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Recs for Vegetable Sides for Christmas Dinner

katidyd Dec 21, 2010 12:10 PM

I'm visiting a friend for Christmas and I will be contributing the vegetable side dish. I think I want to make at least two. All adults - but one is diabetic...so I just have to be careful about sugar.
I was thinking about brussel sprouts with Pancetta...or glazed carrots (kind of ordinary) or pureed turnips/rutabagas with pears. Any other "fail safe" suggestions out there?
Thanks much

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    Harters RE: katidyd Dec 21, 2010 12:23 PM

    Much might depend on what meat is being served that these dishes are to accompany.

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      greygarious RE: Harters Dec 21, 2010 12:41 PM

      If roast beef, there's a new thread on appropriate sides: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7548...

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        ChiliDude RE: Harters Dec 21, 2010 12:44 PM

        I second the motion! How 'bout baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries baked in the oven. Baked stuffed mushrooms anyone? Mushrooms contain essential minerals. Fresh red and green bell peppers, julienne sliced and dressed with vinegar and olive oil. Ratatouille!

        Buon Natale e buon anno nuovo, e mangiate bene!

      2. biondanonima RE: katidyd Dec 21, 2010 12:42 PM

        If you're cooking for diabetics, I would steer clear of any starchy vegetables, as many diabetics limit their intake of these as they are basically sugar. Go green - brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, shaved fennel salad, sauteed spinach or kale, etc. All low-starch, diabetic friendly choices. Spaghetti squash is also fun and often overlooked in favor of starchier squashes like butternut.

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          magiesmom RE: biondanonima Dec 21, 2010 01:29 PM

          roasted cauliflower.

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            cheesecake17 RE: magiesmom Dec 21, 2010 02:27 PM

            or.. roasted cauliflower and broccoli. not sure where you are, but cauliflower prices are insane in nyc. mix with broccoli and it would be much cheaper.

            shredded sauteed brussels sprouts with mushrooms and shallots is also easy to prepare and everyone loves it. you can shred the brussels sprouts the day before.

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              Bazel RE: cheesecake17 Dec 21, 2010 03:22 PM

              Cauliflower prices are high in Arizona too and the things are probably being grown within a 200 mile radius of our grocery stores. WTH?

              1. re: Bazel
                katidyd RE: Bazel Dec 22, 2010 10:00 AM

                Thanks everyone. Sorry - I didn't post that I'm up in Canada....and I have no idea what our cauliflower prices are like - because I never shop price. I like the idea of shredding he brussels sprouts and roasting the cauliflower. It will be a turkey for the main...so both should do just fine.
                Thanks again.

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                  phoenikia RE: katidyd Dec 24, 2010 07:43 AM

                  Cauliflower is costing $3.99 in southwestern Ontario (southwestern Ontario, Canada, not southwestern Ontario, California) ;-)

                2. re: Bazel
                  cheesecake17 RE: Bazel Dec 22, 2010 10:07 AM

                  something about the freezing temps in florida and maybe rain in california. supermarket had them for $4.99. trader joe's was $2.99 on sunday...

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