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It’s that time of year again—time for gratitude, quality time with family members, and a delicious feast. This year, what about making your Thanksgiving dinner traditional with a twist? Try incorporating some of these scrumptious East Asian recipes to your Turkey Day spread.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite (and easy-to-make) recipes that are inspired by East Asian cuisine. And the best part?  Many of these recipes include ingredients that have roots (no pun intended!) in Oriental medicine. For example, we know that ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and immune booster. What better way to work ginger into your day than with some Thanksgiving flair?

Check out our ideas below for a joyful Thanksgiving with your family—cheers to your health! Enjoy!

Peking BBQ Turkey

With this flavorful spice rub, you’ll truly savor your turkey.

Thanksgiving Stuffing the Chinese Way

This stuffing includes sticky rice, water chestnuts, and Chinese sausage!

Corn Fritters

Try these tasty fritters as a side dish or a snack in between feast cooking.

Wok Fried Mushrooms with Pea Shoots

Pea shoots are delicious and even though they aren’t hard to find, they are a new way for most Americans to get their greens!

Coconut Fried Yams

A whole different twist on how to sweeten those yams:

Wok Fried Ginger String Beans

Get your ginger and some tang with this delightful green bean dish:

Vitamix Adventure Squash Soup


This squash soup is especially great for anyone with arthritis or stiffness from the chilly weather:

Pleasing Pumpkin Biscuits


Yum! This recipe was developed by Pacific College of Oriental Medicine faculty member, Yuan Wang:

Seasonal Roasted Veggies


These veggies are seasonal so they’re easy to find at your local store and add to the menu!

And for dessert? Traditional Pumpkin Custard


Did you know squash (kabocha, to be specific) has an important presence in Japanese culture? Try this delicious Japanese twist on pumpkin pie!

Enjoy! May you partake in these East Asian delights with your family and friends, surrounded by joy this Thanksgiving.

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