Preparing a Thanksgiving Dinner—Old Traditions or New?

Acorn Squash and Quinoa Stuffing by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

Acorn Squash and Quinoa Stuffing by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

The last Thursday in November is sneaking up quickly, and that means many folks are scrambling to plan menus and gather ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast, or simply trying to decide on a side dish or dessert to bring along to another’s. For a few talented cooks, this is fun and easy; for others, a little guidance and some great recipes save the day, especially when guests have special dietary needs. For these folks we’ve found a few resources to get your search started, as well as to pique your appetite…

Planning a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but not sure exactly how to roast that turkey, or looking for a new spin on stuffing or cranberry sauce? Wired has put together a fun guide that gathers together a variety of recipes and techniques to fit anyone’s budget, time limitations, or kitchen skills. They’ve even graphed out the recipes from by how difficult the preparation is and how much time it takes. It’s a great launching pad for a customized menu! Check it out here.

These days, many people are opting to start new holiday food traditions, as there are more and more people choosing alternative diets and lifestyles. For those who will be preparing dishes for vegetarians, vegans, and those with food allergies and sesitivities, there are a myriad of resources out there, but it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. Here are just a few sites to get your inspiration flowing:

The Huffington Post has gathered a great line-up of recipes that will satisfy vegans and omnivores alike, with rich, creative dishes worthy of anyone’s holiday table. Click here for a peek at a whole new world of cuisine!

Another good article with a full assortment of vegan-friendly and dairy-free recipes can be found at Be prepared for some life-changing yumminess here.

Going raw, or know someone who is? One of the benefits of a raw vegan diet is that it’s naturally gluten-free, so those with gluten sensitivities will also appreciate these tasty options at Choosing Raw. Surprisingly decadent raw dishes await you here.

For more gluten-free and dairy-free tips, check out this post by Gluten-Free Goddess:

And for a beautiful vegan and gluten-free stuffing recipe that will be a hit with everyone at the table, please check out the blog of Mill Falls’ own Heather Poire. At Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes, Heather explores her passion for vegan food with creative recipes and photography, and her Thanksgiving acorn squash and quinoa stuffing can be found here.

What are you planning for Thanksgiving? Do you have any tips or recipes to share? Will you be cooking up something new? Let us know if you try any of the recipes here—we’d love to hear your feedback!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

P.S. For some poetry to share at your holiday dinner, see some ideas here.

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