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The holiday season is officially here, and many of us are spending more and more time in the kitchen. Thanksgiving is one holiday that’s all about friends, family, and lots of good food. For those who want to try something a little more adventurous than the traditional turkey and stuffing, here are four incredible – and original – recipes to break out this Thanksgiving.

Jalapeño Ranch Green Bean Casserole

A simple green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving meal staple, but if you want to turn up the heat and go with something a little spicy, try this jalapeño ranch green bean casserole recipe from Litehouse Foods. This easy casserole features fresh chopped jalapeño peppers and jalapeño ranch, offering up a double dose of flavor.

Baked Mozzarella Orzo

If you want to try something truly original with your Thanksgiving spread, consider whipping up a baked mozzarella orzo pasta dish. This recipe, courtesy of the blog In My Own Style, boasts plum tomatoes, yellow onion, orzo pasta, lots of fresh mozzarella, and plenty of herbs. Plus, the recipe serves 12 people, so you’ll be able to feed the whole crew or enjoy leftovers for days.

Cajun Turkey With Dirty Rice Stuffing

Maybe you decide that you just can't do without a traditional turkey on Thanksgiving. Still, there are ways to add extra flavor without sacrificing family tradition. This Cajun turkey and dirty rice stuffing recipe is the perfect way to enhance your main course, and it will make an unforgettable centerpiece for any Thanksgiving table.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Sure, pumpkin pie holds the unofficial Thanksgiving dessert crown, but pumpkin deserves some shine as part of the main meal as well! That's where this roasted pumpkin soup from Allrecipes comes in. Smooth, flavorful, and rich, it’s still light enough to serve any time of day.

For folks who love to cook, our spacious kitchens at the Sundance Creek apartments offer the perfect culinary retreat. Featuring granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, these kitchens are a host's dream. To stay up to date on everything happening in and around our community this holiday season, make sure to check out our blog.