When you need ideas for more than just turkey and stuffing
Right about now the internet is filled with Thanksgiving blog posts teaming with recipes created by trained chefs and designed to make you feel bad about yourself. It’s not that you can’t follow directions and make a meal that rivals the professionals. Far from it. You just can’t necessarily do it and work an eight hour day, fight traffic, bring your kids to soccer, walk the dog and grocery shop too! The beautiful pictures in the glossy magazines never show the disastrous mess left in the kitchen or the team of food stylists that painstakingly assembles the individual ‘stuffed acorn squash with quinoa and slow roasted pork’. The captions never ever read, “I do this all day, every day and get paid for it.”
Stop scrolling my friend. Step away from Pinterest. I have 5 classic side dishes that will make you feel good about yourself, your family and your undeniable cooking prowess. They will even leave you with a little extra time, to sit back with a glasses of wine and contemplate all the things you have to be grateful for. After all…that is the point of this holiday, right?
These dishes take just a few easy-to-find ingredients and maximize their flavor so that the food does most of the work. You can even make some of them ahead of time. Perhaps when you’re all wound up on Tuesday night because you just found out your 3rd grader’s pilgrim costume is due the next day. Pour that glass of wine, count your blessing and engage in some therapeutic meal prep.