Meal Planning Monday ~ Thankful for Delicious Side Dishes

Today’s post is by Leah Kelley.

The turkey is the star of Thanksgiving dinner, but let’s not forget the supporting actors – those wonderful side dishes!  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, not only because I get to see my extended family, but also because I love to eat!  I wanted to share a few different ways to spice up your usual turkey day side dishes.

Sweet Potato Casserole ~  I absolutely love this dish!  I’ve always eaten it with marshmallows on top, but when I discovered a recipe that uses pecans and brown sugar instead, I fell in love with the dish even more.  Instead of topping with marshmallows, use this mixture instead: 1 cup light brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1 cup chopped pecans, and 1/3 cup butter, melted.

Green Bean Casserole ~  Instead of using the traditional recipe with canned soup try this grown up, sophisticated version!  It looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it for Thanksgiving!

 Glazed Carrots ~ In my family, we always have carrots on Thanksgiving. My mom steams them then throws a little brown sugar and butter in the bowl and viola! – glazed carrots.  They are super yummy and easy to make.

Mashed Potatoes ~ I know what you’re thinking, “You HAVE to have mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving!”  Instead of the old faithful mashed potatoes why not add a little flavor to them?  Give Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes a try!

Whatever your family’s food traditions are, have fun with your side dishes this Thanksgiving!