Creamy Mixed Greens with Pecans

Fall, Sides, Thanksgiving

Creamy Mixed Greens with Pecan / forkful of awesome

By now, I’m sure most everyone has finalized their Thanksgiving menus, but I couldn’t let the holiday pass without sharing this little gem.  Of course, this dish doesn’t have to be limited to the Thanksgiving feast- it’s fantastic anytime during the cold months.  But, if you DO add it to your Thanksgiving repertoire, it will not go unnoticed.  “Green bean casserole?  Pffft, yeah right.  More like creamy mixed greens with pecans!”  I know it’s not traditional, but it works so damn well with turkey and stuffing and cranberries.  It’s begging to be tradition from here on out.

This weekend, I went to visit my youngest sister, my brother-in-law, and my nephew.  They just bought their first home, and I had to go snoop around their new digs.  Also, it’s such a bummer, but they won’t be making it to Thanksgiving this year thanks to the Navy (I give you the middle finger salute Navy).  So, I made them these creamy mixed greens that they can have at their Thanksgiving for three.    They each sampled a bowl of greens and gave me the thumbs up (and not the middle finger salute, thank goodness).  Isn’t my sister loverly?


Remember my love affair with pecans?  It’s still going strong.  We’re very happy together, and so that’s why they’re included in this recipe.  Wanna diss pecans and use another nut?  Whatever makes you happy on this lovely holiday.  I won’t judge.  Yes I will.  I just won’t tell you I’m judging you.

Be bold, be daring, and try these greens with your Giving Thanks meal.  You’ll be thankful you did.  And so will your friends and family.  Another reason to be thankful?  You can make this a day ahead.  “Oh, thank goodness.” Thanks thanks double thanks.


Creamy Mixed Greens with Pecans

Serves 8-10

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living


  • 1  big ol’ bunch kale, stems removed and leaves roughly torn
  • 1 bunch collard greens, mustard greens, beet greens, whatever kind of greens you like, stems removed and leaves roughly torn
  • 1 bunch swiss chard, stems chopped and set aside, and leaves roughly torn
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup white wine or chicken stock
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat the largest pot you own over medium-high heat.  Add the kale, wine, and salt.  If you’re using a thick-leafed green such a collard greens, add it to the pot with the kale.  If it’s something more delicate such as mustard greens, wait to add it to the pot with the swiss chard.  Stir the greens around until wilted, and then cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for about 10 minutes, until the leaves are tender.
  2. Add the swiss chard and other delicate greens if you’re using them.  Turn in the pot until wilted, about 3-5 minutes.  Put the cooked greens in a bowl.
  3. Return the pot to medium-high heat, and melt 4 tbsp butter.  Add the swiss chard stems, onion, and garlic.  Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onion is softened.  Add to the bowl with the greens.
  4. Now for the creaminess!  Heat the same pot over medium heat and add the remaining 2 tbsp butter.  When melted, add the 2 tbsp flour and whisk for a minute.  Slowly add the half and half while whisking and continue to whisk until the sauce has thickened.  Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg.  Add to the greens and mix everything together.  Mix in the pecans, and reserve a few to garnish on top.  Ta-da!  Enjoy!  xox

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Roasted Delicata Squashes and Apples

DInner, Fall, Gluten free, Sides, Thanksgiving

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Last year, I hosted my first Thanksgiving at our house.  It was a blast.  My grandparents were in England, and my parents stayed in Omaha.  So it was a young crowd.  My two sisters and their husbands, my nephew, and my mother-in-law, who still acts like a 20 year old (in a good way).  There was much drinking and merriment involved.  By the time the meal was over and the dishes were cleaned, I was passed out on the couch.  This is probably what I looked like-



I believe everyone else continued into the night around a bonfire.

Of course, the merriment was fun, duh!  But what really made it memorable for me was cooking with my foodie family.  Together, we raised the bar for Thanksgiving meals.  And although I have a fondness for the traditional Thanksgiving feast, we did a little twist on tradition. There wasn’t a green bean casserole in sight.  Don’t even ask about sweet potato casserole- she wasn’t invited.

This recipe is one of those twists, and it was one of the most popular dishes of the day.  Not only is this insanely delicious, it’s perty to look at.  The delicata squash look like flowers on your plate.  So, if you’re looking for an alternative to the sweet potato casserole, look no further.  Bonus: it’s a make ahead too. Directions follow at the end of the recipe.

If you haven’t eaten delicata squash before, it’s dreamy.  You don’t have to peel it (bonus for us lazy peeps) because the skin is yummy.  It has such a gentle, delicate flavor, and I think it’s just about the perfect fall veggie.

Roasted Delicata Squash and Apples

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living

Serves 8-10


  • 2 delicata squashes, around 1 1/2 pounds
  • 10 baby apples
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 6 oz. pancetta, diced (can also use bacon if you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • fresh thyme or rosemary


  1. Slice the delicata squash, crosswise, into 1/2 inch wide circles.  Remove the seeds using a sharp paring knife.
  2. Slice each apple in half, removing the core with a melon baller.  (If you can’t find little baby apples, just use larger, but quarter them instead.  And you’ll probably only need 6-7 apples in that case.)
  3. Put the squash, apples, pancetta, maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and pepper onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake for 50 minutes.
  4.  Turn the squash and apples. Bake for another 15 minutes.
See how small these apples are?  So petite.

See how small these apples are? In a three-year olds hands.


To make this dish one-day ahead, follow directions 1-3.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  The next day, once the turkey is done and is resting, pop the baking sheet back in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.


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