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Thanksgiving Sides – Potatoes & Cranberries

by | Nov 14, 2017 | Nutrition | 0 comments

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to eat besides the Turkey. The bird alone doesn’t make up the dinner, but it seems it would be nothing without the side dishes. Yet, due to the large quantity of dishes used over the holiday I wanted to narrow down this week’s recipes to only a few.

If these three are not your favorite I do apologize; especially because they probably will still in some fashion make an appearance at dinner. Although, if stuffing your face with potatoes and cranberry sauce is your jam, then be sure to check out these recipes below. They definitely won’t disappoint!

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

What You Need:

  • 1 Head fresh Cauliflower (To avoid a strange taste- trim as much stem as possible)
  • Filtered Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Ghee
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper


Cut off the Cauliflower florets into a pea size or smaller. Let the pieces steam in a stockpot in about one inch of water for about 10-12 minutes. The cauliflower should be fork tender when they are done. Once tender put the pieces into a high-speed blender, and quickly add the Ghee in. Pulse the florets a couple times, but not too many as they will get runny. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

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Cranberry Sauce

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups whole cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar (or sugar of preference)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Pinch Nutmeg


Combine Cranberries, Orange Juice, and sugar to medium pan on medium heat. Then bring to a boil stirring occasionally for about 5-10 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides to prevent sugar from burning. The sauce will be done when the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens. Once thickened remove from heat, let cool and enjoy!

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (peeled & cut into 1″ cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the honey, olive oil, cinnamon, salt and pepper in a bowl. Then toss with the sweet potatoes to coat them. Dump the mixture onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast for about 25-30 minutes and stirring halfway. Finally remove from heat, let cool and enjoy!

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