November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipes

We made 3 dishes to take over to a friend's place for Thanksgiving - Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash, Green Bean Casserole, and Smashed Potatoes with Garlic. It took a couple hours to prepare everything, but we had a wonderful time doing it and everything turned out great. And isn't that all that really matters?

Garlicky Baked Butternut Squash

This is sooo simple. And seriously delicious. The hardest part is cutting through the dang butternut squash! It's always my favorite. I got this over at and tweaked it to perfection. Enjoy.


* 1 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
* 1 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
* 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes


1. In a large bowl, combine the parsley, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add squash and toss to coat.
2. Transfer to an ungreased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until squash is just tender.

Green Bean Casserole

This is extremely simple too. See a pattern emerging? This was inspired by a recent trip to Trader Joe's. Ah, Trader Joe's. Is there anything you can't do? You can adjust it to how thick you'd like the base. After a couple days as Thanksgiving leftovers, this tends to thicken up a little bit. So you might want to keep that in mind. You have to love the onion crunch though. Enjoy!


about 1 lb. of green beans
1 can (~10 ounces) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
½ cup milk or milk-alternative
some fried onion pieces (we used Trader Joe's)


Cook green beans using preferred method. We boiled.
Put green beans into bowl and mix in can of cream of mushroom and milk. Add just a few onion pieces.
Mix well.
Bake in a casserole or baking dish at 350 for 20 – 30 minutes or until bubbly.
Sprinkle a few more onion pieces on top and serve.

Smashed Potatoes with Garlic

This one might take the longest but is well worth it. Be sure to cut the potatoes up small enough so they steam quickly and you're set. We found this at a wonderful site called World's Healthiest Foods. You may need to add a bit more salt and pepper than you'd think to make them extra yummy. This recipe originally serves two, so adjust ingredients to serve your needs. Enjoy.


2 potatoes
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 medium cloves garlic, pressed
3 Tablespoons low-fat milk or dairy-free milk beverage (such as rice milk)
Sea salt and pepper to taste


Fill the bottom of a steamer with 2 inches of water.
While steam is building up in steamer, press garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes, leaving skin on.
Steam potatoes for 10 minutes.
Mash potatoes with olive oil, garlic, and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

1 comment:

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