I hope you’re wearing a loose pair of pants right now because I’m about to STUFF you full of Thanksgiving ideas, tips, and yes, some turkey. We are four days away from the big day, people. So it’s time to get seriously serious about all this holiday cooking stuff.
But before we get to mashed potatoes and brine-free birds, I want to pass forward this piece of wisdom. To make the best Thanksgiving feast of your life, you only need to do one simple thing: MAKE WHAT YOU WANT. It’s that easy.
Forget about recreating the soggy green beans and marshmallow’d sweet potatoes of your past and create the tamarind quail and chantarelle cauliflower pizza of your dreams. Or the winter squash and massaged kale salad you’ve always wanted to try. Or the oven crisped dilly smashed potatoes you can’t stop thinking about. I’m seriously serious about this.
Because this holiday isn’t just about tradition. It is about celebration. Gathering. Eating. Feeding. And feeling full. Of flavor. So make what you want to eat. Invite your guests to to bring their favorite dishes, too. And I guarantee it will be a feast to remember.
Of course, if you want to go traditional, I’ve got you covered there too. Choose your own Thanksgiving adventure. No matter what road (or recipes) you use, it will be a tasty trip.
TURKEY TALK: Here’s everything you need to know about buying brine free birds, creating big salt-free flavor (and crispy skin), and carving the dang thing. Plus a nifty video from Sodium Girl and the National Kidney Foundation.
MAKING THE MASH: If you want creamy and “cheesy” use these tips. If you want crispy and easy, try these hasselback potatoes. And if you want something without the spuds, make fluffy cauliflower instead.
HOW TO HOST: A gluten-free, paleo, and low-sodium eater walk into a room…and this is how you feed them all with the ultimate DIY, flexible feast.
EATING WITH OTHERS: If you’re attending someone else’s holiday table this year, here are tips on staying full and sticking to your diet.
PINTERESTED: Pictures (err..recipes) to inspire this year’s holiday table.