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A Few Last-Minute, Waistline-Friendly Side Dish Ideas

22 Nov

Once again, I feel the need to tell you I am not cooking this Thanksgiving. Nothing. Nada. Zip. I’m a little bummed, because I freaking love being in the kitchen. I love having my house full of people I love. Heck, I even sort of love the clean-up: chaos to spotless is soothing to me. Is it weird that I love to see order restored?

Don’t answer that.

I’m not too upset though, because I did declare myself in charge of the booze. Pomegranate margaritas, anyone? This is your formal invite . . .

Anyway, you probably already have plans, menus, and prep done. But if you don’t or if you’re thinking you need just one more (light) something-or-other, I hope this helps. Also, these are great sides for any day of the week. Simple, clean, healthy, and cheap. Basically, everything you could ever ask for in a side-dish.

Simple Salad with Roasted Chickpea “Croutons”

Rinse, dry, season (i use a little olive oil and Emeril’s homemade Creole seasoning) and roast chickpeas at 350 for 15-20ish minutes until crunchy.

Whatever greens you want. You know how to make a salad. I’m just telling you roasted chickpeas are way better than croutons.

Sage and Garlic Smoky Sweet Potato Fries

Cut sweet potato into wedges. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with smoked paprika, minced garlic, and fresh sage. Bake at 450 for 15-25 minutes.

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Self-explanatory. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes.

Garlicky Green Beans

Minced garlic, fresh green beans, olive oil. Saute over medium heat until just barely tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Yes, I eat a lot of garlic.

Yes, I carry breath mints and perfume with me at all times.

Happy Early Thanksgiving!