Even my 2 year old liked both and asked for more! If that's not a rave review, I don't know what is!
Roasted Cranberry Walnut Sweet Potatoes
This sweet and savory side dish is a nice alternative to the sticky sweet marshmallow sweet potato goo most people serve at Thanksgiving. I've always found that too sweet, but this dish is a nice balance of flavors and is more elegant on the table!
*Adjust ingredients to suit the size of guests you are serving (this recipe served 2 adults)
Preheat oven to 400
Spray a Pyrex with cooking spray
1 Large Sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 " cubes
1/2 c. Craisins or other dried cranberries
1/2 c. Walnuts (raw)1/2 tsp. Powdered ginger
1 TBSP Cinnamon
1 TBSP Brown Sugar
1-2 TBS Coconut Oil (this makes all the difference in flavor, but you could use butter)
*Coconut oil can be found in health food stores, vitamin shops or Whole Foods, it comes in a jar and is solid, but melts at 70 degrees. It can be pricey, but it is worth it for the flavors and the fat is the "good fat"
1/2 tsp. Salt
Mix all together, except cranberries and pour into Pyrex
Bake, checking every 15-20 min. until sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife
*Add cranberries in during last few (10 min. or so) minutes of baking - otherwise they tend to burn
Barley Lentil Pilaf
This dish is so easy it almost makes itself!
Full of nothing but whole grains, fiber and protein, it makes a hearty side dish or quick and simple main dish.
6 c. cooked pearl barley (we make ahead and freeze it, so it only takes 5 min. to thaw!)
1 can green lentils
1 packet Lipton Recipe Secrets Beefy Onion or Onion, made as soup with 4 c. water
*Yes, these are both vegan! The Beefy Onion makes a GREAT vegan gravy for Thanksgiving as well! Just follow the directions on Lipton's site for making gravy with the packet!
In a large soup pot, combine cooked barley with soup
Add lentils and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 30 min.
(more liquid will absorb after it cools)