11.22.2014

Thanksgiving Sides

Have you finished making your Thanksgiving menu yet?  Come on buddy!  Get on it!

There is still time and more than enough ideas for you in the blogosphere!  I thought I would give you guys a  list of some of my recipes to help give you some ideas.

This is a series of posts, so stay tuned for the main dish and dessert posts to come!  See the appetizer and salad posts here.

Now on to my favorite part of Thanksgiving!  The sides!  My favorite sides are usually potatoes.  In recent years my favorite side has been baked sweet potatoes.  They are easy, simple, sweet, and delicious!  To roast sweet potatoes preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Wash the sweet potatoes and poke several times with a fork.  Place the sweet potatoes on a pan lined with foil and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning halfway though, until tender.

For some other side ideas try one of these recipes:

Nutty Green Bean Casserole

Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Walnuts

Creamed Kale and Onions



Colcannon with Kale


Along with these sides, a soup is another side that is warming, delicious, and easy to make on the stovetop, in a slow cooker, or in a pressure cooker.

Pumpkin Basil Soup


Creamy Broccoli Soup

Katie's Creamy Potato Leek Soup


Butternut Squash Soup

Amy's Favorite Lentil Soup

Creamy Asparagus Soup



Happy Thanksgiving,

Amy

Thanksgiving Salads and Dressings

Have you finished making your Thanksgiving menu yet?  Come on buddy!  Get on it!

There is still time and more than enough ideas for you in the blogosphere!  I thought I would give you guys a  list of some of my recipes to help give you some ideas.

This is a series of posts, so stay tuned for the side, main dish, and dessert posts to come!  See the appetizer post here.

Ok, I'll admit, salads are usually not what most people look forward to most for Thanksgiving, but they can be a beautiful, delicious, and nutritious part of the meal.  A basic green salad is a good way to go to please everyone so they can have a salad dressing of their choice.

Basic green salad ingredients could include:
  • Mixture of greens: romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, ice burg lettuce, spinach, arugula, savoy cabbage, green cabbage, kale, baby kale, collard greens, swiss chard, beet greens, turnip greens, mustard greens,  spring mix
  • Colorful veggies: cucumber, bell pepper, radishes, carrots, corn, tomatoes, broccoli, snow peas, fresh herbs, red cabbage, avocado, cauliflower, beets, black olives, mushrooms
  • Add some pizzaz:  peppercinis, artichokes, red onion, green onion, dried cranberries, green olives, kalamata olives,  pomegranate arils, apple slices, and slices of oranges, lemons, or limes
  • Add some crunch: walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, roasted chickpeas (like this, minus the oil), croutons made from whole grain bread

Now for the dressing, give one or a few of these a try:

Vegan Ranch Dressing


Vegan Caesar Dressing

Vegan 1000 Island Dressing

One-Two Dressing

Cranberry Dijon Dressing

Orange, Carrot, and Cashew Dressing

If a green salad with dressing isn't fancy enough, perhaps give one of these salads:

Superfood Salad

Pomegranate Wheat Berry Salad

Sweet and Savory Wheat Berry Salad with Brussels Sprouts

Happy Thanksgiving,

Amy

Thanksgiving Appetizers

Have you finished making your Thanksgiving menu yet?  Come on buddy!  Get on it!

My mom and I collaborated earlier this week on our Thanksgiving line-up this year, which is made up of mostly Nutritarian-geared dishes and a few traditionally made dishes for the non-nutritarians.  I was rather silly and actually made a spreadsheet with the list of recipes, links to those recipes, and a grocery list down to the exact amount of each ingredient we needed.  Hopefully my super organized mom found it helpful and not too neurotic!

However, if you don't have your Thanksgiving dinner planned down into an overly obsessive spreadsheet, don't fret!  There is still time and more than enough ideas for you in the blogosphere!  I thought I would give you guys a quick list of some of my recipes to help give you some ideas.

This is a series of posts, so stay tuned for the Salad, Sides, Mains, and Dessert posts to come!

For some appetizers to start out, a variety of fresh vegetables are always a great go-to.  They are low in calories, high in fiber, and won't fill up your guests too much before the meal.  But what do you serve with the veggies?  Try one of my many hummus/bean dips.  For a fun experience for your guests, try making a half batch of your favorite 4-6 bean dips and ask your guests to debate on which is their favorite!

Hummus with Roasted Pine Nuts - This is always my family's go-to recipe for basic hummus.  I made the recipe for my dad a few years ago as a Father's Day present.  To do this I did a side-by-side comparison to Sabre Pine Nut hummus (my dad's favorite) while I was making it.  We couldn't tell the difference once it was done, and have opted to make my low/no-oil, low sodium version ever since.


Fresh Chive Hummus


Spicy Buffalo Hummus


Green Split Pea Dip


Lentil-Cashew Dip

Coconut Curry Dip

Happy Thanksgiving,

Amy