I realize this post might have some overlap with the salad-on-Thanksgiving post, but anyway...
For years our two veggie dishes have been green beans with toasted almonds and (frozen) peas with pearl onions. I want to change things up a bit this year. There is some serious nostalgia-driven resistance to eliminating the pea dish, so it looks like I'll be finding something to replace the green beans.
My mother pointed out that she wants to make sure that there is at least one fresher, lighter vegetable dish, and it's true that most of the dishes I've come across (roasted or braised root vegetables, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, etc) are on the heavier side. Any ideas for something on the fresher, lighter side? Maybe a salad that feels sufficiently Thanksgiving-y?
To give you an idea, the rest of our meal will be a simple roast turkey with potatoes, onions, and garlic, stuffing with chestnuts and dried currants, sweet potato casserole (complete with pineapple and marshmallow, ugh, another nostalgic holdover), peas and pearl onions, corn bread, cranberry orange bread, and garlic mashed potatoes.