Thanksgiving Ideas

A round up of Thanksgiving links - favorites from my archive, links to recipes that caught my attention out & about, and a handful of good reads.

Thanksgiving Ideas

I thought it might be helpful if I posted a round up of Thanksgiving links - favorites from my archive, links to recipes that caught my attention out & about, and a handful of good reads. And(!) I'm hoping to be back later in the week with a preview of the holiday shop. Happy Thanksgiving all. xoxo-h

A few Thanksgiving-spirited reads:

- Top Contender

- The Universe is Conspiring to Help Us

- "My mom has a recipe on Epicurious."

- Refinery 29 X Super Natural Every Day (5 recipes)

- The Squash You Should Use in Pumpkin Pie

Favorite Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes from my archives:

- Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad - plump raviolis tossed with toasted hazelnuts, sauteed ribbons of chard, and caramelized onions. It's finished off with a dusting of cheese, snipped chives, and lemon zest.

- Pumpkin and Rice Soup - with an herby butter drizzle and lemon ginger pulp.

- Oregano Brussels Sprouts - pan-fried and then finished with a drizzle or oregano deliciousness, and toasted almond slices.

- Roasted Delicata Squash Salad - So tasty! Pretty, scalloped-edged cross-cuts of the delicata squash, a few small potatoes, chopped kale, radishes, Marcona almonds - and a bold miso harissa dressing.

- Raw Tuscan Salad - A red chile spiked, shredded raw kale salad tossed in a vibrant, lemony-pecorino dressing.

- Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes - A favorite mashed potato recipe and slight twist on a classic - creamy mashed potatoes flecked with finely chopped greens, garlic, and golden threads of olive oil.

- Vibrant Tasty Green Beans - A favorite green bean recipe - dill, green beans, leeks, salt and olive oil. That's it - five ingredients, one skillet - tasty green beans.

- Quinoa Skillet Bread - If you're ready to switch it up a bit, this is a completely over-the-top alternative to your favorite corn bread recipe.

- Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes - Those of you who are long-time readers are likely tired of hearing out this one - but I love it. Plump vanilla beans, cream, orange zest, and butter are combined with sweet potatoes that have been roasted in the oven. A quick whirl in the food processor produces a smooth, creamy, subtly sweet puree the consistency of a thick frosting.

- Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie - Favorite, easy pumpkin pie recipe. Made from a rich, roasted pumpkin and coconut milk base, and baked in a hazelnut-lined crust.

- Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts - A quick and easy brussels sprouts recipe that will convert the biggest skeptics. Vibrant green, tender brussels sprouts that become deeply golden and crusty where they touch the pan, dusted with cheese.

- Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples - Another favorite way to cook brussels sprouts. Shredded brussels sprout ribbons, apples, garlic, pine nuts, and tofu in a skillet with a hint of maple syrup.

Recipes from out & about:

- Going to do a veg-take on this for our Thanksgiving: Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Kale Salad with Parmesan and Lemon (via Dorie)

- Ciao Samin: Cranberry Sauce with Quince and Bay

- Two Tarts: Winter Sun Cocktail

- Sprouted Kitchen: Roasted Butternut Penned with Pistachio Pesto

- Smitten Kitchen: The Best Baked Spinach

- Martha Rose Shulman: Braised Collard Greens or Fried Winter Squash with Mint

Lead photo: Ceiling detail at Suppenküche.

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Hi Heidi, I have been following your blog for a number of years and cooking from Super Natural Every Day since its release, and am a neighbor in San Francisco, yet never have commented. Now I am changing that to thank you for so many wonderful meals and constant inspiration.
Tonight after a long full day I googled brussel sprouts and tofu as I was determined to make a dish with a half block tofu and some leftover Thanksgiving sprouts. I realized it is a bit odd of a combination of ingredients and did not think anything would be out there, but low and behold, your Caramelized Tofu Recipe came up. It blew my mind! I thought it was fantastic. Thank you!!
HS: Thank you Johanna! That one is still a quirky favorite around here as well. Happy holidays.
The roasted delicata squash salad is also a favorite and was planned into my Thanksgiving menu before your post was published even;) it is always a hit! Thanks again!

Johanna V

I’ve had a delicata squash sitting on my counter for several weeks now, just waiting for that certain recipe that inspired. The miso/harissa recipe was just the thing! It was perfect to have around the week before Thanksgiving as a quick bite as I was baking, and even better paired with Thanksgiving leftovers!

Angela DeCenzo

Hi Heidi! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I stumbled upon your lovely blog two days before our first family meal here in West Chester PA and I ended up making two pumpkin pies, the traditional one along with your fantastic Spiced-kissed Pumpkin Pie, which was a HUGE hit. The next day my husband asked for it again, hélas it was all gone! THANK YOU for sharing your inspirations and delicious vegetarian recipes with us all. I think we have found our new favorite pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. 🙂 I cannot wait to try your Raw Tuscan Salad with kale and my left over artisan bread for lunch today. I am putting your cookbook on my Christmas list for sure. Thanks again!

Ketmala's Kitchen

Pretty awesome collection of recipes, can’t wait to try the brussel sprouts 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!


Heidi: have you seen the wonderful “Friend not Food” turkey necklace? I think you woud like it. Another lovely Thanksgiving idea!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Tracy A.

I’ve made the roasted delicata squash recipe for Thanksgiving before and I will probably make it again this Thanksgiving. A couple tips: I roasted the squash & potatoes an hour before the meal due to the fact that I had some travel time involved. I tossed them with the dressing, radishes & nuts just before serving and the salad tasted delicious at room temperature. Warning: the first time I made this, I found both the miso and harissa to be a little overpowering for my (somewhat wimpy) taste. I would recommend starting on the scant side and tasting as you go. Thank you, Heidi, for a fabulous recipe!


