Favorite Holiday Recipes for the Working Nurse

Living in Sweden the past six years has encouraged me to embrace new holiday traditions while still holding on to old ones. Each year, my boyfriend and I host international friends at Thanksgiving. This year we hosted about 30. So many wondered how just the two of us could prepare for so many. The answer was easy. We used simple recipes and prepared ahead of time. The following are a few simple side dishes to contribute to your work potluck. 

Roasted Roots & Rosemary

This recipe is so simple, extremely flavorful, and healthy. A bite full of turkey, mashed potato and these veggies is a taste sensation.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F


  • 4 large carrots, peeled & julienned
  • 4 large parsnips, peeled & julienned
  • 1 large red onion, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine the carrots, parsnips, red onion, salt, and pepper in a bowl and stir well. Transfer to a baking sheet and sprinkle rosemary on top. Roast in oven for 20 to 40 minutes depending on how large or small you cut the vegetables. Serve hot and enjoy. This recipe serves four, but you can easily double or triple for work.

Sweet Potato Pie 

No holiday potluck is complete without this sweet root. I prefer to use fresh sweet potato, but you can find frozen, already prepared patties in the frozen section of most grocery stores. I always have to make extra to send home with friends here. They love it.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F



  • 4 cups sweet potato, peeled, boiled, and mashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, mix the potato, sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a 9 x 13 baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and sugar. Cut in butter. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle over top of the sweet potato. Bake 30 minutes or until the top is light brown. Serves 6. Enjoy!!

Apple & Walnut Salad

I always like to include salad during a huge feast. Adding a little roughage helps us digest the more indulgent choices better. Adding apple invites a little sweet crisp to this simple salad. Walnuts scream winter. Add your favorite vinaigrette and you have a delicious and nutritious addition to your feast. Serves six.


  • 1 large bag of baby spinach
  • 2 large Fuji apples, sliced
  • 2 large avocados, chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup or more shelled walnuts

Combine all the ingredients and add your favorite vinaigrette. Serves four.

What are some of your favorite holiday recipes?

Lori is a travel nurse that has made her way to Sweden. She is also a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher. Follow her adventures working and traveling through Europe in her blog, Neonurse, or on Instagram.

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