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Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

on November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving is only 2 days away and there is still time to finalize the menu!!  Are you looking for some healthy side dish alternatives to counteract the traditionally carb and calorie loaded dishes?  Here are a few of our favorites that are sure to be a crowd pleaser!!

Brussels Sprouts With Grapes & Walnuts

8 cups of brussels sprouts, halved or quartered if large
4 cups of seedless grapes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh thyme
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

1.  Heat oven to 450 degrees. On two rimmed baking sheets, toss brussels sprouts and grapes with oil and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Roast, until caramelized and tender, about 20 minutes.

2.  Drizzle each tray with 1 teaspoon vinegar and scrape up any caramelized bits with a wooden spoon. Toss in walnuts.

Bulgur & Cranberry Stuffing

1/2 cup millet
1/2 cup bulgur
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup minced shallots (about 2 medium)
1/2 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks)
2 garlic cloves, minced
11/2 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms
5 ounces jarred or vacuum-packed whole peeled chestnuts, halved (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
3/4 cup dried cranberries (3 ounces)
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1.  Cook millet and bulgur separately.

2.  Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add shallots, celery, and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add chestnuts and herbs, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.

3.  Slowly add stock, scraping bottom of pan. Raise heat to medium-high, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in cranberries, and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the millet, bulgur, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until heated through. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day (bring to room temperature or warm gently over low heat before serving).



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