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Nov 20, 2012 08:24 AM

Too sweet? Thanksgiving menu help

Trying to go to the store today and am finalizing menu. Worried it is very sweet and need another dish.

Mashed potatoes
Sautéed green beans with slivered almonds
Baked corn
Macaroni and cheese
Cornbread apple stuffing
Sweet potato pecan bake
Baked beans

It is also a lot of starch. They will not eat salad or garlic, among other things. Thinking about roasting acorn or butternut squash as well. Or should I do a traditional vegetable and bread stuffing. So torn!

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  1. If you are worred about sweet, I would not add roasted squash, which is very sweet. I don't really think you need anything else but maybe you could swap out the baked beans for a green vegetable (unless that is heresy because it is a family tradition). Happy T-Day!

    1. This looks like a very typical Thanksgiving menu to me. I agree with GretchenS that the baked beans are unnecessary unless they're traditional - I would dump them altogether. I would also add another green vegetable instead of the squash (roasted Brussels sprouts, sauteed kale, something like that). As for the stuffing, make whichever you like - I wouldn't worry about the too-sweet factor there. Otherwise, it looks like you're good to go!

      1. to offset the sweet, how about brussells sprouts with bacon (or pancetta). But I think you have enough. I was having the same internal battle with myself last week, when menu planning. I realized they will like whatever there is and just be happy to be together

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        1. re: momoftwo

 could elminate the beans and add roasted winter vegetables (butternut squash, carrots, turnips) with brussels sprouts.
          Don't fret about the salad. I tried to serve one for years, and it always went untouched.

          1. re: momoftwo

            I am the only sprout eater and I the beans are a favorite. Everything they eat is usually sweet but I was looking the menu over and getting concerned.

          2. A relish tray would add some salt and acidity -- pickles, olives, peppers, onions, etc.

            1. I agree about baked beans unnecessary and acorn or butternut squash adding even more sweetness. Since you already have a green, how about spaghetti squash if you want another squash?