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10 Vegetable Dishes Your Thanksgiving Guests Will Love To Feast On

By November 17, 2015Meal Planning, Recipes

vegetables - CopyAs we head toward Thanksgiving here in the U.S., my thoughts for enjoying the holidays is to embrace each person with a full heart and open arms.  Love and accept everyone in your life just the way they are.

Even if you haven’t seen your sister since last Thanksgiving and you wonder how can you both come from the same family when you are so different.  When she says she doesn’t eat food that is the color green, and you drink a green smoothie every day, love her just the way she is without judgment. Serve some orange colored vegetables too!

When Aunt Millie arrives smelling like the perfume counter in the mall, take a deep breath and give her a whole hearted hug, you can turn on the air filter later.  You may not eat gluten but if you serve your father a gluten free dessert he won’t feel satisfied.  Make him his favorite apple pie, just because you love him.

This year celebrate the diversity and deliciousness of everyone’s diet and lifestyle choices.  By embracing the unique needs and interests of others we create peace. Let’s start creating peace here in our families, to create peace in the world.  Letting go of judging others is also a reflection of letting go of being hard on ourselves, we open our hearts to ourselves.

Let’s give thanks on Thanksgiving and every day for the bounty we are privileged to enjoy, and send love and peace to those who may not yet have as much.

10 Vegetable Dishes Your Thanksgiving
Guests Will Love To Feast On

My intention with the Thanksgiving feast is to make the vegetables in the side dishes be the creative part of the meal that everyone wants to eat more of.   Rather than everyone having a plate with a huge slab of turkey, mashed potatoes and only a few little vegetables, the vegetables will be the center of the plate.   Of course, there will always be the usual roasted potatoes or creamy mashed potatoes but if you get creative with the vegetables you serve, watch your guests fill their plates and come back for more.

Here are some of my favorite vegetable side dishes for your Thanksgiving feast. The photos are from each person’s recipe blog or mine. All the recipes are gluten free.

You can find more recipes on my pinterest board Thanksgiving Vegetable Dishes. Please go over there and follow me.

ROASTEDBRUSSELSWild Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

It’s not Thanksgiving without chestnuts. They provide a sweet contrast to the slightly bitter Brussels sprouts. The wild mushrooms make this dish divine.

Quinoa-stuffedQuinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash Rings with Mushrooms Berries and Pecans

This pretty dish will wow your guests.

green beansGreen Beans with Sesame Dressing

Add a little crunch to your green beans with sesame seeds. Make this instead of the traditional green bean casserole.

DSC_0153Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Apples

The kale melts in your mouth. This salad contains all 6 flavors sweet, salty, sour, astringent, bitter and pungent to satisfy you.

spicy-cauliflower-recipeSpicy Roasted Cauliflower

Turn plain cauliflower into an exciting sweet, slightly spicy delight.

Zucchini fritters in pan 2DSC_0582Zucchini Fritters

These savory patties are delicious topped with cranberry sauce. They are also a great after-Thanksgiving leftover, recrisped in the oven and served for breakfast or on a salad for lunch.

Creamy Swiss ChardCreamy Swiss Chard with Coconut

Try this instead of creamed spinach.

Rosated Butternut w cranberriesRoasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Cranberries

I make this dish with fresh cranberries instead of dried.  Toss in the oven with the squash for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Spaghetti Squash KaleSpaghetti Squash with Kale and Sundried Tomatoes

This is one of my favorite fall vegetable dishes. The roasted strands come out of the oven with a nice al-dente bite. I toss them with garlic, kale and sundried tomatoes and add a little pine nuts for crunch. Yum.

roastedbroccoliGarlic Roasted Broccoli

Easy to make and a crowd pleaser. Pop the broccoli into the over after the turkey comes out.

Enjoy your family, friends and delicious food.

Leave a comment below.  Tell me which recipe you and your family like the most.

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