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I've hit a wall planning Early Thanksgiving Dinner

nooodles | Nov 9, 200504:57 PM

Please help! I've planned and planned, and finally completely hit a wall. I need a few ideas for fresh, seasonal vegetables to balance out this set part of the menu:

-turkey (with gravy and cranberry sauce)
-mashed potatoes
-winter squash galette
-romaine lettuce bundles with homemade caesar and rainbow cherry tomatoes.

See the problem? Almost everything is heavy/creamy. I need a two to three contrasting items.

Originally I wanted to roast artichokes, but I was at the farmers' market and didn't see any today. Whole Foods has them 2 for $5, which is too rich for my blood.

I would do something interesting with asparagus if I could get a good (and easy) recipe involving lemons.

I could also take the cherry tomatoes out of the salad and use it in another side if anyone has a good way to show off colorful cherry tomatoes other than a caprese salad.

What else is in season? All I saw today was chard, bell peppers, and all kinds of cabbage. I have no idea what to do with chard and find it a bit bitter, so I'd rather not experiment on my guests.

I'm feeding 16, so I need at least four solid sides in addition to the 20 lb turkey (is that even enough)?

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