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Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust

Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust is a delicious comfort food recipe anytime of the year, but is perfect for using up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust is a delicious comfort food recipe anytime of the year, but is perfect for using up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

There are very few meals more comforting than a warm, creamy turkey pot pie, with a buttery, flakey puff pastry crust!

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Turkey Fajita Rice Bowl

This turkey fajita rice bowl recipe is easy to make & the perfect use for leftover turkey at Thanksgiving, but makes a delicious meal anytime of the year!

This turkey fajita rice bowl recipe is easy to make & the perfect use for leftover turkey at Thanksgiving, but makes a delicious meal anytime of the year!

If you’re sitting here on Black Friday googling “what to do with leftover turkey”, I promise you’re not alone! But don’t worry, I’ve got just the recipe that’s going to transform that leftover turkey into turkey fajita goodness!

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Bundt Pan Sausage Stuffing

Preparing Sausage Stuffing in a bundt pan is so easy, the presentation is beautiful and it frees up casserole dishes for other sides at Thanksgiving!

Preparing Sausage Stuffing in a bundt pan is so easy, the presentation is beautiful and it frees up casserole dishes for other sides at Thanksgiving!

It’s Day 5 of Thanksgiving Week, the last day of this delicious week of Cajun Turkey, Roasted Cajun Mashed Potatoes, Chili Roasted Sweet Potato Salad and Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch! But don’t worry, I’ve saved my favorite part of Thanksgiving for last, the stuffing!

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Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch

This recipe for Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch is perfect for holiday parties, Friendsgiving, or anytime you need a Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

This recipe for Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch is perfect for holiday parties, Friendsgiving, or anytime you need a Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

It’s day 3 of Thanksgiving Week on the blog and today we’re getting boozy!

If you love a good Moscow Mule, (and really who doesn’t?!) you’re going to love this Moscow Mule Punch Recipe!

It’s festive, delicious and the perfect Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

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Oven Roasted Cajun Turkey with Roasted Cajun Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes are roasted in cajun seasonings, then mashed with cream cheese, & butter in this delicious Cajun Mashed Potatoes recipe, served with Cajun Turkey!

Potatoes are roasted in cajun seasonings, then mashed with cream cheese, & butter in this delicious Cajun Mashed Potatoes recipe, served with Cajun Turkey!

It’s day two of Thanksgiving Week on the blog, and it just so happens to be #TurkeyTuesday! Ok, I actually just made Turkey Tuesday up, but I think we should totally make it a thing! 😉

From Turkey Meatballs to Turkey Tostadas to Turkey Soup, I love sharing recipes with Jennie-O Turkey on the blog! For Thanksgiving this year, I was really excited to try their Oven Ready Cajun Style Turkey!

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Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad

This post was in partnership with McCormick. To explore more Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes using McCormick spices, extracts and seasoning mixes, click here!  

This Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad recipe combines sweet, savory & tart ingredients to make the most flavorful vegetarian salad ever!

The first day of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog is here, and I couldn’t be more excited!

This week’s lineup includes:

All of these recipes are twists on Thanksgiving classics passed down from generations of Bond ladies!

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Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes

From Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breasts to Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing, these are the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes on the food blog WhitneyBond.com!

Next week will mark the third annual “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog. A week dedicated to delicious new twists on classic Thanksgiving recipes!

I’m so excited for what’s to come next week, with everything from Cajun Roasted Mashed Potatoes and Bundt Pan Stuffing, to Chili Roasted Sweet Potato and Cranberry Salad and Sparkling Pomegranate Pear Punch, but first I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the past 5 years of blogging!

I rounded up the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes by page views, and with everything from turkey to gravy, and stuffing to sangria, you’ll be able to plan your entire Thanksgiving menu on just this page!

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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Stuffing

The most delicious and easy Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe made with gluten free cornbread, white bread and sweet potatoes, perfect for Thanksgiving!

The most delicious and easy Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe made with gluten free cornbread, white bread and sweet potatoes!

Today, I’m so excited to share my first new Thanksgiving recipe of the year!

But don’t worry, I’m not going to go totally Thanksgiving on you yet, that’s what “Thanksgiving Week” next week is for 😉

I did, however, want to get this seriously delicious Gluten Free Stuffing recipe on the radar of all of my gluten free friends!

