Chef Bryant Terry, who recently spoke on mindful eating at this year's Wanderlust, understands the importance of food during the holidays. But the sustainable chef, author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, also advocates for us to look locally and eat seasonally even if it means updating our Thanksgiving recipes and menu.
"Plan your Thanksgiving menu around local, seasonal and sustainable produce growing in your area and create new family traditions," he says. "Make my homemade Apple-Cranberry Sauce using fresh cranberries and locally grown apples, and you can even make hard apple cider or my Cinnamon-Apple Jack Toddies from your bounty."
The following Thanksgiving recipes are easy to add to your menu and incorporate ingredients you already have on hand.
This homemade cranberry sauce uses fresh cranberries, apples (local preferred) and tangerine juice. It's so naturally sweet and yummy you could even eat it as dessert.
It's kind of hard to write this recipe since you never know how many seeds a given squash will yield. I usually add enough oil to lightly coat the seeds, toss them with dried spices such as salt, black pepper, and paprika, and then roast them until golden brown. Use this recipe as a guide and adjust it to suit the amount of seeds you scrape from your squash.
This holiday cocktail is best served after an afternoon in the cold.
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