Day-Before Gravy

Yield: 2 cups

I’ve been searching for a gravy recipe I can do ahead of time, since by the time I have the turkey and sides ready to go on the holiday table, I’m usually too frazzled to successfully turn the pan drippings into gravy.

This one uses bacon drippings and tamari as a savory flavor base, and can be made the day before a holiday feast.

Recipe from Food 52.

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Cranberry & Brie Puffs

Yield: 12 puffs Total time: 35 minutes

These easy, festive puff pastry bundles of brie and cranberry sauce (or raspberry jam, or fig preserves) are delightful party appetizers.

Recipe from Simply Delicious.

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Laure’s Potato Salad

Yield: 8 to 12 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

I’m usually not the biggest fan of potato salad, but Laure’s is so good. She includes instructions for getting the texture of the potatoes themselves just right.

Recipe from my cousin, Laure.

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Dianna’s Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Parmesan cheese, garlic, and breadcrumbs take roasted cauliflower to the next level.

Recipe from I Wash You Dry.

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Skillet Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes

These simple chicken tenders are a quick, easy protein to pack for lunch.

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Roasted Clementine Five-Spice Chicken

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes

We’re always looking for weeknight chicken recipes and really love the combination of five spice powder and orange with these easy chicken thighs.

Recipe from Seasonal Cravings.

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Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon, Carrots, & Green Beans

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Carrots, green beans, and teriyaki-glazed salmon roasted on sheet pans is as easy as a weeknight dinner gets.

Adapted from Damn Delicious.

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate, & Goat Cheese Salad

Yield: 4 to 8 servings

Serve this rich, colorful salad alongside juicy grilled pork tenderloin for a fall lunch with friends.

Recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.

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Simple Butternut Soup

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Roast a halved butternut squash, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil, and then blend it in a food processor with a bit of chicken broth, miso paste, and a small amount of butter. It’s warm and satisfying, perfect for a cozy lunch at home.

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 2 to 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Crumbled ground chicken, dressed in a delicious sticky hoisin-based sauce and wrapped in crisp lettuce is a tasty, fun weeknight meal.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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