Thanksgiving Double Feature

Happy Monday! Who is excited for a (hopefully for everyone) short work week, family time, food and good times? I sure am. I love Thanksgiving and I love the special recipes that we only make once or twice a year, and rolling out a few new ideas that might even become a tradition. I also like having more than a day or so with my family while we’re visiting. So we can see more people when we are there. That we usually don’t have time too.

I meant to roll out this holiday inspired special blog post over the weekend. But I wasn’t sure if I was happy with the sangria yet or if it need some tweaking, and then we stayed pretty busy over the weekend.  I got that damn fall cold but its worse. Because I’m not hacking dying coughing. I’m just really crummy, blowing my nose all day. Like if I’m going to be sick, let’s just do the thing and get it over with. Stop dragging it out, and making me feel like a puss because I’m not THAT sick. I sound like such a weirdo, who wants to be miserable? I do. Get it done and over with that way.

Anyways, I have two recipes for you! A healthier take on yams! These are actually even better, I think then traditional Thanksgiving yams. You don’t feel like a sugar crash is about to happen, or uncomfortably full after eating them. My husband read the list of spices I had going onto these things, and he was not sure about them. But he loved them. Sometimes he’s a hard sell, but he always tries them.


These yams are pretty damn good. I think that they could easily find themselves into a regular rotation here!

Recipe number two is a Sangria! With apple cider to really bring the fall flavors all together. You can omit the white wine for one pitcher to be kid friendly, and then you can have your adult pitcher too. It gives everyone something fun to drink. I used a white blend of wine. I suggest sticking with a medium bodied wine rather then a sweet wine because the apple cider has a lot of natural sweetness to it anyways.


What traditions do you have with your families? What dishes do you always make? I’d love to hear them!

Happy Cooking!


Sweet & Spicy Yams
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Author: Maria
  • 4 large Yams or Sweet Potatoes
  • Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  1. Dice the yams into bite sized pieces. While the oven preheats to 375 F.

  2. Add them to a large bowl and drizzle with oil of your choice until they are just coated. Tossing them a few times.

  3. Toss the yams with the spices, until coated.

  4. Line two cooking sheets with parchment paper, and spread the yams out on to each. Don't over crowd the pans.

  5. Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes.

Apple Cider Sangria
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 7 mins

Easily adjustable for larger crowds.

Servings: 6
Author: Maria
  • 1 Apple diced
  • 1 Orange sliced into discs
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 1/2 c Ginger Ale
  • 1 bottle White Wine pinto gris, white blend,
  • 2 c Apple Cider
  1. Place all ingredients into a pitcher.

  2. Chill for an hour before serving.

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