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Feastie Friday: Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe Roundup - 27 Sweets for Your Dessert Table

Last week we gave you some vegetarian Thanksgiving inspiration - this week, we bring you sweets. We've rounded up 27 Thanksgiving dessert recipes perfect for your holiday celebration. We've got the traditional Thanksgiving favorites like apple and pumpkin pie, but this year throw caution to the wind and try something new, like pumpkin tiramisu or sweet potato donuts. Surprise your guests with fun twists on old favorites, like cranberry ginger pear pie and pumpkin pecan cheesecake. Whatever you do, however you celebrate, have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy some utterly delicious food with friends and family! Search Feastie for more Thanksgiving recipes and inspiration - we've got thousands of recipes for every course of your holiday meal, for vegans and carnivores alike. Happy Thanksgiving! 

1. Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie from Brown Eyed Baker
Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie from Brown Eyed Baker
Photo from Brown Eyed Baker

 

Pumpkin Pecan Crisp

A few days ago I was pondering the dessert possibilities for this Thanksgiving - pumpkin pie is always on my list, as is apple crisp. Also on the list - pecan pie. And then I had this random thought out of the blue - "Why not pumpkin crisp?" I was imagining a lightly spiced crustless pumpkin pie topped with a golden, buttery, nutty crumble. I did a little poking around and found this pumpkin crisp from Sweet Anna's. It was like she'd read my mind. This is exactly what I want! I changed a few little things to suit my tastes, and was rewarded with one of the best pumpkin desserts I've ever had. It's everything you want it to be - it has all of the best elements of a pumpkin pie and a crisp/crumble in one neat little dish. This would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table, or even a fun mid-week treat. Seriously - can you go wrong with a dessert that has both pumpkin and crisp in the title? I think not. 

Feastie Friday: 21 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes That Even Carnivores Will Love

Planning Thanksgiving dinner is fun and nostalgic - pulling out old favorite family recipes, getting the roasting pan ready for a huge turkey, drying out some bread for a sausage stuffing - you can almost taste the pumpkin pie! But if you're entertaining vegetarian guests, it can be a bit stressful - what do you serve vegetarians on Thanksgiving? Tofu in the shape of a turkey? Salad? If you're not used to vegetarian cooking, you may be at a loss - many of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes revolve around the turkey and other meat-based dishes. Chicken stock sneaks its way into pretty much everything - bacon, sausage, turkey and more turkey - it's a carnivore's dream. But don't stress - you can plan a completely vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner that even the carnivores will be raving about. And no, we're not talking turkey-shaped tofu (although tofu does make an appearance in this list) - we're talking real food, seasonal dishes full of traditional Thanksgiving flavors and meat-free adaptations of everyone's favorites. We've rounded up 21 vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes that even carnivores will love. Whether you're planning an entirely vegetarian meal or just need to incorporate a few vegetarian dishes into the dinner, give some of these recipes a try. Most are a fun vegetarian twist on an old favorite - your guests won't even miss the meat! 

1. Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice and Apples from My Whole Food Life
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice and Apples from My Whole Food Life
Photo from My Whole Food Life

 

Healthy Creamy Avocado Dressing/Dip

We go through dressing phases - I get hung up on a certain type of homemade dressing, and that's the only one I'll make for weeks. Then I get incredibly tired of it and need to move on - time for a new dressing! This healthy creamy cilantro avocado dressing from Eating Well has been my favorite for quite a few weeks - it's still in rotation. It's good on everything - salads, sandwiches, chips, raw veggies - don't relegate this to the salad bowl! It's especially wonderful on grilled shrimp - my favorite way to eat this dressing is on a healthy grilled shrimp taco salad. Imagine a huge bowl of fresh greens topped with chopped green onion, corn, black beans, chopped tomato, grilled shrimp, and shredded pepperjack cheese, drizzled in gobs of this creamy cilantro avocado dressing. Heavenly. But like I said, don't limit this to salads - dip some pretzels in it for an after school snack, dunk some baby carrots, spread it on a wrap stuffed with veggies, spread it on toast with a fried egg - basically put it on everything. It's like guacamole in dressing form! 

Feastie Friday: 15 Apple Recipes to Get You Excited about Fall

We've already rhapsodized over pumpkin and butternut squash - it's time for apples to have their moment. Short of taking a hay ride through a pumpkin patch (which we hope you've already done), apple picking is the epitome of fall. If there's an apple orchard near you where you can pick your own - do it (check out your local farms and PYO here). Apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, applesauce - just a few of the delish fall treats you can make with your apple haul. We've rounded up 15 apple recipes to get you excited about fall! These aren't your average apple recipes - um, does "apple cider maple sausage cornmeal pancakes" sound average?! If you're intrigued, read on, and take a look at the apple recipes below. We can guarantee you that apple pie panini will be making an appearance at the Feastie table soon - anyone who can combine apple pie with a grilled sandwich is brilliant in our book. And of course apples are great in savory dishes, too - salads and slaws especially. So if you get carried away and pick too many apples, no worries - try some of these recipes and get excited about fall! That is, if you're not already excited. 

