Thanksgiving Recipes From Today and Yesteryear

by Leigh Ann Otte

Happy Thanksgiving week!

As we prepare to stuff ourselves and reflect on our nation’s history, how about taking a quick hop back to the first American cookbook? At the Library of Congress website, you can see a recipe for the original American pumpkin pie.

It calls for a quart of milk, a pint of pumpkin and four eggs. Spice it up with molasses, allspice and ginger, and pop it in the oven for an hour. Yum.

Jet-setting back to today, we’ve got some modern-day Thanksgiving recipes for you, with a healthy slant. To start, we just added these two scrumptious delights to our holiday collection:

And here are three more for your palate’s pleasure:

Plus, a bonus: A colleague of mine, Piper Evans, sent me one of her favorite easy Thanksgiving recipes. She’s  a consultant for the Silver Century Foundation, an organization that promotes positive, proactive aging.

To add a little nutrition to a devil’s food cake, mix in a can of pure pumpkin. “Nothing else! Really!” she says. Bake the batter in oil-sprayed muffin tins at 400 F until done, 20 to 25 minutes.

What’s your favorite quick Thanksgiving recipe?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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