Thanksgiving is next week! I can hardly believe it, every year it seems to come around quicker and quicker. Here on the blog, I usually post a full menu of non-turkey day options as if I’m going to be cooking up the big holiday meal myself. In reality, Jack and I will be going to someone else’s house and I’ll likely bring the salad. So this year I thought I’d cut to the chase and post some of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. Because let’s be real, the sides are really the star of the show anyway.
pictured above: Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Simple Lemon Green Beans / Kale & Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing
Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad / Pumpkin Spiced Corn Muffins
Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto
Poblano Cornbread Stuffing / Sweet Potato Pomegranate Crostini
Maple-Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts / Shredded Brussels Sprout & Apple Salad
Ok, so if you really know your vegetables, you’ll notice that those guys in front are actually Jester Squash and not Acorn Squash. Technicalities aside, they work just as well for roasting and stuffing. Something I really love about my local Farmhouse Delivery is that vegetable varieties show up that even I – the girl that literally wrote a book about vegetables – have to occasionally Google.
This recipe is comfort food on the lighter side. Sometimes fall foods make me feel just so darn full, so what I did to avoid a near-food coma situation was stuff the squashes with a light & bright quinoa salad. Serve these to your veggie friends at Thanksgiving, or make them for yourself on a weeknight. The salad can be made ahead of time, so this recipe is really pretty easy to throw together.
Step 1: Scoop out and roast the squash.
Step 2: Make the salad. This one is made with quinoa, spinach, apples, pomegranates, and toasted pecans. It’s tossed with a zippy lemon-shallot-dijon vinaigrette that I make at the bottom of the bowl before adding the rest of the salad ingredients.
Step 3: Stuff!
Since this recipe is half-salad, I suggest serving it at room temperature with an extra drizzle of olive oil or (optional) the maple-tahini sauce from this recipe. If you’re not vegan, some crumbled feta cheese would be delicious.
Let the Thanksgiving countdown begin! This year we’re starting with the vegetable that everyone used to hate that everyone now loves – Brussels sprouts! This recipe is a spin on one of our first-ever blog posts where I roasted the sprouts with a combo of balsamic vinegar and maple syrup – they become nicely sweet and caramelized and have a great tang from the balsamic vinegar. The photos were so bad that I would have deleted it by now if it weren’t for the continuous emails I still get about that recipe.
The basic concept of this recipe is the same – Brussels sprouts are roasted in the oven with maple and balsamic. This time I added roasted onions and farro to make this side dish a little more substantial, and I added cranberries and pecans because they’re so festive for fall. It’s all tossed with fresh lemon juice and a little Dijon for extra brightness. I really love the balance of flavors and textures here – it’s perfect as a holiday side dish or as a delicious weeknight dinner.
Bonus – if you end up with leftover farro and Brussels sprouts, you’re already halfway to having Farro Fried Rice the next night!
Happy almost Thanksgiving! Whether you’re having a vegetarian holiday, or your son’s new girlfriend is vegan… OR you just plain love vegetables (like we do), here are a few veggie feast-worthy recipes that will hopefully inspire…
Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Ginger Apple Pumpkin Soup / Shredded Brussels Sprout & Apple Salad
Butternut Squash, Walnut & Sage Pasta / Creamy Polenta & Mushrooms
Rosemary Roasted Veggies / Kale & Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing
Apple Zinger Tea-tails / Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble
Plus, check out tons more in the Thanksgiving section of our recipe index…