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Jalapeno Pumpkin Dip

This creamy, sweet and spicy Jalapeno Pumpkin Dip recipe is an easy 5 minute appetizer that’s vegetarian, gluten free and perfect for parties!

This creamy, sweet and spicy Jalapeno Pumpkin Dip recipe is an easy 5 minute appetizer that's vegetarian, gluten free and perfect for parties!

Woo hoo, welcome to day three of “Jamaica Week” on WhitneyBond.com where I’m sharing four recipes inspired by my recent trip to Jamaica!

On day one, I shared a scrumptious 30 Minute Sweet Potato Soup Recipe, on day two, I shared a delicious recipe for Jamaican Jerk Beef Patties, and today I’m sharing a sweet and spicy dip recipe that I know you’re going to love!

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30 Minute Sweet Potato Soup

In 30 minutes, make the most delicious, vegetarian sweet potato soup recipe with rosemary roasted sweet potatoes, vegetable broth & a hint of cream!

In 30 minutes, make the most delicious, vegetarian sweet potato soup recipe with rosemary roasted sweet potatoes, vegetable broth & a hint of cream!

Happy Monday, happy Halloween and happy Jamaica week on WhitneyBond.com!

All this week, I’ll be sharing recipes inspired by my recent trip to Couples Resort in Jamaica, starting with this Sweet Potato Soup, followed by Jamaican Jerk Beef Patties, Pumpkin Jalapeño Dip and Caramelized Plantain Pancakes!

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Slow Cooker Cornbread

This slow cooker cornbread recipe makes preparing cornbread easy without the use of an oven, and it only takes 10 minutes to prep!

This slow cooker cornbread recipe makes preparing cornbread easy without the use of an oven, and it only takes 10 minutes to prep!

With chili and soup season in full swing, I felt like it was time to introduce a new cornbread recipe to dip in, crumble on and serve with all of those deliciously warm soups and chilis!

Now I know that you all are familiar with making soups and chilis in the slow cooker, but have you ever made slow cooker cornbread? It’s so easy, frees up space in the oven and makes a perfectly moist cornbread in no time at all!

If you’re oven is full of turkey, stuffing and brussels sprouts this Thanksgiving, how are you going to bake your cornbread? That’s right, in the slow cooker!

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Honey Apple Rosé Sangria

Fall flavors are combined with sparkling rosé in this delicious Honey Apple Sangria Recipe, perfect for holiday parties or a fun girls night in!

Fall flavors are combined with sparkling rosé in this delicious Honey Apple Sangria Recipe, perfect for holiday parties or a fun girls night in!

Just because summer has come to an end, doesn’t mean we have to ditch the rosé!

This sangria recipe combines the sparkling wine we all know and love, with the delicious fall flavors of apples and cinnamon, so you can say “Yes Way, Rosé!” all year round!

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Roasted Turkey Breast with Blue Cheese Mushroom Gravy

Adding blue cheese to mushroom gravy makes a creamy and flavorful gravy recipe that’s perfect on top of sliced roasted turkey breast.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Blue Cheese Mushroom Gravy Recipe

In my family, we love to prepare a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey at the holidays. We have a small family, only 6 of us for Christmas dinner, so making a turkey breast gives us the perfect amount of turkey for everyone!

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Sweetpotato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I couldn’t be more excited for Cranberry Glazed Turkey, Sweetpotato Stuffing and Mashed Sweetpotatoes! And the best news is, I’ve already got delicious recipes for all of the leftovers!

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Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry

This scrumptious puff pastry recipe is filled with cream cheese, turkey and cranberry relish, perfect for putting those Thanksgiving leftovers to use!

Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry Recipe

It’s two days until Thanksgiving, and while some of you might be preparing to make your first whole turkey EVER, I actually got to experience this feat two weeks ago!

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Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Casserole

Thanksgiving leftovers are turned into a delicious breakfast casserole filled with Hawaiian rolls, turkey, veggies and herbs!

Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Casserole Recipe

It’s officially the week of Thanksgiving, and while you might still be planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu, I’m already making recipes with the leftover Thanksgiving dishes I made for “Thanksgiving Week”on the blog last week!

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Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples

This delectable vegan & gluten free recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or a fall dinner party!

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples Recipe

It’s day five & the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com!

