Thanksgiving Meals

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by Angelyn Harrenstein

Our family has spent every other year for the last six years in the hospital.  I kid you not.  

Our daughter was born in October and spent Thanksgiving in the hospital at a month old. 

The next year we celebrated as we usually did, back in Iowa with our families gathered around the table eating turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. 

The following year our then three-month-old son spent Thanksgiving in the hospital. 

The next year was a traditional Thanksgiving kind of year. 

Last year I recall having a conversation with a friend church a few weeks before Thanksgiving and telling her this was, according to the terrible pattern, our year to be in the hospital again, but there was no way we would let that happen...

We ended up in the hospital with our son on November 16th, and would remain there for the next 14 weeks, which included….you guessed it…..Thanksgiving. 

So folks, we are praying that this year will include a traditional family-filled healthy American Thanksgiving!

At this point we aren’t sure if that includes traveling or hosting our families in our own home, but either way there is sure to be great food. 

I love the typical foods you expect to see at the table on Thanksgiving, but due to some family members being gluten-free, others on special diets, and a few picky eaters it can be tricky to find menu items everyone can enjoy. 

Pinterest is full of some wonderful twists on traditional recipes, and there are several I’d like to try this year.

Pumpkin Pie

You guys, I love pumpkin anything and everything, but after three decades of eating pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day I’m searching for a little twist to the original. 

This recipe for Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes is looking amazing, and is gluten/dairy free. 

These cupcakes can be made a day in advance, and that’s a win. 

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie

Green Beans

Give me all the green bean casserole. 

For real, I could eat an entire casserole dish full of green bean casserole at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s comfort food. 

I don’t love the idea of canned cream of mushroom soup, however, so this clean eating green bean casserole recipe sounds like a winner and slightly healthier alternative.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Sweet Potatoes

This recipe will probably be my favorite, as I have a strong love for sweet potatoes. 

My husband gets a little tired of eating them because I prepare them so much, but they taste like dessert to me. Here’s a yummy paleo sweet potato casserole recipe to try out ASAP.

Sweet Potato Casserole

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