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Don’t Panic: Easy Thanksgiving Sides

By Debbie Koenig

The first big holiday of the season looms. If you’re cooking, it may cause a nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach: How will you get everything on the table at roughly the same time? And how will you stay within your SmartPoints® budget? Never fear: The Recipe Database has plenty of options that will fill out your menu without bringing on stress-hives — and one of them has 0 SmartPoints value!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chutney (3 SmartPoints value/serving) bubbles away in the background while you ignore it doing other things. You could do this one several days ahead, too.

The Sautéed String Beans and Almonds recipe (2 SmartPoints value/serving) offers a much lighter version of the holiday classic, and it’s ready in less than 20 minutes.

If you’re not wedded to traditional versions of holiday dishes, you can’t beat Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Gremolata, which has ZERO SmartPoints value/serving.

Not enough oven or stove space to cook everything? Serve a cold vegetable side, like this Blue Cheese and Pear Salad (3 SmartPoints value/serving). It’s on the table in 15.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Shallots (2 SmartPoints value/serving) go into the oven right after you remove the turkey. They’ll be ready just around the time you start carving.

Put Butternut Squash and Yukon Gold Potatoes with Sage Brown Butter (5 SmartPoints value/serving) in the oven at the same time as the Brussels sprouts. This takes a few minutes longer to cook, so it’ll be ready just as you finish carving.

Or, if you’d like to have the butternut but with a lower SmartPoints value, consider making Maple Butternut Squash with Crispy Pancetta (2 SmartPoints value).

And finally, what’s Thanksgiving without stuffing? For a relatively-low-SmartPoints-value option, check out San Francisco Sourdough Stuffing (7 SmartPoints value/serving). You can prepare the bread and the sausage-celery mixture ahead of time, and toss everything together Thanksgiving morning.

Enjoy the holiday!

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