WIAW: Thanksgiving Day

Hi Friends!

It’s time again for another WIAW. I know Jenn extended last week’s WIAW so everyone could show off their Thanksgiving eats…but I wasn’t that organized, so you get to see mine today :)

For Thanksgiving day, I started off my morning sleeping in and having some cereal for breakfast. Around noon, we headed over to my in-laws for an early afternoon meal before I had to go to work.

First, we had appetizers. I made roasted garlic & sweet potato hummus and brought some veggies.

We also munched on some cheese and crackers and hubby’s cousin brought bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos.

For the main meal, I was in charge of bringing the jello. It’s always a hit, especially with the little kids…but the big kids (read: me) love it too :) I also brought the sweet potato rolls since they turned out so well!

My mother-in-law had a beautiful tablescape going on:

Since the hubby and I weren’t eating turkey this year, I spent a little time looking for a recipe that I could make for us to enjoy. I had some leftover wild rice from when I cooked some to use in the stuffing (recipe tomorrow) and a plethora of sweet potatoes since they were on sale for 25 cents a pound! I came across this recipe and it seemed like the perfect way to use up what I had laying around. I made a few changes and my recipe is below.

Wild Rice, Black Bean & Sweet Potato Patties

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Keywords: bake entree appetizer side healthy vegetarian black beans sweet potato rice Thanksgiving

Ingredients (4 patties, 8 sliders)

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 c wild rice, cooked
  • 1/4 c breadcrumbs
  • 1 c black beans
  • 1/4 c onion, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste


1. Poke the sweet potato with a fork all over and microwave on high for 4-6 minutes.

2. Slice down the middle and scoop the sweet potato flesh into a large bowl and mash with a fork.

3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well with your hands.

4. Form into patties and place on a greased baking sheet.

5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping once.

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-These held together really well and were pretty firm. Since I added the the egg they were more like burgers than the original recipe.
-I followed their recommendation to top with cranberry sauce and they were great! They might be a little bit dry to just eat them plain.
-I made these about an hour before we left, packed them up in a tupperware and all we had to do was reheat them in the microwave when it was time to eat.

When it was time to eat, I filled up on 3 of these sliders, plus jello and a couple rolls.

I headed off to work, and when I got home, I ate a big bowl of Turkey-less Dumpling Soup and collapsed on the couch for the rest of the night :)

What was the absolute best thing you ate this Thanksgiving??


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About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. I LOVE your MIL’s tablescape! Looks like you had a great holiday.
    Katie recently posted..Christmas and Coffee Shops

  2. ok next year i’m inviting myself over =) for real!

    love you L-Dawg!!!!!!!! bed time for this blogger! mwah1

  3. Yum, the patties look delicious! Definitely going on my list of recipes to try!
    Jessica recently posted..WIAW: The Post-Thanksgiving Edition

  4. That soup looks delicious!

  5. Beautiful photos, everything looks delicious.
    Turtle-speed Runner recently posted..WIAW #9 – getting back to healthier eating.

  6. Your tablescape is gorgeous!
    And I need to make those patties asap. They look and sound delicious. Not to mention, they’re sound super easy to make. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Emily recently posted..WIAW #8: Home Style

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  8. Those sweet potato rolls look so fluffy and soft!! Absolutely gorgeous eats:)
    Vien @ We Dare Food recently posted..Room Eighteen, Sri Hartamas

  9. Hooray for vegetarian Thanksgiving! Thanks for that sweet potato recipe. It looks very similar to something I’ve been trying to recreate for awhile…and also thanks for the reminder to make sweet potato hummus again–I hate how I always make these yummy things and forget about them in pursuit of new deliciousness. :)

    PS- I get to read blogs again! [At least for the “kind of settled” moment!]
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..On the (WIAW) Road Again

  10. Thank you for sharing the recipes for those patties! They sound so so good and contain so many of my favorite ingredients :)
    Gorgeous pictures girl!
    Tessa @ Amazing Asset recently posted..WIAW- The Non Negotiable Edition

  11. Yummmy eats!!! The best thing I had was my apple crisp with vanilla ice cream :)

  12. The hummus and the wild rice patties sound outstanding! Best think I ate was a vat of succotash! Love it!
    Fran@ Broken Cookies Don’t Count recently posted..I Can See Clearly Now…WIAW!!

