Putting the Thanksgiving focus back on family

Putting the Thanksgiving focus back on family

Yes, Thanksgiving is about food and lots of it—the turkey, the stuffing, the pies! But it’s really about family, being grateful for what we have, celebrating life and the people we love. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to connect with yours these days, use the upcoming Canadian Thanksgiving holiday as an excuse for a meaningful get-together. Gather loved ones around a festive table, enjoy the conversation and get the kids involved. However you define family, close friends or relatives, invite those who are nearest and dearest, and keep the focus where it belongs—on family.

Delicious food is central to any celebration, but it shouldn’t take center stage or make you so frazzled you can’t enjoy your company. Little Potatoes can help.

Try these easy recipes that pair handsomely with traditional Thanksgiving menus:

Spring Creamer Medley

Don’t be misled by the name, this colorful two-side-dishes-in-one recipe
works beautifully in fall and stars a perennial favorite, the Brussel sprout.

Baby Boomers, Brussels and Bacon

This recipe can be a side or starter. Not to mention, everything is tastier with bacon on it.

Alfredo Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes can be bland, so jazz it up with Alfredo Mashed Potatoes.
Roasted garlic, nutmeg and Parmesan add zing.

If you have kids, let them contribute to the feast. Consider including one side dish that they can prepare entirely themselves. Search for recipes with the Little Chef Approved stamp for dishes that are under 15 minutes to prepare and nutritious. These teach basic cooking skills and require few ingredients, most of which are likely in your pantry.

And, if your children like getting creative in the kitchen, it’s not too late to enter our Little Chef Casting Call. Budding pros get the chance to appear on CTV and win a culinary trip to Paris with their family (open to Canadian youth eight to 13). To enter, submit a video of your little chef cooking an original recipe that includes Little Potatoes by October 18. Good luck!

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