While I certainly couldn’t pick a favorite between all of the recipes this week including Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing, Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish, Baked Sweetpotato & Three Cheese Dip, Cranberry Apple Sangria, and this recipe for Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Apples, my boyfriend made his favorite immediately known, and it was this recipe for brussels sprouts.

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Cranberry Apple Sangria

Cranberries and apples give this delicious sangria recipe tons of great fall flavors, mix up a pitcher to celebrate the holidays with friends and family!

Cranberry Apple Sangria Recipe

It’s day four of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com, and it just so happens to also be “Thirsty Thursday”!

What better way to handle,  I mean enjoy ;-), the holidays with your family than with a pitcher of boozy sangria!

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Baked Sweetpotato & Three Cheese Dip

Creamy Sweet Potato & Three Cheese Dip Recipe

It’s day three of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com, and today I’m doing a little midweek dipping!

For this recipe I partnered up with my friends at California Sweetpotatoes to create the perfect appetizer to get your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration started!

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Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

Oven Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Jalapeno Relish

It’s day two of “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com, and Turkey Tuesday!

Yesterday I shared a simple Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing recipe, and today I’m sharing an easy way to prepare a whole turkey, with a delicious side of Cranberry Jalapeno Relish!

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing

Let this delicious sweet potato stuffing recipe slow cook while preparing your Thanksgiving meal, leaving extra space in the oven & saving you time!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing Recipe

Welcome to “Thanksgiving Week” on WhitneyBond.com where I’ll be sharing 5 new recipes to get you ready for the big dinner next week!

The line up goes a little something like this:

Seriously, my mouth just started watering thinking about all of these delicious recipes I got to chow down on last week, and I’m so excited to share them with you all!

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Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Well hello there friends! Long time, no see!

If you’ve been wondering where the new posts have been for the past week, they were on hold while I took a trip to the east coast.

I started off my trip to New York & Washington DC hosting a Satellite Media Tour with PLUS Media all about Friendsgiving. You can check out several of the segments online at the following links:

Following the media tour, I ventured into New York City to check out some of the best spots to eat in the city. I’m currently compiling all of my favorites into an NYC City Guide that I’ll be sharing in the next couple of weeks on the blog! In the meantime you can check out my Instagram page to see a sneak peak of where all I was eating while in the city!

After leaving NYC, I headed down to Washington DC to eat my way through yet another city! I’ll also be sharing a Washington DC city guide soon with all of my favorite spots to eat in the nations capitol.

I’m now on a plane back to home sweet sunny San Diego. As soon as I arrive home I’ll be heading straight into the kitchen! I have so many awesome recipe ideas that I can’t wait to create, then share with you all for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving & Thanksgiving leftovers!

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Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Danish

Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pastries

With fall in the air and football on the TV, nothing makes a Sunday morning better than the smell of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven!

This weekend I whipped up a batch of these danishes  to make that dream a reality 😉

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Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta

Butternut squash & apples are roasted in fall spices for a delicious twist on bruschetta, making this vegetarian recipe the perfect appetizer for fall!

Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe

Today is the day that one of my favorite appetizers, meets some of my favorite fall flavors, and makes one of the most delicious dishes ever!

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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Well hello there! Welcome to Pumpkin Week on WhitneyBond.com!

That’s right, I made up my own week to celebrate the almighty orange squash that we’ve all come to know and love as the official flavor of fall.

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Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

Pumpkin Granola Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

It’s the first week of October, temperatures are finally starting to cool down in San Diego and my entire diet for the last week has basically consisted of sweet potatoes, butternut squash and pumpkins!

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

This Dish. Two words. Mouth Watering.

One bite of this risotto and you’ll be in creamy, cheesy heaven!

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Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

Mashed potato & bacon pizza is an absolutely delicious combo with the creamy potatoes & crunchy bacon, all topped off with mozzarella & parmesan cheese!

Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

In continuation with “Thanksgiving Leftover Week” on the blog, I’m sharing a new pizza recipe that might seem a little strange at first, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

One of my favorite pizzerias downtown San Diego, Basic, introduced me to mashed potato and bacon pizza almost 10 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Pizza: good, mashed potatoes: good, bacon: good, cheese: good, the combination: GREAT!

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Mushroom Spinach Turkey Quiche with Stuffing Crust

This quiche recipe is the perfect use for Thanksgiving leftovers! Use stuffing as the crust, then mix some turkey in with eggs for a delicious breakfast!

