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Easy Veggie Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Can someone tell me how it is Thanksgiving in four days?

Wasn’t it just the 4th of July and we were barbequing? This whole time flying by as you get older thing has got to stop. Seriously.

Yesterday I was picking up a few things at Trader Joe’s when I noticed it was a little crazier than usual. That’s when it dawned on me.

Ah, yes! People are getting ready for the big Thanksgiving meal.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the actual turkey on Thanksgiving. For me, it’s not about the bird. It’s all about the sides. They really are the best part, right?

My perfect Thanksgiving Day meal would be all sides. That’s it. No bird. No main dish. All sides. And dessert. Always desert.

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Here’s 12 easy veggie side dishes for Thanksgiving that I’ve been dreaming about.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Spiced Pumpkin Cornbread

Saweet! Potato Casserole with Crunchy Nut Crumble

Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Apple Bake

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Cranberries

Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings

Roasted Purple Potato Soup

Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad

Sweet Potato-Ginger Spoon Bread

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday -Teriyaki Salmon + Brussels sprouts

Monday – Pick your egg sandwiches + avocado toast

Tuesday – Veggie Burgers + roasted sweet potato fries

Wednesday – Homemade veggie pizza

Thursday – THANKSGIVING

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday – wing it

What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

What’s for dinner this week?

Purple Power Smoothie

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Alternative name of this smoothie: Perfect Purple People Protein Packed Power Upper.

I don’t know if you guys are aware of this, but 4 year old kids have a lot of energy.

A LOT.

Picture the energy of 20 (!!) four year old kids plus a handful of other aged children, packed into a room full of bounce houses. Full on crazy, loud, exhausting energy.

That was my marvelous Sunday morning.

My kids attended a friends birthday party at an indoor play center. Of course, I can’t just sit back and let the kids have all the fun. I want in on the bounce house action. I’m all about bouncing, sliding, climbing and getting silly. It does say adult supervision is required on those things after all.

Needless to say, when the party was over. I was tired. My mind may be four but my body is not. I needed a picker upper. So I went for a walk with Cooper when we got home. The crisp, fresh air was good. I was hungry by then, but not starving. I mixed up a Purple Power Smoothie to tide me over till dinner.

I have no problem downing the daily serving recommendations of veggies. I live on veggies! My kids, particularly my daughter, are a different story. She can spot a veggie on her “do not eat” list a mile a way. I always add veggies to my smoothies, even if I intend on drinking it all by myself. Why? Because I know that 99% of the time, my kids will want some as soon as they see me drinking it.

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4.0 from 2 reviews
Purple Power Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ Cup frozen peas
  • 1 Cup frozen wild blueberries
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • ⅔ Cup plain Stonyfield Greek yogurt
  • 1 Cup 1% Stonyfield milk or milk of your choice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend till combined.

Don’t worry about tasting the peas or avocado in the smoothie. There is no taste of it at all. Trust me, if there was, my daughter would not even take a sip. But she loved it and even came up with the name for it.

This smoothie is not only bursting with fruit and veggie power but also protein power. One serving has over 26 grams of it. Now that’s a lot of power!

That’s almost equivalent of 20 four year old kids running around an indoor play center.

Almost.

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield ambassador, I am being compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.