A Couple Thanksgiving Veggie Sides

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I got a request at the end of last week for vegetarian side dish recipes for Thanksgiving Day. Entree recipes were requested too but I'll try to tackle that tomorrow.

I often make the Persimmon Salad recipe I gave you in October as my contribution to the Thanksgiving dinner. It goes over very well because it's pretty refreshing amongst all the other traditionally heavy foods.

I'm also asked to bring mashed sweet potatoes I make with applesauce to holiday gatherings. I use applesauce to cut down on the sugar, but still get that creamy and sweet feel. I still use a little brown sugar for that distinctive taste but you don't have to. Whenever I make this dish I sorta do it to taste but I'll try my best to lay it out for you.


Ingredients:
3 large sweet potatoes, washed
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (you can add more if you need to)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)

Instructions:
1. Boil sweet potatoes until soft and skin starts peeling off.
2. Remove remaining skin-(I actually try to leave some skin on because it's so good for you and adds a little fiber. But not everyone likes it.)
3. Mash sweet potatoes well and mix in applesauce, cinnamon and nutmeg
4. Taste and if you think it needs the brown sugar go ahead and mix it in. You can always add more of it and more applesauce if you like your sweet potatoes sweeter.

I like this recipe too because it's pretty easy and I am all about that. The fewer steps and ingredients the better!

If anyone would like to offer up any of their vegetarian sides or even entrees let me know and I'll get them posted before Wednesday.

Also let me know if you make either of the recipes mentioned above, how they turned out and what improvements you might make.

Have a fruit and veggie filled day!

(Sweet potato photo courtesy of Strph)

(Persimmon photo courtesy of Zeetz Jones)
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Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.

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