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Fall Fest: Thanksgiving Yam and Sweet Potato Sides That Are Almost Desserts

Sometimes on Thanksgiving, after taking a bite of that traditional pecan- and marshmallow-studded Sweet Potato Casserole, I wonder, “Is this really a side dish, or a dessert?”  If you’d like an excuse to squeeze in another sweet dish but don’t have room on your dessert spread (what with the must-have pumpkin and pecan pies), the flavor profile of sweet potatoes and yams often occupies that liminal space between side dish and dessert. Besides, who wouldn’t want a bit of dessert for dinner?

Here are five side dishes that get the sweet treatment:

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Truth is, vegetarians don’t have it all that bad on Thanksgiving. It may be Turkey Day and all, but everyone knows Thanksgiving is all about the sides, and many of the best ones are meatless. The only thing you need to keep in mind if you’re cooking for vegetarians on Thanksgiving or are going meatless yourself is that sometimes meaty ingredients lurk in vegetable dishes like soups and casseroles. If you’re doing the cooking, you can easily substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock, and if you’re a vegetarian guest at a meal, just ask a lot of questions — those bacon-braised Brussels sprouts might be a favorite side for everyone else at the table, but you might want to skip it.

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