With Thanksgiving a week away, I am looking forward to having a little time off. While I won't be able to spend the time with family like I usually do, I will be around some of my closest loved ones in a small get-together.

With the holidays, you already know you will pick up a few pounds if you truly enjoy this time of the year. I have been able to come up with some of my favorite dishes, and I have compiled some of them below. Take a look at eight of my go-to dishes I can't do without.

Happy Holidays to everyone out there. I hope you get to enjoy friends and family in a minimized capacity. Nevertheless, you should still be able to share some stories with your loved ones and take a breather for the day.

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