So… I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.
Unfortunately, this year I won’t be cooking Thanksgiving dinner. In some form of “luck”, I cooked up a few new dishes last week as I was preparing for my Standard article (out today with three brand new Thanksgiving-inspired recipes). So I suppose I did get a taste of it.
With that said, folks, I figured I’d live vicariously through your meals and round-up some of the favourites fall-friendly dishes I’ve posted on this site before.
Here are my top picks for the upcoming holiday weekend:
Pasta with Heartnut Basil Pesto
A unique pesto using heartnuts, toss this with gluten-free penne for a side dish that’ll go with just about anything.
Three Mushroom Gravy
Gravy is a must-have at every Thanksgiving dinner, and this is my top version.
Sweet Potato Apple Soup, Roasted Pumpkin and Tomato Soup, or
Celeriac, Apple, and Pear Soup with Smoked Tofu
Whether you’re serving courses or buffet-style, I love putting out a warming soup as part of my Thanksgiving spread.
Fingerling, Plum, and Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Swap the golden plums for the purple variety or use pears instead to keep this salad in the seasons.
Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Pistachios
Raw beets have a pleasant, earthy sweetness that is perfect for a kick of ginger and salted pistachios.
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Parsnips
Set it and forget it with this creamy slow cooker side that takes just a few moments to put together.
Kale, Potato, and Mushroom Skillet
An easy stovetop side that everyone will love.
Garlicky Chard and White Beans with Caramelized Onions
I’ve been making this for years, and it is so easy, and so tasty. Just a handful of ingredients, a lot of flavor and a big dose of deliciousness.
Roasted Carrots with Lemon and Chives
Roasted carrots look great in presentation and round out the table with a bit of color, too. If desired, swap the lemon/chive mixture for a deep balsamic and fresh rosemary.
Brussels Sprouts: Maple-Roasted or Cider-Glazed
No harvest dinner goes without Brussels sprouts, my favourite wintry vegetable.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parsnips and Fennel
Add a little more to the sprout fixture with a few other seasonal veggies and a drizzle of Niagara’s own Ice Syrup.
Twice Baked Stuffed Delicata Squash
Stuff these smaller squashes for individual side dishes that highlight a lesser known squash. Sweet potatoes work well, too.
Roasted Cabbage with Cider-Simmered Leeks
Hands down one of my favourite vegetables of all time, my Polish roots are always pulling me back to cabbage.
Mushroom Wild Rice Cottage Pie
Like Shepherd’s Pie, this not-so-traditional main dish is hearty, filling, and loaded with taste.
Slow-Baked Thanksgiving Tofu
One of my top ways to eat tofu, hands down. I love the fall flavors.
For those who aren’t having turkey, this offers a main dish option that seitan-free, too, so those with celiac disease or who are gluten-free get to enjoy, too.
Baked Buttercup Macaroni
If you are leaning toward a pasta main dish, this “cheesy” squash-based dish is a perfect choice.
Make the filling a few days before then just stuff and bake when you’re ready to go.
Apple, Mushroom, and Wild Rice Pilaf
Toss in homemade cornbread, like the one in my The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread cookbook, for a quick stand-in for stuffing that can be made a couple of days in advance.
Apple Cider Dinner Bread
This quick bread comes together, well, quicker than the oven preheats! Make two loaves to serve warm, fresh-baked bread for a crowd at the table.
Wholesome Flax Bread
In lieu of the aforementioned cornbread, put this loaf together the day before to use in your favourite stuffing recipe, as well.
Maple Ginger Snacking Cake with Maple Frosting
Serve up this for dessert… it’s a great way to use up one of those veggies.
So where are all my other desserts? I have to confess… they’re all in the archives (or in the books). I have a bevy of dessert recipes that I’ve yet to type of (made a lot of cakes and pies lately!) But I also have a lot of top picks from my books. Here’s what to leaf through and find that are perfect matches for this weekend’s festivities:
Sweet Quick Breads include:
Low-fat, simple, perfect for breakfast.
Rich chocolate flavor with holiday flavors.
Cinnamon-Swirled Sweet Potato Bread
Easy to put together with a cinnamon sugar swirl in every bite.
Chai tea spices are the perfect mate for sweet apples for the best autumn-inspired breakfast.
Gooey Maple Pumpkin Biscuits
Super quick and easy for when you just don’t have time for cinnamon rolls.
Maple Glazed Baked Doughnuts
Not a deep fryer in sight, when warm, they taste like they’re fresh from the doughnut shop.
For Savory Quick Breads:
Simple Soda Bread
Adaptable, easy, and great for alongside soup on a chilly night.
Hearty Beer Bread
A homestyle quick loaf that benefits from beer for a lovely rise.
Savory biscotti designed to dunk in your soup.
Sweet Potato and Buckwheat Biscuits
Easy drop biscuits made just in time for dinner.
Basic “Buttermilk” Biscuits
Simple, tangy, buttery. Yum.
Olive Oil Biscuits with Garlic, Rosemary, and Hempseeds
Dressed up biscuits for garlic lovers.
Easy, Cheezy Dinner Biscuits
A hint of cheese flavor.
Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing with Apples and Pecans
Make use of my cornbread recipe every holiday gathering!
And for Sweet Yeast Breads:
Maple Raisin Bread
Perfect breakfast bread with pure maple syrup.
Apple Cider and Buckwheat Bread
Soft, fluffy, moist. A great sandwich bread, too.
Breakfast Buns with Cranberries and Pears
Fragrant fall-inspired yeast buns with a touch of sweetness.
