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This week's recipe review brings you not one, but two recipes and a brilliant idea for combining them. Store-bought pie dough and cranberry sauce generally don't earn Guiding Stars because of salt, sugar, and saturated fat, but our team loves these recipes in our database
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This easy Cranberry Smoothie earns 3 Guiding Stars for nutrition, and will probably also earn you some “What a great idea!” comments from your holiday guests. True, smoothies are not typical Thanksgiving fare—which is why it’s a unique menu addition. Try serving the smoothie in punch glasses or little “shooter” cups and offer it to guests as they arrive. Or include it in your day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch: multiply the recipe to serve your crowd, then transfer it to a big pitcher so guests can serve themselves. However you decide to serve it, the creamy consistency and alternative way to feature cranberries makes it a festive and tasty choice this season.
Fresh herbs can add a lot of cost to a meal, so for many workday recipes, it's just as sensible to swap them out for the more cost-effective dried version. When it comes to flavoring the centerpiece of your annual turkey feast, however, fresh herbs are well worth the splurge for the complex boost they'll bring to your holiday table.
The last thing you want to do as a guest is show up and take up valuable counter and oven space to prepare your dish. We’re planning to bring Southern Cornbread in a cast iron skillet to this year’s meal. I will bake the recipe ahead and cover the skillet with some aluminum foil to transport it in the car. When we arrive, I will heat it up on the stovetop to serve it warm.