Looking for inspiration beyond your traditional recipes and dinner rolls? Consider adding more produce to your Thanksgiving dinner; for colour, nutrition and interest! Here are some quick and easy ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes:
- This sweet and savoury apple squash soup is a great way to get something into bellies as people are impatient for the Thanksgiving feast to begin. Or try this tasty Ontario Greenhouse Tomato Basil soup!
Stuff more veggies into your family and make your own stuffing! Aromatic produce like celery, fennel, carrots, shallots, onions, or apples make stuffing flavourful. Adding herbs like thyme, sage, and parsley add extra flavour as well.
- Make your own vegetable stock with the scraps from peeling the carrots, parsnips and potatoes. Add in a few stalks of celery and an onion or two for flavour. Homemade stock is wonderful and healthy base for soup or to season your stuffing.
- These mushroom vol-au-vents are really fun and elegant, yet totally easy to whip up!
- Love mashed potatoes but want to try something new? Try mashed cauliflower, sweet potatoes, butternut squash or even swap some of those potatoes for parsnips! Mashed cauliflower with potato creates a light and tasty variation.
- This quick recipe is filling and full of fresh flavour: sautéed zucchini with feta and oregano
- Basic green beans make for a classic and colourful addition to your Thanksgiving spread! Try our spruced up version with lemon and parsley!
- Caramelize the sweet sugars in carrots with a glazed carrot side dish. Cut 12 carrots into 2” strips and boil until just fork tender. In a large saucepan, add ¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup, butter, and cook covered in a large pan over medium-low heat until melted and has evaporated some of the liquid from the maple syrup. Drain cooked carrots and add to saucepan, stirring to coat carrots. Serve immediately, or continue cooking to caramelize and cook the carrots a little more.
- Blanch some broccoli florets and serve with some cheesy sauce! Be sure to submerge your broccoli in ice water after blanching to stop the cooking process so that the broccoli keeps its vibrant green colour.
- Roasted carrots are a side dish classic, and are picky-eater friendly!
- There’s nothing quite like classic Brussels sprouts at Thanksgiving! Caramelized onions add an extra dimension of sweetness and flavour.