The Nourishing Joy Guide to Thanksgiving

Taking time to celebrate is one of the greatest joys of life – whether it's a lavish feast or a simple gathering. The simple act of being aware of the blessings (and the griefs) of the past year and taking time to rest, meditate, laugh, pray, and feast nourishes us as we continue on the journey.

Thus, we've gathered several of our favorite recipes and resources into this one guide to help you make THIS Thanksgiving a particularly memorable (and delicious) one. Happy feasting!

Be sure to read Your Complete Thanksgiving Guide: Recipes, Tutorials & Last-Minute Advice for a Joy-Filled Holiday.

Simplify this year's feast with our joyful Thanksgiving planner.

The Bird & Other Centerpieces

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The simple, foolproof technique for a perfect roasted turkey
Needing to cook a completely frozen turkey? Here's your simple guide to getting a beautiful, fully cooked bird to the table without breaking a sweat.
Whether you want to slow-roast your ham or blast it to have a super-short cook time ham is versatile - and here's a simple chart with proper cook times.
coming in November
coming in November

Potatoes, Stuffing & Sides

Keep your Thanksgiving additive-free by making green bean casserole from real food ingredients. It's tastier too... :)
Make creamy, fluffy, perfect mashed potatoes easily by using the Instant Pot!
Slow Cooker Stuffing for Thanksgiving (or anytime!) | NourishingJoy.com
These 1-hour dinner rolls are both fluffy and big on flavor. Whether you need a quick dinner roll for Thanksgiving or you want a perfect accompaniment to pulled pork, this recipe is sure to please.
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Condiments & Relishes

This classic cranberry sauce is sweet, tart, and delicious - and this is the simplest, quickest method in which to make it. It's super-simple!

Drinks

Skip the store-bought mix and make this deeply fragrant homemade chai concentrate instead.
There's nothing like the rich, creamy taste of classic, old-fashioned eggnog to make it feel like a holiday. Our classic recipe features cream, eggs, and an absolutely ridiculous amount of nutmeg.

Desserts

The surprise secret to thick, billowy whipped cream
Keep the day simple with this make-ahead pumpkin pie
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Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta: The 5-Minute, No-Bake Thanksgiving Dessert! | Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS
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Christmas pudding is a delectable part of the holiday tradition - and this simple, delectable version gets its quickness and perfect texture from being steamed in the Instant Pot!
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coming in November

Breakfasts

Whether you're feeding just your family or feeding a crowd on Christmas morning, make it cheery, hearty, and nourishing with these favorite Christmas breakfast recipes.
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes - yummy yummy yummy!

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Appetizers

Cranberry beans are velvety in texture and nutty in flavour - a gorgeous combination in this scrumptious bean dip.
These SWEET chickpea-based dips will not only provide excellent protein and minerals, but will delight the tastebuds of pretty much anyone
Three Pates to Satisfy ANY Palate - even picky eaters! Each of my kids likes a different one and they GOBBLE them down. :)

Kids' Activities

What to Do with Thanksgiving Leftovers

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coming in November
Use your thanksgiving leftovers in a completely new (delicious) way! Make Dutch-style croquettes (kroketten), a deep-fried treat.
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DIY From-Scratch Thanksgiving Staples

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice | NourishingJoy.com
Make homemade evaporated milk and homemade sweetened condensed milk - the easy way!
Making your own simple homemade cream of mushroom soup to have on hand for casseroles and cravings will help you avoid food additives and save money.
Homemade Mulling Spices - scent your holiday with the warmth of the season

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