Thanksgiving is such a special time of year. In my family it means that I get to spend quality time with family that I do not see very often, reflect on what I am thankful for, and eat some delicious food. Around our table we always have turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. While I always look forward to the regular menu, I also like to try and change things up a bit. So, this year I plan to grab some fresh and local ingredients to try out a few of these new recipes.

Feeding my family fresh food is important to me, which can sometimes be a challenge this time of year. It is a good thing that the Boise Farmer’s Market operates year-round. They have an indoor market during the fall and winter months to continue providing the community with fresh and local food. You can stop by and make sure to grab all the delicious ingredients to surprise your family with this farm fresh Thanksgiving menu.

To check find out more information on the indoor market and to grab a list of the foods they will have this holiday season, visit their website at

After you go and pick up your local groceries at the Boise Farmer’s Market, give one of these delicious Thanksgiving recipes a try! Every one of them takes a traditional holiday dish that you and your family love, but they throw in a unique twist. I think that they will be a hit with my family and hope that they are with yours as well!

Sweet Potato Bites

What is better than sweet potato casserole? How about offering it as a finger food! These cute little bites take everything that you love about this traditional dish but make it even better because you get the ooey gooey goodness in every single bite! You can offer these as an appetizer or in place of the traditional sweet potato casserole. Either way they are sure to be a hit. Click on the link for recipe and instructions.

Cheddar Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is one of my favorite things on the Thanksgiving table. I always look forward to it every year. And like all foods, this one is made even better by adding cheddar cheese to it! If you have never had green bean casserole with cheddar cheese in it, I think this is the year that you give it a try. The cheese gives it a little something extra and I am sure no one will be complaining about it. Click on the link for the full recipe.

Stuffing Muffins

Stuffing is one those Thanksgiving dishes that is necessary to have but does not usually get a lot of attention because let’s be honest, it is kind of a boring side dish. However, if there was ever a way to make stuffing more fun and appealing it would be offering them as muffins. These stuffing muffins are the perfect combination of moist and crunchy. They are sure to shake up your stuffing game! Click on the link for recipe and cooking instructions.

Brown Butter Garlic Carrots

On Thanksgiving, most people fill their plates with turkey, rolls, and mashed potatoes. Vegetables usually get overlooked, but these carrots are the perfect addition to brighten up your Thanksgiving plate! They are sweet and delicious, but the best part of all is that they are easy to make. If you are looking for a dish to bring to your family Thanksgiving, I suggest this one. Click on the link for the full recipe.

Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria

A fun festive drink is the perfect final touch to round out a great Thanksgiving feast. This drink incorporates fresh fruit that you can pick up at the farmer’s market and turn into this delicious sangria. It is not too sweet or too tart. You can try replacing the wine with a juice/water mix to make it non-alcoholic for kids or adults who do not drink so that no one has to miss out on this fabulous holiday beverage. Click on the link for the instructions.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish that you look forward to every year?

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