5 completely nontraditional thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving Sides Recipes: Vegetarian Stuffing and Potatoes

So I’ll be honest. My family never got into the Thanksgiving feast thing.

But if you are from an immigrant family, you totally know what I mean.

We are a first generation South Asian family and our turkey day traditions were untraditional to say the least…

Mostly I learned about American ways of celebrating it at school and at my friends homes where I was able to gobble up mac and cheese, string bean casserole and good ol’ mashed potatoes, (my veggie self never got into the turkey).

Nowadays, I’ve found myself making pumpkin pie, amongst other common dishes for our potluck Thanksgiving parties with friends…but of course with a twist of extra cinnamon and fragranced with cardamom, reminding me of flavors that felt traditional…to me.

But even if my parents didn’t do Thanksgiving the American way, we always, always filled the room with family love and gratitude.


Here’s 5 unique ways we celebrated…

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thanksgiving side dish: garlicky parsnip fries

parsnip fries Thanksgiving is just around the corner and how many of you are looking for a different kind of side dish? Here is a real yummy, tasty and healthy side dish that the whole family will enjoy! Once again Nipa  has come up with an amazing recipe, make sure to check out her garlic-lemon zoodles recipe as well! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! [Read more…]

10 things your friends won’t understand until they have kids


I remember before I had my first child, I made it to every happy hour, GNO (girls night out), date night, and Vegas trip. But like with everyone else, after having kids my priorities changed. Being one of the first of my friends to have kids I also know how it is to have to defend decisions I made regarding my kids to friends who don’t have them. It can be frustrating for both sides, and hopefully you can relate to or learn from some of the points in this article.  [Read more…]