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Thanksgiving vegetable ideas other than green beans

lisaf Nov 17, 2008 05:11 PM

I am not a big fan of green beans in general and my family detests the "tradtional" green bean casserole. What else would be good and relatively easy? Spinach? Broccoli?

The rest of the sides are mashed russet and sweet potatoes, and cornbread dressing with turkey sausage.

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    anni Nov 17, 2008 05:30 PM

    How about roasted asparagus, broccoli or brussels sprouts?

    1. cassoulady Nov 17, 2008 05:31 PM

      I would do roasted brussel sprouts.

      1. JoanN Nov 17, 2008 05:36 PM

        Brussels sprouts sauteed with chestnuts is a standard on my Thankgiving table.

        1. c oliver Nov 17, 2008 06:07 PM

          What about this creamy carrot casserole?


          I don't think we should try to pretend that the meal has a ounce of healthiness in it :)

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            kobetobiko Nov 17, 2008 06:38 PM

            NYT posts a wild rice salad with celery and walnut as a side for Thanksgiving dinner:

            Even if you stick with green bean, you can make a new version. I have had this sesame tempura green beans in a restaurant and that's pretty much the only way that I will eat green beans:


            1. MrsCheese Nov 17, 2008 07:06 PM

              I always do this succotash:

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                La Dolce Vita Nov 17, 2008 07:41 PM

                Petite green peas, frozen, are excellent if cooked properly--which means, not overcooked. And they go very well with mashed spuds and gravy.

                Saute a minced shallot and a minced clove of garlic in a few tablespoons of butter. Add the frozen peas without thawing, along with a pinch of sugar. Cook 2 or 3 minutes, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and perhaps a splash of sherry vinegar if you are so inclined.

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                  Habenero Nov 17, 2008 07:43 PM

                  Maple glazed roasted turnips

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                    Felixnot Nov 18, 2008 09:06 AM

                    We do a brussel sprouts with bacon and balsamic. Never any leftovers.

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                      somervilleoldtimer Nov 18, 2008 09:13 AM

                      Creamed broccolo and pearl onions (use frozen.) Steam veggies, make a nice cream sauce with a little sherry, put together in a casserole dish with something crunchy on top, stays in the oven a long time without drying out, very tasty the next day.

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                        lisaf Nov 18, 2008 09:18 AM

                        Thanks for all the suggestions so far. A friend sent me this link for hashed brussel sprouts with lemon that I think I will test drive this week.


                        Since the only other healthy item in the meal is the turkey I like to keep my vegetable dish a bit light (i.e. no pork or dairy fat)

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