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    I'm stuck on some T-Day sides

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    Patti O'Furniture
    Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:27 am Groupie
    We go to my SIL's for T-Day. She is AT best a haphazard cook. I always offer to bring something. This year she asked me to bring vegetables because she doesn't eat them.

    The mash potatoes, stuffing and candied sweets are covered.

    Brussels are out ( no one likes but me and DH )
    Mashed Butternut is too similar to sweet potatoes

    I am doing my Mom's baked corn ( I know ANOTHER starch )

    so I desperately need something fresh and green,

    Everyone think a salad would be weird ( I do not )

    So I am looking at Green beans or Broccoli. I need something different , not too cheesy or rich.

    I am hopeless with the sifter .... any ideas ?
    Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:04 am Groupie
    How about picking up some broccoli slaw mix? Or have some lightly cooked sugar snap peas?
    If you wanted to be sneaky, you can make a slaw with shaved raw Brussels sprouts, but it's probably more work than you'd like to have.
    Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:02 pm Groupie
    Asian Creamy Green Bean Casserole


    2 pkg (10 oz ea) frozen green beans
    1 (8 oz) can Chun King Water Chestnuts, sliced
    1 (4 oz) can mushrooms
    milk to make 2 cups total liquid, see directions
    1/4 cup Mazola Corn Oil
    2 tbsp Argo Corn Starch
    1 tsp salt, and dash pepper
    1/2 (3 oz) can Chun King Chow Mein Noodles
    2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese


    Cook 2 pkg frozen green beans.

    Drain, mix liquid with liquid from 1 (8 oz) can Chun
    King Water Chestnuts sliced, 1 (4 oz) can mushrooms,
    and milk to make 2 cups total liquid.

    Mix 1/4 cup Mazola Corn Oil and 2 Tbsp Argo
    Corn Starch, 1 tsp salt, and dash pepper in saucepan.

    Slowly stir in combined liquids; cook and stir
    over low heat until thick.

    Remove from heat, stir in drained vegetables.

    Layer in casserole with 1/2 can (3 oz) Chun King Chow
    Mein Noodles. Top with rest of noodles and 2 tbsp
    grated Parmesan cheese.

    Bake for 20 min at 375 F.

    Makes 8 servings.

    Source: Chun King / Mazola ad, The Modesto Bee - Apr 15, 1962
    Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:26 pm Groupie
    Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:31 pm Groupie
    This is good and is better made a day ahead. Garlicky Sesame-Cured Broccoli Salad
    Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:41 pm Groupie
    How about Yummy 7 Layer Salad
    Might be a bit heavy but everyone could have a small serving.
    pinky kookie
    Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:46 pm Groupie

    I have these good recipes that maybe you would like to give them a try:


    (you can substitute the bow tie pasta for salad greens, if you want)

    (you can also use baby spinach leaves and lettuce)




    (you can omit or reduce the 2 cups of cheddar, or substitute with bread or cracker crumbs in this recipe)

    Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:25 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Here are two ideas.
    You could do a tray of crudites and dip or a fruit and veggie tray. These both go over big with kids and adults with dietary concerns.

    Another is to trim and blanch a bunch of green beans for 1-2 minutes. Then plunge them in ice water to halt cooking. (You can do this the day before) While the turkey rests, heat the oven to 400 degrees and toss the beans with a little olive or grape-seed oil - both have high smoking points - and spread them on a shallow pan. Sprinkle with salt. Roast them 8 - 10 minutes. You want them to have some blackened spots. Put them in a serving dish and drizzle with a mixture of light soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
    I think I make my soy and vinegar with a 2 tsp soy to 3 tsp vinegar ratio. If you make it up ahead of time you can taste it and adjust for your family's tastes. If it's too sharp for your tastes add a pinch of sugar or a few drops of honey.[/b]
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:34 am Groupie
    The green bean bundles wrapped in bacon are always good and easy.

    I do like broccoli with a light mustard vinaigrette, because it can be warm or room temperature.

    I'm not a fan of salads with turkey day; but some people are.

    My Mom's and my favorite peas and pearl onions in either a butter or cream sauce. It was a classic at our house.

    Roasted green beans with a simple balsamic and butter drizzle is really delicious and easy.

    I'm not really fond of casseroles because you have so many rich foods.

    If you like a salad; spinach with dried cranberries, apples, pears, and a nice pomegranate vinaigrette is really festive, topped with candied pecans. It is easy, and green

    Last edited by SarasotaCook on Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:59 am, edited 1 time in total
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:50 am
    Forum Host
    I think either fresh green beans or a tossed salad would be an excellent choice. Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:52 am Groupie
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:47 am Groupie
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:27 pm Groupie
    You can't go wrong with green beans!

    How about asparagus or swiss chard?
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:00 pm Groupie

    Haricots Verts With Carmelized Shallots

    Oh my, I forgot about using shallots. I LOVE caramelized shallots.

    Here is a similar recipe but does not call for any sweet ingredients. So good!
    Green Beans and Shallots
    You can cheat & steam the green beans in the microwave then to a skillet with EVOO add the shallots. I make the shallots the day before. and toss the dish together in minutes.
    Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:06 pm Groupie
    Spinach Souffle ??? the only veg dish my DS eats tons of!!!

    24K Carrots are really great! i even canned them this Summer
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