale – Broccoli is another healthy must side dish on Thanksgiving. Try this recipe with added Kale and Toasted Garlic Butter for extra nutrients and lots of flavor!
  3. Maple-Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Try something a little different with your sweet potatoes with this great recipe for Maple-Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes.
  4. Carrot Puree with Hazelnut Tapenade – This Carrot Puree looks so delicious and nutritious!

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  1. Roasted Acorn Squash with Cider Drizzle – Acorn Squash is such a sweet treat and would make a great addition to a Thanksgiving meal! Check out this great recipe!
  2. Cinnamon Applesauce with Toasted Pecans – Cinnamon is a great Thanksgiving flavor. Make your own cinnamon applesauce this Thanksgiving with this great recipe!

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  1. Orange Spiced Cranberry Sauce – It’s not Thanksgiving without Cranberry Sauce! Check out this yummy recipe!
  2. Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Cranberries – This Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Cranberries looks so delicious!

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  1. Butternut Squash Gratin with Le Gruyère – This dish looks different and so delicious!
  2. Harvest Time Slaw – This Harvest Time Slaw is great for Thanksgiving and looks super flavorful!
  3. Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole – The kids will love this sweet Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole!

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We hope these dishes inspire you to make the best Thanksgiving dinner yet!

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25 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

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Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away! It is such a great holiday to take a step back and appreciate the small things in your life. The family time that Thanksgiving brings is priceless and must be cherished. The food that we share on Thanksgiving is also a great reason to give thanks. We’ve complied a great list of 25 Thanksgiving Dessert ideas! These recipes are festive, delicious and sure to please your family and all of your guests! Check them out!

  1. Pumpkin Fluff Dessert Dip – This dip is fun and delicious! MySuperCookies are great for dipping in it for a great sweet treat!

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  1. Chocolate Soufleé – Does your family love chocolate? Try this delicious Chocolate Soufflé Recipe!
  2. Chocolate Rainbow Bites – These Chocolate Rainbow Bites are super cute and allergy friendly! Try them out for a great bite-sized dessert for your Thanksgiving meal!
  3. S’more Bars – These S’more Bars are not only delicious but also grain-free and paleo!
  4. Turkey Decorated Pumpkin Pie – Do you normally make a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert? Spice it up this year by adding a cute turkey decoration to your pumpkin pie!

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  1. Pecan Pie – Thanksgiving is known for Pecan Pie and this one is gluten free and vegan!
  2. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese-Lemon Zest Frosting – Carrot Cake is always a must have for holiday desserts! This recipe looks fantastic
  3. Peanut Butter Oreos – These homemade “Oreos” are so delicious and a great, healthy cookie option for your dessert table

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  1. The Best Fruit Dip Ever – This fruit dip is super yummy and makes for a very healthy dessert option! Dip mixed fruit and berries in it or spread some on top of bananas for a sweet treat!
  2. Fruit Cornucopia Platter – These Fruit Cornucopias are so easy to make and really add to the Thanksgiving holiday spirit!
  3. Coconut Hot Chocolate with Almond Whipped Cream – Looking for a delicious, healthy Hot Chocolate recipe for the kids? Check out this great Coconut Hot Chocolate Recipe!

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  1. Mini Sweet Potato Whoopie Pies with Maple Marshmallow Frosting – The sweet potato and maple marshmallow frosting in these whoopee pies really shouts Thanksgiving!
  2. Apple Crisp – This Apple Crisp is so delicious and perfectly portioned into single servings!
  3. Apple Almond Dessert Pizza – Kids will love the idea of dessert pizza and this one is super festive for Thanksgiving!

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  1. Almond Coconut Rice Pudding – Rice Pudding is always a great, healthier dessert option to have available. This one uses coconut milk and almond extract to make it a great choice!
  2. Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich – These Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches are great for kids!

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  1. Nut Butter Caramel Dip – This Nut Butter Caramel Dip looks delicious and is another great option for dunking MySuperCookies into
  2. Iced Gingerbread Biscotti – Do you love to have Biscotti with your coffee during dessert on Thanksgiving? Try these delicious Iced Gingerbread Biscotti!
  3. Stuffed Apples – These stuffed apples are so yummy and healthy!

