Thanksgiving Prep: 6 Great Side Dishes

It’s so hard not to go overboard on side dishes for a big holiday meal. The turkey dinner is such a simple meal: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing/dressing, cranberry sauce. Those are your basics.

I think a family’s personality really comes out in the side dishes, though. When I was a child, my family had the same side dishes every year: Escalloped Corn, Dilled Green Beans (cold from the can) and Baked Beans. That was it.

Interestingly, those are not side dishes I make unless my dad is coming for the holiday. We’ll save the psychoanalysis for another day.

Instead I shoot for things that I know my kids enjoy, dishes that feature something from the produce box, and, I admit, the occasional experiment.

In the mood for a great side dish? Try one of these:

Carrot Salad with Cilantro and Pepitas

Caesar Salad

Butternut Squash Puree

Green Bean Casserole

Easy Garlic Green Beans

Sauteed Corn with Fresh Thyme

Check out all the Thanksgiving Prep: Make it easy and homemade posts here.

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