  13. bummer that you had to work on thanksgiving! :( everything does look delicious though. my grandma didn’t make her cranberry relish this year and every time i see some (or your jello, which looks a little like cranberry relish) it makes me want to make some myself!
    sarah (sarah learns) recently posted..the one with the random meals

  14. All of that looks SO good, and I could’nt believe how cheap sweet potatoes were! My mom didn’t appreciate it because she never buys them, haha.

    I’m sad we didn’t get to meet up! But maybe over Christmas time :) I’ll be home on the 22nd!
    Liz @ IHeartVegetables recently posted..What I Ate [with the OTHER Boy]

  15. Can I come and celebrate Thanksgiving with you next year!? 😉
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food recently posted..WIAW: Birthday Edition

  16. Yum, everything looks delicious! Especially those sweet potato rolls!
    Shannon (Healthiful Balance) recently posted..A Snack Filled Day

  17. What a cute table. I should have thought of doing appetizers because most of my family doesn’t really eat breakfast since we have such a huge meal at lunch, so all of us are starving while waiting. Next year man. Plus my family loves hummus.
    Lindsay recently posted..A Much Needed Holiday

  18. Your “turkey” sounds wonderful! It looks like a great recipe. My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with the fam (cheesy but true.) OH.. and the stuffing 😉
    Mandy@OrangeAutumn recently posted..WIAW #3 Insanity

  19. Those sliders look tasty!

  20. sweet potatoes were on sale for 19 cents a pound here! crazy! i bought like 6 lbs. that stinks that you had to work on thanksgiving. :( sounds like you had a good day anyways!
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef recently posted..Turkey, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Chili

  21. Hmmm….I never would have topped those patties with cranberries, so I’m so glad you shared that idea!!! Best thing I ate over Thanksgiving had to be traditional homemade stuffing (not stuffed in the bird!)
    Andrea @ Vegvacious recently posted..What I Ate (When I Got Home from Vacation) Wednesday

  22. Sounds like a pretty solid Thanksgiving, minus work! Good thing you have Christmas to look forward to :)
    Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles recently posted..WIAW: The Raw Food Diaries

  23. What yummy looking patties! I would gladly have had that over my tofurky (I don’t eat the meat either :)!
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family recently posted..WIAW The Tardy Edition

  24. Yum! Those patties look amazing!

    My favorite recipe was my mawmaw’s twice baked potatoes!

  25. That tablescape has got to be the most beautiful one I’ve seen to date!

    And those celery pieces? Who says celery is boring!? Those are so bright and green and look delicious :-)

  26. How come no turkey this year? Did I miss that post?
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Gnocchi With Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Sauce

  27. Holy cow. That dumpling soup looks so darn comforting!
    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles recently posted..Mint Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies {Giveaway}

  28. The best thing I ate was definitely the sweet potato souffle that my mom always makes. Yum.

  29. Yummy! :) Those little sliders sound delish! I’d say the best thing I ate at Thanksgiving was a tie between the wild rice pilaf I made and my grandma’s homemade rolls!

  30. MMM! I love cranberries on thanksgiving… and green bean casserole.. that I didn’t get this year.. :(
    Liz recently posted..In a nutshell WIAW…

  31. I need those sliders in my life! They have all of my favorite things in them.

    Best thing I had Thanksgiving… the brussels at lunch or my pumpkin rum bread pudding. Lame to pick my own dish, but I swear it rocked my world. Three times. :)
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Chili Time + WIAW

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