Menu Plan Monday – Thanksgiving Week

The big day is almost here. You know what I’m talking about – T-Day, Turkey Day, Thanksgiving! This is by far my favorite holiday and this year I’m hosting it. I must say, I’m a little overwhelmed at this prospect since the past few months have been the craziest I can remember – what with 10 1/2 month old twins and settling into a new house and all that entails. But I’m excited to be running the show and I can’t wait to sit around the table with my family and expre… read more »

Spiced Pumpkin Bread {Recipe}

Get the essence of fall when you bite into this healthier pumpkin bread, spiced with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. In eighth grade my classmates and I were allowed to take a cooking elective. This was long before I was interested in becoming a dietitian. I certainly never thought I would be a cookbook author and spending the majority of my time in the kitchen whipping up new recipes. I don’t remember most of what we made in that class, but I do have very vivid and fond memories of making pump… read more »

Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce {Recipe}

Add some zest and spice to a Thanksgiving classic with this lower-sugar, vegan, and gluten-free Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce. Cranberry sauce is a staple on most Thanksgiving tables, and it certainly was in my house growing up – who else has memories of jellied canned cranberry sauce jiggling around on a plate in a perfectly uniform shape? As I got older, my mother started making her own cranberry sauce with canned mandarin oranges and I presume a lot of sugar (everything had a lot of sugar… read more »

Iced Orange-Cranberry Biscotti {Recipe}

Iced Orange-Cranberry Biscotti are a delicious dairy-free dessert that’s easy to make and elegant to serve. A great homemade gift to bring to a friend’s house for brunch or to wrap as a holiday gift.  Biscotti, or as I grew up calling it and it’s known in the Jewish tradition, mandel bread, looks so fancy, but is shockingly easy to make. You know how I know? I am far from a baker and I made it. And it came out good! I made these Iced Orange-Cranberry Biscotti as dessert for an annive… read more »

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup {Recipe}

Smooth and creamy roasted butternut squash soup with sweet potatoes is the perfect way to start your Thanksgiving meal!  Post, pictures and recipe updated October 24, 2016 With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it was time to update the photos and recipe for my favorite fall and winter soup. This roasted butternut squash soup with sweet potatoes came about six years ago when I received winter squash and sweet potatoes in my CSA box. Butternut squash soup is traditional on Thanksgiving and… read more »