3 of Our Favorite Recipes for Thanksgiving

thanksgivingLet’s take a break from all the camp talk and let’s talk about Thanksgiving! It’s one of our favorite holidays of the year here at LuHi. From the gatherings to the feasts and celebrations, there’s plenty to rejoice about with Thanksgiving. Here are some of our favorite recipes to get you prepared for the big holiday! Let’s start with the main course.

Apple Cider Brined Turkey

If seasoning or flavoring have always been a challenge to you, try brining! It’s a simple process that simply requires liquid, salt, and a little bit of patience. It’s a great way to inject flavors throughout your turkey while also increasing the moisture content. So how do we make this apple cider brined Thanksgiving turkey?

First, you’ll obviously need a turkey and apple cider. You’ll also need:

  • Salt
  • Herbs/spices
  • Peppercorns
  • Bay leaves

In a large stock pot, you’ll want to toast these on medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes before adding in warm water. Then you must stir until the salt dissolves, then remove from the heat.

After that, you’ll want to add the apple cider alongside garlic, celery, and onion and then let cool for 15 minutes. Once the liquid is complete, transfer to a bucket or large bag and submerge the turkey in it. Add cold water and massage to ensure all ingredients are equally distributed. You’ll want to let it sit for 24-48 hours before actually cooking the turkey — which is comparable to any standard turkey preparation process.

Get the full recipe and measurements here!

Healthy Sweet Potatoes

Need a side for Thanksgiving? Look no further than these healthy sweet potatoes! Everyone loves potatoes, and with this spin on a classic delicacy, your family will be wanting more afterwards!

Doing away with the marshmallows, this healthy sweet potato recipe is very easy. To start, you’ll obviously need 2 lbs of sweet potatoes. Then you’ll need cinnamon, thyme, and turmeric. The recipe here on out is simple; preheat the oven to 400 degrees, season the potatoes, and bake for 45-60 minutes. So how exactly are these potatoes healthy? Let’s take a look!


  • Full of antioxidants
  • Effective against heart disease
  • Lowers blood sugar


  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Boosts mood
  • Increases immunity


  • Increases antioxidant capacity
  • Contains curcumin, which might lower risk of heart disease
  • Might help prevent cancer

Get the full recipe here!

Cranberry Bundt Cake to Round out Thanksgiving!

Is it really Thanksgiving without dessert?! While pumpkin pie is perfect for Thanksgiving, if you’re interested in switching it up, try this cranberry cake recipe to top off the festivities! 

There are three elements here: the cake itself, the icing, and the glazed cranberries. 

The cake requires:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Sea salt
  • Orange juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Large eggs
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Confectionery sugar

The icing requires:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Sour cream
  • OJ

The glazed cranberries requires:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • OJ
  • Icing

First, you’ll want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Next, using an electric mixer, cream the sugars and unsalted butter together.

Separately, mix the salt, OJ, vanilla extract, and beaten eggs. Set that aside. Return to the creamed butter and add one cup of sour cream to the mix. Add in the beaten egg mixture after and mix it all together.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together. Add this to the batter mixture and mix. Don’t forget to chop the cranberries after. Throw in flour and confectionary sugar and fold into the batter inside the bundt pan and bake for an hour to an hour, 10 minutes. Mix the icing ingredients after and spread evenly.

Get the recipe here!

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