Thanksgivings in Anna Lappe's house were always healthy. "It wasn't like there were sweet potatoes with marshmallows!" says the co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and author of "Diet for a Hot Planet."
"My mother [author Frances Moore Lappe] doesn't eat meat, so she wanted to make a stuffing that wasn't just discarded bread stuffed in a turkey. Here, the interesting flavors and texture come from her combination of herbs, the dried fruit, the nuts -- and the juiciness of all the onions. We're huge fans of onions."
Quinoa, high in protein and important amino acids, has a unique, earthy taste that surprises the palate. In this festive tart, a rich cream-cheese dough serves as the base for jewel-toned cranberries and figs stewed in wine, which combine to spectacular (and seasonal) effect.
For the best you've ever tasted, think outside the box. This do-it-yourself mix can be customized with whatever nuts, seeds, and dried fruit sound good to you. (We've included some of our favorite combinations.)
This popular Southern layer cake is Martha's favorite. When she was growing up, Martha would celebrate her birthday with her mother's version. In it, moist white cake layers are filled with a fluffy frosting studded with chopped nuts, figs, and raisins.