Seasonal Side Dishes

Friday, November 6, 2015 | 7:31 pm

Call it a Vegetable... and Move OnLiving in Southern California means you are lucky enough to enjoy fresh produce during Thanksgiving and even into the winter. Thanksgiving is traditionally filled with creamy desserts and savory side dishes but anytime you can substitute fresh produce for frozen or canned items, your dish is sure to taste all the sweeter.

Green bean casserole is a very traditional Thanksgiving dish. This fall, hit the Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market for some vine ripened green beans that are sure to elevate your casserole. For an added touch, pick up some onions to make your own crispy fried onions. This homemade touch is sure to impress even your most judgmental relatives.

Sweet Potato Casserole is a delightful mashup of wholesome veggies and sweet delicious marshmallows. Consider a Sweet Potato Soufflé, created with fresh sweet potatoes. It is sure to literally melt in your mouth. Try substituting sweet potatoes for white spuds in your next mash. This colorful swap will add flavor and vitamin A to your meal.

How about broccoli? Even your kids would enjoy a rich, cheesy Broccoli Casserole. Broccoli is available in the fall and winter. Add some peas, onions, carrots and don’t skimp on the cheese to please all your partygoers.

Take advantage of the fresh produce available this holiday season and set out an unforgettable Thanksgiving spread.

The Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market is located at both 363 E. Villa St. and 2925 Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena. You can reach them at (626) 449-0179. You can visit them online at www.pasadenafarmersmarket.org.

 

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