Friday, November 21, 2014

Why This Is Your Perfect Thanksgiving Side (and all of your Thanksgiving favorites) - vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, macrobiotic, paleo, recipes

Why is this your perfect Thanksgiving side dish?

You might think a Holiday Salad like the one here could be the perfect side.  It has the red, green and white going for it.

Or maybe you were really hoping for that dish to make for those who won't be eating the bird?  Well, this tempeh turkey recipe makes a terrific protein to add to any plate. 

What about a substitute for mashed potatoes that isn't acidic and still has that wonderful comfort consistency?  This recipe will work wonderfully, but it still isn't the "perfect" side. 

Dessert isn't a side - but for me, pumpkin pie (recipe here with bonus mousse and popcorn ball recipes too.) is darn great and I can't wait to make it - but it isn't "perfect."

All of these recipes are delicious and can add up to a perfect meal, but this butternut squash, garlic and parsley side dish is perfect because it contains all 5 elements.  In the Chinese medicine system, Fire, Water, Metal, Earth and Wood are the categories that everything can go into.  Think of it as feng shui for your plate that will make you feel good or ill. 

Getting a little of all five into a dish or a meal will have you feel satisfied.  When you are missing an element or two, it can set you up to eat more because you are looking to fill what is missing.  Here we have fire (parsley), earth (squash), metal (garlic), water (salt) and wood (olive oil) all playing together to create a perfectly balanced side dish, not to be reserved just for Thanksgiving.

Winter squash
olive oil
sea salt

Use as much or as little as you like.  Simply place the oil in a pan and add the vegetables.  Add a very small amount of water and cover.  Let the mixture simmer until the water has completely evaporated and the squash is tender.  (About 10 minutes.)

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Have a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

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