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Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Sides

Food is fun, innovative and scrumptious, especially the festive kind! While we’re fans of traditional dishes, we believe a bit of adventure in food goes a long way and that was the inspiration behind this article. We wanted to add depth and flavour to simple side dishes, because plating up plain peas and broccoli may be the norm but they don’t always spark a mouth-watering dining experience. As many of us are lucky enough to be surrounded by such fresh, organic produce - it’s important that we don’t let it go to waste!

Here are some slightly more inventive ideas using seasonal ingredients.

  1. Cauliflower rice with lemon zest: It’s one of the biggest food trends of 2015 and for good reason. This ‘rice’ is super healthy and is easy to cook! Grate the cauliflower raw before lightly frying in coconut oil until very light brown. Finely grate zest of one lemon and add a squeeze of lemon juice, plus toasted almonds for a bit of crunch.

  2. Peach and feta side salad: An EatFirst best seller and a delightful blend of sweet and savoury. Grill the peaches to make them soft then combine some creamy feta cubes and fresh mixed leaves, toss all the ingredients with olive oil and season.

  3. Carrots with bacon and maple syrup: Coat the carrots in maple syrup and roast with garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Cut the bacon into small pieces and crisp them up in a frying pan for maximum flavour, before sprinkling over the carrots once out of the oven.  

  4. Whipped potato with miso butter: Another EatFirst favourite! Miso butter enhances the saltiness of the potatoes, chopped chives release an oniony aroma and taste. Finish off by seasoning. Everyone prefers their mash different ways but we recommend whipped for this side.

Maybe 2015 is your year, your chance to show the world (well, your friends and family) what you can do in the kitchen!

We wish you an exciting and food filled day - from the EatFirst team.


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