It’s almost turkey day and I am so excited to share one of my most favorite sides with you, plus more yummy real-food approved recipes! Holidays are such a fun time to gather around with friends and family and just simply be thankful! When it comes to food, I believe holidays can be delicious and healthy, or at least healthier. This means to me minimal processed foods & ingredients, and minimal refined sugars. All of the recipes I am going to share today are made from scratch, with real food ingredients. We are skipping the canned “cream of _______ ”  which are loaded with highly processed hydrogenated oils, the packets of powdery mixes, and also refined- sugars & flours, all for a more natural and tastier version! All of these recipes are made each year by myself or family members and all are always a hit, so I can assure you there is no lack of flavor here! 

This recipe for my maple glazed baby carrots is so simple and only takes 15 minutes start to finish. The rest I’m going to share are equally simple, require little effort, and will leave your belly and taste buds satisfied! 


Maple Glazed Baby Carrots

Makes 4-6 servings, double or triple as needed


  • 1 lb organic baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup organic orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tbsp grass-fed butter (I use Kerrygold)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • Fresh parsley for garnish *optional 


  1. Place all ingredients, except parsley, in medium saucepan. If doubling or tripling the recipe you will need a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium – high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook for approximately 15 minutes until carrots are tender and the glaze slightly thickens.
  3. Keep stirring to make sure all carrots are evenly coated, remove from heat. Transfer to ceramic baking dish or whichever dish you prefer. They are best served warm! 







Holiday Real – Food Favorites

Traditional Casseroles & Sides

Healthier Homemade Corn Casserole

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Rustic Sausage, Herb and Ciabatta Bread Stuffing


Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Greens & Salads


The Best Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe

Desserts        *highly recommend omitting the chocolate chips in this one! It is very over powering and takes away from the delicious pecans. And is also way too sweet with the chocolate chips in my opinion. For a traditional and delicious pecan pie forego the chocolate!

Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe from Scratch