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Thanksgiving for Foodies

It’s Thanksgiving and you look around your camper and think, “What am I going to cook in that small oven and what are some good recipes that are easy to fix and I can make ahead?”

Here’s three recipes that might encourage you to try something a little different from the foods you normally have for Thanksgiving. If these don't excite you, be sure to browse the internet for a plethora of mouthwatering, easy-to-make sides and main meals.

Cranberry, Spinach & Toasted Almond Salad


  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons minced onion

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 3/4 cup almonds blanched and slivered

The Salad

  • 1-pound fresh spinach

  • 1 cup dried cranberries



  1. In sealable jar, add sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, white wine vinegar, cider vinegar, and vegetable oil-then shake vigorously till combined. Refrigerate up to 2 days.

  2. In small skillet, melt butter over medium heat; add almonds and stir until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and let cool.

  3. Toss the salad. Just before serving, in a large bowl, toss spinach, toasted almonds, cranberries and dressing.

Another favorite at the meal of plenty is acorn squash or butternut squash. Acorn squash loves to be stuffed and butternut squash is perfect if chopped and roasted then mixed with sausage that you’ve added poultry seasoning and thyme, onions, garlic, dry bread cubes and a little chicken broth. Spoon everything into a buttered Dutch oven at 350° until heated through. Use your own seasoning that you and your family like the best. And you have an excellent side for your dinner or potluck.

Mashed potatoes with a twist

Peal and dice your potatoes (however many you need for two or a potluck)

1 – 4 sweet potatoes diced (optional)

Add 1 to 4 stalks of diced celery

Add 1 – 4 cloves of garlic

Add 1 – 3 bay leaves

½ - 2 tablespoons salt

To mash – remove bay leaves, drain, mash with hand masher or electric mixer. Add ¼ to 1½ cup butter, milk or cream or sour cream – continue mashing.

Browse the internet, you’ll find a lot more recipes for sides and main meals that can be made in advance or using a variety of kitchen tools such as instant pots, air fryers, electric hot plates and more.

Share your recipes with us. We'd love to taste your family favorite foods.

1 Comment

Carol Kieffer
Carol Kieffer
Dec 05, 2022

I was told recently by my daughter that her friend had a terrible fire in her kitchen! Their power went out and when it came back on a surge started her air fryer and caused the 🔥😳 Firemen are trying to get warnings on many appliances to UNPLUG when not in use.

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