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Roasted Garlic Mushrooms with Parmesan Polenta

Come January, I find myself craving comfort food. Something cozy and warm, but nutritious to help balance those holiday indulgences. As things wind down, I also appreciate recipes that are easy to whip up on a whim. This meal totally fits the bill - the mushrooms are a tasty alternative to meat and the polenta adds the bulk you may crave to fight the cold. For more recipes, head on over to ...

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Easy Green Bean Casserole

Up until I was 12 years of age I survived solely on white food. And by white food I mean chicken fingers, noodles (hold the sauce) and plain rice. Truly. How I didn't perish from scurvy is beyond me. But I swear, Brown Eyed Baker's grean bean casserole is one that even my 12 year old self would have devoured. Bonus? They taste like you slaved over the stove for days, but they're actually...

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DIY Mini Bread Wreaths

If you're feeling fancy this Thanksgiving, you should consider impressing your guests with these mini bread wreaths (hint: it's much easier than you'd think!) The best part? You could make these tonight, freeze them for the next week and pop em in the oven day of. Move over dinner rolls, there's a new player in town! Photography:...

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce, much like my beloved mashed potatoes, is one of those Thanksgiving staples that can completely make or break the meal. A good cranberry sauce is absolutely essential, but who has the time for elaborate over-the-top homemade versions? We know how easy it is to grab a can and run with it, but I swear we have something that's ALMOST as simple and FAR more delicious. And you know...

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Mouth-Watering Make Ahead Stuffing

There seems to be a common thread linking the masses these days: we're all busy. Really busy. And when it comes down to Thanksgiving, all we really want to do is relax with our families. But the good news is that you can have it both ways! An elaborate, exquisite, delicious Thanksgiving that's relaxing to boot? We've uncovered some of the best festive recipes around that can largely be made beforehand. This stuffing? It's mouth-watering. Prep everything beforehand and simply assemble...

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Perfect Easy Mashed Potatoes

Surprisingly, mashed potatoes are one of those things that can go very wrong, very quickly. Whether they're too lumpy, too creamy, or far too dry, as a self proclaimed mashed potato nut, there's not much else that ruins a good meal like sub-par taters. Over the last little while we've made it our mission to uncover the best of the best. And, honestly, this version is SO easy, SO stress free, and basically bordering on perfection. You can't go wrong! Photography: ...

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Make-Ahead Gravy

Let's face it, it's not physically possible, nor should it be legal, to ingest delicious turkey without loading on the gravy first. And because nobody wants to slave over a stove while their living room is filled with family, we found a super simple, over-the top delicious recipe that can be (mostly) made a day ahead! Photography:...

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Sweet Potato Au Gratin from Waiting on Martha

So I'm not sure if you knew this, but on Thanksgiving calories don't count. It's true. I double checked. And that's especially good news because Waiting on Martha's recipe for sweet potato au gratin is anything but low fat. With layers of cheese and cream and all sorts of incredible delicious goodness. But I swear it's worth every calorie laden bite. My stomach's rumbling already.

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Quinoa + Sweet Potato Cakes

We're all about healthful eating today on SMP Living. From the Kale Salad that we started with to the Lentil Soup that we just gobbled up. But of all of our favorite clean eating recipes, this is definitely our new favorite. Because it kind of tastes bad for you but good for you at the same time. And whether you serve it on a bun, burger-style, or top it with a big ole dollop of yogurt (or...

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Oven Baked Stuffing

There's nothing that screams Turkey Day quite like a fresh baked stuffing. It's comfort and yumminess all rolled into one perfect dish. And this trusty recipe? Well, it's about as good as it gets. We've got the step-by-step to take the guesswork out of this Thanksgiving classic, and it's all waiting down below! *Adapted from: Food Network Photography:...

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Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Onions

I'm just going to come right out and say it...I'm not a huge fan of brussels sprouts. We've just never got along. That is, until, I came across this recipe of a balanced blend alongside prosciutto, balsamic and caramelized onions. And while sprouts might never be my favorite food EVER, you'd surely find me gobbling down my fair share of these bad boys Thanksgiving, or otherwise. Photography: White Loft Studio | Linen Tablecloths: ...

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Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

When it comes to Thanksgiving, people always talk about the turkey. The star of the show, if you will. But to me, it's really all about the sides. Recipes like this Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges that could give any main dish a little run for it's money. Grab the full recipe right down below! Photography: White Loft Studio | Linen Tablecloths: New England Country Rentals | Hatchback Chairs: ...

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Classic Mashed Potatoes

In my humble, humble opinion, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a big ol' helping of mashed potatoes.  Classic, truly amazing mashed potatoes covered in oh-so-yummy gravy.  And because I am now officially drooling (aren't you?), let's just skip the small talk and head straight to the recipe.  It's sort of awesome. Photography: White Loft Studio | Linen...

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Baked Squash with Cranberries

Squash is one of those side dishes that I never paid much attention to as a little girl. I was mashed potatoes all the way. Fast forward to today? Let's just say I was missing out all those years and I'm making up for it now. This baked version has become my go-to. It's packed with a whole lotta flavor and will no doubt be very good competition. Watch out mashed potatoes! *Adapted from:...

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Pumpkin Risotto

Next up, one of my personal faves as I have a forever weekspot for anything risotto. So when you add a dash of pumpkin to it, well, entirely new level of yum. Sent to us by Cynthia - reader, talented home cook and fabulous blogger - I am itching to get in the kitchen and whip this one up for my family. From Cynthia ... Risotto is a canvas so versatile and ready to absorbs the flavors of whatever season bounty that's...

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