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Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Sweet potatoes are a well-loved staple in fall, particularly at Thanksgiving dinners. We’ve reimagined the classic side dish into a sweet-and-savory salad that is the perfect side dish for any autumn occasion. This dish is also vegan and gluten free, so everyone at the dinner table can enjoy it together.

 

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 lime
1 (14 ounce) can of black beans
3 T cilantro
3 T sunflower oil (or neutral oil of your choice)
1 T salt
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp paprika

 

Instructions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Wash and peel your sweet potatoes.

Put your sweet potatoes in the boiling water and allow them to cook until tender, about 30 to 40 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.

While your sweet potatoes are boiling, you can prepare the other ingredients.

Separate your cilantro leaves from the stems. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves and set them in a large mixing bowl.

Drain the liquid from your canned black beans and rinse them in water. Allow the water to drain before you add the black beans into your mixing bowl.

Cut your lime in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl.

Add your oil, cumin, salt and paprika into the bowl and mix.

When your sweet potatoes are cooked, allow them to cool slightly before chopping them into about 1 to 2 inch squares. Add them into your bowl and mix to combine.

Allow the dish to chill in the fridge overnight, or for at least 8 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Autumn Slaw

This easy, side dish features bright color and flavor and comes together in minutes. It’s also a great make ahead dish, which makes it perfect for your Thanksgiving table!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch Tuscan kale
  • 8 large Brussels sprouts
  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Preparation

  1. Tear the leaves of the kale away from the stems. Roll up the stacked leaves, and slice thinly crosswise. Slice Brussels sprouts crosswise thinly. Slice red cabbage in half, and then cut crosswise into thin slices to make three cups. Shred the carrot, and combine all the veggies in a large bowl.
  2. In a cup, combine the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Whisk together, then pour over the veggies. Add the dried cranberries, and toss to mix.

Serving Suggestion

This bright, delicious dish makes a fine addition to any Thanksgiving menu. The sturdy kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts make it a great side to your potluck repertoire, too.

Thanksgiving Inspired Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs wrap the flavors of the holidays into one tasty little bite. They will make the perfect entrée to a weeknight dinner or be the star appetizer of your holiday party. Not to mention, they’re full of healthy, good-for-you ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2/3 c breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 c cranberries (roughly chopped)
  • ½ c granny smith apple (finely diced)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 1/3 c finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 sage leaves (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Optional: 1-2 T. freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  2. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients except olive oil and parsley. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix, that will make tough meatballs!
  3. Coat a large skillet with olive oil (preferably cast-iron to finish cooking in the oven).
  4. Form even shaped meatballs and place into the oiled skillet.
  5. Brown the meatballs on medium to high heat for 8 minutes.
  6. Finish cooking in the oven for another 8-10 minutes until fully cooked.
  7. Remove from the oven, garnish with parsley if desired, and enjoy!

 

Guest Blogger: James Madison Dietetics
Emily Salvaggio