25 Scrumptious Side Dishes


Side dishes can make or break your Thanksgiving meal!  Below we have shared 25 Scrumptious Side Dishes from our favorite bloggers to help you create the perfect Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy:)

Oven Baked Steak Fries

Garden Skillet Green Beans

Cheddar Dill Biscuits

Buttery Diced Potatoes Side Dish

Super Easy Fruit Salad

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Potato Puffs

Copycat P.F. Chang’s Spicy Green Beans

Easy Cranberry Sauce with Apples, Pecans & Pineapples

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

Kale Chopped Salad with Berries and Freekeh (or Quinoa)

Colorful Roasted Butternut Squash with Potato, Pepper and Leeks

Cranberry Pecan Green Beans

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Roasted Green Beans with Balsamic-Browned Butter

Winter Tomato Salad

Chinese Sausage Stuffing

The Sweetest & BEST Corn Pudding Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole


Glazed Carrots

Cranberry, Orange and Beet Salad (make it ahead in the slow cooker)

Semi Homemade Cranberry Pineapple Pecan Salad

Easy Frugal Recipes: Modified Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving 2012 MA’s Make Ahead Irish Mashed Potato Casserole

Please share some of your favorite side dishes below!!

Mother’s Day Breakfast Ideas


last minute mothers day breakfast ideas


For all you procrastinating dads here’s a list of some exceptional Mother Day’s Breakfast Ideas! (get your pad a paper out)


Mushroom Quiche from Lavende & Lemonade

Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal comes from our friends over at Home in the Finger Lakes

French Toast Muffins from Thrifty Jinxy

Chocolate Chip Waffles with Nutella You had me at Nutella! Eat Thrive Glow

Breakfast Empanadas with Smoky Cheese Dip from Snappy Gourmet

Mom’s Best Whole Wheat Waffles shared by Two Healthy Kitchens

Farmers’ Market Overnight Breakfast Egg Casserole prepare ahead from Two Healthy Kitchens

A couple for my Paleo Friends! by Just Us Four

Paleo Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

Paleo Southwestern Waffles

Chorizo, Spinach, and Yellow Squash Breakfast Scramble from Fearless Dining

Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Topping from my NEW favorite blog Plating Pixels

Bell Pepper and Green Onion Healthy Egg Bake Plating Pixels

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole brought us by Anne’s Entitled Life(super easy kids love making these)

Mango and Blueberry Skillet Cobbler from Plated Pixels


OK, Dads get the kids involved today; go grab your ingredients and prepare Mom a breakfast she will never forget. Good Luck














Last Minute Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

dessert round-up

I have been collecting these for weeks!  If you’re looking to wow your guests this Thanksgiving; I suggest you try some of these fabulous desserts♥ 

Oatmeal Cake with Nutella Frosting Recipe ( hey, there’s oatmeal it’s healthy)

Butter Crunch

Sour Cream Cheesecake Recipe (you had me at sour cream)

Fresh Figs Drizzled with Honey and Almonds

Aunt Bonnie’s Pecan Pie Recipe (everybody needs an Aunt Bonnie)

Magic bars VS Hello Dollies

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Cola Cake Recipe(this is so wrong it’s right)

Jewish Apple Cake Recipe

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Frozen Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Southern Brown Sugar Pecan Pie

I hope you enjoy this list of incredible desserts; I know I did!

Happy Thanksgiving:)

Organically Healthy Holidays

Staying healthy during the holidays can be a very challenging endeavor. Most people don’t realize how many calories they are taking in when they eat that delicious ham, or those butter loaded mashed potatoes. Although the holidays are meant for food and fun with family and friends, it can be done with a healthy, organic menu that will please even your most finicky eaters  .


turkey organic

Healthy Meat options

Many people celebrate Thanksgiving with a huge Turkey slathered in butter and rarely consider the health effects of over using the butter and salt. But there are delicious alternatives to that Turkey that has been prepared with unhealthy ingredients. One way is to prepare a Turkey that it is healthier for you and your guests is to eliminate the butter and salt all together.  Instead of using butter use lemon juice from fresh lemon trees and a sea salt and pepper rub. Be light on the salt and pepper but generous enough that the flavor is added. Another way to ensure you’re getting a freshest turkey is to purchase one a from a local turkey farmer.  If this is not an option, free range/hormone free turkeys can easily be found local fresh market.

If you want to eliminate the meat from your meal all together then try a Tofu alternative or a vegan loaf. Tofurky is an alternative to a real meat turkey, however, not everyone is impressed with the Tofurky taste and texture. A veggie vegan loaf is a more thought out alternative to a traditional turkey dinner. With a Vegan loaf you simply pick your veggies, your wheat’s, your fillers such as seeds and grains and your favorite liquids and binders and make a meat loaf style loaf without the meat. This can provide not only an alternative to a turkey dinner, but added nutrients and vegetables to your dinner arrangement.

Side dishes

Side dishes can be a fun way to play around with organic vegetables and fruits. Many people use the traditional potatoes in a mashed potatoes or baked potatoes version, why not change that and use sweet potatoes with natural cinnamon and honey to add an organic natural taste to your menu. You can also mash-up the sweet potatoes and make a mashed potatoes out of them without having to use all the butter and cream to make it fluffy and rich.  Other side dish alternatives would include sliced carrots from your garden, when you combine carrots sliced like chips and a touch of natural vanilla flavoring and honey, these our kids are an all time favorite.

A casserole with squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes added onto your menu is another great way to get those vegetables into your meal and benefits from the added vitamins and minerals associated with fresh vegetables. By slicing each vegetable into chips sized slices and layering them in a backing dish with a little extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh parmesan sprinkled on top and baking it in the oven, you can create a delicious side dish that everyone will love.

Now that you have a better idea of how to prepare a healthy organic Thanksgiving Dinner for your friends and family, it’s time to go grocery shopping.

PS Fresh Markets staff members are extremely knowledgeable about these things; if you’re not sure ask and they will be happy to provide you with healthy Thanksgiving dinner options.


Healthy Thanksgiving Cookbooks

Vegan Thanksgiving Feast: Delicious Vegan Recipes to Celebrate the Holidays

Paleo Pumpkin Recipes: The Top 25 Easy Paleo Pumpkin Recipes for Gluten-Free Holiday’s Treats: Healthy Lifestyle and Traditions (Top 25 Easy Recipes Book 1)

Delicious Holiday Treats: A Collection of Healthy Holiday Recipes ( The Ultimate Book For Christmas Recipes, Thanksgiving, Holiday Recipes, Seasonal Recipes And Dessert Recipes)


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Gluten Free Semi-Homemade Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I love to bake but I don’t always have time to bake from scratch. So, when Aldi started carrying inexpensive Gluten Free products is was trilled; most of these products are also nut free, soy free, wheat free and lactose free.  You can’t beat the price either a box of GF yellow cake mix run around $2.99


Gluten Free


What you will need for your cupcakes:


1 box live G free yellow cake mix (yields 12 cupcakes)

3 T of peanut butter

2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup oil

3 eggs


Follow the directions on the box but add the 3 tablespoons of peanut butter to your cake mix.


Now, for the Peanut Butter Frosting!


What you will need for the peanut butter frosting:

1 softened unsalted stick of butter

1 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3 T of unsweetened almond milk ( I add a T as I mix I like my icing thicker)

2 cups confectioners’ sugar


Place the softened  butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 4 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.


Gluten Free baking can be pretty demanding; this is a simply way to bring delicious GF baking to your family in quarter of the time