Meatless Monday – Thanksgiving Sides

Because it is Thanksgiving week I figured I’d make Meatless Monday about Thanksgiving sides that are as obviously stated meat free.  During Thanksgiving, my favorite things to eat are the sides.  “What?!?,” you exclaim.  “What about turkey,?” you ask.  I’m not a huge meat person.  I’ll eat it, but I don’t eat a lot of it.  In fact when I go to a deli, I take off some of the meat they put on my sandwich because it’s too much meat for me.  :-\

Here are my meat free sides that I’m planning to make on Thanksgiving.

Pioneer Woman’s Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes – I made these last year and fell in LOVE with the recipe.  It’s a lot of butter but OMG RIDICULOUSLY SINFULLY DELICIOUS!  You must try them!!!

Pioneer Woman’s Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes from last Thanksgiving

Alton Brown’s Baked Mac and Cheese – I haven’t made this but it’s received a lot of good reviews.  Last year, I had to ease up on the sides as there were only four of us (still are but why not?!? Plus the hubs loves him so mac and cheese!) and didn’t make mac and cheese.  This year I’ve decided to make this cheesy treat.

Buttered or Creamed Corn – I haven’t decided which one I’m going to make.  I suppose it depends on how much time I have.  If not a lot, I’ll go with the simple buttered corn using frozen kernels.

Paula Dean’s Creamed Spinach or Spinach Salad – Again, I haven’t decided which one I’m going to make.  I want to make creamed spinach but it depends if I make creamed corn or not.  I think thats too much Philadelphia cream cheese over multiple dishes as Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes uses this ingredient (again so sinfully delicious – give yourself a break this one day!).  If I do go with the spinach salad, I have a feeling my mother in law and I would be the only ones eating it.  (Typical of the men to leave the salad to the women.  😛 )  I’ve done sauteed green beans 2 years in a row now, so I don’t want to make it AGAIN.  So as of today, I’m unsure what greens would be best for Thanksgiving day.  Not doing brussel sprouts as I’ve never cooked with them.  Don’t want root vegetables either.  Maybe roasted asparagus or broccoli (both of which my husband and I really like) as secondary options to the creamed spinach (and healthier than this option) or spinach salad.  We shall see.

Sauteed garlic green beans from last Thanksgiving

Pioneer Woman’s Parker House Rolls – I’ve been DYING to try these since last year but didn’t have time to make them, so we went with potato rolls instead.  I hope I have time to this year.  I’m hoping to make them a day in advance.

TJ’s Cranberry Sauce – Last year I made cranberry sauce by scratch using Pioneer Woman’s recipe, but this year I opted to buy bottled (let me repeat that for you I said BOTTLED, not canned.) from Trader Joe’s as the cost of fresh cranberries cost the same as their bottled cranberry sauce.  Why do all the work when i can just use the bottled stuff?

Pioneer Woman’s Cranberry Sauce from last Thanksgiving

Trader Joe’s bottled cranberry sauce

Rice –  We’re asian.  We have to have rice with almost every meal.  ‘Nuff said.

What sides are you making for Thanksgiving?  Please comment below and share!

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