The Thanksgiving table usually abounds with buttery breads, rich puddings, and sweet sides, so I think it’s important to add a little color with a few simple, fresh, easy to prepare vegetables. Two of the side dishes residing on our Thanksgiving menu this year fit the bill nicely: green beans with brown butter and pepitas, and a mixed green salad with lemon vinaigrette.
I love the simplicity of these green beans blanched and tossed with brown butter. Who can pass that up? And I recently read in the Wise Traditions Journal it’s better to eat your vegetables with a good organic butter because the butterfat enables the carotenes in the vegetables to convert to vitamin A.
Last week my friend Molly and her husband had us over for a fun Halloween dinner and she made an incredible salad filled with mixed organic greens, squash, zucchini, and toasted seeds drizzled with a tangy and slightly sweet lemon vinaigrette. The sweetness comes from a single date that’s blended into the olive oil and lemon juice. Oh my, it’s my new favorite dressing.
If you want to buy an organic turkey this year, don’t forget to call your local farmer or natural foods store and place your order (they usually go pretty quickly!). Come back next week, when I’ll have new recipes for pumpkin pie, easy dinner rolls, fresh cranberry sauce, and a few other surprises.