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Whoa! I can’t believe it’s already the week of Thanksgiving! Where has this year gone? I have been really busy for the last few weeks and have been negligent on developing new, real food Thanksgiving recipes. Thankfully, there are a lot of real food bloggers out there who have come up with some outstanding recipes and it’s time to share!

Cider-braised Kale with Sweet Cherries – Want a different side dish for Turkey day? Give this recipe a try. Hardy greens are in their peak and the cherries and apple cider give it a delicious sweet-tart flavor.

Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Lemon-Herb Rice – Another great side dish that is sure to please your guests, especially with the gorgeous presentation. You should be able to find the sweet dumplings at your local grocery store or Whole Foods.

Thanksgiving Persimmon Pomegranate Salad – This is definitely a recipe that you don’t see everyday, but I am looking forward to making it, as I just saw fresh persimmons at the grocery store last night. The colors are vibrant and the salad is light and refreshing.

Pumpkin Quinoa Cornbread – I love cornbread, but I can’t even remember the last time I ate some. I have fond memories of my sister making me cornbread in her little cast iron pan that had indentations in the shape of an ear of corn. The outsides were always really crispy and the middle soft and tender. This recipe is a great alternative for gluten-free eaters who always have to avoid the wheat rolls at Thanksgiving dinner.

Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Icing – The pictures of this cake just looked too delicious not to put on here. This is sure to please everyone with the rich, decadent flavor from the spices and caramel.

Chocolate Cherry Sourdough Bread – Now this is something really new and different to me. I would have never thought to put chocolate and cherries in my sourdough, but now that I have read this recipe, it makes me anxious to try it. Perhaps I’ll whip up a loaf for our Thanksgiving dinner this week.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Do you prepare a traditional Thanksgiving feast, or do you experiment with new recipes every year? I would love to hear from you and I wish all of you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!!!

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