Modernized Recipes To Switch Up Your Thanksgiving Celebration

By: Olivia Mazursky

Pumpkin is all the rage with the holidays around the corner. I can safely say that I have had it with pumpkin pie and all of the other quintessential pumpkin recipes. My mission was to find recipes to add to my family’s Thanksgiving that would make me excited to celebrate. Enter: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin salad dressing, and last but not least pumpkin alla vodka pasta. I have tested out all three recipes with my roommates over the course of the semester and I am dying to bring them home for my family to try this Thanksgiving break!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This first recipe is a take on something my mom used to make for Thanksgiving. When I decided to begin experimenting with new Thanksgiving recipes I asked for her recipe, with an intention to replicate it, but she had unfortunately lost the recipe. So, I set out to find another that would hold up to her original cookies. This recipe definitely does the trick, and paired with all of the other heavy Thanksgiving foods, I found this to be a lighter dessert. 

2 cups of pumpkin puree

2 eggs

4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

½ cup brown sugar

2 cups chocolate chips

2 tsp cinnamon

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp pumpkin spice emulsion

1 tsp salt

1 ½ tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup vegetable oil

Pumpkin Goddess Salad Dressing

Not to sound lame, but the only thing missing from my family’s Thanksgiving feast is some kind of greens. This dressing makes a fall salad seem like a great idea. When I first made this dressing, I prepared a salad with spinach, romaine, slivered almonds, cucumbers, peppers, roasted butternut squash, and goat cheese. Since then, I have made this dressing and salad combination at least five times, it is so fresh and delicious. In my opinion, it is a perfect addition to anyone’s Thanksgiving table. 

1 tbsp maple syrup

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup greek-style yogurt, plain

½ cup sour cream or plain greek-style yogurt

Pumpkin Alla Vodka Pasta

My vision for this final recipe was what to do with leftovers, as we all know they are endless. Sometimes trying to make it through your leftovers can feel like a chore, but this pumpkin alla vodka pasta recipe is an amazing way to repurpose leftover pumpkin. With Gigi Hadid’s penne alla vodka recipe trending throughout quarantine, I loved this Thanksgiving spin on it. This recipe seemed so creative and it is such a warming fall dish.

8 oz cremini mushrooms

4 garlic cloves

1 bunch lacinato kale

1 cup pumpkin puree, canned

2 tbsp thyme, fresh leaves

1 yellow onion

4 oz tomato paste

¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1 tsp kosher salt

½ tsp red pepper flakes

3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin

¾ cup coconut milk or heavy cream, canned full-fat

1 parmesan cheese

½ cup vodka

There is no need for Thanksgiving to be a bore, and there is always room for new traditions. I cannot wait to bring these to the table and see what my family thinks. The vibes at Thanksgiving are always amazing but these recipes are sure to add to that. I hope everyone has an amazing celebration full of family, friends, and most importantly, good food!

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