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The Taste of Love: Sharing Our Favorite Friendsgiving Recipes from the Heart of the Gay Community

As the leaves begin to turn and the air grows crisp, we find ourselves drawn towards warmth. Not just the warmth of a crackling fireplace or a cozy sweater but the warmth that comes from gathering together with the people we love, sharing laughter, stories, and good food. For those of us in the gay community, these gatherings often extend beyond our biological families to include our chosen families - those friends who have stood by us, celebrated us, and loved us just as we are.

Thanksgiving, with its focus on gratitude and togetherness, offers a perfect opportunity for these chosen family gatherings, or as we like to call them, "Friendsgiving." These occasions are a testament to the power of love, acceptance, and the bonds we've formed. But let's not forget about the feast! Food is integral to any celebration, and Friendsgiving is no exception.

So, this year, let's add a dash of health and a generous helping of flavor to our Friendsgiving table. Here are some delicious and healthy recipes that will delight your friends and nourish your soul.

1. Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

A delightful mix of sweet and savory, this dish combines protein-packed quinoa with fiber-rich acorn squash. Roast the squash halves until tender, and stuff them with a flavorful mixture of quinoa, cranberries, and walnuts. Top with a sprinkle of feta cheese for a tangy finish.

2. Pull-Apart Pesto Turkey Slider

Pull-Apart Pesto Turkey Sliders: These sliders make for a fun and casual main dish. The pesto adds a tasty twist to the traditional turkey.

3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Glaze

Give this often-overlooked vegetable a gourmet makeover by roasting it to caramelized perfection and drizzling with a sweet-tart pomegranate glaze. The result is a dish that's as beautiful as it is tasty - a true Friendsgiving showstopper!

4. Jalapeño Cornbread with Bacon & Cheddar

Spice up your bread basket with this savory cornbread. The jalapeño, bacon, and cheddar add a flavorful kick.

5. Pumpkin Bread Rolls with Cinnamon Butter

End your Friendsgiving feast on a sweet note. Pumpkin Bread Rolls with Cinnamon Butter are slightly sweet and SO festive with their easy and adorable pumpkin shapes. Your friends are going to LOVE these!

Remember, Friendsgiving is not just about the food we put on our tables but the friends who sit around it. May your hearts be as full as your plates this holiday season. Happy Friendsgiving from Hey Gay!


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