Mushroom Turkey Quiche with Stuffing Crust

The week of Thanksgiving is upon us and visions of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes are dancing through my mind!

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Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

This bacon wrapped turkey breast is covered in a balsamic garlic herb rub then wrapped in a bacon weave for a flavorful, juicy turkey recipe.

Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

It’s the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog and I’ve saved the big kahuna for last! That’s right, the turkey, the epicenter of the Thanksgiving table!

Since we have a small family, we started preparing a turkey breast a few years back instead of a whole turkey. It’s the perfect size for 4-6 people and if you want to try a couple of different turkey recipes, this is a great way to do it! Read the full post here!

Roasted Cranberry Pancetta Sweet Potato Skins

Roasted Cranberry Pancetta Sweet Potato Skins

It’s day three of “Thanksgiving Week” on LLB and to say I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes would be a total understatement. Although this wasn’t always the case.

Growing up in “meat and potatoes land”, AKA Oklahoma, I pretty much stuck with the good ‘ol russet potato, baked, fried, mashed, anyway it was cooked I liked it, but sweet potatoes were something I just wasn’t into… this was until I got older, and much, much wiser and realized how amazing they are!

Now, one of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes are sweet potato skins. I’ve filled them with Turkey Chili for game day and last Thanksgiving I filled them with Sage Pesto and Bacon, YUM!

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Portobello Mushroom & Brussels Sprouts Casserole

This portobello mushroom & brussels sprouts casserole is a fresh, healthy, gluten free alternative side dish to the traditional green bean casserole.

Portobello Mushroom Brussels Sprouts Casserole

It’s officially “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog!

Two weeks from today, the actual week of Thanksgiving will be here and I want to make sure you’re prepared with some delicious new recipes for the big feast!

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

This recipe for vegetarian butternut squash mac and cheese is the creamiest, most velvety, delicious mac and cheese ever!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Man oh man, the last week of my life has been completely crazy! I got called up to LA by my manager at CMEG to meet with a major network about hosting a new show! I know, right? So freaking awesome!

I took a whirlwind 24 hour trip to LA, met with the network and took the opportunity while I was in town to see some friends. I headed back home to San Diego on Friday morning and back to work.

I did a little work over the weekend and watched some football then woke up this morning and headed to my former college, SDSU, to guest lecture in JMS210: Social Media in Journalism. A class that just started it’s third year on campus.  It’s amazing that this is now a college course!

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Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Looking for a last minute, unique Thanksgiving side dish? Look no further than these Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers!

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Gluten Free Stuffing

Gluten Free Stuffing

When my brother found out that he was gluten intolerant over 2 years ago one of the biggest adjustments our family had to make was to our Thanksgiving  dinner menu.

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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownie Recipe

Imagine the softest, most chewy and decadent brownie you’ve ever had…. then make these brownies and have your mind BLOWN!!

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Paleo Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

I am so excited to share this totally delicious and totally unique new recipe with all of you!  My roommate asked me yesterday where in the world I got the idea for this dish and my response was, “I have no earthly idea!”

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins Recipe

No matter how I came up with this recipe, I’m just glad I did! It is is so scrumptious and a great alternative to traditional potato skins that are not quite on the “healthy list”!

Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

This recipe tastes like Thanksgiving in a bite combining the flavors of sweet potato and sage!

Paleo Sweet Potato Skin Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes (scrubbed clean)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Walnut Sage Pesto
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup arugula

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Brush the olive oil on the sweet potatoes and place in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes.

Sweet Potato Skins Recipe

Place the bacon on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes or until crispy.

Remove the sweet potatoes and bacon from the oven.  Allow the potatoes to cool for 10-15 minutes then slice in half lengthwise.

Scoop out 2-3 tbsp of potato from the middle.

Paleo Sweet Potato Skin Recipe

Place a tablespoon of pesto in the center of each potato.

Sage Pesto Sweet Potato Skins

Crumble the crispy bacon and place on top of the pesto.

Paleo Bacon Pesto Sweet Potato Skins

Top each potato skin with a few pieces of fresh arugula and serve.

Bacon Arugula Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

These would make an amazing side dish for a fall dinner menu or an awesome appetizer at a Sunday football party… by the way, is it football season yet?  49 days?  Let the countdown begin!

