Thanksgiving dinner round up!

ThanksgivingBoth mine and my husband’s family live quite far away so I’ve made many holiday dinners for just the two of us.  While we miss our family VERY much there is also something romantic about a nice dinner for two.  In the past I would try to find the smallest turkey possible, usually about 14 pounds, which is a lot of meat for two people!  I always ended up freezing the meat for soup or other meals…which isn’t a bad thing.  This year, I’ve decided to roast a chicken.  I’ll season it the same way I normally do turkey.  For the sides I’ll make my husband’s favourites, herb and garlic mashed potatoes and steamed carrots (he’s easy to please). I’ll also make baked squash and brussel sprouts for me.  I like to make my own cranberry sauce mostly because that canned stuff freaks me out. I mean, it comes out in a solid hunk of gelatinous goop. Weird.  It’s incredibly easy to make your own.  And fresh cranberries are all over the grocery store right now.

For dessert I’m making a gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie that I got from Gluten Free Gus.  And I’ll make an apple crisp for the hubbs.  Yup, we each get our own dessert 🙂

And who can forget the gravy!? I usually do a mix of pan drippings, roux and chicken stock.  If I mess that up, I always have a stash of packaged turkey gravy mix on hand – just in case!

I prep most of the food the day before so I’m not stuck in the kitchen all day.  It’s nice to be able to kick back and relax with a glass (or two) of wine.

Here is a list of recipes that I use, just click on the link to view!

Day Before Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes (NOT dairy free!)
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Apple Crisp – full fat version! Click here for a lighter version
Pumpkin Pie (from Gluten Free Gus) – the only change I made was I added 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the filling, I like it a bit sweet!
Cranberry Sauce

Follow me on Instagram to see how all the creations turn out!

I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving and spend it with people you love who are thankful for YOU 🙂 Sending lots of love to all my family and friends out east XOXO.

I’d love to hear what your favourite foods for the holidays are!


  • wholefoodrunner October 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I agree with you on the cranberry sauce. I grew up eating (and loving) the canned stuff and now it grosses me out! This year will be my first round of holidays as a vegetarian so it will be interesting :). Meat has never been my favorite though so I’m looking forward to the sweet potatoes even more than usual!

    • thehappyhealthfreak October 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Oh nice! I love sweet potatoes too 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving 🙂


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