Chocolate-Filled Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Glaze
Moist rolls loaded with chocolate orange flavor.
Breakfast Cinnamon Buns
The perfect balance of hearty and fluffy in the classic breakfast favorite.
Orange-Raisin Breadsticks with Vanilla Glaze
Tastes like one of my favorite doughnuts from when I was a kid.
Deep-Fried Glazed Doughnuts
Everything in moderation… including these doughnuts.
Date and Walnut Foccacia
A thin bread excellent for tea.
Free-Form Apple Spice Cake with Vanilla Glaze
Easy to put together, fun to serve, and loaded with apple and spice.
For Savory Yeast Breads:
Wholesome Flax Bread
The bread that got me here.. gluten-free, vegan style.
Rustic French Bread
Great for sandwiches, appetizers, or tearing apart and dunking in olive oil.
Soft Pumpernickel Breadsticks
Super soft, fluffy breadsticks reminiscent of the classic dark bread.
Sweet Dinner Rolls
A special ingredient makes these super buttery… without any butter or vegan buttery spread.
Garlicky Pull-Apart Rolls
Cheesy, garlicy, and loaded with buttery flavor. Dunk these in pasta sauce!
Pumpkin Cake with Cranberry Filling and Maple-Pecan Streusel
Get festive with a moist pumpkin cake, tart cranberry filling, and a crunchy, sweet streusel topping.
Loaded Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
Made with my dad in mind, this carrot cake has all the extras: nuts, pineapple, raisins, and a hint of spice. Round it out with a pineapple filling and a coconut cream frosting.
Chocolate Carrot Cake with Good-For-You Frosting
A denser chocolate cake, thanks to the carrots, with a silky chocolate frosting that holds a secret ingredient.
Orange-Olive Oil Cake
Simple and delicious, a hint of orange and olive oil flavors round out this cake, with a unique texture thanks to the cornmeal-based batter.
Autumn Apple Cake with Cider Sauce
A super-moist cake brings apples to the forefront, especially when it soaks up the apple cider sauce.
Inspired by the classic Greek dessert, this cake uses tahini as the main ingredient for something unique, but delicious.
Armenian Nutmeg Cake
A fluffy, moist nutmeg cake is baked inside a sugary crust, for a different texture combination in every bite.
Next is the Cupcakes:
Banana Chai Cupcakes
Chai-spiced banana cakes are bright basic banana-flavor to a whole new level.
French Toast Cupcakes
My favourite cupcake at all, these maple cupcakes feature a cinnamon-sugar swirl, then are topped with even more maple in a glaze… and taste just like your favourite breakfast.
Sticky Date Cupcakes with Toffee Chocolate Sauce
Sticky. Gooey. Toffee. Chocolate. Oh, so good.
Molten Mini Cakes with Raspberry Sauce
For serious chocolate lovers, these generously-sized mini cakes are filled with melted chocolate ready to break open with the first bite.
Individual Pear-Cardamom Upside-Down Cakes
Easy little upside-down buttermilk-based cakes with the fall flavors of pears and cardamom.
We can’t forget Cookies:
Chocolate Chunk Tahini Cookies
Chewy and soft with big chocolate chunks, the unique flavor of these cookies comes from tahini paste.
Essential Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone needs that slightly chewy, crisp-edged CCC recipe. This is it.
Orange Spice Cookies
A crowd favorite, these soft, chewy cookies are similar to have a hint of holiday flavor with orange, cinnamon, and other spices.
Mint Brownie Ice Box Cookies
Brownie-meets-cookie in these easy-to-make treats that can be made without mint, too.
Hazelnut butter cookies are filled with raspberry preserves, then drizzled with melted chocolate.
Cream-Filled Maple Leaf Cookies
A classic Ontario treat, the maple flavor of these cookies comes from a maple sugar and maple syrup cookie, then filled with a sweet, maple buttercream.
Traditional Gingerbread Men
Soft gingerbread cookies with a workable dough with the right hint of spice and molasses. Cut them into pumpkin shapes instead for an early fall theme.
And to finish off, Squares, Bars, and Biscotti:
Chocolate, Raspberry, and Pecan Blondies
A crowd pleaser, these rich blondies include chocolate chunks, fresh raspberries, and toasted pecans.
Rich Fudgy Brownies
A hint of hazelnut makes these brownies among my favourites. They are dense, moist, soft, chewy… everything a brownie should be.
No Bake Frosted Mint Brownies
Inspired from raw vegan desserts, you’ll get a double dose of chocolate with a rich frosting, too. Mint flavor optional.
Coconut, walnuts, caramel… you can’t really go wrong here. And you even have the option of adding some chocolatey goodness.
These are one step above those “Millionaire’s” shortbread… a taste experience you’ll never forget.
Apple Crumb Squares
Like portable apple pie in a square–perfect for that fall picnic.
Pumpkin Pie Squares with Pecan Crumble
And you might as well make some portable pumpkin pie to go along with the Apple Crumb Squares, too.
Glazed Date and Pear Squares
Dates, buckwheat, cinnamon, pears give something new to a soft square with a crunchy topping.
Maple Cinnamon Biscotti
Super crunchy biscotti thanks to buckwheat cereal, this biscotti has a hint of cinnamon and a sweet maple glaze.
Cashew Butter-Date Biscotti
The cashew butter brings a softer biscotti with sweet dates and toasted pecans in each bite.
A classic, simple biscotti featuring only hazelnuts and the right amount of crunch.