1. Apple Cider Maple Sausage Cornmeal Pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen
Apple Cider Maple Sausage Cornmeal Pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen
Photo from Ambitious Kitchen

 

Linguine with Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Herbs

This post is late. It should have been shared with you all in mid-summer - but I got carried away with peaches and berries and forgot to post it. But since some of you are still lucky enough to have access to tomatoes, I figured I'd share one last summery recipe with you. Just as a final farewell to tomato (and zucchini) season. This linguine with tomatoes, baby zucchini, and herbs from Food & Wine is truly the easiest, simplest, most impressive, most delicious pasta recipe you'll ever come across (yes, even better than this one). It's so much more than the sum of its parts - but please do use the best, freshest, ripest, most amazing "parts" or ingredients you can possibly get your hands on. I first came across this recipe a few years back and decided to give it a go one night when I was feeling uninspired - during the summer, I always have these ingredients on hand, so it seemed like a no-brainer. I figured it would be good, but I wasn't expecting a mind-blowing pasta. But The Mr. and I almost passed out with happiness when we took our first bite - this is an amazing pasta dish. The combination of sweet/salty/fresh/soft/crunchy is perfection. The garlicky, slightly spicy, salty tomatoes and zucchinis just work so well with the fresh herbs and salty cheese. I've tripled this for a large party - literally just dumping the whole thing onto a huge serving platter and letting everyone have at it. It's a huge hit every time I make it. It's by far our favorite pasta dish of the summer - one of The Mr.'s all-time favorite dinners ever. So if you're one of the lucky ones who still has access to ripe tomatoes and zucchini, please, please make this. And send some to me. Because knowing that I will have to wait an entire year to eat this again is just making me really, really sad. Time to go console myself with some butternut squash or apples or something. 

Feastie Friday: Post-Halloween Detox! 17 Healthy Recipes to Combat Candy Overload

October 31st is the only day it's socially acceptable to run around your neighborhood with a scary mask on, carrying a fake scythe and a pillow case full of candy. Test the theory - try it next Monday. After the pillowcases and plastic pumpkin buckets and other candy-carrying-devices have been emptied and the candy consumed (or hidden), it's time to detox from the candy and sugar overdose. We're big fans of Halloween candy (candy in general), but if you're feeling a little over-nougated after this week, try one of these 17 healthy recipes to combat candy overload after Halloween. Full of vegetables and lean proteins, these recipes are great anytime, but if you need some help getting back on track after the Butterfingers and M&Ms, we're here to help. We've even included a few healthy desserts! 

1. Healthy Fall Salad from The Skinny Fork
Healthy Fall Salad from The Skinny Fork
Photo from The Skinny Fork

 

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash

This is the easiest, tastiest, most satisfying dinner I've made this fall (okay, so fall just started, but still). If you're a purist and always make your own marinara sauce, this may feel like "cheating", but I'm totally fine with that - and you can always use your own homemade sauce instead of the jarred variety in this recipe. This cheesy baked spaghetti squash is the ultimate healthy comfort food - the top is ooey gooey cheesy melty, but underneath you've got some major veggie action hiding. And there are only 4 ingredients - super easy weeknight meal. This was so good I'm making it again tonight - and probably tomorrow night, too (hey, if the jar of marinara is already opened...). Served with a crisp green salad, this is a great, filling, comforting, tasty, healthy dinner. And leftovers aren't so shabby, either - after dinner just scoop out the remaining squash and refrigerate - reheat the next day and you've got lunch. Voila. So easy, so cheesy, so good. 

Feastie Friday: 13 Festive Halloween Recipes

Halloween is around the corner - have you carved your pumpkin yet? Better yet - have you planned the menu for your Halloween party or get-together? Psst. If you're into the whole homemade candy thing, check out our Feastie Friday from last Halloween. Good stuff. But this year, in an effort to expand our horizons, we've rounded up 13 festive, fun Halloween recipes - not just candy! Whether you're planning a party or just want to snack on some fun holiday treats, these recipes will get you into the holiday spirit. 

1. Halloween Mummy Potatoes with Meatballs from Once Upon a Cutting Board
Halloween Mummy Potatoes with Meatballs from Once Upon a Cutting Board
Photo from Once Upon a Cutting Board

 

Tomato Basil Garlic Marinara from Fresh Tomatoes

This post may be a bit late - I know summer is officially behind us - but just in case you have a precious few tomatoes lying around, I thought I'd share this tomato basil garlic marinara from fresh tomatoes. There's one farm near us that still has fresh tomatoes for sale - I went over there a week or so ago and picked up a few pounds of their "sauce" tomatoes. For this sauce, you don't need anything fancy - just fresh, ripe tomatoes. This is the perfect sauce for pouring over your favorite pasta, and it's great on flatbread pizza or thin crust pizza with a few slices of fresh mozzarella. It's also great on grilled vegetables (pour it over some grilled portabella mushrooms, yum) or chicken breast - in other words, it's a great basic, flavorful, healthy, sauce. And it's great for freezing! I've got a few jars of this in my freezer - busting out a jar of this in the middle of winter is such a welcome treat. Flecked with bits of fresh basil and garlic, sweet and savory and tangy, this is a great sauce. So if you can get your hands on a few tomatoes, make this sauce and freeze some for later - once February hits and there's not a tomato in sight, you'll thank me I promise! 

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