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The "first Thanksgiving" in America was celebrated in 1621 and lasted for 3 days. Some of us have family, friends and guests who drive or fly long distances to spend 3 or more days with us during the Thanksgiving holidays. Therefore, we have 3 day Thanksgiving celebrations too, which means we serve multiple meals and we need a variety of recipes to see us through the festivities.
A holiday would simply not be complete without the fruit dishes. They always round out a meal with a healthy treat for all of us, but for the Vegans and Vegetarians in our mist, they are a absolute must.
Cranberry sauce is often found on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner table. However, Mbgphoto shares a recipe for her very own creation of Cranberry Applesauce that sounds out of this world delicious. Plus, I give you my very own submission for a Quick & Easy Fruit Salad recipe that my own family requests for every holiday.
Green VegetablesGreen vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, but for some reason, they seem to be the hardest to get people to eat, especially children. Perhaps, these delicious recipes will help.
A photo was not available for my personal favorite green vegetable recipe that was submitted, but I would be rather remiss if I didn't at least give you the link for Cherylsart's Green Rice and Spinach (2nd recipe in this article). It sounds fabulous and would surely be a wonderful way to get the kids, and husbands, to eat their spinach.
Rice is a staple food for many of us and while we are most content to eat it by itself, it is truly an excellent additive to many recipes. Elsie Hagley and Merry offer recipes that include rice. Either, or both, would be perfect side dishes for this Thanksgiving.
Potato & Yam Recipes
All of my life I have considered potatoes and yams to be as "traditional" as the turkey when preparing the Thanksgiving dinner. The only question was which sweet potato casserole recipe to use. It seems like every member of our family has a different personal favorite potato recipe. As a result, we have actually started preparing and serving several potato recipes so everyone can enjoy their preference on Thanksgiving. After seeing these recipes, we may well be having a few more on the table this year.
Great Mixed Vegetable Recipe
For a awesome vegetable mix, this would be the recipe of choice. Adventuretravels combines carrots, beetroots, parsnips & onions with fennel to deliver a divine side dish for Thanksgiving.
I am going to quote Margaret directly here because I don't believe I could say it any better any other way. "These healthier candied walnuts or pecans make a wonderful, healthy holiday nibble (or any other time), and if they're chopped up they're yummy sprinkled on or tossed with nearly any Thanksgiving vegetable or side dish."
That one quote was enough for me. I will be serving Margaret's candied pecans this year on Thanksgiving. My whole family loves nuts!
More to Come
Festive cheese and garlic bread by BritFlorida
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A note of my own Thanksgiving: I want to thank each of the writers and contributors who responded to my request and submitted recipes for this special Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes article. You are all a true treasure trove of resources for which I am most grateful.
Wishing everyone a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
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