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  1. Apple Pie Parfait – Make some yummy, single-serve Apple Pie Parfaits for your Thanksgiving dessert table!
  2. Coffee Cake – Coffee Cake is always a great dessert addition and this one is grain-free and paleo!

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  1. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies – These cookies are so yummy and gluten free!
  2. Three-Berry Cobbler – Nothing shouts fall and Thanksgiving like a good Berry Cobbler! This one looks so delicious!
  3. Acorn Squash Cookies – Acorn Squash is a great, healthy, sweet treat! Check out these yummy Acorn Squash Cookies with Nigella Seeds!
  4. Ginger Apple Cake – This Sweet Ginger Apple Cake Recipe With Persimmon is great for Thanksgiving dessert (and breakfast the next morning)!

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Enjoy these delicious dessert ideas and don’t forget to give thanks!

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What’s for dinner?

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So, even though at my house in North Carolina, we aren’t getting the amazing amount of snow that is falling in the Northeast tonight, it inspired a dinner of warm foods (and also perfect for a Meatless Monday):

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Artichoke and Potato soup
– this stuff is incredible.  A deluge of veggies, but smooth and delicious.  I let my kids eat this with toasted french garlic bread (or pita chips) instead of spoons! Also yummy with croutons in it.   I opted to leave the cream out, but I’m sure that would be great, too.

 

 

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Roasted Cauliflower – I stole this recipe from a friend (thanks, Suzanne!).  I think she might have invented it, but it is similar to the one found here.  I left out the Parmesan cheese, and no one complained.  They might have added it at the table 😉

 

 

 

cc-armendariz_roasted-sweet-potatoes-with-honey-cinnamon-recipe-02_s4x3Aunt Pam’s yummy sweet potato casserole thing: I picked this because I accidentally ordered enough sweet potatoes from the grocery store to last us a month.  Diced sweet potatoes, diced apples, a few cranberries (fresh or dried), a bit of butter, brown sugar (optional) and cinnamon.  Bake at 375 until the sweet potatoes are done.

 

 

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Healthy BBQ Round Up

BBQ season is in full swing, which means it’s probably time to switch things up on the grill. We picked some of our favorite main dishes and sides to give you some inspiration for your next grilled meal! Check them out, and let us know what you like to do for a BBQ!

SIDES

Strawberry Mango Salsa {From PBS Food}

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This twist on traditional salsas mixes fruit and jalapeños for an unexpected (but delicious!) combo. If your children aren’t fans of spicy food, just omit the peppers.

Warm Red Potato Salad {From Saveur}

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Potato salad does not always have to be loaded with mayo, as demonstrated by this recipe. With red onions and oregano, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Sweet Potato Salad {From Two Peas and their Pod}

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Another twist on traditional potato salad, this one features sweet potatoes! Grill them first for maximum flavor.

Stuffed Bell Peppers {From Health Actually}

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These peppers are stuffed with quinoa and vegetables for maximum flavor!

 

MAIN DISHES

Chipotle Grilled Shrimp {Closet Cooking}

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Shrimp skewers paired with lime and chipotle are a perfect addition to any BBQ! Simple to prepare and easy to grill.

Portobello Mushroom Balsamic Burgers {From Food Network}

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These mushroom burgers are coated in a tangy balsamic sauce for maximum flavor, and then grilled to perfection.

Turkey Spinach Sliders {From Bon Appetit}

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Spice up your traditional turkey burger by adding spinach. Feel free to skip the mayo and other additions.

Spicy Chickpea Veggie Burgers {From Running on Real Food}

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These burgers are not only delicious, but are also vegan and gluten free!

Grilled Peanut Ginger Chicken {From Renee’s Kitchen Adventures}

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Try a new twist on chicken by marinating some pieces in this peanut sauce. Delicious and different!

