Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we love finding recipe ideas for adding some new flavors and healthier options to the table. Try out these 4 iGnite leader favorites and leave us a comment to let us know how you enjoy them!
1. Cranberry Salsa with Cilantro, Lime & Jalapeño
I found this recipe three years ago in the Austin American Statesman (recipe by Kalyn Denny) and I have made it every year. I love the fresh lime juice and cilantro and it is the perfect combination of tart and sweet. This salsa is wonderful as a Thanksgiving side, and I really enjoy it with leftover turkey or in a sandwich. You won’t miss the gravy at all!
Makes about 2 cups of salsa
- 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
- 3/4 cup Splenda, Stevia in the Raw Granulated or sugar
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1-2 fresh jalapeños, seeds removed and chopped (use more if you like it spicy)
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- Put cranberries into a food processor or blender and pulse until they’re partly chopped.
- Add sweetener of your choice and pulse a few times more to combine.
- Add green onions, cilantro, jalapeños (1 or 2, depending on your tolerance for heat), olive oil and lime juice and pulse until all ingredients are chopped and mixture is well combined.
- Put mixture into a glass or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and chill for several hours or overnight.
2. Cranberry & Sweet Potato Bake (pictured above)
This is a favorite in the Springmann household because it’s tasty, healthy and easy!
3. Roasted Green Beans
I know most of you roast vegetables, but not many think to roast fresh green beans! Roasting is my favorite way to prepare green beans — they are delicious and easy, and my family always asks me to bring them to Thanksgiving.
- 1 large bag fresh French style green beans
- 1 & 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
- Sea salt to taste
- Roast 20 minutes at 400 degrees (or until tender with dark brown markings)
4. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette (by Barefoot Contessa)
I have made this a couple times to serve with Thanksgiving dinner and it is amazing! I love interesting salads and I’m always willing to make the extra effort with this one for special occasions because it’s just so tasty 🙂