How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

Real thankful. REALgiving! Keep the thanks going and celebrate by bringing together all your friends for a REALgiving meal. Tips and deliciousness below!

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LET FRIENDS BE THE FOCUS

FRIENDS are what make REALgiving special… don’t blow your budget on centerpieces or fancy foods! Pick fresh flowers, get a few simple candles and focus on the love.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

GET DOWN TO BUSINESS: FOOD!

If cooking by yourself feels overwhelming, make your REALgiving last all day and cook with your friends.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

ROASTED CARROTS RECIPE

These carrots are gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and sure to be a fave for any foodie.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 pounds of carrots, peeled
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Place carrots side-by-side on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Using a basting brush, brush all carrots evenly with mixture.
  5. Bake carrots for 35-45 minutes, stirring halfway.
  6. Garnish with salt and pepper to taste.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

BEST-EVER STUFFING RECIPE

No THANKS, REAL or FRIENDSgiving is complete without stuffing! This easy recipe only needs a few ingredients to pack in the flavor.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 loaf of day-old white bread
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups celery
  • 2 1/2 cups yellow onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tbs. thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Tear bread into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Place bread pieces on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  4. Melt butter over medium-high heat, then add in and brown the celery, garlic and onions.
  5. Add spices then transfer to a large bowl and combine the mixture with bread crumbs.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together chicken broth and eggs.
  7. Fold broth and egg mixture into the bread and mix thoroughly.
  8. Transfer the stuffing into a casserole dish.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

DON’T FORGET DESSERT

Cookie swaps aren’t just for Christmas! If you’re not quite ready for pumpkin pie, REALgiving is a great opportunity to bake and exchange your favorite cookies.

How To: Friendsgiving (aka REALgiving!)

Any more must-know REALgiving recipes or tips? Comment below and tell us!

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