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Cranberry crockpot turkey meatballs

Looking for an easy way to feed a crowd this holiday? This delicious recipe makes for a fantastic appetizer or a tasty twist on your classic meatball sandwich. Turkey meatballs swimming in a sea of cranberry chili sauce is the new must-make recipe of the season. These meatballs are tangy, sweet, and oh-so-addictive! Guests can pick them with toothpicks or plate them for a fancier affair. And the best part? You — you fabulously smart and savvy holiday host — just dump three ingredients into the crock pot, walk away, and about two hours later, you have a hot and hearty snack everyone will love. Now that’s a happy holiday. Also try this Warm brie with cranberry jalapeño jam recipe.  Note: I use turkey meatballs since a lot of people shy away from red meat. Plus, the turkey and cranberry combo is obviously a classic. But feel free to use whatever kind…

17 Thanksgiving recipes you don’t want to miss

This year, make Turkey Day more delicious than ever. Even if you’ve hosted the holiday for decades and think your menu is as good-as-it-gets, it could be time for a refresher. For the ultimate holiday feast, try a few recipes from this Thanksgiving recipe roundup. Stuffing in the crock pot Who has oven space for all of those side dishes? Plus, cooking stuffing in the bird might not be the best idea anyway. http://craves.everybodyshops.com/crock-pot-stuffing-saves-time-on-thanksgiving-day/ Roasted butternut squash It’s delicious and healthy. Plus is will ad a splash of color to your table. What more could you want? http://craves.everybodyshops.com/roasted-butternut-squash-with-cranberries-and-goat-cheese/ Cheesy broccoli casserole Make room for a new tradition at the table. These cheesy broccoli casserole is a win with kids and adults alike. http://craves.everybodyshops.com/thanksgiving-day-broccoli-cheese-casserole/ Baked brie with cranberries and jalapeños How fast can an appetizer disappear? Just don’t blink! This cranberry brie will be gone in seconds. http://craves.everybodyshops.com/baked-brie-with-cranberry-jalapeno-jam/ Layered pumpkin delight…

How many calories will you consume at Thanksgiving dinner?

We’re not here to burst your Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon, but if you’re concerned about calories on Turkey Day, you might want to take note. According to the Calorie Control Council, most Americans will consume around 4,500 calories next Thursday — and that’s during dinner alone! As if that’s not bad enough, most of us are in denial. According to a Basis Science survey, most Turkey Day diners expect to consume just 1,780 calories, and 75 percent of diners estimate their meal will clock in under 2,000 calories. While ignorance can be bliss, your pants will always know better. And you should, too. From appetizers to dessert, we took a look the calories in a traditional Thanksgiving holiday menu. Too scared to read on? No need. We won’t ask you give up gravy — or pie.  You can have an enjoyable holiday feast without depriving yourself. Just be mindful of what…

A make-ahead Thanksgiving dinner plan

A stressed out hostess makes for a lousy shindig, and let’s face it, orchestrating a Thanksgiving dinner is no therapy. Our national feast typically features multiple different dishes that all require different cooking times and temperatures. If you’re making Thanksgiving dinner this year, relax, and remember there are plenty of dishes you can prepare ahead of time. Planning will help eliminate the stress of holiday cooking. Plan out what days you’ll make what dishes in advance, and then make a “day-of” map so everything gets it’s proper time in the oven and arrives warm to the table. This list should help you spread out your workload and make the process a whole lot easier. Pie dough or Fruit Pies 1 day to 4 weeks in advance Whole fruit pies can go in the freezer up to a month before Thanksgiving. Wrap your pie in several layers of plastic wrap to minimize air exposure, then wrap in…

15 side dishes using cranberries that aren’t sauce

Some people don’t go crazy for cranberry sauce — I personally can’t understand it. But it got me wondering of other ways can we enjoy cranberries as a side dish beyond just sauce this season. They’re cheap, readily available and really healthy, so it would be a shame for anyone to overlook them completely. I got to work on Pinterest and put together this craveable list of all things cranberry. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with cranberry and pecans Brussels Sprouts are having a moment. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/581245895630017058/ Cranberry, sweet potato casserole This colorful dish will get you bonus points for presentation. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/329536897718651028/ Cranberry quinoa salad A newer comer to Thanksgiving, quinoa is an excellent addition to any feast especially with added cranberries. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/95349717090017439/ Cranberry Ambrosia salad Something on the sweeter side. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/242631498657505133/  Cranberry, walnut pinwheels It’s the season to sneak cranberries into your desserts, dinner, breakfasts and appetizers. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/312578030381675135/ Cranberry fluff Another sweet treat using one of the…

Cranberry, apple, orange, cinnamon sauce spices up the holidays

This lightly-spiced cranberry sauce is a fresh take on a common holiday classic. It’s easy to prepare and bursting with fruit flavor thanks to the addition of crunchy apples and sweet orange juice — It’s chunky texture makes it really more like a relish than a sauce. And its natural sugar content means that this cranberry sauce freezes well, too, so you can make this recipe up to a month in advance. Just seal in an airtight container. Allow 24 hours to defrost before serving. I spring for Granny Smith apples in this recipe, but any fresh, firm apple will do. The whole recipe only takes about 20 minutes to prepare. It goes great on top of turkey or as a side dish to pretty much anything. Cranberry, apple, orange sauce recipe Makes about 3 cups/6 servings Ingredients 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries 2 medium oranges, squeezed (about 1/2 cup) 1 large apple,…