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A Couple Cooks Thanksgiving: Delicious AND Nutritious

A Couple Cooks Thanksgiving: Delicious AND Nutritious

With the turn to November, the thoughts of many Americans turn to one thing – Thanksgiving!  We love the tradition of preparing a meal with seasonal foods to enjoy with loved ones. However, the tradition has somehow grown to include large amounts of butter, cream, sugar, and empty calories.

While we’re not against splurges here and there, we’ve grown so accustomed to eating nourishing, whole foods that the thought of not incorporating them into a celebration of fall’s bounty seems disappointing! 

We’ve managed to work up a Thanksgiving menu that maximizes nutritional content and (unintentionally!) avoids using butter, cream or sugar. It also happens to be vegetarian and gluten free (again unintentionally!).

We’re so excited to share these recipes with you and will be posting them over the next few weeks. If one of them interests you and you’d like a preview of the recipe before we post it for your meal planning purposes, drop us an email or a comment and we’ll send you the recipe in advance!

Quinoa with Leeks and Herbs
Delicious alternative stuffing idea; good for gluten free guests


Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Herbs
One of the tastiest recipes to come out of our kitchen this year; a great entrée for vegetarian guests, or a hearty side dish


Roasted Cauliflower with Apples and Dill
A delicious and easy side dish to highlight this season’s best produce


Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Garlic
Why not get your greens with your potatoes? A nourishing way to enjoy Thanksgiving’s most popular side


Pear and Pomegranate Salad
A beautiful, fresh, and easy accompaniment for the Thanksgiving table


Spiced Pumpkin Seed Truffles
A natural way to enjoy the spice of a pumpkin pie (without the baking time to boot!)

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    November 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    this is so great, thanks for this post!

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    November 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    also where are the recipes for some of these? they arent linked to anything

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      November 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks! This is a list of the recipes we’ve developed and plan to share over the next few weeks coming up to Thanksgiving — stay tuned!!

      (We’ve already made the truffles and did include the hyperlink for that recipe!)

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    November 7, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I can’t wait for the quinoa with leeks and herbs recipe. They all look amazing!

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    November 7, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Great roundup y’all!

    I could really go for a big serving of the Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa right now! Holy yum!

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      November 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Thank you! Yes, the acorn squash is SO delicious — I’ll be posting the recipe soon!

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    Laura (the first mess)
    November 7, 2011 at 7:41 am

    SO excited for that leek and quinoa recipe! Leeks = most under-appreciated ever.

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      November 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Oh, it’s so good to hear that there are fellow leek lovers out there! Leeks are one of my favorites :) Just posted the recipe! :)

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    November 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I can’t wait to see the roasted cauliflower and apple recipe!! That sounds devine, and so different!

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      November 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Yes, it was delicous! It’s one of my favorites – I can’t wait to share it soon! :)

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