Post # 1
So I’m making dinner for my mother in law, sister in law, and my husband tomorrow evening. They’re Chinese and don’t like a lot of the “traditional” holiday foods that my family always had, so I’m a little stuck on ideas of what to make.
So far I have a ham, a spicy mashed sweet potato dish, roasted potatoes, asparagus and mushrooms, broccoli rice and cheese casserole, and couscous (also if you have add-in ideas for the couscous that would be great). I still want one more veggie. I’m trying to make enough food to last 2 days lol I can’t do broccoli because of the casserole (which is more for DH and I because they aren’t a big cheese fan). I was going to do a strawberry spinach salad except strawberries are $9 this time of year. Any other spinach ideas besides creamed spinach? String beans are an option, but is that too close to asparagus? Or maybe pea pods? Any healthy veggie side dish recipe ideas? Nothing too creamy or cheesey, but otherwise pretty much anything goes.
Dessert will be an apple strudel and a fruit plate (with fruit dip for anyone who wants it).
Post # 3
At Thanksgiving, my in-laws had a southwestern style corn, that had bits of onion and peppers in it. Not too shabby!
Or you could do steamed carrots.
Post # 4
Sounds like a really good menu to me!
What about brussle sprouts instead of green beans? I found a really good recipe I was wanting to try that involved bacon and green apples.
Post # 5
I like the idea of steamed carrots – simple and nice color.
If you wanted to do something a bit fancier, I really like doing a simple stir fry of bell pepper (red and/or yellow) strips, green beans, snow peas, and maybe some thin red onion, with a yummy ginger-soy sauce. Pretty, healthy, comes together really fast, and tastes great.
Post # 6
@AnnieAAA: the corn sounds like a great idea! They all like corn! What type of stuff did was added to yours besides bell peppers?
Post # 7
Oh, brussel sprouts! I love that idea. Especially with a bit of bacon…
Post # 8
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that sounds like an awesome menu! i’m going to be doing brussels sprouts with bacon or pancetta as well, so that’s my vote! your guests are very lucky to be getting such a feast.
Post # 9
Sounds delicious! We make a salad with spinach, bacon, hard boiled egg, mushroom, and purple onion. Its very easy and very good.
Post # 10
I vote brussel sprouts as well.
I think they’d go with your menu, plus they’re super tasty. If you want to go healthy, you can steam them. If you want to dress them up a bit, serve with some hazlenuts or chestnuts, or pancetta or bacon (ok, the last two aren’t healthy.. but omg bacon + brussels sprouts!).
Post # 11
thanks for the advice 🙂 I ended up going with the southwestern style corn. I thought with the asparagus I would steer clear of another green veggie. The asparagus was I think the hit of the night! lol