Thanksgiving Day is less than a week away! It’s almost as if I never saw it coming, like where did the year go?! If you live in the US, you know Thanksgiving officially ushers in the month long Christmas Holiday festivities. And, as we near the beginning of my favorite time of year, I’m craving all things warm and cozy (READ: lots of food, family, friends, and DRINKS!). In this post, I’m sharing ten of my favorite recipes that are guaranteed to warm your tummy AND your soul. While I can’t claim credit for their yumminess, I can certainly vouch for it. I’ve personally tried each of these recipes, and they are part of my repertoire when entertaining family and friends. Note: these are NOT listed in order of deliciousness. Feel free to try them in any particular order. Let’s dig in!
Notes: This is the perfect way to re-purpose all of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey! I don’t really care for turkey that much so I substituted for roasted chicken, and added a little Jamaican Hot Pepper Sauce for more heat.
Notes: This recipe is a little labor intensive, but the flavor is worth it! Mac and cheese is my contribution this year to the Thanksgiving table, and this is the recipe I’m going with.
Notes: You know how hard it is to fit veggies on your Thanksgiving plate, right? This recipe makes it easy AND delicious to enjoy them!
Notes: Slow cooker recipes during the Fall & Winter are the best. Minimal effort, lots of flavor, like this Mexican beef that’s super juicy and flavorful.
Notes: I’ve been curating recipes for years and this is a favorite I cut out from an Essence magazine issue some time ago. Kale isn’t my favorite leafy green so I substituted for spinach instead.
Notes: A breakfast or brunch favorite you can prep the night before, refrigerate, then plop right into the oven in the morning. I didn’t use sausages in this recipe as I wanted to make it vegetarian friendly.
7. BAKED ZITI
Notes: A fancy twist on the Italian American classic, this one’s a favorite in my home.
Notes: I tried this recipe earlier in the year when we hosted friends for brunch. I’ve varied this recipe by adding diced tomatoes and cream cheese, and it’s good no matter how you make it!
Notes: I’m not quite sure how my Mom made baking this cake look so easy! And I never saw her using a recipe book either. I was determined to bake this cake on my own a few years ago, and used this recipe from the cookbook: The Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson.
10. JAMAICAN SORREL
Notes: If you’ve never heard of sorrel, it’s the official drink of Christmas in Jamaica. Many recipes exist, like this one, but I believe sorrel is best enjoyed with just five simple ingredients: sorrel, water, fresh ginger root, Wray & Nephew Overproof Jamaican White Rum, and sugar. All other ingredients listed in the linked recipe, for me, are optional!
Drop me a line! Let me know which ones you tried. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!
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