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TEST KITCHEN: Super Cookie Pudding Parfait

It’s official, MySuperCookies are here! In celebration of the launch, we have created a simple and delicious pudding parfait. You can grab your own box of cookies now at Abe’s Market 🙂

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We created this pudding using a secret ingredient…avocado! Based on this recipe from Two Peas and their Pod, this pudding was a crowd pleaser! We created a parfait by layering crumbled honey SuperCookies and pudding, and then topping with some raspberries and dark chocolate chunks. For an extra touch, we rimmed the glass with shaved coconut. Feel free to layer and top with whatever you please!

 

To learn more about avocados and their health benefits, check out this Megan Monday article

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TEST KITCHEN: A Snack For The Summer

 

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If you are looking for a perfect summer time snack to take on a day trip to the beach or the park, we have found an easy and delicious whole wheat cheese cracker that you and your kids will love! This week in the kitchen, we prepared a recipe called Whole Wheat Goldfish Crackers (modified from Natalie at Super Healthy Kids.) We made these crackers using heart, flower, square and triangle cutters in place of the goldfish, but you can do any small cutouts that would be bite size. One thing that we did change with the recipe is we used monetary jack cheese instead of cheddar cheese, but you can you any type of shredded cheese you prefer!  Our SuperTeam loved these snacks, as they were a light, airy cracker with a hit of flavor that we definitely want to make again!

 

Whole Wheat Goldfish Crackers

Adapted from Natalie at Super Healthy Kids

Yield- 75 small crackers

 

Ingredients 

 

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•1 cup whole wheat flour

•1/2 tsp sea salt

•4 Tbsp Cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

•8 ounces grated monetary jack cheese

•3-4 Tbsp water

 

Directions

1.Add the flour and salt to a food processor and pulse. Then add butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add grated cheese a little at a time and pulse.

 

2.Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms into a ball.  Continue pulsing between tablespoons of water.  When the dough clumps in the food processor you will know it is ready, if you are unsure you can also feel the dough and if it shapes into a ball, it is ready.

 

3.Flatten between two pieces of wax paper, and chill for 15 minutes.  This will help the butter get cold and makes for a puffier cracker.

 

4.Roll the dough fairly thin.  About 1/8 of an inch is a good thickness.  More thin means more crisper. Be careful the dough may stick to the wax paper as you roll it out.

 

5.Cut out shapes and place on a baking sheet.

 

6.Bake at 350 °F for 12 minutes for very thin crackers and a little longer for thicker crackers, about 15 minutes.

 

7.Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

 

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Have a great weekend!

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TEST KITCHEN: Ice Cream Bar

As the weather gets warmer, the kid in all of us crazes ice cream and popsicles. While we are big ice cream fans, we do not always like all of the sugary toppings that are paired with it. To try and fix this problem, we created our own ice cream bar featuring toppings that were a bit healthier and more natural. Check it out!

For ice cream, we picked Whole Food’s 365 Vanilla, but you can pick any other flavor that your family would enjoy. We also love a good pint of Ben & Jerry’s, which is newly non GMO!
As far as toppings go, we put together a medley of fruits, as well as some unexpected offerings such as maple syrup and cinnamon.
Toppings we used: banana, strawberry, dark chocolate, almonds, maple syrup, cinnamon and coconut.
Our Creations

#1: Maple syrup, cinnamon, and dark chocolate
#2: MySuperFoods chocolate chip granola bar and strawberry (for a similar version, try our Granola bites!)
#3: Coconut, dark chocolate, almonds and bananas
#4: Bananas, strawberries and dark chocolate

 

How do you style your ice cream? Are you more of a fruit family, or do you opt for chocolate and coconut?
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TEST KITCHEN: Gluten Free Apple Walnut Bread

 

I recently read Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD.  I do not have celiac disease or follow a gluten free diet, but wanted to further educate myself on the topic.  I found the book enlightening and informative.  Definitely thought provoking.  While I don’t plan to change to a gluten free diet, I was interested in trying his recipe for Apple Walnut Bread and know that many of you are interested as well.  Especially those of you who DO follow a gluten free diet.

We made some small adjustments by using melted coconut oil instead of the other options of walnut oil, extra-light olive oil or butter. The other alternation we made was instead of using sour cream or coconut milk we used plain fat free yogurt.

