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Ode to Thanksgiving With Easy Peasey Recipe

I love love LOVE Thanksgiving! It’s the kick-off to the holiday season and it’s filled with opportunities to spend time with our friends and family while simultaneously gorging ourselves on food. Yep, the food part is pivotal to my love of this celebration and I won’t apologize for it.  I used to enjoy preparing and serving epicurean delights but that was prior to the deluge of small children in my home. Now I try and wrangle an invite to other people’s homes who also enjoy preparing food. Sometimes I lament my lost love but not enough to venture back into the land of chopping, basting, sauteing, marinating and all of the other tasks which can make cooking a timely pursuit. These days, I open a few cans, add some fresh veggies and VOILA! A colorful, tasty side dish to contribute to the spread (recipe below). So now at Thanksgiving I just try my best to keep my head down, behave, and help with the dishes when the meal is over.

But the real reason Thanksgiving is so great to me is that it doesn’t involve gifting of any sort. Many other family gatherings orchestrated through out the year require participants to budget time and resources to acquire the perfect gift to give. I usually love the opportunity to honor loved ones with a special something but every once in a while it’s nice to get together just…… because. No gathering around to ooooh and aaaah over someone else’s gifts. No bribing the children to stay away from other people’s persents. None of that. Because at Thanksgiving you come together to give thanks, eat, visit and clean up . Nothing to it! Really, Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday. Oh Thanksgiving, how I love thee. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Recipe easy enough for parents with small children to contribute:

Corn Salad

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup Fat Free Italian-style salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Combine and cover. Chill in refrigerator until it’s time for dinner.

    Happy Holidays!

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