Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Looking for a few new recipes to try out this Thanksgiving? Check out our picks, from salty to savory and new takes on old favorites. 

STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS

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Images via  Blogging Over Thyme

A friend brought stuffed portobello mushrooms with bacon to our Thanksgiving feast a few years ago, and I'm still thinking about them! Considering squash and I don't get along, this veg-friendly option with goat cheese is a great alternative. Serve them as an appetizer while the turkey is cooking! (via Blogging Over Thyme)

CITRUS AVOCADO SALAD

Image via  Tori Avey

Image via Tori Avey

This salad will forever mean the holidays to me - my grandmother always serves it on Thanksgiving. For a simple version, use peeled grapefruit, sliced avocado, and pomegranate seeds topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. (via Tori Avey

ROASTED GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Image via  Damn Delicious

Image via Damn Delicious

I know brussels sprouts are all the rage, but have you tried them with bacon?! Even the pickiest eater will eat their green veggies. (via Damn Delicious)

ROSEMARY GARLIC HASSLEBACK POTATOES

Image via  Feasting At Home

I love potatoes. Any shape and form: mashed, fried, baked, roasted. The boyfriend? Not so much. Something about the texture of mashed potatoes and him don't mix, but he'll eat anything that's crispy. That's where these gorgeous garlic rosemary potatoes come in. They're a great alternative to mashed potatoes and you don't have to worry about the extra step of adding gravy! It keeps us both happy, and me in carbs. (via Feasting At Home)

ORANGE BOURBON CRANBERRY SAUCE

Image via Gimme Some Oven

Image via Gimme Some Oven

I have never, nor will I ever, serve canned cranberry sauce. It's just not my thing. Fresh cranberry sauce however, is my jam (or... sauce). Considering making it is so darn easy, a few years ago I tried this snazzed up version and it rocked my world. You can also serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with pie for dessert for that WOW factor. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Happy cooking!
-Amanda

Fall Recipe Favorites

It's that time again - Fall in Chicago! Our favorite time of year. The weather will be absolutely perfect for baking up a storm (once the temperature drops this weekend!). Here are 5 of our favorites to try this season!

1. Baked Apples. If you are a semi-regular baker, you will already have everything you need to whip out these beauties - they are super easy. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Core the center of the apple, leaving the bottom part to hold all the goodies. Put 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg and 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon in the cored apple. Next, add 1 tsp. of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of butter. Pop them in the oven for 45 minutes, and you have a gorgeous dessert! Add a little whipped cream on top for some flair. Bonus points if you go all in and pick your own apples to use, like we did! 

Apple orchards! We used tsugaru apples - any local apples you can find will work best!

Apple orchards! We used tsugaru apples - any local apples you can find will work best!

2. Crockpot Chili. Chili goes with every occasion once the cold fronts hit - it's the perfect comfort food (and vegetarians can easily customize it too!). Head on over to The Everygirl to see our favorite (easy!) recipe! You can either stick it in the crockpot and forget about it until dinner time, or whip it up on the stove top at the end of a long day.

Photo via  The Everygirl

Photo via The Everygirl

3. Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. Of course a fall recipe list is incomplete without cookies (and pumpkin cookies, to boot!). Check out Cooking Classy's Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting - they taste even more amazing than they look!

Photo via  Cooking Classy

Photo via Cooking Classy

4. Roasted Vegetables. Just because it's autumn doesn't mean you need to fall off the health wagon! Fall vegetables and squashes are delicious when oven-roasted, and give you your daily dose of veggies. Spoon Fork Bacon has an amazing recipe for roasting root vegetables that is sure to impress even the pickiest eaters!

Photo via  Spoon Fork Bacon

5. Mulled Apple Cider. One of our favorite things about fall is all of the yummy spices! Check out this crockpot apple cider recipe from No. 2 Pencil - a must at your next dinner party! This recipe is booze-free, so the kids can enjoy too!

Photo via  No. 2 Pencil

Photo via No. 2 Pencil

Share some of your favorite fall recipes with us in the comments! Enjoy!

xoxo,
Amanda