Lovely list, Heidi! I enjoyed the article “My mom has a recipe on Epicurious” and the recipes you listed look scrumptious. 🙂 Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Erica Lea | Cooking for Seven

The pumpkin and rice soup sounds good. We have never had a soup on Thanksgiving, maybe this year will be the first.

Fork and Whisk

These suggestions are perfect! We always have vegetarian thanksgiving, and have moved to vegan in the past few years, so new ideas are always a priority. Kale in the mashed potatoes sounds perfect–why didn’t I think of that? 🙂


Thanks for doing this roundup! As a vegetarian, I think I make my family uncomfortable if I don’t have turkey on my plate. I try every year to bring something to contribute, but they always say I don’t have to (I think because they’re worried it will be too “healthy” and not festive enough!). I am just going to send my mother this entire post and tell her to pick one, because I’m making it! Hoping she picks those vanilla potatoes :).


Hello, I found your blog few days ago and I has to stop by again. This list is amazing, and everything sounds so good. Thank you. Time to do some reading… 🙂


Hi Heidi! “Long time listener, first time caller” – which is to say, I love your blog and your recipes have never failed me!
Quick question about the vanilla mashed sweet potatoes – do you think I could make these ahead and reheat?

HS: Hi Julia – I want to say yes, because making them ahead of time would be so much more convenient. But, in my opinion, day old mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes reheated aren’t nearly as good…


those kale + olive oil mashed potatoes sound absolutely divine!!! and the sprouted kitchen recipe you listed is a favorite 🙂 happy thanksgiving!

little kitchie

Incredibly helpful post. Thanks so much.


Dear Heidi – I love your favorites lists! Thank you so much for everything you do. I am sitting in my living room drinking tea and reading my cookbooks. This is my planning and inspiration phase to prepare for this week. Many of the cookbooks I love are from you. Of course, your two cookbooks, but many others you have recommended over the last few years. I love the combination of great recipes, great photos, and great stories. Happy Thanksgiving!

HS: Thank you Sally – have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Thanks so much for the inspiration! I’m definitely adding the hazelnut & chard ravioli salad and the roasted delicata squash to my vegetarian Thanksgiving table!

Anjali @ The Picky Eater

This is such perfect timing! I am just starting to look for ideas for our Xmas meal & am sure to use some of these!
Thanks so much for sharing!


Love the photo from Suppenkuche. Of all the places I wasn’t able to get to on my visit to San Francisco earlier this year, Suppenkuche is the one I regret the most.

HS: No worries Tracey, it’s always good to leave a couple special spots for “next time”….;)


I’m an American living in London. The raw Tuscan salad has become my Go-To dish for the many Thanksgivings we have with friends, here. I made it for the fourth Thanksgiving in 2 years tonight and as usual, it was a hit! I highly recommend this one as an addition to your Turkey Day table. X


Oh, so glad you enjoyed the post on Manka’s/Green Beans, Heidi. I hear the Manka’s folks bought the Olema Inn and will be settling in there which is exciting news. Hope you and W have a relaxing Thanksgiving together. We’re headed to Marin for a quick few days to see family — then back to finish the book! xx
HS: Safe travels Megan. Hope to celebrate a strong finish on the book front with you in person sometime soon! xo

Megan Gordon

Thanks! I just sat down to meal plan and gather some recipes and it was perfect timing that this list was in my inbox. Happy Thanksgiving!


Heidi, Your recipes are the only ones that when I follow them they come out scrumptious and I have no regrets. thanks!

HS: Thanks Sandra!


That NPR piece really gets down to it. Love.


Super! I’m going to be cooking my first Thanksgiving meal with my American friend this time so anything coming from you about this is just perfect.

I don’t always comment, but I love your blog. I loved reading your posts about India – it’s amazing to see my own country from such a fascinating perspective.

Also, just read the previous comment – vanilla mashed sweet potatoes? AMAZING. So going to make it this week. 🙂
Aaaand Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

HS: Thanks Shaheen – have a great Thanksgiving. Excited to come to one of your pop-ups the next time I’m in Paris!


Heidi, I just got back from a weekend in Rome and wanted to thank you for your travel guides – made a stop at ‘Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa’ for some beer sampling. Definitely a pleasant surprise from a city most non-Italians surely associate with wine. Keep up the great travel guides and recommendations! And thank you for your reviews – we definitely did go during a football game! 🙂

HS: Love that place. So glad you found it! 🙂


I love your 2006 Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe and would not ever tire of it! And I love that you HAVE recipes on your site from 2006. You’ve been at this for just a wee bit 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Smitten Kitchen’s baked spinach is my to-go recipe for spinach. It’s so so good.
I shall also confess that your mashed potatoes with kale and olive oil, are magically appearing on my kitchen counter almost weekly!


Hi Heidi, I’ve never left a comment previously because there were always like a hundred before me….. But tonight after dinner out with friends I came home and leisurely clicked on my 101cookbooks link to find that there was only one comment on this post so far! You must have just posted. Anyway, I want to tell you that I so appreciate your love of real food and your aesthetic sensibility. On this rainy November night, I just want you to know that I am thankful for the work you do.
HS: Thank you – and thanks for the comment. It was a rainy night here too. 🙂


This is like a trip down memory lane to visit some of my favorite recipes of yours! That oregano drizzle on the Brussels sprouts…the spicy miso-roasted delicata squash…and I see some potential new favorites that I’ll be trying soon! Thanks for all the inspiration in the kitchen. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!
HS: Thanks Miss Emmy – hope all is well with you. xo


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