The traditional Thanksgiving meal is no longer just spent with family. A new trend of "Friendsgiving" has emerged over the past few years, showcasing that friendship is also something to be thankful for. Depending on your stage in life, Friendsgiving is typically held before or after Thanksgiving Day to allow the official holiday to be spent with family.
Typically, adults spend more time with their friends than family (especially when family is more than a 2 hour drive away). So why not celebrate those that provide meaningful relationships in your everyday life?
If there's one thing that will never change, it's that joy-inducing feeling of knowing you're going to eat the food you've been craving all year (and wearing the outfit to accommodate it). Here are a few of our favorite recipes that are stretchy-pants worthy:
For those of us that aren't feeling quite up to carving a turkey, bring this marshmallow-y sweet potato mash as a side dish that's so good it might as well be the main entree. It's a testament that just a few ingredients can take a dish from 0 to 100!
This Moscow Mule is perfect for the friend that says "Eat, Drink, and Give Thanks!" at every party. No menu is ever complete without a signature drink, so make this bubbly libation to get the festivities started. Pro tip: for an extra garnish, top with your favorite California Giant berry!
For the last-minute friend... we still love you, and we'll count on you for making things sauce-y. With cinnamon, honey and Cal Giant raspberries, this is the stepped-up version of a traditional cranberry sauce you never knew you needed. The cranberries will pop in your mouth for an even sweeter burst of flavor - yum!
We're all about that baste, am I right? For those brave enough to be responsible for the turkey, this recipe is for you. Let your culinary skills shine with a mixture of figs, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, whole grain mustard and of course Cal Giant berries! This year's turkey is going to taste so much sweeter...
Which recipe is definitely on your Friendsgiving menu? Tell us in the comments below!