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Thanksgiving feast without the fuss

By Janet Lee

Staff Writer

Now that the month of November is almost coming to an end, it is safe to say that the holiday season is finally here! With just a week left until Thanksgiving, a lot of Hofstra students will be heading home, looking forward to the big home cooked feast. However, for students who are staying on campus, you can enjoy a feast yourself. Just gather other residents in your building and make yourself a mini Thanksgiving dinner with the help of these recipes. It might not be the same Thanksgiving dinner back home, but it is a healthy alternative and also a great way to get to know your housemates!

For the first dish, you will need the following:

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Cauliflower

  • Red Bell Pepper,

  • Onion

  • Olive Oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Soy Sauce (optional)

First, wash all the necessary ingredients. Then, cut the ingredients into bite size pieces. Add a splash of soy sauce for taste. Finally, bake them for 20 to 30 minutes at 450 degrees. With this dish, you can add any other vegetables you prefer. For example, you can add broccoli instead of cauliflower or potatoes instead of sweet potatoes or you can even have both.

This next dish is the main course. For this dish, you will need:

  • Spinach (or a salad mix)

  • Mushrooms

  • Salmon (or turkey/ham)

  • Mushrooms

  • Avocado

  • Champagne Pear Vinaigrette dressing from Trader Joe’s

  • Lemon Juice

  • Olive Oil

First, prepare the spinach or you choice of salad mix in a bowl. Mix the salad with the Champagne Pear Vinaigrette dressing. Then, set it on plate and pour some olive oil on a pan to cook the salmon. Next, sauté the mushrooms on a separate pan. Place the salmon on top of the mixed greens. (For a more of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, replace the salmon with a slice of turkey or ham.) Then, place the mushrooms accordingly. Top it off with slices of avocado on top and lemon juice and enjoy!

With the holiday season rolling around, many might become concerned about eating too much or too unhealthy, but these dishes, mainly consisting of vegetables, will satisfy your appetite, guilt-free. These dishes can also be great additions to meals served at home. Surprise your family back home with your cooking skills.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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