Nourishing Holiday Food Carnival

The sights and smells of traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas food is alluring and homey at the same time. Unfortunately we have moved away from nourishing, naturally wonderful food to a more processed holiday table. This carnival is dedicated to bringing us back to food that is both nourishing and delicious, because it can be done!

The holidays are a wonderful time to put a little extra effort into producing some special dishes that satisfy both the senses and the body. It’s a wonderful time to prove how delicious “real food” can be. After all, any of us who have tried cheaply grown turkeys in comparison to the well developed flavor of a real free range turkey’s knows there is a world of difference.

Like I mentioned when I announced this carnival, I am trying to help my two year old have “food memories” of good food. After all, we all like the type of food that brings waves of nostalgia on us. Unfortunately some of us get that from green jello and fried onion rings on top of green beans with canned cream of mushroom soup. I don’t want my daughter to have that misfortune if I can help it!

But at the same time, it’s worth mentioning that holidays aren’t all about the food. It’s about the people you spend it with. I feel that food is very important to celebrations (can you imagine any major celebration without food?!). It goes back to providing for our most basic needs, to eat. We take food so much for granted that we forget how blessed we are to be able to partake of a feast together.

And with a celebration comes sharing that food with loved ones. Joel and I have chosen to, as much as possible, spend the holidays with our family (and friends too!). In a more individualistic world, young couples often feel pressured to create their “own” traditions. If it’s at all possible, Joel and I would rather our tradition be to share the holiday season with our extended family. That’s what feels like a holiday to us! So do your best to provide wonderful, nourishing food, and then sit back to enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Without further ado, I submit my own recipe for this carnival, Maple Honey Pumpkin Pie , and I look forward to seeing your own contributions! If you would like to be part of this carnival, post on your blog a nourishing holiday recipe linking to this post, then come back here to use the Mr. Linky to link to your post. Thanks!

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I love beautiful and simple food that is nourishing to the body and the soul. I wrote Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons and Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons as another outlet of sharing this love of mine. I also love sharing practical tips on how to make a real food diet work on a real life budget. Find me online elsewhere by clicking on the icons below!

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  1. Anita says

    I’ve made pumpkin pie with honey before, but I never thought of using Maple Syrup. I like the coconut milk idea too. Thanks Kimi!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen says

    The recipes look fantastic! I’ve shared three: Cranberry Sauce with Agave Nectar and Cider, Squash with Sorghum Syrup and Butter and a Soaked Flour Gingerbread.

    I’m really looking forward to trying the pumpkin pies.

  3. Teresa says

    Thanks for hosting this food carnival! There are some really yummy sounding recipes here! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Michele @ Frugal Granola says

    The pie sounds wonderful! Thanks! 🙂

    I have a Creamy Pear Pie recipe, and Sweet Potato Biscuits.


  5. Kimi Harris says

    Hi Michele,

    Thanks for being part of the carnival. I did put your link in for you, but the Mr. Linky is not showing up all of a sudden! Can you see it? This has never happened before!

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