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian AND vegan.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

♠ Paleo Option: This recipe is paleo.

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 potato skins

Paleo Sweet Potato Skins with Sage Pesto and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes (scrubbed clean)
  • 1 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Walnut Sage Pesto
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup arugula

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Brush olive oil on the sweet potatoes and place in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes.
  3. Place the bacon on a wire rack on top of another baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes or until crispy.
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes and bacon from the oven.
  5. Allow the potatoes to cool for 10-15 minutes then slice in half lengthwise.
  6. Scoop out 2-3 tbsp of potato from the middle.
  7. Place a tablespoon of pesto in the center of each potato.
  8. Crumble the crispy bacon and place on top of the pesto.
  9. Top each potato skin with a few pieces of fresh arugula and serve.
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Chopped Challenge Thursday: Yams, Cranberries, Pears and Habanero Peppers

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This very special Thanksgiving edition of “Chopped Challenge Thursdays” combined yams from Ashley Caretto, cranberries from Cassie Sue Vaughn, pears from Muffet “LLB Momma” Bond and serrano habanero peppers from Katie Samples.

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I created a new Thanksgiving favorite with these ingredients, Baked Yam Wedges with Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Pear Sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs yams (or sweet potatoes)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pear (peeled, de-seeded and diced)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 small habanero pepper (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced – not pictured)

Begin by slicing the yams into wedges and placing in a baking dish.  Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle the ginger and cinnamon on top.

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Place into a 375° oven for 45 minutes.

In the mean time, prepare the Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Pear Sauce.

Begin by combining the water and sugar in a skillet.  Once the sugar has dissolved, add the diced pear.

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Cook for 5 minutes, then add the honey, cranberries and habanero.

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Cook until the cranberries begin to pop and a thick sauce forms.

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Squeeze the lemon juice into the sauce and mix well.  Pour the mixture on top of the baked yams and place back into the oven for 5-10 minutes.

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I served them along side a Turkey and Dressing Thanksgiving feast with favorites like Bacon Wrapped Dates and Garlic Lemon Green Beans!

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The yams were sweet and delicious, with a very slight kick at the end from the habanero!

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♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

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I started off by turning the turkey portion of dinner into mini turkey meatloaves, “kicked up” by adding roasted jalapeños and Serrano chilies, a little chili powder and cumin, then topped off with a sriracha ketchup mixture. I then turned my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, the stuffing, into little Spicy Stuffing Cakes!

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, food, recipes, thanksgiving, stuffing cakesThe result was so delicious I’ve already eaten the leftovers twice (and I made it yesterday!)

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  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 serrano chilies (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (roasted, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 tsp fresh sage (chopped)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Rice chex (crushed)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha

Start by adding the chopped onions, carrots, celery and bell pepper to a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.

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Next, remove the vegetable spice mixture from the heat and place in a large mixing bowl with the ground turkey. Add the crushed rice chex and egsg.  Use your hands (or a spoon, if you’re civilized like that) and combine the mixture.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, jalapeños, carrots, celery, onions, recipesPlace the mixture into a muffin pan (or if you have one, a muffin stone, my newest kitchen obsession!)

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, easy, baking stone, cupcake pan, recipes, thanksgivingPlace into the oven at 350° for 20 minutes.  While in the oven, make the sauce to top them with by combining the ketchup and sriracha in a small bowl.

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, sriracha, ketchup, spicy sauce, easy, food, recipes,After 20 minutes, remove the mini meatloaves from the oven and top them with the sauce…. like this…

turkey, meatloaf, individual, mini meatloaves, healthy, quick, spicy topping, food, recipes, thanksgivingOnce all the muffins have been topped with the sauciness, place them back into the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through.

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Use veggie crumbles instead of ground turkey to make this dish vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Rice Chex is gluten-free, so that makes this dish gluten-free!

Sausage Stuffing Balls

Sausage, potato bread, celery & sage are combined for a little taste of Thanksgiving all rolled up in these Sausage Stuffing Balls, perfect as a side dish or party appetizer!

Sausage, potato bread, celery & sage are combined for a little taste of Thanksgiving all rolled up in these Sausage Stuffing Balls, perfect as a side dish or party appetizer!

Finally, the most popular dish at my Superbowl Party gets a post on the blog!

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