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11/20/10 3:49 P

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Sorry, it took me a while to dig out my holiday recipes.

I love this dish because it is super fast and easy but has lots color. It has lots of the traditional Thanksgiveing elements in it but done in a fresher and healthier way.

Maple Glazed Green Beans and Baby Carrots
1/2 lb baby carrots
salt
1/2 lb green beans
1/3 c pecan halves or pieces
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 T. butter
2 T. maple syrup

Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a generous amount of salt. Add carrots to the water and cook about 3 minutes or until jut cooked thru. Use a slotted spoon to remove carrots to an ice bath and let cool. Drain.

Trim green beans. Add beans to the boiling water once carrots removed. Cook 3-4 minutes until just cooked and still slightly crisp. Drain pot and transfer beans to ice bath. Place hto pot back on stove with burner off. Add butter and let it melt.

Toast pecans in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant. If using whole nuts roughly chop them at this point.

To the melted butter add carrots, green beans, pecans, and cranberries. Drizzle with maple syrup and toss together. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

OK that's the official instructions. I use frozen beans and cook them all together and skip the ice bath thing so I can serve the dish right away. This serves 4 so I double it - if you have a bigger gathering you may need to double it again.


I think I am going with a stuffed squash similar to this one:
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
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but using fake sausage crumbles instead of real (of course).

So my menu is:
a Turkey breast for the meaters
suffed squash (a 1/4 for the meaters and a half for me)
maple green beans
mashed potatoes
corn muffins
baked apples for dessert

Keep a green tree in your heart & perhaps the singing bird will come.
Chinese proverb
MYDANCE4ME Posts: 68
11/15/10 3:10 P

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I'd love to have the recipes too! Always looking for new dishes for my Pescatarian daughter.
We are headed to my mother's house (carnivores all). But my brother is willing to cook up some Ahi Tuna steak for my girl.
It will be a busy couple of days with a Birthday Luncheon for my 80 year old mother the next day. My daughter will have to make due with Butternut ravioli, ceasar salad, green beans and rolls. She loves her bread so I'm sure she won't starve.


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11/14/10 9:21 A

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Yes I am also in a mixed marriage..LOL.. and already got the stare for Thanksgiving. So I will be putting some dead carcass on my table.. emoticon . But I am definitely looking up some interesting side dishes. I am tired of the same old, same old. The only thing the family demands are mashed potatoes and turnips (one of my favs). I am not creative on my own- usually need a kick start so I hope that some members post recipes...I need some inspiration... thank you

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11/11/10 9:51 P

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Oh, yes,connected, please share those recipes - I am trying to connect the dots between green beans and cranberries because that sounds fabulous but I need your recipe.
I am also in a mixed marriage situation with a true carnivore family but they have really started craving my fabulously inventive side dishes,


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11/6/10 9:11 A

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Those both sound great! Are you willing to share some recipes? Our recipe forum is woefully under-used!

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11/5/10 8:58 P

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I'm cooking and I'm the only vegetarian. My hubby is pretty supportive but he has put his foot down that we need to have traditional meats for holiday meals. I think I am going with a stuffed squash - I can have a full half as my main course and the rest can have a quarter as a side with turkey. I have made a lovely green bean, baby carrot, and craisin dish with a maple syrup glaze that I will make again. Will probably make some mashed 'taters too to make MIL happy.

Keep a green tree in your heart & perhaps the singing bird will come.
Chinese proverb
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11/5/10 10:42 A

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If I'm cooking, I make sure to try some new recipes so that I have lots of interesting side dishes available. We will be at the coast for this holiday and going out to dinner so I'm sure I will have some fresh seafood to choose from.

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11/4/10 4:49 P

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T-Day draws near and the ever present question for those who don't eat turkey -- what's for dinner?

I've tried a couple of turkey substitutes, but none really thrilled me. Mostly I happily make do with the huge number of sides the day provides.

This year I am going to try to make a veg version of what looks like a great mushroom gravy in the current issue of Cooking Light.

Anyone else doing something different?

Callie
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