Thanksgiving – Simple and Delicious Vegetarian Side Dishes

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In this robust and in some parts of the country, wintry Thanksgiving day, millions of families will come together to celebrate. A day of giving thanks and providing unity in the love of family, communication and of course, food. As millions more head out to a relative’s home, they may be challenged with a sides request from the host or a guest in attendance; what about the vegetarians? There are deliciously simple items to toss together to create a stunning side dish to wow the vegetarian of the family.

Spinach & Cheese Balls

Most of these ingredients may already be in the cupboard, but dozens of local grocers and smaller stores are open today to grab the items to place together.

  • Opt for a cup of butter, but if margarine is all that is available, it will work!
  • 7 beaten eggs
  • 1 large onion chopped fine.
  • 3 packages of frozen spinach (10 ounce packages will work)
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2.5 cups Italian style breadcrumbs
  • Salt to taste

This is the very simple part. Simply place all of the ingredients into one large mixing bowl and combine them all by hand or spoon. Of course, to make this easier- be sure to defrost the frozen spinach. Personally, the frozen spinach was easier to work with than fresh, especially since it will bake better (so opt for the frozen). With this delicious side dish for Thanksgiving, the next step is even easier. Once the ingredients are thoroughly combine, roll into ball sizes. Make them either golf-sized balls or smaller. Take a cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray and place the balls into the oven. In under 30 minutes, set at 350 degrees; a delicious and seemingly sinful treat is created.

Oven Toasted Potatoes with Peppers

When it comes to providing a satisfying dish for vegetarian guests, a host can ensure taste, flavor and a beautiful design. This recipe provides those items and more as the vegetarian visitor will immerse in an explosion of flavor.

  • 2 pounds red-skin potatoes (preferred over russet) diced or chopped.
  • 1 large red onion (if only yellow or white available, it will work as well).
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced.
  • 1 yellow red bell pepper diced.
  • 1 green red bell pepper diced.
  • 1/2 cup olive oil.
  • 1 tablespoon parsley.
  • 1 tablespoon basil.
  • Salt to taste

In a large bowl toss in potatoes and onions with the olive oil, parsley and basil. In a baking dish, spray with cooking spray or add a tablespoon of oil. Spoon in the onion and potato mixture. Sprinkle the colorful array of red peppers along the top. Cook on 450 for about 30 minutes until the potatoes are beautifully browned. Feel free to mix a few times. If an extra taste of delicious is desired – sprinkle 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs along the top and add a layer of mozzarella cheese for a simply delightful spoonful of goodness.

Tomato Touched Couscous

This final side dish is both incredibly simply and pretty darn filling. Purchase a box of whole wheat couscous to make this a very fast side dish deluxe. Place a large saucepan on the stove-top to get started.

  • 1 small sweet onion chopped or mini pearl onions.
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (can add up to 2 tablespoons based on flavor desired).
  • 3/4 cup water and 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or use more water).
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes.
  • 2 healthy tablespoons of chopped parsley.
  • Salt to taste
  • Box of whole wheat couscous.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • 1 garlic clove minced fine.

In the saucepan add the olive oil. Once heated, toss in garlic and onions to cook until the flavor just fills the kitchen. Toss in water and vegetable broth, add in basil and parsley. Add in 1 cup of whole wheat couscous and stir. Cover the mixture, turn off the burner and count to 10. Remove the saucepan from the burner, uncover and fluff the flagrant couscous with a fork. Add in tomatoes and salt to taste. This dish can be re-heated and would taste just as gloriously delicious.

Happy Thanksgiving

On this day of thanks – family, friends and connections are important. For those who have to work today, allow minor moments for that connection. Expecting vegetarian guests this Thanksgiving? No worries, delicious and simple recipes are readily available. Exalt in the simple and delicious vegetarian side dishes this Thanksgiving. From our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving.

Angelina Bouc
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