Sunday, November 24, 2013

10 Unique Thanksgiving Ideas for Sides and Sweets!

From top (left to right)
Roasted Root Vegetables
Twice Baked Butternut Squash Topped with Parmesan Breadcrumbs
German Style Potato Salad
Healthy & Hearty Pumpkin Bread Topped with Toasted Pepitas
Cranberry & Lemon Tart
Cinnamon Sugar Coated Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins
Balsamic Roasted Apples and Brussel Sprouts
Mini Pumpkin Pies with Homemade Crust
Sweet Rosemary Cornbread
Savory Sweet Potato Souffle

Often times, the entire focus of Thanksgiving is the prized turkey, after all, it isn't nicknamed "Turkey Day" for nothing. MY favorite thing about this food obsessed holiday has always been the sides and the desserts, even before I was a vegetarian. I remember my grandma's mashed potatoes and fresh green beans, succulent stuffings and THE BEST EVER mushroom gravy. But the best feeling of the entire year was gazing upon the fabled pie table, yes, pie TABLE as in an entire buffet table dedicated to made from scratch pies as far as the eye can see. Pumpkin, blueberry. black cherry, apple walnut, the list goes on and on. When you stop and think about it, Thanksgiving is the only time where the sides outshine the main dish, it is the sides that provide all those comforting savory-sweet compliments that make the meal complete.

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