Thanksgiving Day | Recipes to Try

By: Julia A. Morales

Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays. We cook and eat with family and friends; everyone we love. What’s Thanksgiving without a mean feast? Here are some recipes to try out for your Thanksgiving day celebrations. 

Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal (Breakfast)

We all know how crazy preparation and cooking can get during the holidays, so overnight oats are the perfect hearty breakfast to keep you full until linner (that’s lunch and dinner combined), and give you the energy to help the family get ready for dinner.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 4 tsp. maple syrup
  • salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 4 tbsp. chopped pecans
  • 4 tbsp. vanilla yogurt

pumpkin oatmeal


  1. Divide the oats, milk, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup evenly between 4 jars, bowls, or mugs.
  2. Add a pinch of salt to each jar. The salt helps bring out the sweetness!
  3. Mix together cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
  4. Divide spice mix between the 4 jars, bowls, or mugs. (You may substitute this mixture with 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice per jar)
  5. Stir ingredients in jars together well, then refrigerate overnight.

Add a dollop of yogurt and some pecans on top for a little added morning crunch!

Recipe from Hello Little Home, Yummly

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

The jarred stuff can be full of sugar and preservatives, not to mention it can look hella crazy being squeezed out of a metal can and plopped into a jar as a whole. Fresh cranberry sauce not only tastes amazing, but is also super easy to make!

cranberries and sugar
You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 3 oranges)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange rind


  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium; cook until cranberries pop, stirring often. (You’ll actually hear them popping!)
  3. Remove from heat; stir in rind.
  4. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe from MyRecipes, Yummly

Mini Apple Pies

Apple pie is an American Thanksgiving classic, and was always dad’s favorite dessert, a la mode of course. Why not make it personal?

You’ll Need:

  • 5 – 6 apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. butter melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Chop the apples into small cubes, perfect for your mini pies.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  4. For the crust, you can use pre-made crusts and a cookie cutter for crusts that will fit perfectly into a muffin tin.
  5. Drop a teaspoonful of the filling into the center of each pie crust.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust has a golden brown appearance.

    mini apple piesYou can choose to top your pies with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter mixed together.

Recipe from The New York Melrose Family, Yummly

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