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November 15, 2013

Thanksgiving Food and Fashion

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I tend to get in the mood to cook (and eat!) more in November than at any other time of the year. Thoughts of my mom's candied yams, succulent stuffing, and garlic mashed potatoes always bring a smile to my face. 

Although I blog mainly about fashion, I'm also passionate about both food and fitness. What you may not know about me is that I eat healthy and exercise daily. My goal this year is to bring a new dish to the Thanksgiving table that won't incite fears of overly tight waistbands or inevitable holiday season weight gain. 

Last year I found a delicious recipe for roasted sweet potatoes and apples, and I've made it a few times to rave reviews. I have a major weakness for sweet potatoes, and the good news is that they are loaded with nutrients (such as beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C) and not with calories! Here's my adapted version of the recipe. 

You'll need:

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
2 Honeycrisp apples
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
1/2 Tb cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 springs of fresh rosemary or 2 Tb dried rosemary
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
dash of cayenne pepper 

Thanksgiving roasted sweet potato and apple recipe

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with some olive oil, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Lay the sweet potatoes out on a sheet tray, place them in the oven and roast until they are very soft and mushy, 30 to 35 minutes.

diced and peeled Sweet Potato

Peel the apples and cut into 1-inch dice. Toss the apples with the lemon juice, some olive oil, salt and rosemary. Lay them out on a sheet tray and place them in the oven during the last 15 minutes of the cooking time for the sweet potatoes. 

roasted honeycrisp apples

When done, the apples should be soft and cooked through but still hold their shape. Sprinkle the walnuts over the apples during the last 5 minutes in the oven.

Transfer the sweet potatoes and the apples to a large bowl and coarsely mash them with a potato masher for a softer texture as desired. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

roasted sweet potato recipe

Thanksgiving roasted sweet potato and apple recipe

I promise it tastes good enough to be pie filling, and it would look great in one of these floral bowls or colorful trays as part of my dream Thanksgiving table setting, which would include these pieces from Target. 

Target #MyKindofHoliday Thanksgiving tableware
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The bright prints and colors would make such a fun and festive Thanksgiving spread, don't you think? 

So now that I've shared my food and table setting favorites, it's time to focus on personal style details. What to wear on this food-filled day? 

When I think about Thanksgiving and fashion, comfort always comes to mind first. I want to wear something that won't be too restricting in case I can't resist helping myself to seconds. 

Mossimo gray cardigan and Converse One Star printed skirt with Steve Madden Arieel boots, what to wear on Thanksgiving, Rag & Bone Harrow boots for less

Mossimo lace trim henley and cardiganConverse One Star skirt c/o Target, Phillip Lim for Target satchel (splurge version), Charlotte Russe midi rings, and Steve Madden boots

Mossimo gray cardigan and Converse One Star printed skirt
Charlotte Russe midi rings and Phillip Lim for Target black top handle satchel
Mossimo gray cardigan and Converse One Star printed skirt with Steve Madden Arieel boots, Rag & Bone Harrow look alike boots

This graphic print skirt is a bit dressier from my skinny jeans, so I look like I'm making an effort, but I'm equally as comfortable. Plus, the skirt has a stretchy waistband, which makes it a no-brainer. 

Healthy food, a colorful table setting, a comfy outfit, and great company with loved ones, that's #MyKindofHoliday. 

What are you looking forward to eating and wearing on Thanksgiving?

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