Overall, we enjoyed the bread, but felt that a drizzle of honey on top was the way for it to be best enjoyed.  We also considered adding chopped pieces of apple or pear to the existing recipe for a hint of sweetness.  Trust me when I say we are not an overly sugared bunch.  But we felt it needed a little something extra.

Apple Walnut “Bread”
Recipe adopted from #1 New York Times Bestseller Wheat Belly by William Davis 
Yield 10 to 12 servings
Ingredients
2 cups ground almonds (can be pre-ground)
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
2 large eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
Directions
 
1.Preheat the oven to 325°F.  Coat a 9 x 5- inch loaf pan liberally with coconut oil.
2.Combine the ground almonds, chopped walnut, ground flaxseeds, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.
3.Combine the eggs, applesauce, oil, and yogurt in a small bowl.  Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated.
4.Pour the batter into the pan and bake until a toothpick comes out dry, about 45 minutes
5.Allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then turn out. Slice and serve!
FIND THE PRINTABLE VERSION OF THIS RECIPE HERE

 

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Chocolate (Chickpea) Peanut Butter Cookies

cookiesAt the MySuperFoods HQ, we cannot get enough of peanut butter. We put it on our celery, we put it on our apples–sometimes we even just eat it by the spoonful! One afternoon, when we were having our usual PB craving, we looked for ways to make a delicious dessert that would still be health conscious. Eventually, we came came across this recipe from Keepin’ It Kind, and couldn’t have been more excited. A healthy alternative to normal chocolate cookies, this version uses chickpeas and bananas instead of eggs and flour. The result was a perfectly soft chocolate peanut butter cookie that we all enjoyed. We adapted the recipe a bit, and added in some of our own helpful hints.

Yum, did we mention they’re healthy? You can also easily make them vegan friendly.

 

Flourless Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {Adapted from Keepin’ It Kind

Yield: 24 cookies

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (1 15 oz. can will have roughly 1.5 cups, so if using canned, you will need 2 cans. Be sure to rinse and drain them first)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or other vegan sugar)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
We tried to bring out our inner food stylists for this one…
Directions
1. Combine all ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until smooth and completely combined, scrape the sides of the food processor if necessary.
2. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips and place the bowl in the refrigerator, cover and chill for 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper or parchment paper.
4. Use a tablespoon to scoop heaping spoonfuls of dough and roll into a ball.  Note: The dough will be much softer/stickier than normal cookie dough, but that is okay. Continue until all the dough has been used. Once all of the balls of dough are prepared use the palm of your hand flatten the dough into a cookie shape. Keep in mind the size of the cookie will be the same size once it is cooked. If you have to bake the cookies in two batches, you can put the dough in the freezer to harden it up to make it easier for the second batch.
5. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for about 17-20 minutes or the cookies have firmed up. Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

 

It gets prettier looking, we promise.

 

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At this point, we all found it necessary to try a bit of the dough. 
 

All mixed and ready to be chilled!

 
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All done! Yum!
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Midweek Pick-Me-Up: Smoothie Bowl

Looking for something new to try in the morning? We have the perfect fix for your Wednesday blues! This filling smoothie (pictured in a bowl for something different, but you can also have it the traditional cup and straw way) is sure to give you a burst of energy to finish out your week. Eat this like you would soup, and be sure to mix all of the toppings up before serving.

Super Smoothie Bowl

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Ingredients

HUGE handful of organic kale

1/4 cup of organic pineapple

1 whole organic banana

1/4 apple

1/4 cucumber

4 organic baby carrots

1/2 TBSP fresh ginger

6 ice cubes

3 TBSP egg whites
1/2 -1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 TBSP ‘Superfood Smoothie Mix-Antioxidant Acai & Goji’ made by Essential

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Toppings

Organic unsweetened shredded coconut

Hemp seeds

Goji berries

Granola

Chia seeds

 

Combine all ingredients (except for toppings) into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl, and top with the extras. Stir and enjoy!

Special thanks to Andrea Valente for the picture! 

 

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