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For thanksgiving I am planning on turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, baked corn casserole (from this site), and orange glazed sweet potatoes. I'm looking for one more side dish, something easy but still holiday-worthy. Maybe green beans of some sort? I'm open to the vegetable, the only thing is that it needs to be dairy free. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Last updated: Nov. 16, 2012 6:39 pm
Posted: Nov. 15, 2012 7:50 pm
Commented by: chairlifter
Nov. 15, 2012 8:04 pm
Green beans are an option...steamed with slivered almonds, with a sprinkle of almond extract in there? A stir fry of shredded brussel sprouts and bacon? I like to put some colours on the plate (your dairy free requirement adds some challenges) so carrots with a maple syrup glaze are one thought... Another might be, if its "just" lactose intolerance (where I am getting pretty expert!) you could look at goat cheese, or possibly really aged cheese or European cheese into a cheese sauce over broccholi or cauliflower, if that's your issue with "dairy", but I didn't see where you explained what the problem was, but it can be dealt with.
Nov. 15, 2012 8:17 pm
Definitely something "green" on the table - to balance the beautiful spread/colors you already have. We don't do it, but I always envied people that served a nice, crisp tossed salad as a side. My family doesn't think it is very thanksgiving -y but I think if you spruced it up with walnuts, cranberries, or mandarin oranges and a light vinagrette that would be a nice "green" to add. And it isn't too heavy. Or you could do roasted brussel sprouts with garlic and butter. Super easy in the oven and oh, so delicious. A family favorite here are either creamed lima beans or creamed peas and pearl onions - the white sauce can be made without milk and butter, you just have to season it with enough salt and pepper. Lactose intolerance and lactose allergies are so different among different people - or you may have the restriction due to your beliefs. I don't need an explanation as that isn't the point of your question, is it. heehee Regardless of what it is - good for you for making the effort to avoid it because there truly are so many delicious alternatives out there for people who can't have/don't want a particular food item in their meal. I know that we have had a request not to have chocolate desserts this year by one of our guests. We are so happy they are coming that it doesn't make one bit of difference why she doesn't want it included - allergies/on a diet - but this is how she chooses to deal with it and I am happy to oblige because I love her and there is so much else I can make that is just as good. We'll eat chocolate on Friday. Enjoy! And happy Thanksgiving.
Nov. 15, 2012 8:20 pm
The roasted brussels sprouts can be made with olive, sunflower or vegetable oil spritzed on in lieu of butter. ooops sorry about that. I have an empty aerosol bottle I got at the dollar store to make my own "cooking spray" and just fill it with the oil of my choice. So handy and cheap.
Nov. 16, 2012 6:18 pm
Thanks for all of the suggestions! My brother is allergic to milk, hence no dairy. I'm making the corn casserole with cheese in it because it's my mom's favorite, but I don't want to exclude my brother from too many dishes.
Nov. 16, 2012 6:36 pm
I would enjoy a salad as well, but don't think my family would go for it.
Commented by: BlondeJJ
Nov. 15, 2012 8:46 pm
Green bean casserole! Its always at our family gatherings and it doesn't get any easier! But I also agree with roasted brussel sprouts or maybe broccoli?
Nov. 15, 2012 8:47 pm
Just saw the dairy free part...never mind on the green bean casserole...
Nov. 16, 2012 6:23 pm
yeah.. i like it too though
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Broccoli florets are roasted after being tossed in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and minced garlic. A squeeze of lemon juice before serving seals the deal. 
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Nov. 15, 2012 9:10 pm
I love roasted broccoli and you might want to look at some of the roasted brussel sprout recipes as well. :o)
Nov. 16, 2012 6:23 pm
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Nov. 15, 2012 9:34 pm
Try the Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Lemon recipe. Everyone always loves them, they are not too filling but have a surprise taste that is very satisfying but not heavy. A big bonus is they are so easy to make.
Nov. 16, 2012 6:24 pm
everything's better with hazelnuts, right?
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Nov. 15, 2012 11:08 pm
I am making this for one of my side dish.
Nov. 16, 2012 6:25 pm
I think I've made something similar before, and it was good. Thanks!
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Nov. 15, 2012 11:17 pm
These are wonderful, even with margarine. I never have leftovers and my family prefers this to green bean casserole.
Nov. 16, 2012 6:34 pm
That's odd... the link takes me to a completely different recipe. Thanks anyway!
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Nov. 15, 2012 11:21 pm
Nov. 16, 2012 6:35 pm
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Nov. 15, 2012 11:23 pm
At first I thought this was a little strange, but it's both tasty and unusual. In fact, it's my DH's favourite way to eat green beans, next to using Cabella's tequila and lime seasoning on buttered beans. This recipe is easily increased with excellent results.
Nov. 16, 2012 6:38 pm
I'm saving this for later - it's probably a little too adventurous for the family, but I would enjoy it.
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Nov. 15, 2012 11:24 pm
great recipe for any greens
Nov. 16, 2012 6:38 pm
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Nov. 15, 2012 11:27 pm
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