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The holidays are almost here! And I’ve got an easy, healthy, and delicious holiday salad recipe for you: Kale Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Wild Rice. This festive, simple salad is gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. It’s a great recipe for this time of the year, and it will perfectly complement other holiday dishes on your Thanksgiving menu!

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I simplified the original recipe just a little bit, using dried cranberries instead of fresh ones, and omitting roasted garlic and bulb fennel! With my changes, all you have to do is chop everything up, have the pre-cooked wild rice ready, make the delicious homemade dressing and toss everything together! So easy! NOTE: Make sure to precook the wild rice in advance – the wild rice normally takes about 45 minutes to cook (cook the wild rice in boiling water), so make sure to have the wild rice all ready before starting to assemble the salad.

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I loved the dressing, made with olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and lemon peel (I omitted garlic). It had a beautiful color and amazing flavor – I just wanted to eat the dressing with the spoon! The whole salad looks so much like Autumn itself:

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I hope you will enjoy this healthy salad during the holiday season!

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And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

1) The recipe calls for 2 cups of fresh cranberries – I used 1 cup of dried cranberries instead, and did not roast them. SO easy!

2) I also omitted roasted garlic and bulb fennel. Even easier!

3) By making the above changes (omitting 2 ingredients – roasted garlic and bulb fennel) and using dried cranberries instead of fresh cranberries, I made the salad simpler as I did not have to roast cranberries and garlic. The salad did not lose any flavor by making these changes! You will only make the recipe simpler by skipping step 1 of the recipe completely and just doing the last 2 steps (make the dressing and mix everything)! Easy, just the way you and I like it!

Cheesy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes | BHG Delish Dish

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Raise your hand if you’re like me and love mashed potatoes! I have to admit my most favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the side dishes and then the day after, the leftover side dishes.

When I saw these Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes made in a slow cooker, yes I said slow cooker…I had to try them! I didn’t think that you could improve on the most perfect mashed potatoes but you can. Because when you’re making Thanksgiving dinner, you run out of room to cook things. I know I do. So making your potatoes in a slow cooker is pretty genius! That frees up space on the stove and you can even keep them warm in the slow cooker.

I wanted to make my own twist on them so I made them with tons of sharp cheddar cheese. Cheesy potatoes are my absolute favorite!

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Thanksgiving is next week and its time to start planning your dinner menu. This time of year is a big deal in my family because we travel far and near to come together to give thanks. Each person is in charge of preparing a dish and bringing it to the dinner. One of my favorite thanksgiving dishes is the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are always on the Thanksgiving table in my household.


This year I’m putting a spin on this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens for a Walnut Sage Potatoes Au Gratin by incorporating sweet potatoes. Like a traditional au gratin this dish is a blend of milk, cheese, fresh herbs, and sweet potatoes. The sage gives this dish an earthiness while the walnuts are a nice added crunch to this creamy side.

One of the great things about potatoes au gratin is that you can make this dish a few hours a head time before your guests arrive.


Start by peeling and slicing your sweet potatoes into 1 inch slices. Now in a medium to large skillet cook your diced onions and garlic until they softened. Add your flour to the pan and season with salt and pepper.  Slowly stir in your milk until a creamy sauce starts to form. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sage.

Now layer your sweet potatoes in a casserole dish. Add the creamy mixture and cheese between each layer and bake in the oven covered with foil for 45 minutes to an hour. Once it’s out of the oven remove the foil top the potatoes with cheese and recover until it’s ready to serve.

This is the perfect upscale addition to the dinner table. Pair this dish with your Thanksgiving Turkey or Ham and a glass of red wine.


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