19 Nov Applause-Worthy Thanksgiving Sides
The best part about Thanksgiving is the excuse to invite your whole family (including your Great Aunt Bridget and your grandpa's cousin Charlie) to gather around the dining room table and give thanks over good food. Whether you share your favorite memories from 2015 or choose families through the Salvation Army to donate Christmas gifts to, next Thursday night is a time to slow down and leave your worries at the door**.
**Side effect of leaving all your worries at the door? Over-eating. It's no secret that, on Thanksgiving, most of us consume more food than any other day of the year. What we don't realize is that most of that consumption comes in the form of sides: cranberry sauce, buttery mashed potatoes, mayonnaise filled jello mold, sweet potatoes au rum, the list goes on and on. Cue your Thanksgiving Sides Tweak! We're switching this for that and giving you TWO vegetable sides that'll offer healthy, delicious alternatives for your Thanksgiving table -- and are so easy to prepare, they'll surely become a new holiday staple!
Rosemary and Cumin Roasted Carrots
- 1 lb heirloom carrots
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 C clementine juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 T rosemary
- 1/4 t cumin
- S + P to taste
Miso Maple Root Veggies
- 2 lbs root vegetables (Cut into 1 inch cubes)
- 2 T miso paste (white = mild OR yellow = medium)
- 3 T maple syrup
- 2 T rice vinegar
- 1 T tahini
- 2 T grapeseed oil
- 1 t grated ginger
Cooking Instructions for Each:
- Preheat oven to 425 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk ingredients together then toss with vegetables, coating well. Transfer to your baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until golden and beautiful.
To learn more about adopting a family for Christmas with the Salvation Army, click HERE.