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By Brittany Tesoriero
Thanksgiving brings a lot of things to the table: a much needed break from classes, family arguments and most importantly FOOD. With so many delicious options it can be hard to prioritize the best ones. From dinner to dessert there are many big decisions to make. Pumpkin or pecan? Gravy? No gravy? Sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes? To make sure you’re filling your plate with the wisest options, here is a list of must have foods this and every Thanksgiving.
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Turkey (or Tofurkey for vegan friends) is the main staple of a great Thanksgiving meal. Not only will the tryptophan leave you lazy enough to claim the couch as your throne for the evening, but the protein is sure to keep you full until dessert.
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You can’t have turkey without stuffing. Whether you have it stuffed inside the bird or by itself, stuffing is a carb dream come true. Covered in gravy or mixed with veggies this dish is versatile enough to satisfy all tastes.
3. Cranberry Sauce
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This sweet and jiggly delight is one of the most unique Thanksgiving foods. The lines can be blurred between dessert and savory dinner treat. Either way, cranberry sauce is one food that makes the holiday complete. Whether eaten straight from the can or mixed into a spread you can’t go wrong.
4. Mashed Potatoes
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Potatoes are great in all forms – fried, mashed or boiled. The best thing about the mashed variety is that they are infinitely better when seasoned with garlic and herbs. They even double as an undercover dipping sauce for your turkey.
5. Candied Yams
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Candied yams are the sweet potato version of dessert. If you are unaware of its yumminess you are missing out. Fire up the slow cooker and prepare your taste buds because this dish will change your world.
6. Pumpkin Pie
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The best part of any day is dessert. But the best part of Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie. It’s a mouthful of fall and a whole lot of love. Put a dollop of whipped cream on top and call it a night.